World Cafe

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From live in-studio performances and interviews with top musicians to new and undiscovered artists from around the globe –World Cafe is the place to hear contemporary popular music!

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

Jan 4, 2016

Kick off the new year by meeting Marlon Williams, a stunning artist from New Zealand. After growing up in a Maori household, Williams went to university to study classical music, but ultimately left to chase other creative pursuits.

Williams' stylistically diverse debut album, out internationally Feb. 19, is held together by the singer's fluid voice and the way he emotionally inhabits his songs. Download the audio segment to get two songs, but remember that they represent only a couple of facets of this remarkable performer.

World Cafe's 2016 Preview

Jan 4, 2016

As we put 2015 to rest, World Cafe invites NPR Music's Ann Powers to take a look at musical offerings for the new year. Several major, established artists have announced new releases — including David Bowie, who has a marvelous, jazz-informed album called Blackstar coming out Jan. 8. Powers also spotlights a new release from Lucinda Williams, as well as a set of covers that the late Jeff Buckley recorded as demos and a new album from Philadelphia's Santigold.

World Cafe's Best Of 2015

Dec 29, 2015

More than 200 bands were featured on World Cafe this year, including many incredible sessions. This week on the show, we're re-airing eight of the best guest performances of 2015. Listen back to each one from the archives below.

Your Christmas celebration is about to get funkier — and, it goes without saying, better. Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, one of the world's top soul bands ever since the release of Dap Dipping in 2002, has released a joy-packed album for the season — titled It's A Holiday Soul Party — and recently visited World Cafe to perform its songs live.

Latin Roots: Christmas In Cuba

Dec 24, 2015

Just in time for Christmas Eve, World Cafe heads to the tropics for a holiday-themed Latin Roots segment. Contributor Judy Cantor-Navas uses the occasion as an opportunity to look at Christmas in Cuba, with music from pre-revolutionary times right up until the present day.

Hear songs from the great Celia Cruz and more in this segment, and find even more to enjoy on Latin Roots' Cuban Christmas Spotify playlist.

David Myles On World Cafe

Dec 24, 2015

Mild-mannered, sharply dressed David Myles knows how to bring the Christmas cheer. Born in New Brunswick, Myles proudly represents Eastern Canada and even has a CBC radio show covering the music of the Maritimes. In today's conversation with host David Dye, he talks about some of his local Christmas customs.

Since 2002, the Americana Music Association has held its annual Americana Honors & Awards show, which celebrates the music and musicians whose work is heard in various roots-music styles, including roots-rock, country, folk, bluegrass, alt-country, blues and R&B. Over the years, the ceremony has become a singular event in the genre, with honors given to the new — Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, Shovels & Rope — as well as to legends such as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, Loretta Lynn and John Prine.

Martin Courtney On World Cafe

Dec 23, 2015

Martin Courtney is a singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Brooklyn. In 2008, Courtney co-founded Real Estate in Ridgewood, N.J., with Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Etienne Duguay. Courtney has released three albums with Real Estate and just put out his solo debut, Many Moons, in October.

Squeeze On World Cafe

Dec 22, 2015

Squeeze, the effervescent duo of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, made its debut in 1978 and released the bestselling Cool For Cats in 1979. Now, it's made its first album of new music together since 1998. Difford and Tilbrook took a little time off from Squeeze in the mid-'80s, and each started to focus on a solo career in the late '90s. They didn't even see each other for almost a decade.

Rickie Lee Jones On World Cafe

Dec 18, 2015

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