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      September 27, 2019

      Friday   8:00 PM

      2342 Shattuck Avenue
      Berkeley, California 94704

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      Leyla McCalla

      with Hannah Mayree
      "It's an exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice's unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does." - NPR's "Songs We Love"The Capitalist Blues is Leyla McCallas way of processing the current political environment, where many of the issues are financial, but theyre rarely simply financial. It feels like everyones in a pressure cooker in this country, she says. The album is McCallas third, after Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes (2013) and A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (2016). Those albums and her time as a member of the African-American string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops presented her vision in songs that revealed the realities that people lived, often expressed in metaphors. She explored Haitian Creole identity issues in songs with arrangements that focused on the song. She often sang and accompanied herself on cello, banjo, or guitar. The New York-born McCalla has lived in New Orleans since 2010, and A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey broadened not only her examination of Creole identities but her sound as she brought in a number of musicians to add fiddle, clarinet, piano, electric guitar, and additional voices. Her growing relationship to the citys musical community led her to consider her relationship to New Orleans on The Capitalist Blues, and for the first time, it led her to record with a band.

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