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Concert of Colors Episode 1

The first episode in a series of four from the Concert of Colors, 2020. Featuring music performances by Alina Morr & Fuego, and Leafar Village. Plus, a tribute to "Destination Jazz" host Ed Love.

AIRED: October 06, 2020 | 1:56:38

- Coming up is our broadcast of the Concert of Colors,

an annual celebration of diversity and music

from around the world, which has become one

of Detroit's most enduring and beloved events.

This year, we're happy to bring the festival

into your home for the first time.

Stay tuned.

- [Announcer] Support for Concert of Colors

is provided by,

Knight Foundation,

Community Foundation For Southeast Michigan,



Marc and Rachel Bernstein,

Zingerman's Delicatessen,

and by these partners,

Detroit Institute of Arts,

Museum of African American History,

Arab American National Museum,

Marx Layne Marketing,

Detroit Historical Museum,

Arts & Scraps,

Science Gallery,



Midtown Inc,

Michigan Science Center,

U of M Detroit Center in Dearborn,

the Scarab Club,

Third Man Records,

Atlantic Museum of Michigan,

Culture Source.

(upbeat Latin music) (singing in foreign language)

Recorded live from the Detroit Film Theater

inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

It's the 28th annual Concert of Colors.

Detroit's annual diversity festival.

A celebration of the eclectic styles

and rhythms of music and art from across the globe

that shape our lives, city and the world around us.

- Hi planetary citizens.

My name is Ismael Ahmed,

the Director of the Concert of Colors,

Detroit's diversity festival.

28 years ago, New Detroit, a racial justice coalition,

created after the 1967 rebellion,

call together key organizations

from our communities of color to work together

to celebrate our cultures, music and diversity.

And just as important, to work together

to show justice and equality in our region.

Today, we continue in that tradition while presenting

some of the finest performances on the planet.

To begin we would like to honor

the Native American people of this region.

After all, the concert of colors

is taking place on their land in Detroit,

in a city built by African Americans

and others of color, immigrants and working people

of all races religions, creeds, colors,

and sexual persuasions.

To them, we dedicate this year's Concert of Colors.

Due to the COVID pandemic.

This year's Concert of Colors will be virtual,

but we hope powerful.

We would like to thank WTVS, Detroit Public Television,

and WDET Detroit Public Radio for making this possible.

We also would like to thank the Detroit Institute of Arts

for their major role in this effort,

as well as the Charles Wright Museum

of African American History,

the Arab American National Museum

and the Science Gallery of Detroit

for their contributions as well as the staff and volunteers

who've given so much to make this free event possible.

For information and schedule

for this year's Concert of Colors,

please go to www.concertofcolors, one word, .com.

Also take a minute to hit the donation button to help out.

- Welcome one and all to the Concert of Colors, 2020.

I'm Ralph Valdez, and my history with this festival

goes back many years.

As deputy director, I've been privileged to work closely

both in front and behind the scenes,

but tonight as a first generation Mexican American

and a proud member of the Latinx community,

it's a very special honor for me

to introduce an incredible Latin jazz band,

Alina Morr & Fuego.

This multi-piece party machine

features longtime Detroit area, community activist,

teacher and musician Osvaldo, Ozzie, Rivera.

Joining forces with the amazing Alina Morr,

who has been part of Detroit's rich musical heritage

for many years, and with many important musical projects

including the world renowned Straight Ahead.

Under Ozzie and Alina's musical directorship,

the band brings together veterans

of Detroit salsa and jazz scenes

creating an exhilarating hybrid that also blends

sounds from the worlds of merengue, folkloric percussion,

cumbia, and of course Latin jazz.

Fuego means fire, and your body will feel the heat

with no other choice but to get up and move

to these powerful sounds combined with the call

of a hypnotic percussion and red hot rhythm section.

Now please join us in welcoming to the Concert of Colors,

Alina Morr & Fuego.

(lively Latin music)

(singing in foreign language)

- Wow!

Thank you so much, folks.

We are giving thanks for y'all having us here.

We hope our music satisfies each and everyone

on this venue of the Concert of Colors,

so we hope you all can enjoy your homes.

