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Listen: Matana Roberts' Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile album

September 2013

Listen to an exclusive stream of Matana Roberts's new album Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. Roberts is on the cover of The Wire 356, interviewed by Daniel Spicer.

Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile is the second instalment in Roberts's projected 12 part Coin Coin series of albums, using the language of acoustic jazz to look at ideas of race, class and gender politics in American society.

Daniel Spicer writes: "Coin Coin was the nickname of a totemic figure from African-American history, Marie Thérèse Metoyer – a freed slave who founded a community along the Cane River in Louisiana in the late 18th century where people of colour enjoyed greater freedoms and opportunities than they could in most other places in the South. “She was a big part of my family lore,” says Matana Roberts. “My grandfather and his brother were orphans, and they were raised by a collective of different families who lived in that area that were actually blood-related to her. She was the first strong female archetype, outside of my mother and my grandmother, that I was exposed to in a storytelling format – I learned about her before I learned about Harriet Tubman. And my grandfather used to call me Coin Coin for fun.”

Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres and Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile are out now on Constellation.