Our Native Daughters


Venue Matthews Theatre


A crucial pronouncement in folk music.

Rolling Stone

Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell, Our Native Daughters reinterprets and creates new works from old ones, shining light on African-American women’s stories of struggle, resistance, and hope. Their album, Songs of Our Native Daughters, gathers these musicians together in song and sisterhood to connect with their forebears.

Drawing on and reclaiming early minstrelsy and banjo music, these musicians reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of their ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today. The material on Songs of Our Native Daughters—written and sung in various combinations—is inspired by New World slave narratives, discrimination and how it has shaped our American experience, as well as musicians such as Haitian troubadour Althiery Dorival and Mississippi Hill Country string player Sid Hemphill, and more.



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