RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As a singer and instrumentalist, Rhiannon Giddens crosses musical divides.

Trained to sing opera, she also plays a mean country fiddle. Folk, bluegrass and gospel are all within her reach. And now she's eager to begin work on her first musical, about a white revolt against a part African-American government in one North Carolina city decades after the Civil War.

A North Carolina native, she's the daughter of a white father and black mother who married three years after the Supreme Court struck down all bans on interracial marriage in 1967. And the 40-year-old Giddens is winning accolades for spotlighting African-American contributions to banjo, bluegrass and folk music.

For her accomplishments, she recently picked up a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

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