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Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

Suzanne Vega.
Courtesy of the artist
Suzanne Vega.

For today's Vintage Cafe, we revisit iconic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega's time in the World Cafe studios back in February.

Vega burst on the New York City folk scene in 1987 with her second album, Solitude Standing, and specifically the song "Luka." Later, a short a cappella song from that album, "Tom's Diner," was remixed by DNA and became a pop sensation.

More recently, Vega formed her own record company in 2010 and began reissuing new recordings of her earlier songs. Her diverse new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, is her first release of new work in seven years.

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of her new work, the New York City folk scene from the '60s to today, and how "Tom's Diner" gave Vega unexpected hip-hop cred.

This story originally ran on Feb. 18, 2014.

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