Hanka G – Universal Ancestry - Culture Bridge Records

Universal Ancestry is the first album recorded and released in the United States by Slovak vocalist and lyricist Hanka G. Hanka has lived in New York City since 2016 where she performs at all the local jazz hotspots. She produced Universal Ancestry together with three stellar jazz musicians – James Hurt, Shedrick Mitchell and Rodney Kendrick. Hanka is a soulful singer who stretches the boundaries of jazz with her multi-cultural sensibilities. Her rich, warm tone, improvisational chops, and unique ability to fuse jazz, gospel, R&B, and Slovak folk music has drawn the attention of some of the top names in jazz. Hanka’s love of jazz grew out of her exposure to the great black American jazz masters. Gravitating to the older African American jazz and gospel generation, she immersed herself in the NYC jazz and gospel scene. On Universal Ancestry, she delves into diverse cultures and musical genres, imagining what would happen when all the racial and superficial differences that separate people are erased. She pays tribute to the African American women singers that have influenced her, like Phyllis Hyman, Abbey Lincoln, Whitney Houston, and Chaka Khan.