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August 27, 2010

Hot 8 Brass Band

Dinerral Shavers was the drummer and singer for the New Orleans-based Hot 8 Brass Band. He was also a victim of the post-Katrina violence. He was shot during what would turn out to be one of the most violent weeks in post-Katrina New Orleans. Dinerral’s band mate Bennie Pete remembers when the two met. Dinerral was just 12 years old -- a skinny little live wire with big glasses, eager to perform with the band. As the anniversary of Katrina approaches, Bennie talks about his friend Dinerral, the city that struggles to rise again, and the music that holds it all together.Also, Amy Cyrex Sins was first on the program a year and a half after Katrina hit. Amy had lost her home, but written a new cookbook, Ruby Slippers,  to replace recipes she lost in the flood waters. The recipe book has since won some awards - but the best update is that Amy is now settled into her rebuilt home. 

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