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Liner Notes: How Nola band Jank Setup channeled their response to George Floyd’s murder into a song

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Members of Jank Setup from left to right: Luis Carlos Villaseñor, Kentro Mason, Adam Samolsky, Ethan May

WWNO and WRKF have partnered with America Amplified, a journalism initiative emphasizing community engagement. As part of this collaboration, we bring you the second edition of Liner Notes, our new segment where we talk to Louisiana bands and dissect one of their original songs.

In today’s episode we are joined by members of the New Orleans-based band Jank Setup. Bandleader and drummer Ethan May and lead singer Kentro Mason, walk us through their initial reactions to learning of the murder of George Floyd, and tell us how they channeled their feelings of anger, frustration, and sadness into a soulful anthem that emulated the sounds of a protest.

While Jank Setup is currently on hiatus, we hope this segment of Liner Notes highlights their contributions to the New Orleans music community over the years.

Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.

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