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The Sisters Of A-WA Share Their Great-Grandmother's Refugee Story

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On its latest album, Bayti Fi Rasi, the trio tells a story of their relatives fleeing Yemen and arriving in Israel as part of Operation Magic Carpet in 1949.

A-WA On World Cafe

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Molly Burch Isn't Just A Voice. She's Got The Songwriting Chops To Back It Up.

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The classically-trained vocalist just announced a new project, Ballads. But when she stopped by World Cafe, it was to discuss her most recent full-length album, First Flower.

Molly Burch On World Cafe

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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram performs live at the 2019 NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia, PA John Vettese/WXPN hide caption

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Is Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram The Future Of Blues Music?

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Ingram is an absolute beast on guitar who has impressed a lot of different people over the years, including Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and Dave Grohl.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram On World Cafe

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Kick Off Your Shoes While CAAMP Performs Songs From 'By And By'

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From playing for free beer to appearing at massive festivals, CAAMP has come a long way.

CAAMP On World Cafe

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Lukas Nelson's Message Is Simple: 'Go Play Outside'

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Lukas Nelson's latest record, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden), includes plenty of guests. Neil Young, Margo Price, and yes, Lukas' dad, Willie Nelson, all appear on the album.

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real On World Cafe

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Dan Auerbach And Patrick Carney Bring Brotherly Love Back To The Black Keys

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Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney explain why they just needed to get out of each other's hair for a bit.

The Black Keys On World Cafe

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Duff McKagan & Shooter Jennings' 'Tenderness' Is Art In Motion

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Between gigs with time on his hands, Duff, the Guns N' Roses bassist, recorded Tenderness, produced by his old friend, Shooter.

Duff McKagan & Shooter Jennings' 'Tenderness' Is Art In Motion

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Gloria Gaynor: Disco Queen Goes Gospel

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Gaynor explains why "I Will Survive" is still her favorite song to perform.

Gloria Gaynor On World Cafe

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Briston Maroney Is Writing Powerful Rock Songs With Grit And Heart

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Maroney's young, but he has lived a lot of life. He wears his experiences in a way that really makes you want to root for him and his dreams.

Briston Maroney On World Cafe

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A Special Slice Of New Orleans: King James And The Special Men

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Alynda Segarra of Hurray For The Riff Raff and Leyla McCalla of Carolina Chocolate Drops join King James and the Special Men for a live performance.

King James and the Special Men On World Cafe

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Rodrigo y Gabriela perform live at Public Radio's NON-COMMvention at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Rachel Del Sordo/WXPN hide caption

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela Find Inner Peace With 'Mettavolution'

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The duo conveys compassion through the music and emotion felt on its latest album, Mettavolution.

Rodrigo y Gabriela on World Cafe

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The 10 Standout World Cafe Sessions Of 2019 (So Far)

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Some say the glass of 2019 is half empty; others say it's half full. We say, "Wow, we've had some incredible artists perform so far this year."

Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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Ben Dickey Lives On The 'Outskirts' And Takes A Star-Making Turn

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The roots singer-songwriter shares songs from his latest album, A Glimmer On The Outskirts and how he ended up starring in a biopic directed by Ethan Hawke.

Ben Dickey On World Cafe

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Johnathan Rice's 'The Long Game' Is Not Quite A Breakup Record

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Though it serves as a partial reflection on his relationship with Jenny Lewis, there's more to Rice's latest album.

Johnathan Rice On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson On Cowboys, 'Crazy' and CBD-Infused Coffee

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It's been about a year since World Cafe caught up with Willie, and he's been busy!

Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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