Blues and Jazz, African Roots and Branches with Shemekia Copeland & Balla Kouyaté
It’s Blueswomen, Jazzmen, African roots and branches. Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland‘s father, the late blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, brought her into his music as a child. As an adult, she found new ways to use blues to express her perspective. We’ll hear from some of Shemekia’s heroes including Etta James, Ruth Brown, Alberta Hunter and Big Mama Thornton. Then a conversation and performance by Boston-based Mandinka balafon player Balla Kouyaté and music inspired by and from the continent of Africa from Randy Weston, Miriam Makeba and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
We gather together to give thanks for our cornbread and red beans and chicken cordon blues. Call any vegetable and join us for our tribute to feasting on this, the heaviest of American holidays. Do the mashed potato yeah.