-- Update at bottom --Last week, Minnesota came close to becoming the first place in the Western Hemisphere to experience an Ebola case when Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old Coon Rapids man, was stricken with the disease in Lagos, Nigeria shortly before he planned to board a flight back home.Though he ... More >>
While Excelsior is shaping up to be the new draw for some Twin Cities chefs, one local business is making the move from lakeside to inside the city. Lago Tacos near Lake Minnetonka is planning to open a new location in the Lyn/Lake neighborhood.See also:Heidi's closed for good
From an early age, Femi Kuti got a crash course in music and the chaotic adventures that came along with having a politically outspoken and celebrated father. As a 15-year-old, he began performing with Fela Kuti, and absorbed raw energy of Afrobeat music.Continuing the Afrobeat tradition, Femi has ... More >>
How Minnesota United FC's diehard soccer fanatics became a force to be reckoned with
"Monumental," "transcendent," and "unbelievable." These were the words I kept hearing in my head in between all the horn vamps, polyrhythmic shuffles, and body movements that were born of the powerful display on the Cedar Cultural Center's stage this Saturday courtesy of Tony Allen and his seven- ... More >>
This man does not work for free.Can we all agree now that Adrian Peterson's NFL lockout talk about players being "slaves" was ill advised, at the very least? And if you're not convinced, maybe Omilara Aribisala can change your mind. She's a fifth-year defensive end for a Washington, D.C., w ... More >>
Two Nigerian musical legacies shared the stage at the Zoo Thursday night.
Every year I make mix CDs of my favorite tracks, with one song per artist per disc. Here's the '08 edition, local and national. It's all from 2008 unless otherwise specified, but there are a few oldies. At the bottom are my year-end lists, because I know you needed more of those. Happy holidays! MN ... More >>
What if the widow of Gen. Sonny Abacha really does want to share her family fortune with you?
How do you get along with 18 million neighbors?
Interesting Femi Kuti piece on NPR today. Listen here. Sample quote: There are so many, hundreds of thousands, of young boys in Africa now. No shoes, no clothes, no money. They don't eat. They live under the bridge. Lagos is disgusting. And they are growing. In five years these boys that are 5 will ... More >>
Sunny Adé talks about war, Nigeria, and good juju
African-born artists chronicle what they left behind--and what they've found
Carl Fratzke fell for one of the oldest cons in the book. Then he came up with one of his own.
Audiences chew on a film-fest twofer: Central Standard's indie films and Sound Unseen's musical movies
A new 15-disc retrospective challenges the listener to separate the legend of Fela Kuti from the musician
From playing for the Pope to inaugurating The Body, Guinean-born master drummer Fodé Bangoura is both international legend and local discovery