Here we're live, so we our music brings

much satisfaction to you at home.

(speaking in foreign language)

(rhythmic Latin music)

(singing in foreign language)

(speaking in foreign language)

- Thank you very much.

That is the music of the great Pete Escovedo.

So glad that you are enjoying so far

and just remember that this is a virtual dance floor.

We are performing for you actually

from a very beautiful theater here

in the Detroit Institute of Arts.

This theater that we're playing at

is normally used for film.

Our wonderful Art Institute here in Detroit, Michigan,

has another whole venue for concerts.

So that being said, you may not see it

but there's an empty spot right our here

in front for you to dance.

Because this is body music

and we are here to bring you la fuego.

So we really appreciate everyone being there

and getting off of that thing

and get up and do a little bit of dancing with us.

(Alina laughs)

You may have noticed that we have two basses this evening.

This is an aggregation

of some amazing musicians that we had.

We just heard from the great and world-renowned

Miss Marion Hayden who's playing the acoustic bass.

(band cheering)

Equally bad in his own right is the gentlemen

who's playing the Ampeg baby bass

(speaking in foreign language) Mr Eddie Caraballo.

(band cheering)

He's going, he's going to be

helping us out in this next tune.

This is a classic by the great Eddie Palmieri.

Something entitled, "Puerto Rico Eluminaje".

One, two, one two three.

("Puerto Rico Eluminaje")

(singing in foreign language)

Puerto Rico!

- Yes!

- We.

(speaking in foreign language)

We're going to introduce a couple of more people up here.

We have tremendous a (speaking in foreign language)

with us, it is such an honor to have him with us.

A tremendous (speaking in foreign language).

A multi-percussions.

He plays percussion instruments,

a great (speaking in foreign language).

He's a composer, a recording artist.

Please give it up for Armando Vega.

(band cheering)

And a very lovely young lady

who is singing with us this evening,

all the way from Venezuela, Miss Sobeido.

(band cheering)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're going to continue with another little cha cha,

and we do hope that you are

(speaking in foreign language).

We might as well enjoy.

(speaking in foreign language)

(rhythmic Latin music)

(singing in foreign language)

(speaking in foreign language)

We're gonna do a tune by the

(speaking in foreign language), Eddie Palmieri.

You know when something is really really good,

it's (speaking in foreign language).

And we are going to offer this to

(speaking in foreign language).

(rhythmic Latin music)

(singing in foreign language)

(speaking in foreign language)

- Oh yeah!

- I'm gonna introduce you to a few more of our musicians.

Let's hear it for our wonderful wonderful

wonderful drummer, Miss Gayelynn McKinney,

a true superstar recording artist in her own right.

(band cheering)

Former drummer with Aretha Franklin.

Also with Straight Ahead, okay.

Right at her side are the two, two,

are the backbones of the band.

First of all, a 20 year friend that I claim.

More than that but a wonderful musician,

musicologist, historian and a worker for social justice.

A dear friend,

(speaking in foreign language).

please give it up for Mr Ozzie Rivera.

- Ozzie, Ozzie!

(band cheering)

And you can see his partner in crime over there,

(speaking in foreign language).

He's looking kind of shady in those shades.

(band members laughing)

But he is a tremendous (speaking in foreign language)

and he's a very good singer.

So next time you see us

we're gonna hear a little more from him.

He plays around town quite a bit

with many of the Latin groups in the area

and also his own group.

A very very fine group called Los Gatos.

Who have a number of recordings that you can check out.

Give it up one time for Mr Owl DiBlassio.

Congas. (band members cheering)

And while I'm giving props,

we have to give it up for our big bad horns.

So first of all we got, Mr,

we got a long tall Texan over here on saxophones and

(speaking in foreign language),

please give it up for my dear friend,

Mr Christopher Koercher, sounds so good.

(band member cheering)

Yeah Chris!

Right next to him, big bad John Douglas on the trumpet!

(band member cheering)

- Look out, look out!

(band members laughing)

- We, we may have just time for one more tune,

so we're gonna hear a little bit more

from Mr Eddie Caraballo.

