Magazine article New Internationalist

Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

Magazine article New Internationalist

Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

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Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

by Matana Roberts (Constellation CST 098 CD, LP and download)

This continuing project - starting in 2011 with the release of Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres - is described by its creator Matana Roberts as 'panoramic sound quilting'. Inspired in part by Marie Thérèse Metoyer (nicknamed Coincoin), a former slave turned community leader in colonial Louisiana, it is an artistic enterprise that pulls music, memory, history, race and culture into new equations.

'Sound quilting' is a beautiful phrase that conjures up much and the patchwork that Roberts suggests is a deeply layered one. Via the medium of jazz - she plays sax and contributes 'conduction' and 'wordspeak' - Missisippi Moonchile goes deep into African-America. Snips of hymns, speeches (including the words of the inspirational Fannie Lou Hammer), Bible references and family tales stream through the immensely rich fabric of this album. …

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