On Sunday March 31 at 5pm Eastern Time, WFDU-FM will be broadcasting a one hour documentary on the musical duo Marais and Miranda as part of the Traditions series.
Hosted by Bill Hahn, this radio documentary will feature commentary from folksingers Pete Seeger & Sam Hinton, legendary radio producer/writer Norman Corwin, former musical partner & protege Carol Merrill, producer Steven Miller, and their children - Yvonne and Marcel.
Marais and Miranda are probably best remembered for their South African folksongs. They helped popularize the song Marching to Pretoria and performed a number of songs based on South African folklore written by Josef Marais. Their concerts from the 1940's through the 1970's presented folk music in a classical stage setting.
Their music still remains popular to a loyal group of fans, and we hope this documentary will introduce them to a new generation. The story of how they got together and developed their style is also captivating - leaving their homelands to avoid Nazi persecution and to develop their art. Here in the U.S. they taught folk music and performance at the Idyllwild School Of Music And The Arts", (Isomata) as a summer camp for young people.
I hope you will join us for this fascinating look at a duo whose story is an interesting footnote to the canon of folk music.
WFDU can be heard on the internet at www.wfdu.fm or in the NYC area at 89.1FM
Ron Olesko Producer/Host WFDU-FM's TRADITIONS