He's gonna lead us in a song called

(speaking in foreign language),

and if you listen, it tells a really good story.

(singing in foreign language)

(upbeat Latin music)

Thank you everyone, great job.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

- [Announcer] We thank you for tuning in

to the first hour of our broadcast edition

of Detroit's annual Concert of Colors,

from the the stage of Detroit's

magnificent Detroit Film Theater,

inside the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Stay tuned for more music

with our global and local fellow citizens

and masterful musicians in hour two of tonight's broadcast.

- Welcome back planetary citizens,

to the second hour of the 28th annual Concert of Colors.

Again, my name is Ismael Ahmed,

Director of the Concert of Colors,

Detroit's diversity festival,

and host to WDET's "This Island Earth".

If you're just joining in,

I want to remind you that the Concert of Colors

was organized to bring us together.

To celebrate our cultures, our diversity,

to work for progress and justice for all communities.

- [Ed Love] Hi there, Love here.

- [Announcer] That's the voice of legendary

Detroit broadcaster Ed Love,

who for 60 years taught so many of us

to love and appreciate the world of jazz.

Ed was born into a family

of music lovers in Parsons, Kansas.

He studied the trumpet in junior college

and thought for a time he would become a jazz musician.

But after he graduated, he chose to attend

the Pathfinder Broadcast School in Kansas City,

graduating at the top of his class.

His first job in broadcasting came in 1952,

when Ed joined the United States Air Force

and became an armed forces radio staffer

in the Philippines during the Korean War.

After returning home from the war,

Love landed his first commercial job at KIND in Kansas,

then went on to work at stations in West Virginia,

Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

In 1959, he contracted a serious case of pneumonia

and moved in with relatives in Detroit to rest and recover.

What he found in Detroit was a profusion of jazz clubs

where the architects of the Motown sound

performed and hung out.

And with that, Ed decided to make Detroit his home.

In his adopted city, Ed became a musical institution,

and his deep knowledge of jazz

introduced generations of listeners to the genre.

For decades, Ed has worked tirelessly

to promote Detroit and Detroit jazz talent.

Ed Love's beautiful, smooth voice has been heard

at R&B stalwart WJLB, classical music station WQRS,

and WCHD, later renamed WJZZ.

In 1983, he joined Detroit's NPR affiliate WDET FM,

and began Destination Jazz, the Ed Love program.

A weeknight broadcast that turned into

one of the station's most listened to programs.

For his many contributions to jazz music,

and for 60 years as a premiere broadcaster in Detroit,

the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History

recently honored Ed Love.

- Good evening.

My name is Neil Barclay,

President and Chief Executive Officer

of the Charles H Wright Museum.

Ed Love is a musical institution.

His evening radio show,

Destination Jazz, the Ed Love program,

has been in place for nearly 40 years

on radio station WDET FM.

A musician leader who ignored temporary trends

to put listeners in touch with the roots

and new manifestations of the jazz tradition.

His deep, deliberate, yet companionable voice

is familiar not only to Detroiters,

but also to national audiences

who heard his syndicated national public radio program,

The Evolution of Jazz.

WDET served as home base for The Evolution of Jazz,

a syndicated program that ran for six years on NPR

and was heard on 125 stations around the US at it's peak.

While here in Detroit, Destination Jazz

remained one of WDET's most listened to programs.

Well into his sixth decade of radio,

Love has been honored by the Motor City Music Foundation,

the Southeast Michigan Jazz Association,

the Congressional Black Caucus,

and the National Broadcast Awards.

Today, on behalf of the board of trustees,

the staff and members of

the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History,

I'm honored to have the privilege of bestowing

the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wright,

to the incomparable Ed Love.

Accepting the award on behalf of Ed

are his daughters Angela and Anjoinette Love,

and Mary Zatina of WDET.

- Good evening.

On behalf of our dad, Ed Love,

we graciously accept this well deserved honor.

Thank you.

- Good evening.

My name is Charles Ezra Ferrell, and I'm Vice President

of Development and Global Programs at Keiga Foundation,

and a member of the Concert of Colors advisory board.

