by: AMANDA MESTER
For a decade, the Punk Empress of African Rock has devoted her life’s work to a solo career, much of which has taken place in her adopted home of New Orleans. Cole Williams, who today releases the retrospective album Testimony, is offering up ten years of work as a thank you to the city.
“I haven’t lived in New Orleans for a long time, but there’s a spirit here that has welcomed me home in a way that’s pretty indescribable It’s a feeling,” the Brooklyn, New York, transplant tells OffBeat. “My move to New Orleans signified a new chapter in my life-this time is about honoring my music, my gifts and my community. Before I release my first compositions as a New Orleanian, it’s important for me to take the time to reflect upon where I’ve been and where I am.
This album represents that reflection. It’s like I’m appreciating who I am, my family and the people and the city of New Orleans who’ve embraced me as much as I embrace them. And it also makes me think about being a role model to the youth I work with and for in this city and how connected we all are. This album is my testimony.” Read More