Anthony ‘Ijah’ Umi grew up in southern New Mexico singing in gospel and soul groups as a child and throughout college. Ijah was a pianist for the ENMU jazz ensemble, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, played with AZA (reggae) for several years before starting his own band Iyah in 2006. Ijah composes his own music, including vocals, keyboards and percussion. He is retired from State government and has a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Ijah founded and is currently co-host of the Iyah Music show (reggae) on KUNM at the University of New Mexico. He started Soul Notes (an eclectic mix of soulful music, including R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, World Beat and more) at KSFR in 1999.
For Ijah, radio is an “ear-audio” experience that moves the soul in a different way from a visual experience. In his words, “I love music that is entertaining and message music that expresses the deeper truths or meaning of life.” He enjoys the creative flexibility allowed at KSFR and is grateful to be able to share his Southern NM soul roots to Northern New Mexico.
I am Desiree Mays, producer of Yoga Moments on Fridays just before 5pm and Sundays just before 8am. The idea for Yoga Moments is to provide a quiet two minutes in busy times to relieve stress and provide a little food for thought. My readings and books come to me and cover all faiths and philosophies from the Dalai Lama to Yoga for Chickens (visualize meditating standing on one leg, chicken-style - Tree pose for those in the know).
I produced CenterStage for years for KSFR, an interview format with music speaking to classical music people. Now I talk about the Santa Fe operas on Radio Cafe with Mary-Charlotte in the spring and summer months. Radio is fun, informative and sometimes uplifting.