Tonight, we continue to celebrate the life,

the legacy, the music, and the 100th birthday

of Charles Parker Jr, known as Yardbird, or simply Bird.

Bird was born in Kansas City, Kansas, August 29, 1920.

Four months after the Spanish flu pandemic,

and the beginning of the Harlem renaissance,

which demonstrated African American resilience.

In the 1940's, Bird, Dizzy Gillespie,

Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis,

forged a new musical vocabulary called bebop.

Bebop was a new musical art form

whose essence was and is freedom of expression,

community self-determination,

and a celebration of improvisation

and a transference of feelings through instruments.

Bird set a fierce and fearless path of shapes of sound

that still resonates throughout the universe today,

and still influences the arts, particularly in Detroit.

Tonight's program, Bird Lives, not only celebrates Bird,

but it celebrates Detroit's jazz community.

Against a backdrop of the massive

and unnecessary Covid-19 deaths,

and police murders of African American's,

the 2020 Concert of Colors presentation tonight

will be a healing bomb of wonderful music,

to bring communities together

and transport us to a spiritual place.

I have the distinct pleasure and honor

of introducing to you

an amazing group of artistic innovators,

the great Leafar Village

and their musical performance, Bird Lives.

(rhythmic jazz music)

- We gonna make it out, baby.

We gon' make it out.

Even if I have to scream and shout.

You know what we about.

It's Ali in them later runs.

It's that beat giving that sting.

Ya know what I mean.

Fresh out the slime, dirty and clean.

Try and suffocate us, uh-huh.

Try and suffocate us with you little hoods on your face.

Such a bittersweet taste!

From the bottom baby!

From the bottom!

Coming from nothing.

Trying to reeducate that self-destruction.

I was workin' on my wax on, wax off.

Slides, and my woo-ha's.

(rhythmic jazz music)

That's where we at as society now.

We fighting over toilet paper.

Rock, stay solid!

A little bit of that Plymouth and that Emmett, ya dig it?

This ain't the Willy Wonka with the golden ticket.

This where the Pharaoh's come in to revisit.

I love that myth of the aliens

putting together the pyramids.

I love it.

Mouths like Rubbermaid, yeah.

Staring the grim reaper in the eye.

I taught,

we multiply baby.


Get that hate out your heart!

Just a brother from the block, just a little street smart!

Just trying to leave a little mark, know what I mean?

(rhythmic jazz music)





Ha, beautiful beautiful.

Ha, beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Ha, beautiful beautiful beautiful.

Ha, beautiful.




(rhythmic jazz music)

They get mad when we fight back!

Get picked on for like 800 years!

Still we here!

You can take my blood!

You can take my blood!

You can put me in front of 12, we will be judged!

I ain't runnin'!

I ain't runnin'!

Little fella, 17, got a Glock on him.

He ain't scared of nothin'!

(rhythmic jazz music)

My cousin taught my little brother how to steal a bike!

Now I gotta attack him, that's my Bill of Rights!

(rhythmic jazz music)

Preacher man telling us to say, Halleluja!


Tax payer want it all!

They got us thinking it's one man in a suit runnin' this!

Almost made me go Sam Jackson this work.

(rhythmic jazz music)

What what what what,

the fuck we runnin' from?

Ooh, ah, beautiful day.

Ooh, ah, beautiful day.

Ooh, ah, beautiful day, ah!

Ooh, ah, beautiful day.

Ooh, ah, beautiful day.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Beautiful day, beautiful day,

a beautiful day, a beautiful day!

(rhythmic jazz music)

Coast to coast, coast to coast.

Coast to coast, coast to coast.

Coast to coast.

Bring boss to the most.

Def, def, def, definitely.

Def, def, def, definitely.

Raise your glass to the toast.

Picture them swinging.

Young fellas trying to be the king, damn.

Uh, uh, uh, uh.

It feels like this car's on my back!

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

I got your back.

Summer summer summer summer summer summer summer.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Mr mean mofo.

From the bowels of the ship.

We from the bowels, huh?

The bowels.

Last thing brother man seen was a pow!

