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October Radio: Changing Hearts and Blowing Minds—50 Years of Conscious R&B

Ed note: As you’ve probably noticed, we’re going through changes. But change is good! We’re using a new radio service called Mixcloud: it’s a lot cleaner than our previous radio player, more user-friendly, and optimized for the future of davidbyrne.com. This service also allows us to archive old radio playlists, which means soon you’ll be able to go back in time to a playlist you particularly enjoyed and give it a listen once more. We’re busy archiving old playlists currently, so previous radio playlists are not yet available. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s radio! 

Ever since I can remember, there has been music made by the African diaspora that addressed social, economic and conceptual issues in ways that are funky, radical, surprising and joyous. Some of these are deeply sober and serious while others reorient our minds while we dance. 

This approach to effecting social and mental change targets the mind through the body. Once the body surrenders, the mind has little option but to go along. Maybe the UN and other bodies should take a look at this approach? Certainly it's preferable to brute force...and probably more convincing than most verbal arguments as well.

I'm amazing at the continuity I discovered in my playlist: this trend has never disappeared or waned—it's a tradition that keeps reinventing itself. It's international, too. I could have made this collection a lot longer and included music from many more parts of the world, but this gives a taste. Enjoy.

ARTIST SONG TITLE PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD
Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters Listen To Me Amazon
Curtis Mayfield The Makings of You Amazon
Cymande The Message Amazon
Shuggie Otis Wings of Love Amazon
Eugene Mc Daniels Jagger The Dagger(LP Version) Amazon
Funkadelic I'll Bet You Amazon
Raury War Pt. 1 Audiomack
Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters Hard Times Amazon
FKA twigs How's That
Coin locker kid I've got fear in my heart. Bandcamp
Kelis Forever Be Amazon
Shuggie Otis Information Inspiration Amazon
Raury Superfly Audiomack
Cymande Brothers On The Slide Amazon
Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters Running Amazon
Chairmen of the Board Life & Death
Coin locker kid All too human. Bandcamp
Eugene Mc Daniels Cherrystones Amazon
Shuggie Otis Ice Cold Daydream Amazon
The Jackson 5 Get It Together Amazon
The Roots Dear God 2.0 Amazon
Shuggie Otis Strawberry Letter 23 Amazon
Swamp Dogg Total Destruction to Your Mind Amazon
Curtis Mayfield (Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Going To Go Amazon
Coin locker kid False Brillante Bandcamp
Cymande Dove Amazon
The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Till You Get Enough Amazon
FKA twigs Papi Pacify
The Jackson 5 Hum Along and Dance Amazon
Cymande Pon de Dungle Amazon
Raury God's Whisper Audiomack
Shuggie Otis Sparkle City Amazon
The Jackson 5 Dancing Machine Amazon
Cymande Bra Amazon
Raury Armor Audiomack
The Jackson 5 Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) Amazon
Cymande Bird Amazon
FKA twigs Two Weeks Amazon
The Jackson 5 You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You?) Amazon
Raury Cigarette Song Audiomack
The Jackson 5 Reflections Amazon
Shuggie Otis XL-30 Amazon
The Temptations Shakey Ground Amazon
The Roots How I Got Over Amazon
The Jackson 5 It's Too Late to Change the Time Amazon
Raury Chariots of Fire Audiomack
Shuggie Otis Aht Uh Mi Hed Amazon
Curtis Mayfield We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue Amazon

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