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Bubu King Janka Nabay; Danielle Ariano’s “Getting over the Rainbow”; and “Aunt Lola's Kitchen"

The roller-coaster music career of JankaNabay; Danielle Ariano, author of the memoir, Getting Over the Rainbow, on coming out to her family; and Rafael Alvarez’ holiday story, Aunt Lola’s Kitchen 

Sierra Leonean musician Janka Nabay lists his influences as follows:  “Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, and God.”  This may seem like an odd triumvirate, but it starts to make sense when you hear his music.  The melodies and rhythms are steeped in spiritual tradition, and they’re irresistibly danceable.   Janka lives here in the US now.  He splits his time between New York and DC, and he’s been recruiting American band-mates to join him as he carries on the torch of his musical heritage.  Producer Aaron Henkin has the story.

In just 92 compact and crisply written pages, Danielle Ariano covers a lot of territory.  Her forthcoming memoir is titled, Getting Over the Rainbow. It begins with her reluctantly accepting her sexuality, and it ends with her marrying the love of her life.  In between point A and point B was, for Ariano, the daunting and unnerving prospect of coming out.  She writes about the experience with honesty and candor, and she joins us to read from her reflections.

Danielle Ariano on the trials and tribulations of coming out, and why it was worth it.

Contributor Rafael Alvarez reads his holiday fiction, Aunt Lola, a story about the power of memories and holiday traditions in a Highlandtown row house.

Rafael Alvarez reads his story, "Aunt Lola's Kitchen"

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.