THREE SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW TAPINGS OVER NEXT MONTH FOR FAST-RISER AS PASTE STREAMS ALBUM THIS WEEK
Leyla McCalla – cellist and tenor banjo player, Jazz Fest alum, and
member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops family – will celebrate Langston
Hughes' February 1 birthday with concerts February 11 at BRIC House (647 Fulton St., Brooklyn) and February 13
at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (196 Allen St.). Leyla McCalla will be taping
three syndicated radio segments over the next month--NPR Tell Me More;
NPR eTown; and Nat Geo Radio—talking about her stellar debut album
'Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes,' which is influenced
by sounds from New York, New Orleans, and Haiti. Paste Magazine will
stream the album this week before its February 4 release.
Performance videos from the streets of New Orleans.
Early buzz came from the UK. The Sunday
Times called it an "unforgettable... triumph." The UK's R2 gave it four
stars, calling it "a labour of love, beautifully consummated." UNCUT
gave it an 8/10, heralding its "magic." The Guardian said that McCalla
casts "a charming, resonant spell."
In the US, New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine tabbed it "ambitious, deep and
gorgeous." Sing Out Magazine has raved, "What a voice, more Billie
Holiday than anything, flourishing in such bare surroundings and
bringing the words, whether joyous or dark, to life... As arranger,
musician and vocalist she’s a remarkable talent, and this debut is
assured and a harbinger of a towering career."
More info on Leyla's tour.