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Staff Review Jun 7, 2021

The Girl with the Louding Voice, by Abi Dare, is a powerfully unforgettable story about Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who wants nothing more than to go to school and become a teacher. Her mother encourages her to continue with her education and find not just her voice but her “louding voice”. Adunni’s life becomes hard and arduous after her mother’s death when her father, who is in need of money for himself and her brothers to survive, “sells” her to a much older man to be his third wife.

Latest Local Music

Jul 27, 2021

It's hard to know where to begin with someone like Robert Castillo. In addition to being a recognized composer, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist, Castillo is also a dedicated community organizer. He has led the Kansas City-based jazz ensemble The Sextet and has released music as a solo artist under the Blob Castle moniker. Enjoy our interview with the fascinatingly diverse artist.


Please introduce yourself and describe your music for new listeners.

Jun 17, 2021

Yunfei Li describes her music as inspired by a diversity of influences, from traditional Chinese culture to nature sounds to dance and pop music. Her award-winning music has been performed by a number of ensembles across the United States, including in Kansas City where she is currently a doctorate student in Music Composition at The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Thank you to Yunei for taking time to share some insights into her music and creative process.


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