Meet the team behind The Current's Carbon Sound

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Carbon Sound staff, from left to right: content director Julian Green, host Sanni Brown and community engagement specialist Andre Griffin
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Is there a song that you just love? Do you have a favorite jam? Or are you a fan of a certain genre of music and will listen to anything that falls in line with it?

MPR News host Angela Davis introduced us to the team at The Current behind Carbon Sound, the new music stream available online and via mobile app dedicated to celebrating Black musical expression from hip-hop and R&B to Afrobeats, funk and electronica.

Carbon Sound launched on Thursday and is a collaboration between The Current and KMOJ/The Ice. The project is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Other stations launching as part of CPB’s initiative include Radio Milwaukee and WJSU-FM in Jackson, Mississippi.


  • Julian Green is the content director of Carbon Sound. He previously served as program director at Radio K at the University of Minnesota and founded their online hip-hop stream The Vanguard.

  • Sanni Brown is the host of Carbon Sound. She also hosts The Message, The Current’s hip-hop and R&B show that airs on Wednesdays. The Message will now also be heard on Carbon Sound. She has more than 10 years of broadcast experience at stations including KMOJ-FM, KFAI-FM and 107.1 MyTalk.

  • Andre Griffin is the community engagement specialist for Carbon Sound. He has worked as a youth mentor at Banyan Community and as a community outreach specialist for the Pan-Afrikan Student Union at Augsburg University.

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