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Janelle Monae on World Cafe | January 17, 2011

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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.

This World Cafe segment originally aired Dec. 22, 2010. (link)

Here is the playlist:


Sufjan Stevens "I Walked" The Age of ADZ
Cornershop "The Mighty Quinn" Judy Sucks a Lemon For Breakfast
Modest Mouse "Dashboard" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The Black Keys "Howlin' For You" Brothers
Janelle Monae "Medley: Dance or Die, Faster, Locked Inside" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Janelle Monae "Tightrope" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Cee-Lo Green "Bright Lights Bigger City" The Lady Killer
The Mighty Mighty Bosston "The Impression That I Get" Let's Face it
Vampire Weekend "Taxi Cab" Contra
Passion Pit "The Reeling" Manners
David Wax Museum "Born With a Broken Heart" Everything is Saved
David Wax Museum "Yes, Maria, Yes" Everything is Saved
Freelance Whales "Hannah" Freelance Whales
Jennifer Warnes "First We Take Manhattan" Famous Blue Raincoat
REM "Discoverer" Collapse Into Now
Scott Matthews "Dream Song" Passing Stranger
Steve Earle "I'm Looking Through You" Train a Coming
Belle & Sebastian "I Want the World to Stop" Write About Love
Broken Bells "The High Road" Broken Bells
Francis Dunnery "Too Much Saturn" Tall Blonde Helicopte
The Head & The Heart "Cour D'Alene" The Head and The Heart
The Smithereens "Too Much Passion" Blow Up
Jessica Lea Mayfield "Our Hearts Are Wrong" Tell Me