Haitian-American Musician Leyla McCalla to Perform Nov. 6

October 11, 2017

7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Leyla McCalla, a Haitian-American musician, will perform Monday, Nov. 6, at Grinnell College. The free, public performance will start at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park St., Grinnell.

McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar. Her music is deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk. McCalla explores themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness through her music.

Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, McCalla’s debut album, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine. The album was also praised by several other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Offbeat. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Israel performing this album.

McCalla's current tour is focused on her new album, A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey. The album once again features songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole, alongside guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.

The Public Events Committee is sponsoring this performance.