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Artist Zahyia Rolle on Afrofuturism, the state of the music industry, and more

Zahyia Rolle on "Connections"
Megan Mack
Zahyia Rolle on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Thursday, November 30, 2023

Rochester’s Zahyia Rolle is known for pushing traditional boundaries in music. From jazz, to hip-hip, rock, music theater, funk, and soul, she experiments with and embraces it all. “I don’t believe creatives are ever in one lane. We’re really more like 14 different colors of Play-Doh mashed together,” she told the Rochester Beacon.

Rolle is gearing up for a performance on Friday at the Little Theatre, which promises to be a unique blend of Afrofuturistic blend of R&B and soul. This hour, we preview that performance and discuss the state of the music industry. Our guest:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.