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Novalima On World Cafe | February 23, 2012

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Formed by four Peruvian high-school friends in 2001, Novalima has been making traditional music sound sultry and modern ever since. In the past decade, the group has grown to a nine-piece band that's helping change the way the world thinks about world music.

Novalima's sound has evolved over the course of its four albums, and the group continues to span a wide range of Afro-Peruvian cultural influences — everything from pop and rock to salsa, reggae and dance music pop up on the club-friendly new Karimba, which draws its strength from both the urgency of traditional sounds and the rush of the new.

Here, Novalima discusses the making of Karimba and plays live on World Cafe.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Paul Simon "Graceland" Graceland
Carolina Chocolate Drops "Country Girl" Leaving Eden
M Ward "Primitive Girl" A Wasteland Companion
Wall of Voodoo "Mexican Radio" Songs That Made This Country Great
Cake "Mexico" Prolonging the Magic

((Novalima "Festejo" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Novalima "Camote" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Novalima "Guayabo" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Novalima "Mamaye" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((Novalima "Mamaye" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

Dr. Dog "That Old Black Hole" Be the Void
Nick Lowe "All Men Are Liars" Party of One
The Front Bottoms "Maps" The Front Bottoms
Real Estate "It's Real" Days
Patti Smith "Frederick" Wave

Hour 2

Heartless Bastards "Parted Ways" Arrow
The Byrds "8 Miles High" We Have Ignition
Kurt Vile "In My Time" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Doves "Black and White Town" Some Cities
Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye" Break It Yourself
The Shins "Simple Song" Port of Morrow

((David Wax Museum "The Persimmon Tree" Carpenter Bird))

Arturo "Zambo" Cavero "El Negrito Chinchivi" El Negrito Chinchivi
Novalima "Festejo" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((David Bazan "Bearing Witness" Curse Your Branches))

Kings of Leon "Molly's Chambers" Holy Roller Novacaine
The Rolling Stones "Hey Negrita" Black and Blue
Of Monsters and Men "Little Talks" My Head Is An Animal
Feist "How Come You Never Go There" Metals

((Britt Daniel "Writers Block" Stranger Than Fiction Original Soundtrack))