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World Cafe
6:27 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Latin Roots: Essential Boleros

Jazz singer Dinah Washington, who popularized the song "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."
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To hear Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson tell it, the bolero is everywhere — and not just in the Spanish-speaking world. The bolero, like so many Latin styles, originated in Cuba, but it's since spread around the world.

For her look at essential boleros, Johnson plays two songs you probably know, but may not know as boleros: the international standard "Besame Mucho" and the English-language ballad "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" from Dinah Washington.

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World Cafe
6:20 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Will Butler On World Cafe

Will Butler.
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Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:37 am

Will Butler, the keyboard player and jack-of-all-instruments for Arcade Fire, has been playing smaller stages lately and liking it. Arcade Fire plays sheds and festivals — led by his brother, singer Win Butler — but he's been playing 150-seat clubs as a solo artist who's just released his debut album, Policy.

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World Cafe
3:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Matthew E. White On World Cafe

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A few years ago, Matthew E. White and his crew formed a production company and studio in Richmond, Va., and called the enterprise Spacebomb. White and Spacebomb's first album, 2012's Big Inner, was produced primarily as a demo to showcase the group's strengths.

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World Cafe
12:11 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Ibeyi On World Cafe

Ibeyi.
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Ibeyi is made up of twins Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, who grew up in France but went home to Cuba every summer. Their father, Anga Diaz, was a percussionist who played with the Buena Vista Social Club.

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World Cafe
4:47 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: Humming House

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On this week's episode of World Cafe: Next, hear and download two songs by the Nashville band Humming House. The group's third album, Revelries, features the songwriting of Justin Wade Tam with the addition of vocalist Leslie Rodriguez. Throughout the record, Humming House synthesizes influences from the Celtic and bluegrass worlds to create strong folk songs.

World Cafe
4:41 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett On World Cafe

Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:21 am

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World Cafe
11:19 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Toro Y Moi On World Cafe

Chaz Bundick, a.k.a. Toro Y Moi.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:21 am

What For? marks a change from the sound of Toro Y Moi's previous album, Anything In Return; the emphasis this time is on guitar rather than on the electronics and keyboards of the last record.

Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick made his debut in 2010 with Causers Of This, and soon got lumped in with an assortment of "chillwave" acts — an oversimplification of his versatile sound. Here, Toro Y Moi plays songs from What For? live in the studio.

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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Andy Kim On World Cafe

Andy Kim.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:21 am

During a 2013 Sense Of Place visit to Toronto, World Cafe talked to Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, who said he was working with Andy Kim on a new project. It was hard to know what to think: Kim, a fellow Canadian raised in Montreal, was known for pop hits in the '60s and '70s; he wrote "Sugar, Sugar" for The Archies and had his own No. 1 single, "Rock Me Gently," in 1974. Drew was heavily involved in Broken Social Scene, among other projects, and it turns out that the two have become close; in fact, Kim describes Drew as his best friend.

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World Cafe
11:35 am
Tue March 31, 2015

The Church On World Cafe

The Church.
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Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:21 am

The Australian band The Church, best known in the U.S. for its 1988 hit "Under The Milky Way," has a new album (titled Further/Deeper) and a new guitarist, with Ian Haug replacing founding member Marty Willson-Piper. In this episode of World Cafe, singer, bassist and songwriter Steve Kilby presides over a set of new and old songs.

World Cafe
12:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

World Cafe Next: BKO Quintet

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Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 1:51 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, BKO Quintet, is from the North African nation of Mali. Its album Bamako Today modernizes traditional Malian tunes and originals.

The band calls its music "Trad Actual Malian Sound." But, as you'll hear, it's also got a contemporary feel. In this segment, you can hear and download a couple of songs, including one in which BKO Quintet is joined by vocalist Piers Faccini singing in English.

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