The Creative Freedom Behind Leyla McCalla's 'Sun Without the Heat'

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Erin McAnally
April 14, 2024
The Bluegrass Situation
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Sun Without the Heat is Leyla McCalla’s fifth solo album, but it is different from past efforts and she brings the listener through the transformative process with her. Produced by Maryam Qudus at Dockside Studio in Louisiana, McCalla dug into her personal history, primary sources from Amistad Research Center at Tulane University’s archives, world musical influences, and her creative trust in her long time bandmates to bring forth a bright, kinetic, and meditative project.

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Leyla McCalla
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