Leyla McCalla



Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
05/04/17 Lafayette, LA Lafayette Public Library United States
Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 301 West Congress Street. Venue phone: 337-261-5789. PRIVATE EVENT
05/05/17 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival United States
Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/05/17 New Orleans, LA Civic Theatre United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: ADV $18 |. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 510 O’Keefe Avenue. Venue phone: 504-272-0865.
07/21/17 Sines World Music Festival Portugal
07/22/17 Cartagena Festival Mar de Musica Spain
07/28/17 Würzburg Hafensommer Germany
07/29/17 Jena Kulturaren Germany

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Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty — it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

Now, having toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel in support of Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla is focusing on her next album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album will be released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey will continue to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and will once again feature songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole. The album will also include guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.


Aaron Johnson at Knitting Factory Management
(510) 610-6997

Pat May – Crossover Touring

Booking (Canada):
Julien Maheu – Dare to Care 

Booking (Europe):
Jean-Herve Michel at Nueva Onda