Review: Leyla McCalla’s music reminds us Haiti is about beauty and proud culture, not just earthquakes and hurricanes

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Leyla McCalla – A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey (2016)

leyla-mccallaWith Haiti once again ravaged by Mother Nature, Haitian-American and former Carolina Chocolate Drop Leyla McCalla’s second solo album is a timely reminder that her kin are spirited, resolute and proud people.

Some context is helpful since McCalla sings in both French and English, but the roots cellist and her maestro violin, banjo and guitar friends’ heady blend of airy Lousianna jazz and soft Creole rhythms speak clearly to the unilingual.

That such beauty can come from a country we associate with poverty, corruption and international disaster relief is a potent reminder that music and art put the meat on the bare bones of headline journalism.

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