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Mali Obomsawin: Lula Wiles and Record Label

mali obomsawin: Lula Wiles are provocateurs of the best kind, rabble-rousers with the purest intentions, according to Rabble. One of the brightest recent signees to Smithsonian Folkways, the Smithsonian Institution's nonprofit record label, Lula Wiles are a Boston-based folk trio made up of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin, and it seems like they're hellbent on stirring up folk conventions for the better. Curated by the Paste Music Team. They make traditional roots music stacked with warm harmonies, acoustic expertise and the occasional electric element, but there's nothing antiquated about the subject matter of their songs. To that end, one of their most in-depth tunes is Good Old American Values, a single from their label debut What Will We Do, which is out this Friday, Jan. 25, on Folkways. The three women, who were swapping songs at summer camp in Maine long before they attended college in Boston and became a band, sing with distinctly American voices, but they're not afraid to question every single thing it means to be just that. ( As reported in the news.