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World Cafe CD's can be purchased at these local retailers. You can purchase volumes 33, 34, 35 and 36 through the NPR Shop.

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Every week, we feature independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

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David Dye Latin Roots is a bi-weekly series on the World Cafe program, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. In this new series, David Dye explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people. From the standards like cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock and even reggaeton, we'll hear it all.

The series airs every other Thursday during the second hour of the World Cafe program, and will delve into the musical styles and genres of Spanish influence with a rotating series of guests. With each segment, David Dye and his guest will explore two related songs, current and old, and discuss their unique characteristics, how they relate and where they fit into the spectrum of Latin music.

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Conversations from the World Cafe

Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe. Tune in every Wednesday at 10pm on WXPN 88.5FM

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Our Vintage Cafe: One Of British Folk Legend Bert Jansch’s Final Interviews
Australian Rocker John Butler: Passionate About His Home And His Music

Rodrigo y Gabriela play everything from heavy metal to jazz to acoustic folk.  The dynamic duo met in a thrash metal band in Mexico City, but moved to Dublin in 1999. From Ireland, their avant garde music spread to the UK, then to Europe and the United States before finally finding its way back to Mexico. 

It starts with Chuck talking about the influence of Grover Washington, Jr.’s song “Mister Magic” because it reminded him of the beat of the church music he used to hear.  He was playing with Los Latinos at the time and he decided to get his own band and really use that beat.  He took the Latin feel and the African feel and locked it in as well as the call-and-response and kept going.

Neal Casal is a hot commodity.  In fact, most fans of American rock love his guitar work whether they know his solo music or not.  Primarily a solo artist and guitarist for Ryan Adams’ backing band, Neal Casal’s career was built on country rock sensibilities and tireless out put. 

Joachim Cooder is no stranger to collaborations.  Nor is he new to scoring soundtracks.  Yet, Cooder’s newest project combines his past experiences in an expected way.  Son of legendary guitarist Ry Cooder, Joachim’s passion for drums came from watching a band mate of his father’s, Jim Keltner. 

Almost every record you know that was a 1960s radio hit had a secret weapon — a crew of L.A. backing musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew." This group, which included the likes of Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye, helped artists ranging from the Partridge Family to the Beach Boys make great-sounding albums.

Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year '06, 07, 09
Sweet Soul music is alive and kicking!

Josh begins by talking about how the first South American rock bands of the 50s and 60s were all cover bands, often singing in English. The covers that come out now are more Latinized and musically interesting in his opinion. The first song he plays is his favorite cover from last year by a Mexican band called Los Master Plus. They first broke out with a cumbia version of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire",…
How Drummer Stella Mozgawa And The Women of Warpaint Found Their Groove

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