For three nights in October, WNYC presented live concerts at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden atrium, with each one hosted by John Schaefer.
Today on the show, Soundcheck presents the first of the three events, an Afro-centric show. The first set features Ted Leo, from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, interpreting the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. And in the second, Brooklyn's own Afropop big band Antibalas performs original music that carries on the tradition of the late Nigerian saxophonist, singer and bandleader Fela Kuti.
In the first part of the show, Ted Leo -- from the popular post-punk band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists -- interprets the music of South African pioneer Hugh Masekela. Leo explains that he was inspired by the space itself to do the Masekela theme. Listen in to hear Ted explain how.
From its beginnings in 1987 the DC-based punk band Fugazi was known for its fierce independence. The group went on indefinite hiatus in 2003, but for years held onto a trove of more than 800 self-made recordings -- chronicling 15 years of live shows. Today, as the Fugazi Live Series launches, musician Ted Leo joins us for a listen back.