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Michael Franti and His Roots

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Series: Artists and their Musical Roots
Length: 08:53

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Michael Franti spins music by some of his most enduring influences.

Default-piece-image-0 Michael Franti frontman of the band Spearhead has made a career of fusing old school funk and rap with politically conscious songwriting. His 1994 hit "Hole in the pocket" was a meditation on homelessness. In the second of our continuing celebration of Black History month, Michael Franti spins music by some of his most enduring influences.

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Michael Franti frontman of the band Spearhead has made a career of fusing old school funk and rap with politically conscious songwriting. His 1994 hit "Hole in the pocket" was a meditation on homelessness. In the second of our continuing celebration of Black History month, Michael Franti spins music by some of his most enduring influences.

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Review of Michael Franti and His Roots

wow, I listen to Franti's music but didn't know of the roots. Stumbled across this piece when searching for black history month material, and this really makes it. Live, rockin', informative!

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Review of Michael Franti and His Roots

I don't know Franti's work and still, this appeals to the side of me that's just plain nosey - it's a brief entry into the head of a thoughtful musician and what his influences are. Learned some new bits about other famous musicians so it keeps your ear cocked. Easy conversation with the host who's listening closely.

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Review of Michael Franti and His Roots

This interview provides an informative context for Franti's music and inspiration. I'm not sure if Michael Franti is well known, but both he and his band definitely should be. Their songs are ecclectic--a little soul, a little funk. In any case, this little interview is a snapshot of the influences that create some really powerful music.

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Michael Franti frontman of the band Spearhead has made a career of fusing old school funk and rap with politically conscious songwriting. His 1994 hit "Hole in the pocket" was a meditation on homelessness. In the second of our continuing celebration of Black History month, Michael Franti spins music by some of his most enduring influences. Host David Dye asked Franti how he put together his list.

[8:51 ends with thank you's.]

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Michael Franti of the group Spearhead speaking about his musical influences with the host of the World Cafe, David Dye.

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http://www.worldcafe.org