Join Velvet Einstein on Friday, September 9th @ 11AM to hear an interview with cellist, banjoist, singer, and guitarist, Leyla McCalla. SFJAZZ hosts McCalla for a series of live performances on September 8th through September 11th.
A former member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leyla McCalla embraces American roots music at its most fundamental, with a deep personal connection to the cultural legacy built by the immigrants who settled here over the generations.
With new album, Breaking The Thermometer, McCalla brings a collection of songs of struggle and social consciousness inspired by the iconic radio station Radio Haiti – the first station to broadcast in the Haitian Kreyòl language as the independent voice of the people. On a personal level, the album is a powerful meditation on family, democracy and free expression.
Photo Credit: Noé Cugny