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Melbourne, Australia’s Mojo Jacket is today’s 5:30 interview feature on All Things Considered. They recently opened for Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band across Australia. The group is based around brothers Rick and Ben Fumi, and also includes drummer Benny Stivala. In speaking with HPR's Dave Lawrence, the brothers shared their unique family connection to music, as Ben explains.
The distinctive voice of the band Yes, Jon Anderson, has been a solo artist for several years following a less-than-friendly split with the group. He recently performed an Asia Pacific tour and during it, spoke with HPR’s Dave Lawrence for an interview being featured this afternoon on All Things Considered.
The global success of the suburban Washington, DC reggae band SOJA is itself a remarkable story. Digging deeper in a hotel interview we recorded during their last visit to the islands, band leader Jacob Hemphill shared with HPR’s Dave Lawrence some of his own international experience, and explained how the group’s sound developed.
Bill Cosby’s career has spanned decades, styles and media platforms. Along the way, he picked up a PhD in Education, which has remained a theme in his life. Ahead of a pair of island dates, he told HPR’s Dave Lawrence, that at 75, he’s been thinking about some lessons from the past.
Next month Boston band the Dropkick Murphys return to the islands. The group has been active since the late 90’s, though prominent featuring of their music in the film The Departed considerably boosted their profile. Longtime drummer Matt Kelly told HPR’s Dave Lawrence about his connections to Hawai`i.