Carry that halo.

I got you, I got you, I got you, I got you,

I got you, I got you, I got you, I got you,

I told you I love you, I love you.

I love you.

I told you I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

I told you, I told you.

I love you.

Love you.

I love you.

I love you.

It breaks my heart to say I love you.

All these false idols.

Too many to keep up with!

Everybody a guru.

Everybody know how to get to the promised land.

Now I got a plan.

Devil got a plan, the man got a plan,

the woman got a plan, you just gotta play it.

Everybody's still playin'.


Be there.

Somebody talkin' smack.

It's a whole lot of bacon on somebody's pockets right now.

I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.

I love you.

I love you.

(rhythmic jazz music)

My destiny!

It's my destiny!

Chillin' with an Eskimo in an igloo.

Still bumpin' that Brooklyn suit!

(rhythmic jazz music)

Feel it rain, feel it rain, feel it rain.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Seen a angel.

He was, he was in a canoe.

He was just riding.

He was on the, on the rough waters.

He was just, he was just floating on the water

and he was staring up.

He didn't know why he was staring up

but he was just looking up.

And, and, and he seen a mermaid.

I don't know how, but he saw a mermaid.

And, and, you know he had food, he had water.

Uh, he had a spear.

He had his paddles.

Uh, he was naked, you know, by the way.

This angel was naked,

and he told the mermaid, would you like something to eat?

And the mermaid was like,

I've ate already, but would you like to take a swim with me?

He was like, I'm already swimming, I'm floating baby.

And they had the little conversation.

You know, he said, you got legs inside that suit?

She was like, no, I don't.

I don't have any legs.

And as anticlimactic as it seems,

they just kept it pushing.

She came by every now and then.

She told him, I can help you catch fish.

He was like, nah, I'd rather catch it by myself.

Do my own thing.

I'm in this canoe right now, this mine.

She's like you know we got a, we got palaces in the water

and people, they can come down if they want,

they just never come, you know?

It was just a regular conversation

between a mermaid and a angel on a canoe.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Take it, take it.

Take it.

On my, on my b-boy.

Leader destroy, follow continence so I know it's employed.

I gotta get it 'cause I'm humble.

Ha ha ha, hunting it.

Leaders deploy, givin' me more, what I wanna be like.

May, maybe like Leroy.

Leroy, Leroy, Leroy, Leroy, uh.

In Detroit they call it Detwah,

to echo ghetto forever nah.

We on fantastic blast, you know what it is,

it is, it is, it is.

Puzzle a piece keeper, priestess is the beast, can't sleep.

Wake up, you are what you eat sometimes, yeah.

Bitin' my tongue, what do I do?

Apart from the ghetto wearing my shoes.

Bury me with some Nike's on.

From the sludge in the mud.

Ah get get, get get outta here.

Got the jet pack on my back.

Rollin' down mackin' a Cadillac.

Raised in a two family flat.

(rhythmic jazz music)

One track mind.

What's your train of thought?

What's the unto to a loss?

Got it all, gotta floss.

Caribbean Islands somewhere I get lost.

What you want,

the apple, the apple juice or the apple sauce?

Break it down and redistribute it.


Stand by.

I swear in the ghetto you gotta work on your alibi

no matter what.

You ain't, you even goin' to the library

you gotta have an alibi on you.

You gotta keep an alibi in your back pocket.

Back in the day they used to head hunt.

It's all about the dead presidents.

Thank God I ain't catch no case.

Shootin' dice with some aliens from outer space.

I wish Bank of America would open up a safe.

It takes two like the twins.

I taste blood in my fingers.

Don't blame me.

Don't blame me for my sins.


♪ My heart on my sleeve as I walk ♪

♪ I walk with a niceness I walk ♪

♪ I try to remember this one

♪ Tearing my heart

Using my soul as a weapon, against oppression.

(rhythmic jazz music)


Show stop!

Gotta get it poppin!

Go and take God!

Goin' out hard holdin' on to my johhson.

Movin' at my own heartbeat, that's my signature.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Don't go!

Don't go!

