apr 14, 2017 - 22:00
Her distinctive sound is impossible to replicate
A Haitian-American who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, Leyla McCalla plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.
Her songs are a musical exploration of two cultural identities, one sprouted in the United States and the other firmly planted in Haiti.
Whether she tackles fresh versions of traditional pieces or original compositions, there is a timelessness and perceptivity to all of her songs, which ask big questions and demand big answers.
America / Haiti