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New Orleans Music Industry Icon Larry McKinley Dies at 85

Originally posted on 2013-12-09 16:39:46 Some people have only one talent and some people have multiple talents. Larry McKinley would be of the latter. Known to man as the the co-founder of Minit Records and the latter-day voice of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he will be greatly missed as he died Sunday of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 85 years old.Larry McKinley also worked at local radio station WMRY-FM,which later became WYLD-AM.

Ywada (pronounced Yah-Dah)

Ywada was born the daughter of a songstress and a sound engineer. Ywada grew up surrounded by music. A vocalist extraordinaire, so much so she caught the eye of BET’s own, Dr. Bobby Jones at the tender age of 15. Ywada was granted the opportunity to perform on stage with multi-Grammy award winning artist Yolanda Adams, which would be captivated by her talent. With encouraging words from Yolanda Adams, Ywada vigorously continues working towards her dream.In 2007, Ywada opened up for the hit R&B Group 112.