Call & Response draws upon the blues tradition of communal music making and listening. Hosted by Nashville-based musician and poet Adia Victoria, each episode is a back and forth between Adia and her guests, between their present work, and the lineage of musical ancestors that came before them, and between Adia and you.
Kiese Laymon: Telling Hard Truths (Staying Soft)
Author Kiese Laymon recently got into a twitter dust up about the eternal question, Outkast v. The Beatles. He wrote, “Beatles stole southern Black and added it to British white. Outkast stole Mars and added it to southern urban Black. Outkast wins.” After reading more of what Kiese had to say about the appropriation of Black southern music, Adia knew she needed to bring him on the show. Their conversation unfolds over how Outkast created new space for southern hip hop, what Adia learned from watching the Derek Chauvin trial, and what hip hop itself can learn from the blues. For the playlist of songs curated for this week's episode, head over to www.mixcloud.com/sonos
Natalie Daise: Sharing Stories (Planting Seeds)
Remember the show Gullah Gullah Island on Nickelodeon from the 90’s? The colorful worlds, songs and stories inspired by the Gullah Geechee culture were created by Adia’s family friend and the show’s creator, Natalie Daise. Spirit to spirit, Natalie and Adia connect over what it means to use stories and songs to more fully step into your own truth. They talk about moving from south to north and back again, and the importance of southern Black folks returning to the dirt, to seeds, and the land.
For a playlist of songs curated for this week's episode, visit mixcloud.com/sonos
/ Music in This Week's Playlist /
Queen Quet and De Gullah Cunnekshun, "Kneebone"
Our Native Daughters, "Blood and Bones"
Jessie Mae Hemphill, "Black Cat Bone"
Bessie Jones, "Sometimes"
Yasmin Williams, "Jarabi"
Precious Bryant, "You Don't Want Me No More"
Bessie Jones, "Steal Up, My Young Lady"
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, "The Homeless Wanderer"
Nina Simone, "Four Women"
Kamasi Washington: Making Music (Finding Freedom)
Kamasi Washington is a bonafide jazz icon and visionary who embodies the idea of music making as a communal act: collaborating with folks from across the music industry and infusing his free ranging Angeleno jazz into rock, rap and beyond. You've likely seen his name in the liner notes of your favorite artists’ work from Kendrick Lamar to St. Vincent and Snoop Dogg. In this episode, Adia sits down with Kamasi to talk about his musical upbringing, creating in an unpredictable world, and the transcendent power of Black art. For a playlist of songs curated for this week's episode, visit www.mixcloud.com/sonos
/Music in This Week's Playlist/
Nina Simone, “Sinnerman”
Kamasi Washington, “Hub-Tones”
Joshua Asante, “Everybody Gets Used”
Sun Ra, “Honeysuckle Rose”
Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta”
St. Vincent, “Pills”
Henry Mancini, “The Pink Panther Theme”
Jamila Woods: Mapping Lineage (Writing Legacy)
Jamila Woods carries a lineage in her music— artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zora Neale Hurston and James Baldwin filter into her song lyrics. She channels their voices in her critically acclaimed album, LEGACY! LEGACY! not speaking for them, but instead, singing through them. On this week’s Call and Response, Adia sits down with Jamila to talk about how they each draw strength from the artists who’ve come before them, and using these pandemic times to recenter home, rest and stillness in the creative process. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit http://bit.ly/cr-jamila
Rhiannon Giddens: Looking Back (Looking Forward)
“Nostalgia is a killer of truth” says roots musician Rhiannon Giddens. “Musically, what I try to do is just tell as much truth as I can.” In the first episode of Call & Response, Adia sinks into conversation with Rhiannon, and together, they trace the lineage of the banjo from the Caribbean to the Carolinas and question the whitewashing of American folk and blues music. Plus, hear a playlist made by Adia of artists who’ve used their music to reframe the sound of the south. Head over to http://bit.ly/cr-rhiannon to hear the playlist.
Call & Response: Trailer
Call and Response draws upon the blues tradition of communal music making and listening. Hosted by Nashville-based musician and poet Adia Victoria, each episode is a back and forth between Adia and an artist, between their present work, and the lineage of musical ancestors that came before them, and between Adia and you. Listen to Call & Response in your podcast feed, every Thursday, starting April 15th.