Twin Cities Year in Music 2010: The highlights

Prince, Gayngs, Gigamesh, and many others dot the calendar

Ghana-born rapper M.anifestreturns to West Africa for a 10-date tour and to collaborate with his grandfather J.H. Kwabena Nketia, a respected African composer and ethnomusicologist, for the first time. His journeys are documented by aspiring filmmaker Justin Schell, who is in the midst of directing his first feature-length documentary, We Rock Long Distance. Over the next year, Schell also plans to travel to Puerto Rico with Maria Isa and to Thailand with Hmong spoken-word artist Tou SaiKo Lee, and to chronicle the Twin Cities-based musicians' musical collaborations abroad.

Legions of local musicians get drunk and disorderly at the now-annual Replacements Tribute, which unites 'Mats fans of all stripes over Thanksgiving weekend at First Avenue. This year's tribute culminates in a front-to-back performance of the Replacements' Tim, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

December

Also celebrating a 25th anniversary, but in an entirely different manner, is the Dakota Jazz Club, which hosts a blowout week of performances featuring gospel singer Robert Robinson, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, piano legend McCoy Tyner, and Davina and the Vagabonds.

Gayngs "Last Prom"
Stacy Schwartz
Gayngs "Last Prom"
Repainting First Ave.
Stacy Schwartz
Repainting First Ave.

After debuting a few tracks on the Currentand giving out his album as a free insert in U.K. newspapers, Princeannounces a run of five shows in New York and New Jersey in honor of his album 20Ten. To promote the shows, the Purple Yoda crashes an episode of The View, causing co-host Sherri Shepherdto fly into a tizzy and blurt out, "You don't understand, I have wanted to make love to you my whole life!"

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