About a year ago, in December 2021, Afropop executive producer Banning Eyre spoke with Jake Blount about his unique exploration of African-American folk music. Blount's 2020 album Spider Tales
features inspired reworkings of mostly 19th century songs by overlooked African-American composers. This year, Blount reshuffled the deck with a still more ambitious album, The New Faith
(Smithsonian Folkways), which has gained him significant attention and landed him on the cover of Songlines
magazine. The New Faith
is an Afrofuturistic concept album imagining the religious rituals of a band of African-American survivors following the coming environmental apocalypse, amid a new collection of reimagined Americana songs. Here's their conversation.
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