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TRIBUTE/RETROSPECTIVE FOR REVOLUTIONARY ASIAN-AMERICAN MUSICIAN AND ACTIVIST FRED HO

Wednesday, April 16, 2014   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tune in for a one-hour retrospective and tribute to Fred Ho, the intensely innovative revolutionary Asian-American composer, director, saxophonist, author, theoretician, and political organizer. Fred died last Saturday at the much-too-young age of 56 after a 7-1/2-year "war" (as he described it) with Stage 3B colorectal cancer.

In the first half, WBAI "Health Action" co-host Bob Lederer will present some of Fred's remarkable music and speak with two close political colleagues, Diane Fujino and Ayanna R'auf.

Diane Fujino is Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She's a longtime radical activist and editor of Wicked Theory, Naked Practice: A Fred Ho Reader, and the author of Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama, as well as Samurai Among Panthers: Richard Aoki on Race, Resistance, and a Paradoxical Life.
Ayanna R'auf has been an activist in the Black Liberation struggle since the 1960s, and is comrade/fiancee of Russell Maroon Shoatz, the former Black Panther, political prisoner for 42 years, and revolutionary intellectual whose 2013 book of essays,Maroon the Implacable, Fred Ho co-edited with Quincy Saul.

In the second half, Bob Lederer will replay excerpts of three interviews he conducted over the course of Fred's journey through cancer (co-produced with WBAI producer John Riley). In those segments, Fred outlined his health philosophy, analysis, and some of the specific strategies he used in his uniquely integrative, self-empowered approach to his cancer war, going deeply into the realm usually labeled "alternative medicine."
(Thanks to WBAI producer Michael G. Haskins for ceding the time during which his "Light Show" usually airs.)
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BACKGROUND ON THE LIFE OF FRED HO
For an announcement of Fred's death from Scientific Soul Sessions, the revolutionary organization he co-founded, go to http://www.scientificsoulsessions.com/

Also visit the above site for details on the celebration concert with the Eco-Music Big Band will be held on Wed., April 23(concerts at 7:30 and 9:30 PM) at Ginny's Supper Club at Red Rooster in Harlem. Keep checking the site for upcoming tributes & a grand memorial event in Summer 2014 at BAM Cafe in Brooklyn.

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