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…

Re-introducing Bob Marley

Bob Marley

If the music of Bob Marley has the immediate hook of a greatly crafted melody, the lyrics clarify themselves truly only to the awoken mind. No matter how much you think you understand their depth and how the reggae rythmic (especially when acoustically sparse) cleverly carries it, you will only discover them through experience and it takes you back to that chorus… No one but yourself can free your mind. All that Marley’s music does is … Read on…

Fiona Apple, An Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple writes, composes and performs her personal songs with alternative rock and decadent jazz accents as well as world-inspired tones. She has a way with words that betrays her heartfelt and honest lyrics to their core. She sings of how she feels and this is literal music integrity: there is nothing in a Fiona Apple song that is not Fiona Apple, the self-penned extraordinary machine, be it in her depressions and self-loathing, or more … 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…

Re-introducing Pierre Akendengué

Pierre Akendengue

Gabonese Singer-songwriter Pierre Akendengué fuses his African upbringing and his European further education to find and never part from his true self and passion: being a music artist. Pierre Akendengue has been one of the great masters of 20th-21st century contemporary African music for over four decades. He was born in Gabon and Gabon initiated him to the music and celebrations of its villages, to the sounds of its forests, which have since designed his … Read on…

Cathy Dennis: Simply Toxic

Cathy Dennis

Sitting as the cherry on top of the cream of pop singer-songwriters (even though she eventually retired to song writing only) is Cathy Dennis. Growing up listening to various musical genres and particularly jazz has made her music open and versatile and helped it contribute to giving pop a decent amount of credibility. More specifically, Cathy Dennis wrote some of the best known and most popular songs in pop including “Can’t Get You Out Of My … Read on…