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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dixiefrog
  • ASIN: B00EVCGZTI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

(2013 'Music Maker') 40:41/14Medium 1
  1. Heart Of Gold
  2. When I Can See The Valley
  3. Mesi Bondye
  4. Girl
  5. Kamèn Sa W Fè?
  6. Too Blue
  7. Manman Mwen
  8. Song For A Dark Girl
  9. Love Again Blues
  10. Rose Marie
  11. Latibonit
  12. Search
  13. Lonely House
  14. Changing Tide

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pomeroy on 9 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Leyla McCalla is a prodigious talent. The fact that last year's Carolina Chocolate Drops album was by far their most successful to date was in no small part due to the arrival of Leyla McCalla and her wonderful cello work (as well as Buddy Miller's natural production). With the self-produced `Vari-Colored Songs' Leyla steps assuredly into the spotlight.

The album is subtitled as `A tribute to Langton Hughes', the prolific African American poet, playwright and novelist. The material includes music written to Hughes' poetry, Haitian folk songs as well as Leyla's original songs. The performances are all acoustic, featuring a small group of players (including Rhiannnon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins of the Chocolate Drops) but often simply duos or solo. Chocolate Drops fans will appreciate the Jazz, Blues and Old-time country influences here, but by drawing heavily on her Caribbean and Creole heritage Leyla is also bringing something fresh to the party. This is a stunning, contemporary and yet timeless recording (the first of many I hope).

I should also mention that the CD is beautifully presented with photos, lyrics and notes. I purchased an advance copy during Leyla's recent UK tour with Rhiannon Giddens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Welburn on 25 Nov. 2013
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Another Kickstarter project (like Valerie June). This is an extraordinary recording that captures the spirit of Langston Hughes so well. Ms McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops, a project in reviving Black Appalachian folk music) has emerged as a leader in what we can call the new African diaspora folk music movement, which brings rich traditions (in this case from Black Southern and French Caribbean traditions that was recognized by Hughes, Alan Lomax, and their generation of scholars and creative artists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Brewee on 7 Mar. 2014
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Mmmmmmmmm: nice to hear her voice, nice to hear her banjo or cello, wonderful music. A pleasure to hear this artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Errol Leon Holder on 28 Mar. 2014
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Just heard Rose Marie by Leyla McCalla on a British Airways flight from Moscow. It was on Mick Jagger Playlist and just purchased the MP3.

With its driving rhythms, slick Caribbean Sounding vocals, Rose Marie is absolutely Great. Appears on the album - Vari-Colored Songs

Must get the Album

Erroleon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky on 11 Jun. 2014
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I first came across Leyla McCalla when I went to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops as was a member of the band, they were amazing and so is this album. The songs are very beautiful to listen to and the album has been played repeatedly.
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