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Environmental Science Major Layla Locklear Performs with River People (20 January 2011)

Photo of Layla LocklearLayla Rose Locklear, a freshman majoring in Environmental Science and American Indian Studies, was one of several local and national artists who dazzled the University community with their indigenous sounds during the River People Music and Culture Fest, held in the Givens Performing Arts Center on 20 January 2011.

According to the University Newswire, 18-year- Photo of Lakota Johnold Layla is a Lumbee Indian from Pembroke who performs with her 13-year-old brother, Lakota John. Layla sings and plays the violin, and her musical style reflects influences from artists such as Nora Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday, and Bessie Smith. She was the 2009-2010 recipient of the “Miss North Carolina Native American Youth Organization” title, and she continues to be a role model and mentor to young Indian women, as well as a voice for young up-and-coming Indian leaders.

Among the many pieces Layla and Lakota John performed during the January 20th music fest were “Bad Luck & Trouble”, “Fishin Blues, “Women be Wise”, “Just a Closer Walk”, and “Give It Up or Let Me Go.”  Other featured performers were Native American Music Award-winner Pura Fe Trio and the Deer Clan Singers, NAMMY Award-winner Jana, and NAMMY Award-winner Dark Water Rising. John Scott Richardson was Master of Ceremonies.

Layla’s performance was especially special for the Department of Biology, as she is the daughter of John D. and Tonya Locklear, the Department’s Administrative Assistant.


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