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From left, Leyla McCalla, Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, and Bhi Bhiman collaborate as part of the “Swimming in Dark Waters” tour Saturday night. The show, which touched upon various forms of protest music throughout the evening, was emotionally impactful, if somewhat monotonous.

‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

February 26, 2016

“There’s been a lot of negativity,”Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, acknowledged toward the end of her Saturday night set. “But this is Oberlin. We ain’t watering none of this down.” Giddens and her collaborators — singer-guitarist Bhi Bhiman and singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla — didn’t downplay much that evening. For the opening date of their “Swimming in Dark Waters” tour, the trio performed a dour show, telling stories of oppression and grief through multiple...

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