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Michael Cooper on the resurgence of Con Funk Shun

Sunday, August 14

Coming up on Soulsations, we have music and conversation with Michael Cooper, founding member of the funk band Con Funk Shun. The legendary lead singer/songwriter and guitarist talks about the resurgence of the band's popularity after more than 50 years in the music industry.

Powerhouse duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak — together known as the Grammy-winning Silk Sonic — released a cover of the Con Funk Shun song "Love's Train" on Valentine's Day. Cooper talks about the band's elation regarding that number #1 hit, 40 years after the Con Funk Shun version.

Plus, Cooper shares stories behind their hits, new music on the horizon and one of his favorite DoubleTakes: the 1972 gem "Looking For a Pure Love" by Stevie Wonder and his very own version from his release This Heart of Mine.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.