Leyla McCalla: An Evening of Caribbean and Cajun Folk Jazz

Leyla McCalla is a New York-born musician-activist who now makes her home in New Orleans. As a former member of the well-known African-American string band, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, McCalla brings the realities of financial hardship and current political situations in the U.S. and globally to the stage as an artform. She currently has three albums, “Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughs” (2013), “A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey” (2016), and, her most recent, “The Capitalist Blues” (2018), which reflect and portray her experiences as a central figure in the New Orleans folk music scene.

McCalla’s music explores identity-related issues and her own ancestral ties to Haiti through lyrics in Haitian Creole that she describes as 'a language of resistance.' McCalla is a multi-instrumentalist performing on vocals, cello, banjo, and guitar. Her most recent work features a four-piece band, but she is also known as a soloist accompanying herself on cello while projecting her visions as a singer.

Friday, April 19 at 6:00pm

Old Main Chapel 1600 Pleasant St., Boulder, CO

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Music & Performances




Free to all students and the community

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