Leyla McCalla

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storyAfter growing up in New York City, Haitian-American cellist, banjoist, and guitarist Leyla McCalla is now based in New Orleans, where she works at the New Orleans String Project, an institution that teaches inner-city youth to play stringed instruments. She has recently performed at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and the 2012 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Currently performing a stint with our headliners the Carolina Chocolate Drops, McCalla is also affiliated with Morgan O’Kane, Magnolia Beacon, and Sarah Quintana. Beyond being a musician, she is a composer, poet, and avid fan of Langston Hughes. McCalla has been compared to jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone and Haitian singer Emeline Michel.

website: reverbnation.com/leylamccalla

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