Jamila Woods on Finding Stories Within Legacies

Chicago singer-songwriter shares how she weaves history into her own narrative

Kyle Meredith With... Jamila Woods

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Jamila Woods calls up Kyle Meredith to discuss her sophomore record LEGACY! LEGACY! and its unique concept. Each song on the record is named after a hero of hers — from musicians to writers to painters — and Woods weaves their histories into her own narrative. Listen ahead to to hear her ideas behind tracks like “Basquiat”, “Miles”, and “Muddy”, as well as the concept of Afrofuturism as told through “Octavia” and “Sun Ra”.

Grab tickets to Jamila Woods’ upcoming tour dates and catch her support LEGACY! LEGACY! on the road.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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