Merrill Garbus Becomes tUnE-yArDs

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Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) explains how her previous career as a puppeteer impacted her performance style.
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Merrill Garbus is the performer and multi-instrumentalist behind tUnE-yArDs — a music project that blends African-inspired rhythms and vocals with electric bass and saxophone. But she only discovered music after a failed career as a puppeteer. She tells Kurt Andersen she found musical inspiration as a student living in Africa; her mother’s ukelele, purchased at an Army-Navy store, helped her to take the plunge.

Watch tUnE-yArDs perform songs from the album w h o k i l l  below.

(Originally aired: June 3, 2011)



Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "Gangsta"

Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "You Yes You"

Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "Bizness"

Music Playlist

  1. Gangsta

    Artist: tUnE-yArDs
    Album: w h o k i l l
    Label: 4AD Records
  2. Bizness

    Artist: tUnE-yArDs
    Album: w h o k i l l
    Label: 4AD Records
  3. New Life

    Artist: Depeche Mode
    Album: Speak and Spell
    Label: Mute Records
  4. You Yes You

    Artist: Tune Yards
    Album: Who Kill
    Label: 4ad Records
  5. Right Here, Right Now

    Artist: Jesus Jones
    Album: Doubt
    Label: SBK Records