World Cafe

The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.

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

Dave Rawlings Machine On World Cafe

Dec 17, 2015

Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings are a musical and life partnership. They live together, write together and perform together, usually under Welch's name.

When Jon Anderson, the singer from British progressive rock band Yes, and electric-jazz-violin innovator Jean-Luc Ponty play together, their collaboration makes immediate sense. Anderson calls it spiritual. The Anderson Ponty Band combines music from both of them — Anderson has written words to Ponty's instrumentals — and it soars.

On this page, hear performances from an October concert, as well as a conversation with the two longtime players.

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