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Laura Mvula on World Cafe | June 26, 2013

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U.K. singer Laura Mvula has been well-served by her conservatory training, which helped her uncover her own unique sound: Mvula's first full-length album, Sing to the Moon, blends classic pop, jazz and soul.

With help from producer Steve Brown, Mvula's choral-like arrangements are wonderfully layered and complex. In this installment of World Cafe, the singer performs live with her band and talks to host David Dye about how she separates her roles as a songwriter and a performer. (Link)


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Hour 1

Bob Marley “Sun is Shining” Kaya
Joan Armatrading “Show Some Emotion” Track Record
Laura Nyro “Eli’s Comin’” Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
((Spoon “Anything You Want” Girls Can Tell))
Laura Mvula “Like Morning Dew” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Mvula “She” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Mvula “Sing to the Moon” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
((Jem “I Wish” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Dr. Dog “Shadow People” Shame, Shame
The Band “Ophelia” To Kingdom Come
((Thao “Geography” We Brave Bee Stings and All))

Hour 2

Los Lobos “The Road to Gila Bend” The Town and the City
Matthew Sweet “Looking at the Sun” Girlfriend
Mikal Cronin “Weight” MCII
Houndstooth “Canary Island” Ride Out the Dark
Stevie Ray Vaughn “Say What” Soul to Soul
((Slide Brothers “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Little Comets "Jennifer" Life Is Elsewhere
The Jam “A Town Called Malice” Compact Snap
Tom Petty “Hometown Blues” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Tom Jones “Hit or Miss” Spirit in the Room
Ray Charles “I Got a Woman” The Birth of Soul Vol. 2
((The Mar-Keys “Last Night” Complete Stax-Volt Singles))
James Blake “Retrograde” Overgrown
Diego Garcia “You Were Never There” Laura
Jack White “Love Interruption” Blunderbuss
Prince & the Revolution “Raspberry Beret” Around the World in a Day
Jamie Lidell “Do Yourself a Favor” Jamie Liddell