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Bobby McFerrin on World Cafe | July 29, 2013

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Bobby McFerrin has a wide range of musical abilities, from singing multi-octaves to serving as a classical conductor, but he didn't arrive there on his own. Inspired by his father's album Deep River, McFerrin pays tribute to music of the past on his new album, spirityouall.

His father, Robert McFerrin, was an operatic classical singer and the first African-American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. Released in 1958, Deep River is firmly rooted in recordings of African spiritual songs.

In this installment of World Cafe, Bobby McFerrin adds another generation to the mix, as he performs alongside his daughter Madison on stage. Hear him experiment with the energetic and often percussive range of his voice in a few songs from spirityouall.

Tracklist:

(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

The Holmes Brothers “Everything is Free” Simple Truths
Elvis Costello & The Roots “Walk Us Uptown” Wise Up Ghost
Talking Heads “Take Me to the River” More Songs About Buildings and Food
((Antibalas "The Rat Catcher (Di Ratacatcha)" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Bobby McFerrin “Everytime” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Bobby McFerrin “Fix Me Jesus” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Bobby McFerrin “25:15” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Bobby McFerrin "Everytime" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Dr. Dog “The Truth” B-Room
Rhye “Open” Open
Ray LaMontagne “Can I Stay?” Till the Sun Turns Black

Hour 2

The Smiths “The Headmaster Ritual” Best of The Smiths, Vol. 2
Coke Weed “Anklet” Back to Soft
Coke Weed “Sunseekers” Back to Soft
Kurt Vile “In My Time” Single
Laura Veirs “Sun Song” Warp and Weft 
((Audra Mae "Eli, the Barrow Boy" Haunt))
Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Possess Your Heart” Narrow Stairs
Elastic Bond “Find a Way” Real
St. Vincent “Cruel” Strange Mercy
((Everest "Rebels in the Roses" Ghost Notes))
Janelle Monae “Dance Apocalyptic” The Electric Lady
The Black Keys “Gold on the Ceiling” El Camino
The Front Bottoms “Skeleton” Talon of the Hawk
Liz Phair “Never Said” Exile in Guyville
Wilco “Heavy Metal Drummer” Yankee Hotel Foxtrot