Category Archives: Music

Honoring International Disabled Women Musicians

Listen 29 min In honor of the 2014 celebration of International Women’s Day we play incredible music produced by disabled musicians around the world. Donna Williams is autistic and darn proud of it.  Artistic ability exudes from her pores.   … Continue reading

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Music, Disability & Society, Part 2

Friday, Oct 18, 2:30 pm PST KPFA Disability music scholar Alex Lubet returns for more conversation about “adaptive music.” Eddie Ytuarte hosts as Lubet discusses contemporary musicians like Bruce Langhorne, Rick Allen, Bill Clements and the Vancouver Adaptive Music Studio. … Continue reading

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Music, Disability and Society

Listen 28 min. Music scholar Alex Lubet will be our guest.  Lubet is the author of Music, Disability, and Society (Temple University, 2011). Topics include his concept of social confluence, and his analysis of both jazz musicians with disabilities and … Continue reading

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Jazz Musicians with Disabilities

Friday, June 7, 2013, 2:30 pm PST, KPFA Eddie Ytuarte and Josh Elwood present well known musicians who had significant disabilities. Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Chick Webb and Rosemary Clooney……we play them not because they are “supercrips” or are “inspirational’ … Continue reading

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Moving Over the Edge: Artists with Disabilities Take the Leap

  Listen 59 minutes It began in living rooms and grew to the international stage.  The Disability Arts Movement came out of the disability movement of the 70s and 80s with brilliance and fire. We revisit the origins, remember important … Continue reading

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The Musicians of Liyana

Energy Maburutse first marimba, back-up vocalist Energy Maburutse was first marimba player and back-up vocalist and the band’s resident jokester. He has osteogenesis imperfecta, brittle bone syndrome. He now studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Marvelous Mbulo back-up … Continue reading

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“Music By Prudence” & Moments in Disability History

Listen: May 4, 2-3 pm PST KPFA And the Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to…..  “Music by Prudence!”    We begin this program with the story of an incredible singer from a school for disabled people in Zimbabwe and … Continue reading

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More, Musicians with Disabilities

We found so many interesting entertainers on Kay Olson’s blog The Gimp Parade that we couldn’t fit them all into the radio program.  Here’s a few more highlights.  Sia, an Australian pop singer perhaps best known for her song “Breathe … Continue reading

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Disabled Musicians Ring in the New Year!

Listen (29 min) Today we ring in the new year with a program featuring some of the many musicians who live with disabilities.  More musicians and music videos. Staff Benda Bilili hales from Kinshasa, Congo.            … Continue reading

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Musicians Living with a Disability

Listen 28 min A sampling of musicians who found success as they lived with significant disabilities. From pop star Michael Bolton and his profound deafness in one ear to a one-arm drummer with the hard rock band, Def Leppard… Chick … Continue reading

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