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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Today, our dance craze series continues with a look back at the mambo wave that swept through New York in the mid-20th century. Plus: we hear about the nineties megahit that just wouldn’t stop – the Macarena. And, songwriter and producer Santi White, aka Santigold, talks about her new album "Master of My Make-Believe."

Dance Craze: Mambo

Bandleader and percussionist Bobby Sanabria and Latin dance instructor Nydia Ocasio join us to talk about the wave of Cuban and Latin dance crazes, particularly the mambo, that swept New York City in the mid-20th century.  

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Dance Craze: Macarena Madness

It was the one-hit wonder that took the world’s bar mitzvahs, high school dances and wedding receptions by storm – Los del Rio’s “Macarena.” We look back at the song’s wild popularity in the nineties with Melinda Russell, professor of music at Carleton College.

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Santigold: Master of Make-Believe

Five years ago, the songwriter and producer Santi White morphed into a hard-to-categorize pop artist called Santogold. Blog buzz and an acclaimed debut album followed. So did a problem with her stage name. Now recording as Santigold, White joins us to talk about her new album “Master of My Make-Believe.”

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Gig Alert: Khaira Arby

Malian singer Khaira Arby performs with M.A.K.U. Soundsystem at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday night. Download her new song "Oumousall."

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