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MiWi La Lupa: A Sideman Takes The Spotlight

Watch the singer-songwriter perform from his latest album, 'New Way Home,' in the Soundcheck studio.

Friday, January 24, 2014

MiWi La Lupa performs in the Soundcheck studio. MiWi La Lupa performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

You may not know MiWi La Lupa’s name, but it’s likely you’ve heard his playing. If you’re familiar with the genre-colliding “Brooklyn Banghra” band Red Baraat, that’s him playing trombone and bass trumpet. Or maybe you’ve caught him as a sideman alongside artists like David Byrne, Femi Kuti, and even with hip hop producer El-P.

But now, MiWi La Lupa is stepping up to the front of the stage in a decidedly new way -- as a singer-songwriter and bandleader in his own right with his album New Way Home. Unlike the musically diverse bands he’s played in, La Lupa’s New Way Home (out Jan. 21) is an album of singular focus -- in the best way possible. Through eight concise songs, he mostly sticks to a mellow folk and country rock that highlights an adept ear for songcraft, evocative moods, and scene setting.

Hear MiWi La Lupa and his band play these new songs in the Soundcheck studio.



Set List:

  • "Radio"
  • "A New Way Home"
  • "Here I Am"


MiWi La Lupa

Comments [5]


I am now an R&B, Hip Hop, AND Country music fan!! Great job Mike!

Jan. 25 2014 02:03 PM

alright now!

Jan. 21 2014 07:01 PM

This is an amazing album. I thoroughly enjoy each and every song! Can't wait to see you perform it live!!! Congrats on your album release!

Jan. 21 2014 06:23 PM
Jordan from Brooklyn

This man is brilliant. He is a world class improvisor, brass carrier, singer and more. He also has a heart as big as the sun.

Jan. 21 2014 02:31 PM
Auntie Martha from Vermont

MiWi has written some beautiful songs but these are the best. ...And he surrounds himself with the best musicians.
This is an album to listen to over and over. Seriously.

Jan. 21 2014 01:14 PM

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