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Janelle Monae on World Cafe | December 22, 2010

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Janelle Monae is a fiery and energetic wonderball of a performer, one who sings, writes songs, dances and acts

Monae first tried her hand on Broadway, but soon realized that her true calling was music. And what a strange calling it is. Monae's music involves a futuristic vision centered around her android alter-ego, Cindy Mayweather, a hero and rebel within the android community. Her Metropolis EP, originally released on her own Wondaland Arts Society label and later on Bad Boy Records, opens the epic tale and serves as the first movement of her four-movement concept, which was later explored on this year's full-length, The ArchAndroid, one of NPR Music's Favorite 50 albums of 2010.

Mixing orchestral arrangements with funk, soul, pop and rock, Monae covers it all. Listen to her perform live in the WXPN studios and chat with World Cafe host David Dye.

Here is the playlist for the show:

Nick Drake One Of These Things First  Bryter Layer
Greg Allman  Just Another Rider  Low Country Blues
Ray Lamontagne  Beg Steal Or Borrow  God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
Janelle Monae  Medley: Dance or Die, Faster, Locked Inside  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Janelle Monae  Tightrope  Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Prince  When You Were Mine  Dirty Mind
The English Beat  Save It For Later  Special Beat Service
Belle & Sebastian  I Want The World To Stop  Write About Love
Tired Pony  Dead American Writers  The Place We Ran From
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti  Bright Lit Blue Skies  Before Today
The Black Keys  Howlin' For You  Brothers
Fleetwood Mac  Heroes Are Hard To Find  The Chain Sampler
The xx  VCR  xx
Charlie Hunter feat. Norah Jones  More Than This  Songs From the Analog Playground
Willie Nelson feat. Norah Jones  Baby It's Cold Outside  American Classic
Herbie Hancock feat. Norah Jones  Court & Spark  ...Featuring Norah Jones
Dirty Dozen Brass Band feat. Norah Jones  Ruler Of My Heart  Medicated Magic
Justin Townes Earle  Harlem River Blues  Harlem River Blues
The Wallflowers  One Headlight  Bringing Down The Horse
The National  Bloodbuzz Ohio  High Violet
The Replacements  Talent Show  Don't Tell A Soul
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3  Resolution  Northern Aggression