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Bombino On World Cafe

Recorded with the help of The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the Tuareg guitarist's latest album, Nomad, is packed with hypnotic and exciting guitar lines.
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'Left Alone,' Oliver Mtukudzi Sees Music As Therapy

At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest album, Sarawoga — which means "left alone" — is a response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins Tell Me More for a special performance chat.
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Leggett Wants Fillmore To Cancel Band's Performance Over Anti-Gay Lyrics

The Montgomery County Executive says that lyrics by the Mexican band Molotov are homophobic.

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Leggett Wants Fillmore To Cancel Molotov Performance

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett wants a Silver Spring concert venue to cancel a show by the Mexican band Molotov.

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OMD: New-Wavers Look Backward To Go Forward

The British duo, whose song "If You Leave" will forever be linked to John Hughes' seminal teen film Pretty In Pink, began making music when the members were teens themselves.
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Sylvio Fraga: Rio De Janeiro, By Way Of New York City

In this installment of World Cafe's Sense of Place: Rio, Fraga performs two songs with his trio.
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Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge

The music of Seu Jorge occupies a singular place in today's Brazil. His songs recall the traditional songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso, but his style, and his background, lead many to call Jorge a hero of life on Rio's streets.
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Forro In The Dark: Building On The Sound Of Brazil's Northeast

Forro in the Dark gets its name from a style of Brazilian dance music, but it doesn't conform to those limitations, instead drawing on influences from Enrique Iglesias to Beck. Hear an interview with the band, as well as a studio performance showcasing its new songs.
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Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on his new album — written after he got sober — Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.
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Howard Students Go From 'The Sing-Off' To Success

Traces of Blue is an a capella jazz group that started in class at Howard University, before catching national fame on a TV talent show. Now they're hard at work on their debut album.

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