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Silver Studio SessionsLeyla McCalla

Woman with guitar sits on the steps of a cottage with weathered split-shake shingles.

Leyla McCalla

As a reflection on Black History Month, we’re thrilled that songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Leyla McCalla, took a moment at home to record wonderfully intimate versions of two songs from her album, Vari-Colored Songs. Re-released recently by Smithsonian Folkways, the record is a tribute to the legacy of poet and thinker Langston Hughes.

Leyla McCalla performs “Heart of Gold” and “Mèsi Bondye” in this special “at home” Silver Studio Session.


Ben Harrison, Curator of Performing Arts and Special Projects
Production by Foothold Studios

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