The Carolina Chocolate Drops have achieved one of the most impressive feats in contemporary music, creating an authentic body of work steeped in the Piedmont blues tradition while also managing to reinvent the very sound they set out to honor.
Winners of a 2010 Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for their Nonesuch debut Genuine Negro Jig, the trio added several guest musicians for their follow-up recording Leaving Eden, leading to even more revelatory imaginings of the role traditional African-American string band music can play in a modern context.
With work featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games and a recent run opening for Bob Dylan, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are showing just how vast their musical vision can be.
For this performance, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are joined on stage by Vusi Mahlasela, a South African singer-songwriter and poet-activist.
Simply known as “The Voice” in his home country, Mahlasela was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, and now is spreading his message globally about the human struggle for freedom and dignity.
This performance is part of the Global American South Conference presented by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Center for the Study of the American South.