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Sunday Feature: Wisteria - TwilightPoems from the Swamp Country


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When the poet Kwame Dawes , who was born in Ghana and grew up in Jamaica, moved to Sumter in South Carolina, he recorded interviews with older black people he met, who told him about their lives in the era of segregation. From these recollections Dawes wrote a collection of poems, Wisteria, which the New Orleans composer Kevin Simmonds set to music for an ensemble of 14 black classical musicians. Using this music, the original interviews, readings of the poems, and conversations and sounds newly recorded in Sumter, Wisteria - Twilight Poems from the Swamp Country is a poetic reflection on the lives of black people in the South. Producer Julian May


Unknown: Kwame Dawes
Unknown: Kevin Simmonds

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