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While New Orleans sleeps, I'm playing music for the world!

Thu, 03/09/23
Authored by D Rootzmaster
My show is entitled Overnight Music and Information with The Rootzmaster. My focus is two-fold: (1) music from all the world, all over the US, Central and South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, and (2) I focus on information to highlight certain endeavors and eve... Read more

A wonderful, rebellious vanguard of democracy through music

Tue, 03/07/23
I got started with WWOZ back in the Treehouse, the WWOZ Studio in Armstrong Park. A friend of mine asked me to record the Livewire (on a reel to reel tape!) and I’ve been doing it ever since. I think I’ve been on the Tuesday Livewire for over 20 years.  OZ is a wonderful, ... Read more

Play Like Marsalis, Cook Like Lagasse

Sun, 03/05/23
Authored by Dean Ellis
Here’s a couple questions, from yours truly, the host of The Dean’s List (and Tudo Bem, but let’s stick with the “academic” side for now, and get to the Brazilian side daqui um pouco/in a little bit): 1) Why should you donate to this station, WWOZ-FM, the one you keep on in... Read more

Why WWOZ Matters: Musings from Mr. John Boutte

Sun, 03/05/23
WWOZ is here for the community as a whole, not only the musicians. WWOZ is feeding the community the music that heals it and that music is coming from within.The more people who join WWOZ, the more people who contribute so WWOZ can keep rolling and doing positive things the... Read more

Why WWOZ matters: reflections from Charmaine Neville

Thu, 03/02/23
When I think of WWOZ I think about how great the music is, and how the music WWOZ plays caters to everyone. Anybody and everybody can be a part of WWOZ, and a part of New Orleans that way. It’s that gumbo factor. I can’t tell you enough how much I care about WWOZ and the OZ... Read more

Festival International de Louisiane 2023 lineup announced

Tue, 02/28/23
The Festival International de Louisiane lineup is out! This year's festival takes place April 26-30 in Lafayette. Festival International is a cultural celebration is known around the globe for its bold and diverse music, food, art, and unforgettable experiences. It is the ... Read more

Video: 9th Ward Black Hatchets on Mardi Gras Day 2023

Tue, 02/28/23
Early Mardi Gras morning, the 9th Ward Black Hatchets assembled at the house of Big Chief Dowee Robair where he leads them in the "Indian Red" prayer while introducing, one by one, several Queens (Big and Little), two Spy Boys, two Wild Men, and two Medicine Men. They then ... Read more

Photos: Les Malfacteurs 2023

Sun, 02/19/23
This is Courir de Mardi Gras Les Malfecteurs in Church Point, Louisiana. Thank you to WWOZ volunteer photographer MJ Mastrogiovanni for sharing these photos. Read more

In Memoriam: Huey "Piano" Smith

Tue, 02/14/23
Huey "Piano" Smith, one of the hitmakers of early rock'n'roll and major contributor to the infectious New Orleans R&B sound, died February 13, 2023 in Baton Rouge. His oldest daughter, Acquelyn Donsereaux, confirmed his death and good spirits till the end to Smith's biograp... Read more

Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music series returns 2/24

Mon, 02/13/23
Authored by Carrie Booher
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the 2023 edition of Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music, a concert series featuring outstanding women vocalists at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center located at 1225 N. Rampart Stree... Read more

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