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Ape Is High: BRC Gets Deep With Mandrill

Mandrill is a legendary band 40-plus years in the game whose music fused a broad range of styles across the sonic spectrum. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the Wilson brothers (Ricardo, Louis, Wilfredo and Carlos) were part of a rich tradition of polyglot, self-contained bands, that included WAR, Santana and Sly & The Family Stone. They've produced a treasure trove of classic jams, like "Fencewalk," "Mango Meat," "Ape Is High," "I Refuse To Smile," "Hang Loose," and many others, and, as one of the most sampled bands in the business, their music has spanned generations. Earl Douglas Jr. and Darrell M. McNeill chat with brothers Ric and Lou about the band's history, legacy and an upcoming live performance/collaboration in Hollywood with Lowrider Band (original members of the band WAR).


Black Rock Coalition Radio


The Black Rock Coalition was founded in 1985 by guitarist Vernon Reid, journalist Greg Tate, and producer Konda Mason in reaction to the constrictions that the commercial music industry places on black artists. Over the years it has broadened its mission in active support of Black artists who defy convention. These programs are produced and hosted by Earl Douglas, LaRonda Davis, and Darrell McNeill.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.