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Shirlette Ammons Crosses The 'Language Barrier'

An image of Durham poet and musician Shirlette Ammons
Tim Walter
Shirlette Ammons

Note: this segment originally aired April 29, 2016. 

ShirletteAmmons's rhythms and rhymes can take on many different shapes. The Durham musician's latest albumLanguage Barrier blends rock and hip-hop. She says the eclectic music echoes the album's interpretation of love "as an act of resistance."

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ammons about creating a musical identity through this resistance. Ammons performs in the studio with Tom Rau on synthesizer and bass, Griffin Wade on drum and Alec Farrell on guitar and vocals. Ammons performs Sunday, May 15 in Saxapahaw as a part of "Stand Against HB2- North Carolina Musicians United for Equality NC."

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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