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Reclaimed Soul

Ayana Contreras explains how a record she picked up in Cuba ties back to Chicago…

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

Leading up to his new album, we’re revisiting Helado Negro’s 2019 conversation with Ayana Contreras.

On this day, Curtis Mayfield would have turned 78 years old, and we have made a playlist to celebrate his life, his music and his politically-conscious art.

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 […]