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…

I Write The Songs #69 featuring Cole Porter

Songwriter of the week: Cole Porter Many classics on this show to complement the classic music of our songwriter of the week, Cole Porter. part 1 Joss Stone, L.O.V.E. (Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler) Rebecca Ferguson & John Legend, Bridges (John Legend J Loos Steve Robson) Alanis Morrissette, Let’s do it (Let’s Fall in love) 2005, Canada/US, 3.22 (Cole Porter, 1928) first introduced in Porter’s first Broadway success, the musical Paris (1928) by French chanteuse Irène Bordoni … Read on…

I Write The Songs 62

I Write The Songs 62 features music from Nina Simone (!) and many more beautiful pieces. I Write The Songs 62- part 1 Nina Simone, My Baby Just cares for me (music by Walter Donaldson, lyrics by Gus Kahn) Beth Orton feat Terry Callier, Lean on me Gregory Porter & Laura Mvula, Water under bridges Manu Dibango, Soma Loba Alannah Myles, Black Velvet I Write The Songs 62 – part 2 James Taylor, Carolina on … 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…

I love (Na Tondi) Dina Bell

Dina Bell

Three decades of a distinctive voice and signature love songs as well as engaging Makossa rhythmic have made Dina Bell, aka Bazor, one of the pillars of Cameroonian music and one of his ambassadors across Africa and the world. There is method to the madness in his love lyrics: he is not just sacrificing himself at the altar of every woman he loves, he is describing in a poetic Duala, the African Bantu language used … Read on…