Buck 65, Nuala O’Faolain, and the Color Pink

When I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area, NPR and local radio programming provide most of my news and music and keep me updated on arts and culture. KQED and KALW are my two default stations for background ‘company’.

In Vancouver, it’s CBC Radio One for news and other chatter and CBC Radio 2 for late night musical company. I’d like to share a few of the programs that I particularly enjoyed over the last week:

1. Buck 65 with Symphony Nova Scotia, a concert recorded on April 18, 2008 in Halifax and available on Concerts On Demand on CBC Radio 2

“It was something that could only happen in Halifax” says Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen. That’s because Symphony Nova Scotia is an unusually versatile first class chamber symphony orchestra, Buck 65 is a truly imaginative and creative poet and hip hop artist, and conductor/composer Dinuk Wijeratne has the imagination and skill to pull it all together – a combination of talents and attitude that you don’t often find.

The night featured arrangements of Buck 65’s hits like “Way Back When” and “Cries a Girl”, but also a CBC commission of a brand new work by Dinuk Wijeratne – a triple concerto for Cellist (Norman Adams), turntable artist Buck 65 and percussionist Terry O’Mahoney.

2. An interview with Nuala O’Faolain, recorded in 2003 at the Literary Arts Festival in Victoria, Canada. Nuala O’Faolain died May 9 of cancer at the age of 68. She is best known for her literary debut Are You Somebody, written when she was 60. Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers & Company, rebroadcasts her interview, which is engaging and funny, here:

Listen to Nuala O’Faolain – 18 May 2008 in RealAudio.

3. Re: Thinking Pink, an Outfront program by a breast cancer survivor upset that the breast cancer marketing machine has co-opted what used to be her favorite color. “Breast cancer is not pink … it is puke green… or shit brown…”

Re: Thinking Pink
by Roseanne Cohen

Pink ribbon fundraisers and pink ribbon merchandise are everywhere. Tonight, breast cancer survivor Roseanne Cohen asks us to reconsider the colour and the campaign.


2 Responses to “Buck 65, Nuala O’Faolain, and the Color Pink”

  1. 1 dinuk wijeratne May 31, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    glad you liked the buck65 show!



  2. 2 yoomilee May 31, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for your comment Dinuk – I loved your composition!

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