Songs of Our Native Daughters - Our Native Daughters

Songs of Our Native Daughters

Our Native Daughters

  • Genre: Folk
  • Release Date: 2019-02-22
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 13

  • ℗ 2019 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings


Title Artist Time
Black Myself (feat. Rhiannon G Our Native Daughters 3:54 USD 0.99
Moon Meets the Sun (feat. Rhia Our Native Daughters 4:07 USD 0.99
Barbados (feat. Rhiannon Gidde Our Native Daughters 5:52 USD 0.99
Quasheba, Quasheba (feat. Rhia Our Native Daughters 4:42 USD 0.99
I Knew I Could Fly (feat. Leyl Our Native Daughters 3:41 USD 0.99
Polly Ann's Hammer (feat. Rhia Our Native Daughters 2:59 USD 0.99
Mama's Cryin' Long (feat. Rhia Our Native Daughters 2:11 USD 0.99
Slave Driver (feat. Rhiannon G Our Native Daughters 4:41 USD 0.99
Better Git Yer Learnin’ (fea Our Native Daughters 3:56 USD 0.99
Lavi Difisil (feat. Leyla McCa Our Native Daughters 2:30 USD 0.99
Blood and Bones (feat. Rhianno Our Native Daughters 4:45 USD 0.99
Music and Joy (feat. Rhiannon Our Native Daughters 3:19 USD 0.99
You're Not Alone (feat. Rhiann Our Native Daughters 5:36 USD 0.99


  • Learning to Fly

    Sitting in a New York theater, Rhiannon Giddens was angered by a movie scene of a slave being raped. As the victim emerged into a group of onlookers, the camera focused not on her but on her husband, impelled by the assault to join a slave rebellion. “I found myself furious...,” Giddens writes in the introduction to Songs of Our Native Daughters, “furious at the moment in a long history of moments of the pain and suffering of black women being used to justify a man’s actions; at her own emotion … being literally written out of the scene.” Giddens conceived the idea of using music to illuminate the experience of women in slavery and the post-emancipation struggle in the Americas, ultimately partnering with Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell to form Our Native Daughters—four mightily talented artists. Their album’s 13 extraordinary tracks, all but two written by quartet members, highlight the horrors of racism and sexism, and also the resilience and capacity for joy indispensable to overcoming humanity’s crimes. A second album focus is revisiting the banjo’s centrality in black minstrel music, predating the style’s mid-nineteenth century adoption by white performers. The collection’s most wrenching track, Mama’s Cryin’ Long, is a call-and-response description of a sexual assault and lynching, told from a child’s viewpoint. There’s exceptional patience in I Knew I Could Fly, a poetic dance of hope and oppression, and empowerment advice in Better Git Yer Learnin’ . Some songs explore personal history: McCalla, daughter of Haitian immigrants, performs Lavi Difisil (Hard Life) in Creole and English, and Russell honors a slave ancestor transported from Ghana to the Caribbean in Quasheba, Quasheba. Another standout: Polly Ann’s Hammer, the John Henry legend refocused on the steel driver’s wife. Art achieves monumental proportion not by building large but by penetrating deep, occupying little physical space but—like Songs of Our Native Daughters—touching the soul.—
  • Our Native Daughters

    By ypickit
    Totally refreshing. I'll listen many times.
  • So good for so many reasons

    By J.A.J.Howard
    This album is so good for so many reasons. The album reaches back into time and voices stories that our culture would rather forget—stories of black women’s pain. But this album also captures the story of black women surviving, rising up, supporting each other, raising strong children, and thriving. These stories our culture would also like to erase. It is a complex album and not an easy one to listen to sometimes, but one that I think will be listed as historically important. It is an amazingly beautiful piece of art. As my training is rooted in history and not music, I don’t know exactly how to describe this beauty, but it shines through in every track. I’m so thankful for this album and cannot recommend it highly enough.
  • Powerful

    By DC Mark
    This is a powerful amalgam of music that shakes the listener's soul to its core.