NPR logo

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/461914071/461915248" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

World Cafe Next

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

World Cafe Next: Marlon Williams

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/461914071/461915248" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Marlon Williams. Justyn Strother/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Justyn Strother/Courtesy of the artist

Marlon Williams.

Justyn Strother/Courtesy of the artist

Featured Songs

  • "Dark Child"
  • "Hello Miss Lonesome"

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.

Episode Playlist

Support XPN

Stories like these are made possible by contributions from readers and listeners like you.