video premiere: multi-instrumentalist folk musician leyla mccalla captivates with folkloric ‘little sparrow’ visual

October 3, 2016

To start the week off, folk-soul musician Leyla McCalla is premiering her newest music video, ‘Little Sparrow’ with us. A folksy song with country roots that employs the use of a melodic banjo and cello, ‘Little Sparrow’ is a patient, soothing exploration of cultural identity and feelings of displacement—McCalla herself a Haitian-American living in New Orleans. . “The song ‘Little Sparrow’ by Ella Jenkins always reminded me of the stories I’ve heard of displaced people globally, especially the inevitable adjustments that have to be made in a new home,“ McCalla tells AFROPUNK. ”I wanted to make a video that displayed the loneliness of this process and showed the making of a “nest” in an unfamiliar and unnatural place. I partnered with Director Laurent Benhamou to bring this vision to light, resulting in this video that is completely different than anything that I’ve done in the past. Enjoy!”

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Director : Laurent Benhamou – Crunk
Cinematographer : Georges Méran
Set Designer : Jeanne Massart
Stylist : Aurélie Bu
Make Up & hair : Samuel Blanes
Post-production : Wimm Productions
Studio: Le Soft à Ivry sur Seine

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at