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On 'Drama,' Rodrigo Amarante Reconsiders Masculinity Through Childhood Memories

What does it mean to be a man? Rodrigo Amarante explores masculinity — and how his memories of it weren't exactly as they seemed — on his latest album, Drama. The premise came to Amarante after remembering a memory of his father, who asked the young singer-songwriter to cut off his long hair, in an attempt to dispel the drama and sensitivity from his head.

Drama is the perfect slice of lush, tropical jazz-inspired pop. Beneath the easy grooves and playful instrumentation are Amarante's reflections, teased out between English and Portuguese.

In this episode of World Cafe, Rodrigo Amarante shares home recordings from his studio in Los Angeles, and discusses unpacking his childhood memories, what rock guitarist he wanted to be growing up and more.

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World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).