Nonfiction essay “Bowing Before Gods: A Yovo Encounters Voodoo in Benin” published in the current issue of Newfound Journal.
Last night Carla won the final round of the “Sierra on Stage” songwriting competition at the Black Mountain Ale House in Black Mountain, NC with two new songs followed by “Far and Wide.”
Fikrat Hajiyev was Carla’s former host father in Azerbaijan, and was recently fired from Ganja State University for speaking out against corruption. He is looking to be reinstated into his teaching position. Appeals can be emailed to the President of Azerbaijan here.
In collaboration with the International Center for Art and Music of Ouidah (CIAMO), Carla recently performed at the “Festival Carnaval Kaleta” in Benin, West Africa. The Kaleta festival is an event that draws from the masked carnival dances performed by African slaves in Brazil, who would use such carnival events as a way to mock their white owners without fear of punishment. Carla led CIAMO’s girls chorus and sang a rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun.”
Carla will be performing at the NYC venue The Bitter End as part of its Sunday night Singer/Songwriter Sessions. She will play an original set from 8:30 to 9pm on September 4th, 2011. $5 cover charge. Address 147 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and LaGuardia), New York, NY 10012. Click here for directions.