Build a House

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Rhiannon Giddens wrote “Build a House” for the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in 2020; she performs it here with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. The song, which then inspired Giddens’ children’s book of the same name (out on Candlewick Press), tells of African Americans who were forcibly enslaved and brought to the US to build houses they were not allowed to live in, tend to families who were not their own, and sow the seeds that fed a nation—while being left with only scraps themselves. It depicts a family’s resilience in the face of violence and sorrow.

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Rhiannon Giddens wrote “Build a House” for the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in 2020; she performs it with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi in this recording, released October 11, 2022. The song, which then inspired Giddens’ children’s book of the same name (out on Candlewick Press), tells of African Americans who were forcibly enslaved and brought to the US to build houses they were not allowed to live in, tend to families who were not their own, and sow the seeds that fed a nation—while being left with only scraps themselves. It depicts a family’s resilience in the face of violence and sorrow.

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Rhiannon Giddens
reissues?
new-release
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96/24 HD FLAC
Price
1.39
UPC
075597906059
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MP3
Price
1.29
UPC
075597906035

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News & Reviews

  • Rhiannon Giddens was on the Democracy Now! Juneteenth special to talk with host Amy Goodman about her album You're the One and the track "Another Wasted Life," which she wrote inspired by the tragic story of Kalief Browder, a young man wrongfully incarcerated at NYC's Rikers Island for three years, where he was subjected to nearly two years of solitary confinement. You can watch their conversation and the video she made for the song with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, featuring 22 wrongfully convicted people, here. Giddens also talks with Goodman about her Pulitzer Prize–winning opera with Michael Abels, Omar.

  • Rhiannon Giddens and her band were on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to perform "You Louisiana Man," from her new album, You're the One. You can watch it here. The second season of her PBS show My Music with Rhiannon Giddens premieres today with pipa virtuoso Wu Man as her guest. You can watch that here as well.

  • About This Album

    Rhiannon Giddens wrote “Build a House” for the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in 2020; she performs it with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi in this recording, released October 11, 2022. The song, which then inspired Giddens’ children’s book of the same name (out on Candlewick Press), tells of African Americans who were forcibly enslaved and brought to the US to build houses they were not allowed to live in, tend to families who were not their own, and sow the seeds that fed a nation—while being left with only scraps themselves. It depicts a family’s resilience in the face of violence and sorrow.