UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Triple A WXPN/PHILADELPHIA has simply launched a year-long venture that explores and celebrates the influences of HAITI on NEW ORLEANS’ music, tradition and group. Known as KANAVAL: HAITIAN RHYTHMS AND THE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS, will probably be offered via a web site and a nationwide radio documentary set to air in FEBRUARY throughout BLACK HISTORY MONTH, along with a collection of particular musical, theatrical and group occasions.
WXPN GM ROGER LAMAY stated, “As we’ve carried out with our PEABODY AWARD-nominated GOSPEL ROOTS OF ROCK & SOUL venture and former ones analyzing MISSISSIPPI BLUES and ZYDECO CROSSROADS, our KANAVAL venture is an in-depth exploration of a major contributor to fashionable widespread music. The historical past and affect documented in KANAVAL is a vital however largely unheralded chapter in BLACK HISTORY and thru it, we hope to assist change the unjust narrative about HAITI as a nation of poor immigrants to at least one that has contributed considerably to our music and tradition.”
Distributed via NPR, the KANAVAL audio docu-series ties the nation of HAITI and metropolis of NEW ORLEANS via an historic perspective, specializing in the music that connects them. It’s produced by ALEX LEWIS, an award-winning unbiased radio producer and musician. WXPN Help. Station Supervisor BRUCE WARREN and LAMAY are the venture’s government producers, and the collection is hosted by NEW ORLEANS-based, HAITIAN-AMERICAN singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist LEYLA MCCALLA, a founding member of OUR NATIVE DAUGHTERS and alumna of the CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS.
Varied digital KANAVAL music occasions are deliberate to happen throughout summer season 2021 and as a part of the 2021 XPONENTIAL MUSIC FESTIVAL, WXPN’s annual music pageant, SEPTEMBER Seventeenth-Nineteenth. A number of different theatrical and musical occasions are additionally deliberate.
Main help has been supplied by THE PEW CENTER FOR ARTS & HERITAGE, with further funding from the WYNCOTE FOUNDATION. The KANAVAL audio-docuseries can also be supported partly by an award from the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
Extra details about KANAVAL can be accessible at xpn.org.