CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROP LEYLA MCCALLA OPENS FOR MAVIS STAPLES; LONDON TIMES CALLS HER "UNFORGETTABLE"; SOLO DEBUT 'VARI-COLORED SONGS' NAMED ONE OF TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS BY SONGLINES
Presently on tour in Europe, Carolina Chocolate Drop Leyla McCalla has
earned incredible acclaim for her debut solo album 'Vari-Colored Songs: A
Tribute To Langston Hughes,' out February 4 in the US on Music Maker Relief Foundation:
+ She opened for Mavis Staples October 28 in Paris at New Morning.
+ The Times' Clive Davis called 'Vari-Colored Songs' a "triumph… unforgettable."
+ Songlines Magazine named 'Vari-Colored Songs' one of its top ten new
albums, calling it "exquisite," continuing, "Anyone who's seen the
Carolina Chocolate Drops will have been warmed by this young woman's
artistry… this exploration of the city's under-explored Caribbean
currents is most welcome; the Big Easy is, after all, as close – both
geographically and culturally – to Port-au-Prince as it is to New York
McCalla will play APAP in New York City in January, 2014.