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Blues - Released October 21, 2013 | Dixiefrog

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 25, 2019 | Jazz Village

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In this third album, the enchanting and beautiful Leyla manages to capture moments of pure joy. She is the kind of musician that tells a story. A New-Yorker with Haitian roots, Leyla settled in the bayou of Louisiana to explore her Creole roots and to dig out and spread the message of social and environmental injustice. She really came into her own during those eight years spent in the New Orleans sunshine and has even abandoned her cello to embrace the clarinet, violin, piano and electric guitar. Now, the multi-instrumentalist is mixing it up more than ever, supported by a group for the very first time, King James & The Special Men. The retro folk of The Capitalist Blues dabbles in calypso (Mize Pa Dous), R&B (Me and My Baby) and Creole blues (Lavi Vye Neg) and Leyla’s vocals alternate seamlessly between Creole and English. A very well-arranged album that captures the leisurely lifestyle of the tropics. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Blues - Released May 27, 2016 | Jazz Village

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As with her excellent debut album, Leyla McCalla brings all of her diverse cultural influences to her music. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey manages to show both the singer's Haitian roots, but also that Louisiana folk that has seeped into her music since her move to New Orleans. English, French or Creole are all languages in which she performs, and the New York-born artist also juggles influences from Jazz and Blues.
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Folk - Released February 4, 2014 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Folk - Released August 13, 2020 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Pop - Released September 22, 2020 | Oh Boy Records

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Folk - Released September 23, 2020 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Jazz - Released December 7, 2018 | Jazz Village

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Jazz - Released October 25, 2018 | Jazz Village

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From the moment she left the Carolina Chocolate Drops to pursue a solo career, Leyla McCalla married edification with liberation: a musical testament to the fact that knowledge is power. Vari-Colored Songs, her 2014 ode to Langston Hughes, created this complex template, but 2019's The Capitalist Blues may be the richest example of her deftly executed, deceptively freewheeling attitude. Certainly, the problems endemic to late-stage capitalism weigh on McCalla's mind on The Capitalist Blues -- the title is kind of a giveaway -- but her album isn't a lament or a warning. It's a rallying cry, filled with careening fiddles, squalls of dirty guitars, New Orleans rhythms, vaudeville shuffles, sunbeaten ballads, banjo tunes, and songs sung in French. It's everything that makes America great, distilled into an album as unruly as the country itself and blessed with an intellectual rigor that's bracing. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 11, 2019 | Jazz Village

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Folk - Released September 6, 2020 | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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