Tag Archives: Ayana Contreras

DJ Ayana: Ready. Set. Spin.

I’ll be spinning at two public events this week (and just picked up a whole bunch of records…):

Reclaimed Soul at Maria’s

Tuesday November 13th, 10pm-2pm

Spinning groovy classics and rarities with a heavy Chicago accent (not unlike my weekly Radio Show, Reclaimed Soul)

96o w. 31st Street, Chicago

No Cover.

Genius of Jazz and Hip Hop

I’ll be spinning hip hop (mostly instrumentals), samples, jazz, and some new grooves (all on wax). Also on the bill are:

Chess Mastaz – performers of “metaphysical hip hop”

David Boykin Expanse – experimental jazz infused with hip hop lyricism – David Boykin sax and vocals, James Baker keyboards, Alex Wing bass, Phillip Fornet drumset

Saturday November 17th, 9pm

Carlos and Sarah’s Surplus of Options
3664 N. Lincoln Avenue

Suggested Donation $7

Never Records… the Reclaimed Soul Interview cut on wax.

Fresh from New Orleans, it’s my interview with Ted Riederer…. that he cut by hand on clear wax. It’s the first Reclaimed Soul interview that was played directly from a real record to play on the radio show!

Ted Riederer is a New York based artist who is in New Orleans running a pop-up record store this month called Never Records. Never Records is outfitted with recording equipment and his record cutting machine (or lathe), and he is recording local artists for free this month. Only two copies of the sessions are committed to wax: one copy for the artists and one for Never Records.


Listen to fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org!

Donny Hathaway: more than we could ask for.

A short piece on one of my favorite artists of all time. He was an amazing vocalist, as well as an expert arranger. In fact, the majority of songs on his Greatest Hits compilation album were popularized by someone else in completely different forms (i.e. “Giving Up” and “A Song For You”). Featuring audio from a rare interview of Donny from the mid 1970s.

This originally aired on Vocalo.org WBEW 89.5fm

If you like this sort of thing, check out my radio show Reclaimed Soul: http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com



Listen to Streaming Archives of my Radio Show: Reclaimed Soul.


Here in Chicago, Reclaimed Soul airs Thursdays 8-10PM (CST) on Vocalo.org 89.5fm. You can stream live at http://vocalo.org/player.

Now folks can listen anytime to radio featuring sound rich interviews and an all-vinyl playlist (courtesy of host Ayana Contreras). Reclaimed Soul is about taking old materials (records, buildings, ideas, et al) to push us all forward.


click here to access the archives now!

Waxing Poetic at Dorchester Projects.

Above, a bit of video from my Artistic Residency last year with Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects, in which I wax poetic about Chicago’s own Mercury Records, Jerry Butler, and the Impressions.

I love sharing the stories behind the music I love with the general public; and was reminded of that as I embark on Hosting and Producing “Reclaimed Soul” (a weekly radio show on Vocalo.org) which premieres tomorrow night at 8pm CST. The show, of course, will feature stories as well as music. For more about Reclaimed Soul, click here.

Announcing Darkjive on the Radio…

Coming this Thursday (and every Thursday) Darkjive.com’s Ayana Contreras hosts “Reclaimed Soul” on Vocalo.org (89.5fm in Chicago). The music you’ve come to expect from this site, plus stories from people moving forward with what’s been left behind.

Below is an excerpt from the first episode. Jive on!

The Listening Room: at Seattle Art Museum, the artists’ medium is wax.

click here to hear the original radio piece.

Tomorrow, we groove.

Below, one of the grooves I’ll spin: “Love so Strong” from the Lovelites (pictured, left). Fronted by Patti Hamilton, the group of ladies from Chicago’s South Side  recorded a gaggle of groovin’ steppers (including one of their biggest hits, “My Conscience”).

The Lovelites are, in my humble opinion, one of the most consistent female groups in all of Chicago Soul, thanks to a string of sassy-sweet records mainly composed by Hamilton and produced by Clarence Johnson. Enjoy and jive on!

Melodic Expansions: David Boykin Expanse with DJ Ayana… pass it on.

Psssst… David Boykin Expanse with DJ Ayana. It’s a righteous situation at a secret location. RSVP info@perpetualrebel.com for more info.

Dance Dorchester!

dance locally to vintage sounds culled from Dorchester Projects’ Dr. Wax Collection heavily leaning on music that ‘jus grew’ out of our community: this friday, june 24th, 7pm til 10pm.

bring your favorite summertime dish to share with friends

100% wax spun by dj ayana

from The Dr. Wax Collection