When Lu introduced us to Delila Black last week, we were torn between the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Our Native Daughters for the most interesting/appropriate link in the ongoing Dragon Cafe Music Sequence.

We could not decide which way to jump. So, in the end, we decided to write a short piece, with musical examples, from both groups. They could not be more different!

Our Native Daughters are a Folk / Americana / Blues supergroup consisting of four extremely talented North American singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists. They are all famous in their own right. The group includes Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell.

In 2020, many artists have used their music as a powerful, peaceful tool of protest to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against racial oppression in this country and in cities across the U.S.A. This track is one of the best.

The group’s debut album is called “Songs of Our Native Daughters.” In the extensive sleeve notes, Rhiannon Giddens explains that the record’s lyrics confront the ways in which we are all culturally conditioned to avoid talking about America’s history of slavery, racism and misogyny.

Rhiannon goes on to say that the content is pulled from centuries-old musical and literary resources (everything from slave narratives to abolitionist poetry), as well as the group’s own experiences with racial injustice, trauma and discrimination.

This track called “Black Myself” is one of Shelley and Mike’s favourites. The lead singer on this occasion is Amythyst Kiah.