(rhythmic jazz music)

I still think the world is yours.

Still gotta call Tyrone.

Still fantastic.


My dream, I got abducted by a UFO.

In my dream I got abducted by a UFO.

Think I was about five of six years old.

My step-mother, Bagita,

she got a tattoo of my name on her calf muscle.

Love has no boundaries.

I like building castles brick by brick.

Gotta keep that one on Slick Rick.

Tryin' to avoid the pressure like Michael Vick.

Boy I'm sharp, you better ask Skip.

On my skip to my loo.

Player holds, sucker folds.

And we play prison rules.

What you holdin' onto?

Let it go.

Let it go, just let it go.

Let it go.

Let it go.

They train us to be scared of each other.

Not supposed to like this type.

You ain't supposed to be with that type.

Not supposed to be kind to someone you don't know.

What if we were born with no privileges, no nothing.

You had to earn your sight,

you had to earn you spill,

you had to earn your feelings,

you had to earn your soul.

But see, we don't know that we already got one of those.

Through the dark I defeat all my foes.


Tookie Williams wrote a book while on death row.

Out the concrete jungle I grow.

Life passin' me by slow.

(rhythmic jazz music)

If it's on your mind, if it's on your heart, then do it.

Be like water, be fluid.

Be like fire and burn.

Be like air, be like water, be like stone.

Be like gold, be like silver.

Be like a healer, be like a builder.

Be a friend.

Be a father, be a mother, be a brother, be a uncle.

Be alive.

(rhythmic jazz music)

- [Recording] This does not impress you.

On behalf of the urgency of feeling that desperation.

And we will not be defeated.

(rhythmic jazz music)

- Feels good.

Feels good.

I love that hood, going good.

It should, you just go and do.

Do you.

(rhythmic jazz music)

Holla at a witch doctor.

Probably I deserve a eyeful.

Scared, trick.

Take another chance.

Like a entertainer.

When I make it rain.

Fill that place just like a, ay!

Hot knowledge.

Ultra violet, violet.

My soul is the pilot.

Uh, yeah, return.

But I ran out last flight.

Carry on the art of the trial.

From downtown, three points!

So many people that dwell.

How many fingers you got to point?

(rhythmic jazz music)

For love baby, what I do.

For love I gotta do.

(rhythmic jazz music)

- [Recording] Desperation that freezes me.

Outrageous, it's all the same.

Makes them want to buy from you.

What does not impress you with the absolute urgency

of relieving that desperation,

then we will not have communicated.

- Sterling Toles.


Sasha Kashperko on the guitar.


Marquis Johnson on the drums.

Alex White on the drums.

Djallo Djakate on the drums.

Deshawn Reid, MC, poet, producer, master of ceremony.

John Muir-Colton on the bass.

And I'm Rafael Leafer, and we gonna leave you with this

and they're gonna fade us out.

Thank you so much.

(rhythmic jazz music)

- Even when you late you will turn.

Little bright lights, even the sun shines through.

Now the world gon' do it.

Won't do.

Whatever you goin' through, go through.

Don't back down.

My mama told me there would be days like this.

Choppin' it up with the homies, that's 5%.

They told me you better go 1000%.

Times infinity, a million trillion zillion.

Everybody got their medication.

A pilgrim pill man.

(upbeat music)

♪ Chewie's moanin'

♪ Standing by the river

♪ All my friends there

♪ Holding on those reeds

♪ Young men and the mountain

♪ Flowing like a bee

♪ That bumpy road

♪ Take me home

♪ To the place

♪ I belong

♪ West Jamaica

- [Announcer] Support for Concert of Colors is provided by:

Knight Foundation,

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,



Mark & Rachel Bernstein,

Zingerman's Delicatessen.

And by these partners:

Detroit Institute of Arts,

Museum of African American History,

Arab American National Museum,

Marx Layne Marketing,

Detroit Historical Museum,

Arts & Scraps,

Science Gallery,



Midtown Inc,

Michigan Science Center,

U of M Detroit Center in Dearborn,

The Scarab Club,

Third Man Records,

Hellenic Museum of Michigan.

(piano music)


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