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Leyla McCalla - "Mesi Bondye" [Official Audio]
Listen to the official audio for Leyla McCalla’s “Mesi Bondye,” a Haitian folk song by Frantz Casseus, from the re-release of her debut album 'Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes.’ 'Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes' available October 16, 2020 on CD, LP, and Digital. Stream/download/purchase: Smithsonian Folkways: Bandcamp: All other platforms: Leyla McCalla’s 'Vari-Colored Songs' is a celebration of the complexity of Black culture and identity, and a tribute to the legacy of poet and thinker Langston Hughes. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, McCalla sets Hughes’ poems to her own spare yet profound compositions. She juxtaposes these with arrangements of folk songs from Haiti, the first independent Black nation and the homeland of her parents, tapping into the nuances of Black experience. McCalla’s music elegantly weaves Haitian influences together with American folk music, just as Hughes incorporated Black vernacular into his remarkable poetry, and the way the Haitian Kreyòl is a beacon for the survival of African identity through the brutal legacy of colonialism. This is music of reclamation, imbued with a quiet power that grapples with the immense weight of history. Leyla McCalla: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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2 min 26 sec
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