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Reclaimed Soul

Jazz drummer, beat scientist and bandleader Makaya McCraven keeps past music alive — but puts his own spin on it.

It’s a mid-tempo R&B playlist for anyone missing the feeling of togetherness and pulsing music.

This playlist is built around soulful, upbeat sounds from the flower power 1960s, which to her sound ‘especially optimistic’

Ayana Contreras presents another program produced from the comfort of her at-home record room.

Ayana shares uplifting Soulful tunes to keep us warm during these times of isolation.

Ayana sent us all a message in a bottle… a hand-curated, soulful Spotify playlist.  Piña colada optional.

Back in the day, most record stores had stacks of Radio Station Surveys at their front counter, a list of the top tracks that each station was spinning that week. Leafing through her own stack of old Radio Station Surveys from Soul stations in Chicago (like WJPC, WBMX, and WVON), Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras […]

The MCA show is a reflection of Chicago’s kaleidoscopic lens, trained towards the world …

Guest Avery R. Young and his band The Place to Be had the house jumping from start to finish…

Ayana Contreras picks her favorite records of 2019 so far…