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Jon Muq on his latest album, 'Flying Away'

Jon Muq grew up in Mutungo Hill, outside of Kampala, Uganda. He was immediately drawn to music, which led him wandering into a school's choir practice as a child; discovering the guitar and playing for crowds as a teenager; and, eventually, after honing his craft aboard a cruise ship, it brought him to Austin, Texas.

One fateful day, Muq received a random message from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, suggesting the two should work together. They did.

Now, we're on the cusp of Muq's debut solo album, Flying Away, being released. In this session, Muq talks about growing up in Mutungo Hill, why he decided to leave Uganda to pursue his career despite protestations from friends and family, plus he shares live performances taped in front of a studio audience at World Cafe.

This episode of World Cafe was produced and edited by Kimberly Junod. The web story was created by Miguel Perez. Our engineer is Chris Williams. Our programming and booking coordinator is Chelsea Johnson and our line producer is Will Loftus.

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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).