Q&A Kandia Crazy Horse
Saturday, Jan. 14 2017, 12:00
A standout in the crowded Americana field & burgeoning revival of Black Hillbilly, KANDIA CRAZY HORSE expresses an authentic and rich sonic vision of Appalachian (Affrilachian) lore & Native American twang. Born in the Nation’s Capital, Kandia has resided in Bamako, Maseru, Alexandria – Egypt, Accra, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Charlotte – North Carolina, near Branson – Missouri & is now based in Harlem. Her fusion of Blue Ridge mountain music & Laurel Canyon-influenced songwriting skills, voice infused with a honeyed rasp, and deft arrangements have yielded performances on the Grand Ole Echo @ SXSW and at Lincoln Center; garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as the Village Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Relix, Harp/Blurt, celebrated indie radio station WFMU & 4-stars from the UK’s MOJO. After recording her cosmic country & western albums Stampede and Canyons with the core of Shakira’s international studio & touring band, Kandia’s live act evolved into her current Native Americana trio, Cactus Rose, which navigates the music scene of New York City and enjoys bonds with Los Angeles psychedelic-country’s leading lights. Praised for her all-encompassing fluency and facility with varied country and folk music traditions, Kandia’s sound unifies the ancient with indigenous futures.