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World Cafe Local Edition: John Legend And The Roots interview and live performance

John Legend And The RootsMiss David Dye’s interview with John Legend on World Cafe earlier today? You can listen to a stream of the full session—which includes Legend discussing Wake Up!, the new album he wrote and recorded with The Roots (as well as the band’s performance at World Cafe Live earlier this summer)—over at NPR Music. From the site:

When award-winning R&B singer John Legend joined forces with award-winning hip-hop band The Roots, the collaboration produced a covers album called Wake Up!. The album shadows the ’60s and ’70s, featuring songs recorded by Baby Huey, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Nina Simone and other soul artists.

Wake Up! moves in sequence, addressing these “Hard Times” and encouraging listeners to make a change. Nostalgically coursing through R&B, funk and even hints of reggae, the album isn’t just imitating the past. It’s more educational, striving to show the strength of America’s musical history.