Leyla McCalla Conjures Tropicalia Magic With ‘You Don’t Know Me’

It's part of new album 'Breaking The Thermometer'...

Leyla McCalla has shared her new single 'You Don't Know Me'.

The song appears on her new album, which actually began as part of a multi-disciplinary theatre project commissioned by Duke University.

The incoming LP 'Breaking The Thermometer' probes the legacy of Radio Haiti, a groundbreaking station that became the first to report the news in Haitian Kreyòl.

A story of memory, community and identity, the album is out on May 6th, and it's led by this neat, immersive cover.

'You Don't Know Me' is a classic from the Tropicalia era of Brazilian music, penned in exile by songwriter Caetano Veloso.

A song of absence, there's a rich sense of poetry that Leyla McCalla's delivery pushes to a different sphere.

She comments…

"There’s a line in the song that says, ‘there’s nothing you can show me from behind the wall’, and it reminds me of not only the figurative walls that we put up when we can’t empathise with people from other cultures but also of the rhetoric surrounding the wall between the US and Mexico, a reminder that these issues have always been part of the conversation about immigration in the Western world. The sentiments in the song mirror a lot of the feelings shared and documented about exile Radio Haiti’s journalists."

Tune in now.

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