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Sights and Sounds: Carl Winters

Kalimba player Carl Winters
Photo Provided by Carl Winters
Kalimba player Carl Winters

“Sights and Sounds” is our weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. On this episode, host Jenee Darden speaks with Carl Winters aka “The Kalimba King.” He’s performing his kalimba tomorrow at the Brookfield Library in Oakland. A kalimba is an African instrument made up of a small, wooden box and metal piano keys.

Sheba Piano Lounge
San Francisco
It’s an Ethiopian restaurant where diners also enjoy live jazz music. Their menu offers dishes such as pomegranate meatballs and rosemary sea bass. One of their most popular items are sirloin sambusas, which are pastries filled with spiced beef.

“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Agin): A Memoir”
Sly Stone
Sly is the front man for the iconic funk band Sly and the Family Stone. They released hits such as “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People” during the 1960s and 70s. In his memoir, Sly writes about his early days as a San Francisco radio DJ, the music scene when he was rising, and his struggles with drug addiction.

Lake Merced
San Francisco
It’s a popular nature spot for runners and cyclists. People can also enjoy fishing, rowing, or playing golf. Migrating birds come to Lake Merced for its freshwater ecosystem.

Here is where Carl is playing in February:

February 6, 6:00PM, San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro, CA

February 10, 11:00AM, Anza Branch Library, San Francisco, CA

February 10, 1:30PM, Marina Branch Library, San Francisco, CA

February 10, 4:00PM, Visitacion Valley Branch Library, San Francisco, CA

February 17, 12 Noon, Main Library, South San Francisco, CA

February 17, 2:00PM, Grand Library, South San Francisco, CA

February 18, 11:00AM, Wright Chapel AME Church, San Francisco, CA

February 24, 11:00AM, City Hall Rotunda, Daly City, CA

February 28, 2:00PM, Elmhurst Branch Library, Oakland, CA

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Porfirio Rangel is a Producer for Sights & Sounds