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Encore: Christian McBride on World Cafe

Christian McBride has spent his career laying down grooves as a jazz double bassist, appearing on recordings across a wide variety of genres, backing everyone from The Roots to Chaka Khan to Paul McCartney to James Brown. He’s also led his own bands, including Christian McBride’s New Jawn – with whom he’s released an album called Prime. Christian talks about falling in love with jazz and how he thinks about leading a band from the bass player’s position, on the next World Cafe.

Brittany Howard on World Cafe

What Now, the title of Brittany Howard’s new album, is not only a rhetorical question about the uncertain state of the world. It’s also a nod to the wildly diverse – and often unexpected – sonic turns Howard takes on her sophomore solo effort. On the next World Cafe, Howard talks about experimenting with unconventional tools with producer Shawn Everett, everything from PVC pipes and garbage bags to crystal singing bowls. Join us.

Sampha on World Cafe

For his latest album, Sampha wanted to create a sound that felt like a bird flying through the sky. Guided by his sense of curiosity, the London musician began toying with new equipment and created the airy, serene Lahai. On the next World Cafe, Sampha talks about those sonic experimentations, the novella that inspired him and how becoming a father has reshaped him. Join us.

Encore: Lowland Hum Mini Concert on World Cafe

The songs on Lowland Hum’s latest album, From Self with Love, were written during a period of uncertainty for the husband and wife duo of Daniel and Lauren Goans. They’d just become first-time parents when they wrote the album, which touches on themes of pandemic isolation, early parenthood, death, grief, and new life. On the next World Cafe, the Charlottesville, Virginia band joins us for a mini concert, performing songs from the new album.

John Morrison Black History Month Special, Week 2 on World Cafe

If disco music reigned supreme in the 70s, the 80s saw a new breed of musicians take the helm. DIY producers flourished in the 80s, thanks to the advent of cheaper, more accessible electronic music equipment. On the next World Cafe, correspondent John Morrison launches us into the 80s, as we go through the decades for this special Black History Month series on dance music. Join us.

Slow Pulp on World Cafe

The indie rock band Slow Pulp broke out with their 2020 debut, Moveys. For the group’s sophomore record, Yard, lead singer Emily Massey wrote most of the album from a cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Massey joins us to talk about making Yard more exploratory – and what it was like recording vocals with her dad, a musician and engineer. Plus, Slow Pulp share live performances recorded in Dublin, Ireland—on the next World Cafe.

Sleater-Kinney on World Cafe

Sleater-Kinney was working on a new album when Carrie Brownstein found out her mother and stepfather had been killed in an accident. Making music helped her deal with her grief, and the band’s latest record, Little Rope, came out of that experience. On the next World Cafe, Carrie and Corin Tucker join us to talk about making Little Rope, and why Sleater-Kinney is entering a brand new era.

Encore: McKinley Dixon on World Cafe

On McKinley Dixon’s new album, “Beloved! Paradise! Jazz?”, he moved to Chicago, looking for a blank canvas to generate ideas for this wildly inventive and sonically lush LP that tackles themes of longing. Dixon will talk about why his sound can be difficult to pin down, his love of animation, and how the author Toni Morrison inspired the album’s title, on the next World Cafe.

Kiltro on World Cafe

Kiltro brings together the Chilean and American roots of band leader Chris Bowers Castillo. On the next World Cafe, he talks about how he grew up going back and forth between the two countries, eventually settling in Chile for a few years and becoming a tour guide. His latest album has a song that references the Chilean economic protests, which he watched from the US during the pandemic. He shares that and more from Kiltro’s latest album, Underbelly.