Amina: a modern Scheherazade

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About Amina Amina is a symbol of successful musical fusion between Arab and Western worlds emerging right in the 1980s when World music is rising. Her artistic make-up brought her up in two cultures, the cultural melting pot of the Tunisian city of Carthage (with Maghrebi music, Italian variety and the music of Joan Baez and James Brown brought through the Tabarka Festival) and Paris, where she attended the Conservatoire briefly for some formal musical training and was introduced to classical works and exposed … Read on…

Come close (Sisea) to Coco Mbassi

Coco Mbassi

Coco Mbassi rightly describes her music as a « tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music ». Now, discover this acoustic blend in her soulful voice, her Cameroonian roots, her eclectic musical upbringing (from Haendel to Cameroonian traditional music to the Jackson 5) , and her deep partnership with her classically-trained bassist husband Serge … Read on…

Paul Fogarty finds his own way home

Paul Fogarty

Paul Fogarty With topical songs à la John Lennon meets Bob Marley, the softness of Paul Simon at the tip of his tongue and fingers, the Americana/Country meets Folk troubadour Paul Fogarty is one of the most understated yet deeply expressive musicians out there. Once you have wallowed into the ever growing musical legacy of Australia-born Germany-based Fogarty, it becomes impossible to deny how much his music could be a soundtrack to the life of those … Read on…

Amy Winehouse, at home with Ray

Amy Winehouse

You can always get stuck in her beehive or be taken aback by some of her manners. However, in so riding on the surface of the lady, you will be losing out on the real deal, the real her. She’s not just a voice, she’s a feeling, unapolegitically betraying and exorcising every string of raw emotion within, no matter how unpretty and almost, seemingly, brushing against the derisory. She’s not a simple technique but an … Read on…

Eboa Lotin, the radio (Elimb’a Dikalo)

Eboa Lotin

“Elimb’a Dikalo” is the Duala (African language) expression for “Radio”, literally the drum of story-telling. It is also a track by Cameroonian singer-songwriter Eboa Lotin and a song that defines him: he honestly speaks (sings), like what he would expect of a self-respecting radio to broadcast, about life and its social events, good and bad without sweeping anything under the rug. In spite of his relatively small amount of releases (about 70 songs and an unfinished album), … Read on…

IloVeyou Camille

Camille

Camille… a spirit of freedom that resounds in a voice that just lets go of all inhibition, still in a faultless vocal performance. She does these in French and English, and in as many musical onomatopoeias and voice registers as the song inspires, from acapella to ‘fully’ accompanied by a vocal choir of harmonies or musical instruments. Oh the many colours that she allows her voice to exhale and her songs to borrow! She sings in typically … Read on…

Georges Moustaki, the Metic

Georges Moustaki

In the title track of his debut album, Georges Moustaki describes his face as that of a metic, a wandering Jew, a Greek shepherd, a thief and a vagabond. Maybe so. But his melodic strumming of the guitar and his understated voice have overflown these appearances, his overgrown beard and that stereotype. If anything, that image only promotes the depth, mystery and serenity surrounding his voice and the rhymes it creates, it has no reason … Read on…

Re-Introducing Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg

Introducing Gainsbourg… Serge Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriter of Russian Jewish descent adopted by France then the world twice, first when fleeing the 1917 Russian Revolution that dressed his family in the yellow star garments that the Nazi regime reserved for Jews and second for his profound talent, versatility and “je m’en fous-t”ism i.e. the “I really don’t care” mentality, no doubt born from the disillusions of the first 30 years of his life. In 2010, … Read on…

Re-Introducing Georges Brassens

George Brassens

Intro French singer-songwriter and poet Georges Brassens was born 22nd October 1921, in Sète, a small harbour town on the French Mediterranean coast from a notoriously anti-cleric dad and a strictly catholic mum. It is one of his teacher that introduces him to poetry, and the rest is history. Georges Brassens is as well-known in France today as The Beatles are in England. People whistle his melodies on the streets, pass them on through generations. … Read on…