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 #46

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Main Theme: “One-story” tellers across borders Coat of Many Colours, Dolly Parton, USA – 7 seconds, Youssou N’dour/Neneh Cherry (N’Dour/Cherry/McVey/Sharp), Senegal/Sweden, 1994 Neneh Cherry revealed that “7 Seconds” tells about first seven seconds in the life of a newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world. ” Neneh Cherry Online – Biography”. Retrieved 12 Jul 2009. The song appeared on N’Dour’s album The Guide (Wommat) and Neneh Cherry’s album Man as well as on the soundtrack of the 1998 … Read on…

Singer-Songwriters

Traditionally, Singer-Songwriters are artists-entertainers who perform the musical material they compose (melodies) and write (lyrics, where relevant) often accompanying themselves on an instrument.  In their musical creations, the singer-songwriter tend to explore a wide array of issues, from topical ones to those common across time or space. These might be political, pertaining to fantasy or realistic/pragmatic, introspective (sometimes sensitive or even confessional) or relational including romantic or the opposite. In looking for common grounds among … Read on…

Afro-Folk

Afro-Folk is the name we give to a type of ethnic Folk originating in Africa. The African-rooted singer-songwriters include the so-called Griots. Although amalgamated in one phrase, Afro-Folk encompasses many musical styles that varies from tribe to tribe across African regions. In ancient African cultures, notably the Mali Empire, the griots were professional and hereditary musician and storytellers who manipulated the tribe(s) language(s) and their instrument with great skill. They acted as ambassadors across tribes … Read on…