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Bobby McFerrin on World Cafe | July 3, 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. (Link)


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Hour 1

Blind Boys of Alabama “Amazing Grace” Bonaroo: Live from Bonaroo Music Festival 2002
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Paul Simon “Gone at Last” Still Crazy After All These Years
((Andrew Bird “Fitz and the Dizzyspells” Noble Beast))
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 
((Nick Lowe “So It Goes” Jesus of Cool))
The Impressions “People Get Ready” Anthology
The Lone Bellow “You Never Need Nobody” The Lone Bellow
Phosphorescent “Song for Zula” Muchacho 

Hour 2

Fleetwood Mac “Sisters of the Moon” Tusk
Rose Windows “Wartime Lovers” The Sun Dogs
Midlake “Head Home” The Trials of Van Occupanther
Roy Orbison “You Got It” Mystery Girl
Little Comets “Jennifer” Life Is Elsewhere
((Anthony D'Amato “Holy War” Down Wires))
Junip “Your Life Your Call” Junip
Alt-J “Breezeblocks” An Awesome Wave
Death Cab for Cutie “Cath” Narrow Stairs
The Left Banke “She May Call You Up Tonight” There’s Gonna Be a Storm
((Passion Pit “Live to Tell the Tale” Chunk of Change))
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine 
Ryan Adams “Answering Bell” Gold
Jim James “A New Life” Regions of Light and Sound of God
Parquet Courts “Stoned and Starving” Light Up Gold
Lou Reed “I Love You Suzanne” New Sensations
((Beastie Boys “14th St Break” The Mix Up))