On Monday, May 1, Jerusa Leão will present “The Mississippi River Is to the Blues as the São Francisco River Is to Forró” at noon in Barnard Observatory.
Jerusa Leão’s Both Sides of the River is an audio-visual project of cultural exchange and documentation. It aims to discuss and reveal the sociological and cultural environment along the Mississippi River in the United States and São Francisco River in Brazil, through the use of two major important cultural movements of the twentieth century: the Delta Blues and the Forró Pé de Serra.
Jerusa Leão is a Brazilian artist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Bahia, Jerusa grew up in the cities of this arid province, beginning her artistic career in 1995. Leão resides in Brazil, performing as a travelling solo singer and researcher of Brazilian culture. She has an ongoing multimedia research project called It’s Just a Shot Away—an exchange of cultural knowledge between Canada and Brazil, that is set to be released in Canada in the summer of 2017.