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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'
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Kailash Kher and Kailasa just released a new album titled Yatra.
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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.
Hear the genre-busting Turtle Island Quartet perform a new composition called Tree of Life, in the Performance Today studio. Inspired by Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species and written by Turtle Island's leader, David Balakrishnan, the music encompasses a wide range of cultural references.
The fleet-fingered Romanian pianist has been performing at European jazz festivals since he was 15. With guest host Renee Rosnes, he romps through Oscar Peterson tunes and tributes to Art Tatum, but also displays a wide command of harmony on "Body and Soul."
With a mission to "perpetuate and nurture" New Orleans jazz as an art form, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band travels the world doing just that. From Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, for British Royalty and the king of Thailand, this eclectic assortment of musicians has been spreading the jazz gospel.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Cajun Christmas
Fool's Gold performs at KEXP.
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The L.A. band Fool's Gold has really gotten off the ground in 2009. The group's sound is firmly planted in popular African styles, including the guitar music of Congolese rumba, Tuareg desert-blues and '70s Ethiopian soul, among others. Hear the Hebrew-language Afro dance band in a session from KEXP.