African “Americana” – Black country music singers you should get to know

Deidre Gantt July 10, 2019

Songs of Our Native Daughters

This amazing project is the brainchild of Rhiannon Giddens, a classically trained singer from North Carolina who makes up ⅓ of the CCD. She assembled a supergroup of black women singer-songwriters in the country music industry including the aforementioned Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, and Haitian-American cellist Leyla McCalla who joined CCD briefly. Russell wrote “Quasheba, Quasheba,” in honor of her ancestor who her family traced from captivity in Ghana to a sugar cane plantation in Grenada.


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