Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man's world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark.
Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida's life and dramatised it into a novel, Valaida.
Candace joins Jenni to tell her why Valaida's story appealed to her and how the racism that she encountered in her life is still prevalent today. Valaida by Candace Allen is published by Virago; ISBN: 1860499430
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