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Pluganomics Episode 11: Ismaila Alfa


In Episode 11 I caught up with Ismaila Alfa. If you don’t recognize his face (his beard is coming in very nicely), you almost certainly recognize his voice. Ismaila has worn many hats as a communicator and artist, and currently hosts Up To Speed weekdays from 3-6pm on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM.  We talked about his days in pioneering Winnipeg-based rap group, Frēk Shō, what new projects he’s working on, and the importance of conversation and getting to the stories that really matter.

Pluganomics Episode 10: Pluganomics x Now You Know


Episode 10 is here, and this time I connect with the guys from the Now You Know podcast. These dudes love their hip-hop, and I had a blast collabing with them. Anthony, Steve, and Clement meet every week and chop it up about anything and everything in the hip-hop world. We talked about Phife Dawg’s (RIP) legacy and influence, hood classic movies, and which blogs and podcasts people should be checking to stay in the know. Give them a subscribe over on Stitcher. Now you know.


Pluganomics Episode 09: Media Nerds



Yesterday I met up with Media Nerds (and Star Wars Nerds) podcast hosts, Dan Vadeboncoeur and Kenton Larsen – “Two peas in a movie/TV/Internet/video game/iPhone/social media-filled pod, or rather – podCAST.” We talked a lot about ’80s and ’90s hip-hop, and why some people still buy CDs. It was great. Check it out for yourself and head over to iTunes to catch up on their weekly podcasts.


Pluganomics Episode 08: The IPP Expo: The Audio Panel Pt. 1


For episode 08 I join five of my classmates on a panel discussion at the IPP Expo. What’s that? Well, the IPP, or Independent Professional Project, is a year-long project that each student must conceive, produce, and promote during the second (and final) year of the Creative Communications program. The IPP Expo is a project and event put on this year by our classmate, Maddi Pickerl, and it showcases all the different IPPs created by the rest of our class. Our panel included the creators of four podcasts and two audio dramas. This is part 1 of 2.

Pluganomics Episode 08: The IPP Expo: The Audio Panel Pt. 2


This is part 2 of the IPP Expo audio panel discussion. We had so much to say we needed more time. We also had many of our classmates stop by to talk about their IPPs. Some great stuff in here, check it out.

Pluganomics Episode 07: Peg City Celebration

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In episode 07 I meet up with David Koroma, Peg City Celebration organizer, and artists, Ingrid D. Johnson, and Abstract Artform. We hung out at The King’s Head and talked about why hip-hop and R&B/Soul culture is so important to them,  and what to expect at this weekend’s all-local talent show this Saturday at The Pyramid Cabaret. Also, Kanye.

Pluganomics Episode 06: Grippin Grain DJs


In episode 6 I link with DJs Co-op, Frasier, and Lonnie Ce – the guys behind Winnipeg’s premier monthly rap music event: Grippin Grain. We sat down before GG 68: Cool Pants and chopped it up about what makes GG so different yet so successful – AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Listen here or go DL from iTunes.

Pluganomics Episode 05: Rob Crooks


For episode 05 I catch up with recording artist and Winnipeg-based MC, producer, and former punk band member, Rob Crooks. We met at The Sherbrook Inn and talked about (among other topics) Rob’s approach to music, the Wu-Tang Clan, philosophy, and peg city’s legendary record shop, the Wax Museum. Available for download on iTunes.

Pluganomics Episode 04: Alex Sannie

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Alex spins a lot of Fridays at Bar Italia, and I sometimes join him. But mostly he works as a producer, writer, and MC with Winnipeg-based rap group, The Lytics with his brothers, Andrew and Anthony, his cousin, Mungala, and Lon.

We sat down last Friday night before doing a set (with Friday BI resident, Mike B.) and chopped it up about rap and DJing while Fetty Wap pumped over the house speakers. Awesome, right? Check it out for yourself.

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