Here is who to listen for this week on WORLD CAFE:
Monday, January 15: Lizz Wright
Soul and gospel singer Lizz Wright delivers some of the finest musicianship we've heard on the Café, as she covers songs made famous by Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Glen Campbell. Those versions appear on Wright's new covers album called Grace, and boy does she deliver on the ideals of grace for Martin Luther King Day on World Café.
Tuesday, January 16: Remembering Delores O'Riordan
We were so shocked and so sad to hear the news that Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, died suddenly at the age of 46 on Monday morning.
Dolores had a way of drawing you in through her voice, with Irish accent fully and proudly displayed. The way she would flip between the ethereal float of her higher notes and the dignified depth of her lower register; in those breaks you could hear a measured power and a vulnerability that set The Cranberries apart from other '90s rock bands.
Wednesday, January 17: Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile’s new album By the Way, I Forgive You doesn’t come out until next month, but she performs a live preview with a full band on the next World Cafe. And Brandi talks about how she and her wife Catherine conceived their first child, and how Dolly Parton, Adele and Barack Obama helped her celebrate a big anniversary. Brandi Carlile on the next World Cafe.
Thursday, January 18: Sense of Place: South Africa
World Cafe travels to South Africa with our Sense of Place series! New music as we explore the psychedelic rock scene in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, with Sannie Fox and the internationally buzzed about Sol Gems. The artists share how their nation’s difficult social history influences them, and what South Africa is like today, as well as play live.
Friday, January 19: First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit’s new album Ruins showcases the Swedish sister duo’s signature harmonies and contemporary take on classic country. But in their live World Cafe session, they also go punk on one song called “You Are the Problem Here”. It was inspired by a sexual assault case they read about in the news. First Aid Kit on the next World Cafe.