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Raphael Saadiq on World Cafe | August 8, 2011

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Raphael Saadiq, the former lead-vocalist of the dance trio Tony! Toni! Tone!, has produced records for chart-topping artists such as John Legend and Joss Stone, and collaborated with the likes of Whitney Houston, D'Angelo, Stevie Wonder, The Bee Gees and The Roots. His 20 years in the R&B scene has left a remarkable footprint in the musical world, fusing classic sounds of the 1960s and '70s with a solid background in classical music, spirituals and jazz.

From the age of 6, Saadiq has professed a strong knack for music, playing the bass, singing in professional gospel groups and performing on stage for his church and school. His solo albums have marked his steady evolution as an artist, from 2002's Instant Vintage to 2008's successful The Way I See It. Saadiq is set to release his fifth solo LP, Stone Rollin', on May 10. Hear songs from the upcoming album, as well as an interview with host David Dye, on this edition of World Cafe.

This World Cafe segment originally aired April 15.

Playlist:

HOUR 1

The Church "Under The Milky Way" Starfish
Velvet Underground "Who Loves The Sun" Loaded
She & Him "In The Sun" Vol. 2
Aloe Blacc "Femme Fatale" Good Things
Raphael Saadiq "Stone Rollin'" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Raphael Saadiq "Radio" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Raphael Saadiq "The Answer" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Booker T "Representing Memphis" Memphis Revisited
Solomon Burke "That's How I Got To Memphis" Nashville
John Hiatt "Memphis In The Meantime" Bring The Family

HOUR 2

Beach House "Zebra" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Spoon "Trouble Comes Running" Transference
Beck "Mixed Bizness" Midnite Vultures
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "Livin' In The Jungle" Scandalous
The Civil Wars "Poison & Wine" Barton Hollow
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova "Falling Slowly" Var. Once OST
Bram Tchaikovsky "Girl Of My Dreams" Var. DIY: Starry Eyes
The XX "VCR" XX
The Kills "Baby Says" Blood Pressures
John Kongos "He's Gonna Step On You Again" Super Hits Of The 70's
Muddy Waters "I'm Ready" Best Of
Iron & Wine "Me And Lazarus" Kiss Each Other Clean
Pete Townshend "Stop Hurting People" All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes