Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla: Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience | UNC Campus: Memorial Hall | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla: Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience

When: Sun., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2016

SUNDAY, FEB. 28

RHIANNON GIDDENS, BHI BHIMAN, LEYLA MCCALLA

Rhiannon Giddens cofounded the Carolina Chocolate Drops a decade ago. For many, the band introduced what should have long been accepted wisdom—that is, the role of African-Americans in American folk music is foundational, not an outpost. Though the Drops have changed, and though Giddens has now found real success under her own name, her mission remains largely unchanged. Here, in a program called Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience, she shares the stage with occasional Drops cellist Leyla McCalla and the masterful Sri Lankan-American singer-songwriter Bhi Bhiman. Together, they will share the protest and perseverance songs of people of color in this country, adding new context to old works. Incredible vocalists all around, this triumvirate is familiar with translating the songs of others, of salvaging almost-lost sounds and making them resound anew. —Grayson Haver Currin

UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL 7:30 p.m., $10–$69, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

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