Offbeat Magazine "Right Here, Right Now: Cole Williams, The Punk Empress Of African Rock"


Cole Williams was once described as a cross between Grace Jones and the girl next door, an unlikely combination that only makes sense if your neighbor is one of the most accomplished up-and-coming musicians in New Orleans.

A Brooklyn native, Williams moved to the Crescent City in 2014, and within two years was performing onstage at the Jazz Fest. Her local profile rose further when she began hosting WWOZ’s New Orleans Music Show, ushering in 2017 with a playlist that included legendary soul queen Irma Thomas, the Hot 8 Brass Band and avant-garde cellist Helen Gillet—all of whom will, like Williams, be playing main stages at this year’s French Quarter Festival.