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    In the Shape of His Father - Femi Kuti: The next generation of Afro-beat

    Anyone who's ever complained about the difficulties of escaping the shadow cast by a parent should be shamed into silence by the story of Femi Anikulapo-Kuti. After all, Femi's dad, the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, wasn't just a star in his native Niger...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 2000
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    Miles Davis with John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings (Sony)

    The tremendous new Columbia box set Miles Davis with John Coltrane -- The Complete Columbia Recordings, quite simply is the compilation of one of the most influential and unique partnerships in jazz history: the stay of tenor saxophonist John Coltr...

    by Ezra Gale on May 18, 2000
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    J-Shin - My Soul, My Life (Slip 'N Slide/Atlantic)

    Plenty of masculine R&B and hip-hop is little more than narcissistic posturing -- a sweaty platform for self-styled superheroes who feel the need to tell you over and over again why they're the toughest, the hardest, the sexiest, the most street. J...

    by Michael Roberts on May 18, 2000
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    Geek Love - The men behind this season's best shows -- and biggest failures -- blame it all on Regis

    The voice-mail message begins with the caller identifying himself in a clear, sharp tone: "Hey, this is Chris Thompson, executive producer of Action and Ladies Man, and I hear you're trying to get ahold of me...." Long pause. "For some ungodly reason...

    by Robert Wilonsky on May 11, 2000
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Female) - Gigi DeNisco

    A South Florida native who rocks, singer/songwriter DeNisco has been playing guitar since childhood and performing professionally for thirteen years. Now living in Dania Beach, she's a regular on Miami-Dade stages. Riding the wake of her first CD, 19...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Rock Vocalist (Male) - Gil Bitton (Endo)

    No other Miami frontman can carry you through a tune like Endo's Gil Bitton. First, understand the jet-fueled rock Endo belts out lands somewhere between Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit. Second, realize Bitton puts everything he has into a p...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Rock Band - The Holy Rollin' Hellfires

    Forget everything you've heard about Lynyrd Skynyrd's snarling Floridian frontman dying in a fiery 1977 plane crash. He's alive and well, just as pissed off as ever about the sorely maligned Southern Man, and presently heading up local outfit the Hol...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Concert Series - Barnacle Under Moonlight

    Music by the light of the moon -- an intoxicating combination. Certainly something that's gone on forever and a day. But on a regular basis in Miami? Apparently not. That is until 1995, when Barnacle State Historic Site park manager Terry Coulliett...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Latin Radio Program - Invasin Latina

    The usual kudos go to perennial winner Fusin Latina at WDNA-FM (88.9), but for those whose tastes are not exclusively tropical, the University of Miami's Invasin Latina with Liliana Rodriguez is the only outlet in town for Latin alternative music. ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best New Rap Artist - Lee Williams

    As hip-hop continues down its path toward world domination, cash registers ringing loudly all the way, it seems in increasing danger of calcifying. For more and more up-and-coming rappers, pursuing their art often appears simply to be a matter of cho...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Album Of The Past Twelve Months - Pass Out

    There's an easy way to weed out the musical heavyweights from the merely mediocre. Regular songwriters craft works about love, loss, and universal experiences. Boring. True visionaries turn their attention to more pressing matters: their own trials i...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Dealer-Sponsored CD - Con Alma y Vida

    Gaby Gabriel is best known as the long-time leader of the house orchestra at the Fontainebleau Hilton's Club Tropigala on Miami Beach. The exuberant Cuba-born singer/percussionist has developed a musical repertoire to match the diversity of his audie...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Electronica Artist - Phoenecia

    If ever an album title seemed appropriate, it's Ischemic Strokes, the moniker Phoenecia slapped on its most recent collection, which gathered up kindred souls recording for their own Schematic label and placed them alongside the duo's own skittering,...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Haitian Band - Papaloko and Loray Mistik

    Since 1989 the "mystic thunder" of Loray Mistik has boomed all over town. Led by Papaloko (Jude Thegenus), the self-crowned king of vodou pop, this ten-piece band mixes traditional vodou rhythms with West African percussion, rock and roll, blues, and...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Pop Band - Dharma Bomb

    Principal singer/songwriter Todd Thompson and his bandmates guitarist Sean Edelson, drummer Ari Schantz, and bassist Brad Berman maintain a busy schedule performing their insightful tunes, an array of pleasant rock melodies combined with deft lyric w...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Local Jazz Artist - Keshavan Maslak

    Whatever you do, don't refer to saxophonist Keshavan Maslak as an avant-garde musician. "You know what an avant-garde musician is?" scoffs Maslak. "It's somebody who's starving!" That may be the reason Maslak finally bailed on his adopted home of New...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Street Preacher - James Kendrick

    The fallen in search of a strong dose of that old-time religion should skedaddle posthaste to a particular stretch of strip mall in Hialeah. It's there on most Saturday afternoons, near the corner of East Tenth Avenue and NW 62nd Street, outside the ...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Latin Rock Band - Pepe Alva and Alma Raymi

    Latin rock veteran Pepe Alva and his band Alma Raymi ("soul celebration" in Quechuan) spent much of the past year in the studio, working on the follow-up album to 1997's Pa' Mostrarte Mi Amor (MATT Entertainment). With a new disc tentatively titled C...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Caribbean Band - Hal Anthony and the Millennium Band

    Chances are if you've heard any of the big-name Jamaican toasters or crooners in concert here, then you've heard Hal Anthony and his Millennium Band backing them up. The ensemble of choice for visiting vocalists holds up quite well on its own. Playin...

    on May 11, 2000
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    Best Star Wars Tribute - New World Symphony

    While the rest of the free world consumed itself in the anticipatory hype over Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace late last spring, the precocious members of the New World Symphony staged a more twisted salute to the glories of Chewbacca:...

    on May 11, 2000
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