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Coming up on Connections: Monday, June 19th

Jun 18, 2017

First hour: Rochester mayoral candidate James Sheppard, round two

 Second hour: United with Music concert

 We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester mayor. Former Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard has released his full platform since the last time he was in studio, and he lists public safety as his top priority. We'll discuss his vision for the city, and ask our questions and yours.

Then in our second hour, from the One Love Peace concert in Jamaica, to the Concert for Bangladesh in New York City, to the song, "We Are the World," music has played a role in uniting people from different backgrounds and raising awareness and funds to support a variety of causes. The upcoming United with Music concert in Rochester aims to do the same. Local musicians with ties to the international community will perform traditional and contemporary music to benefit Refugees Helping Refugees, a non-profit that assists refugees in Rochester as they settle in their new homes. Our guests discuss how their music has helped unify people around the world, and how music can help bring peace during tumultuous times. In studio:

  • Kerfala "Fana" Bangoura, artistic director of Mounafanyi West African Percussion and Dance Ensemble
  • Joe Dady, the Dady Brothers 
  • Maury Rosenberg, the New York Klezmer Orchestra
  • Mary Monroe, founder of the United with Music Benefit Concert
  • Sadiya Omar, vice president and co-founder of Refugees Helping Refugees