One habitually thinks of World Music as a term that covers all music that is not part of mainstream popular or classical music and that has some kind of “ethnic” component. The term is used primarily as a marketing/classificatory device, it sometimes referring to any kind of foreign music, especially in a foreign language. Traciana Graves, a native of Harlem, New York who sings and composes songs in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and English is redefining what “world music” is with a sound crafted from all over the globe that is on the cutting edge of something worth listening to.
Traciana’s music has been described as “a haven soaked in cultural originality, a cultural bridge bringing together a global audience.” Traciana skillfully merges the sounds of Africa, America, Europe and the Middle East. There is a distinctive quality to her music that articulates more than just her individual journey and resonates with her listeners, a powerful and soulful vocal style that has brought her international acclaim.
Pennies From Harlem chronicles the true story of Aaron Beener to create Season Vegan, the only soul food vegan restaurant in the history of Harlem. Sneak peeks and behind the scenes footage will be released in early 2018. The premier of this full documentary and Traciana’s accompanying soundtrack for this project will take place later this year. Stay tuned for more details.
Voices From the March curates key stories of activists, participants and event organizers, who participated in the Women’s March and Sister Marches on January 21, 2017 in order to explore lessons of leadership, hope and unity that can be learned amidst the current climate of divisiveness. Stay tuned for more details about the release of this full project and Traciana’s accompanying soundtrack.