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Songs of Our Native Daughters

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Stefan Lorenz
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Stefan Lorenz Beautiful music, giving hope in these times. Love it Favorite track: Black Myself.
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kocho Peter Brakan recommended this album.
I missed Rihannon's stage on February 2020 in Tokyo for Covid19.
agutterfan
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agutterfan Bluegrass, traditional American folk, and on a couple of tracks African electric guitar, on a series of songs based on the real experiences of Afro-American slaves. These voices should never be silenced, and here they are poignant, moving, and dare I say it - entertaining too. Great music & voices. Favorite track: Moon Meets the Sun.
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Dumb mmmn the ignorant white male in me has a difficult time singing along with 'Black Myself', knowing I cannot relate; the music loving empathetic human part of me finds not singing impossible. Beautifully compelling & completely soulful
SCalme
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SCalme Songs of our Native Daughters is beautiful, haunting and powerful. And it has banjo! I hope this is only the beginning for this sisterhood of incredible women who are reclaiming their roots. Our Native Daughters, I fell in love with you! Favorite track: Moon Meets the Sun.
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    Standard weight black LP housed in a single-pocket jacket with photos by Terri Fensel and layout, art direction, and design by Visual Dialogue. This is a 140g Vinyl LP. [NOTE: the LP version omits "Better Git Yer Learnin'", but a digital download is included.]

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Black Myself 03:54
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Barbados 05:52
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Slave Driver 04:41
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Lavi Difisil 02:30
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'Songs of Our Native Daughters' gathers together kindred musicians Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell in song and sisterhood to communicate with their forebears. Drawing on and reclaiming early minstrelsy and banjo music, these musicians reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of their ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today. The material on 'Songs of Our Native Daughters' -- written and sung in various combinations -- is inspired by New World slave narratives, discrimination and how it has shaped our American experience, as well as musicians such as Haitian troubadour Althiery Dorval and Mississippi Hill Country string player Sid Hemphill, and more.

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released February 22, 2019

Our Native Daughters is Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell.

Produced by Rhiannon Giddens and
Dirk Powell
Engineered and mixed by Dirk Powell
Recorded at Cypress House Studio,
Breaux Bridge, LA
Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge NY
Assisted by Chris Allgood
Annotated by Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla,
Allison Russell, and Dirk Powell
Photos by Terri Fensel

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Our Native Daughters

Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell reinterpret and create new works from old ones, shining light on African-American women’s stories of struggle, resistance, and hope

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