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A Jazz Legend's Unforgettable Visit To 'Tell Me More'

Omar Sosa To kick off the new year, Tell Me More revisits memorable conversations with musicians heard on the program in 2009. Legendary jazz musician and composer Omar Sosa has earned his ranking within a unique class of world musicians. Since his childhood years spent in Cuba, Sosa has been able to call many other places home, such as Ecuador, Spain and San Francisco. Along the way, he's soaked up various sounds and rhythms of the cultures he encountered. Back In April, Sosa dropped by NPR's Studio 4a for a performance chat in which he described his efforts to connect the sounds of the African diaspora with that of the Americas.

A Jazz Legend's Unforgettable Visit To 'Tell Me More'

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Depeche Mode: Cosmic Synth-Pop

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For 30 years, Depeche Mode has pioneered electronic music with the use of synthesizers, influencing newer acts like Coldplay and The Killers. The band's latest record, Sounds of the Universe, combines past and future, tapping enduring themes such as lust and religion, while creating futuristic arrangements with drum machines.

Depeche Mode Performs In Studio For World Cafe 7/10/09

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Delbert McClinton: No Slowing Down

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

McClinton is full of surprises. Despite his towering stature in the blues business and his naughty-but-nice musical persona, in person he's compact, quiet and relaxed. In a session from WFUV, he belts out a powerful performance that'd drain a man half his age.

Delbert McClinton In Studio On WFUV 11/16/09

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Vintage Cafe: Dirty Projectors

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Dirty Projectors visited the World Cafe studios back in 2009 after the release of Bitte Orca. The album found the band continuing its trademark experimentation.

Vintage Cafe: Dirty Projectors

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Neko Case: Earthy, Soulful Americana

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As a member of The New Pornographers and on her own, Neko Case has a voice that reaches deep. Her latest solo album, Middle Cyclone, was recorded in a barn and has the bird songs, wind gusts and animal noises to prove it. Hear an acoustic session from WXPN.

Neko Case In Studio On World Cafe 9/11/09

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The Decemberists: Songs Of Love And Murder

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The Decemberists' Colin Meloy favors a complex storytelling approach that often includes a vivid array of characters. Since breaking into the mainstream with 2005's The Crane Wife, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album titled The Hazards of Love.

The Decemberists: Songs Of Love And Murder

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Jamey Johnson: Country's 'Lonesome' Songs

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Following an overwhelming run of hardships, country-music singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson went into a period of isolation, supporting himself by penning hits for Trace Adkins and George Strait. In a session from WXPN, he performs songs from That Lonesome Song.

Jamey Johnson in Studio on World Cafe 5/13/09

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Hard-Rocking Folk: The Avett Brothers

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Though its members recently shaved, The Avett Brothers long marched in the seemingly endless parade of bearded indie-folk acts to rise to prominence in recent years. But with its raucous live shows, it may just be the hardest-rocking band ever to win an award from the Americana Music Association.

The Avett Brothers in Studio on World Cafe 9/24/09

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Wilco: Back To The Beginning

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In this World Cafe appearance, the band discusses its new record, Wilco (The Album), while beloved singer-songwriter Feist joins in to discuss and perform "You and I," her duet with frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Wilco: Back To The Beginning

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Kailash Kher: Melding Music And Spirituality

In a country of more than a billion people, with one of the biggest film industries in the world, Kailash Kher has made a significant mark on India's music world. Kher and his band Kailasa have helped transform the music of a country dominated by the pop music of its film industry. Here, Kailasa stops by NPR's Studio 4A for a performance and conversation with host Michel Martin.

Kailash Kher: Melding Music And Spirituality

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