Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater

Banjo player and singer Kaia Kater is is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained the attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world. Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, she now resides in Toronto and spends extensive time in West Virginia, where she ardently studies balladry and traditional dance. As an original songwriter, she works to incorporate her perspective as one of the few people of color in roots music into the complex racial history of the traditions themselves. Her music combines beautifully subtle old-time banjo with soft sensibilities, mixing elements of both Canadian and American historical traditions with a decidedly modern sound.