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World Cafe
3:48 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Latin Roots: The Politics Of Music

Los Tigres Del Norte.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:29 pm

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco of the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli talks with host David Dye about how politics influence music. They've certainly affected Pacheco's music, as Ozomatli has been politically driven since its inception. The band's members started playing together 16 years ago, when they were working for the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles, and were asked to play for picketers during a strike.

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World Cafe
3:00 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Ozomatli On World Cafe

Ozomatli.
Courtesy of the artist

Ozomatli is a genre-spanning, Grammy-winning band whose sound draws from Latin influences like salsa and cumbia, as well as hip-hop, rock, reggae and funk. Its many members are political activists who met while working with the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles; their first performance was for picketers during a strike.

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Music Reviews
2:26 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

Chan Marshall, better known by the name Cat Power, takes a new approach on her latest record, Sun.
Stefano Giovannini Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 6:09 pm

I recently listened to the first single from the new Cat Power album with some fellow fans, and the room was deeply divided. Some thought the song was fabulous, but others were startled and upset — which I could understand, sort of. Chan Marshall's songs generally speak to pain and trauma with a hushed and intimate musical vocabulary. But this song, "Ruin," was different — not just a rock 'n' roll song, but one you might even want to dance to.

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The Record
2:26 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Who You Calling A B----?

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Debate over the word "bitch" has been conducted loudly for decades, as in Queen Latifah's "U.N.I.T.Y." when she asks, "Who you calling a bitch?"
ImmortalBliss iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:15 pm

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Favorite Sessions
2:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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