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Aug 6, 2013


Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dies at 67
He was a legend long before he died, and will be a legend forever now. Listen to 'Brown Sneakers' uploaded just a month ago...

Jul 20, 2013


Jazz musician Carline Ray dies at 88
Ray was a Jazz guitarist and activist who championed for better recognition of women in jazz...

I would rather be taken seriously as a musician, and the fact that I’m female — I just happen to be female, that’s all.

Sep 3, 2012

Works / Projects

Martial Solal and Sidney Bechet have been samazed!

I like to draw some Sama everywhere I can. On a piece of paper, on photos, on CD covers… You can see some on them on this post: When I heard Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, I closed my eyes… and on this one: Dianne Reeves: Good vibes, and Good work. This time I chose Sidney Bechet / Martial Solal Quartet Complete recordings. As a huge fan of Martial Solal, I had to samazed him ‘on the fly’, in the literal sense of the word. Plus I think it would make a perfect piece for the ‘Pimp My Jazz’ contest by Radio TSF Jazz. Don’t you think? 😉 Talking about Jazz, I’m working on this new project I will soon unveil. Some of you have been asking about it and now there is a clue right before your eyes! ^_^  

Oct 8, 2011


Imany, a beautiful voice in a beautiful body

When I first saw Imany, I thought: ‘What a beautiful woman!‘. Then when I first heard her sing, I said: ‘What a beautiful voice!‘. A former Ford model, Nadia Mladjao, also known as Imany, is now a successful folk/soul singer born in France (her parents are both from the Comoros islands). Don’t be fooled by her lovely face, Imany has a deep, dark haunting voice some people compare to the one of Tracy Chapman. Imany cannot leave you indifferent. Just listen to her first single ‘You Will Never Know’ (video below) and you will be hooked and want for more! Visit Imany’s website here.

Jun 5, 2011

Sunday Roundup

Sunday Roundup: Abyei, Ai Weiwei, Artmaking…

U.N. probes absences amid Sudan clashes. Since Northern Sudanese forces seized Abyei, many rightfully think northern and southern fighting over Abyei could reignite a full blown war in #Sudan. And we thought U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan would protect the people of Abyei from the attacks; apparently we were wrong. According to Reuters: ‘U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan stayed holed up in their barracks for two days during violent clashes between northern and southern forces that sparked the flight of tens of thousands of civilians, diplomats told Reuters‘. We can also read: ‘Diplomats described the peacekeepers’ failure to maintain a visible presence in Abyei during a period of heightened conflict — which they said is crucial for deterring attacks — in disparaging terms. One senior diplomat described their performance as “pathetic.” Another said it was “terrible” […] “The Americans and Europeans don’t want to send their troops into the field, and yet…Read more

May 29, 2011

Sunday Roundup

Sunday Roundup: Sudan, particles, Gil Scott-Heron

New Visual Evidence of Government of Sudan War Crimes in Abyei. Here we are, again. Al-Bashir is back, alive and kicking. Hard. Again. And unlike in #Darfur, this time we can have proof of what is happening right now, thanks to the Satellite Sentinel Project: ‘The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released new visual evidence that the Government of Sudan has committed grave violations of the Geneva Conventions and other war crimes, some of which may also constitute crimes against humanity. The totality of evidence from satellites and ground sources points to state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of much of the contested Abyei region, says SSP. The evidence is being conveyed to the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council.’ Many articles are being published about the situation in Abyei, so you can know exactly what is happening. I received many emails last week about #Sudan and I will post about…Read more

Nov 28, 2010


Les Yeux Noirs: Gypsy, Yiddish and Folk Influenced Music

I love Jazz music. From bebop to jazz fusion, ragtime to free jazz, acid jazz to Afro-Cuban jazz. But also reggae, Gypsy and Klezmer music. I enjoy listening to any style of music as long as I find it entertaining, and French band Les Yeux Noirs definitely is. First time I heard of them was in 2002 when they released their album ‘Balamouk‘. If you listen to ‘Yiddishe Mame‘ (Jewish Mother) and ‘Rozinkhes‘ (Raisins) and if you appreciate Gypsy, Klezmer and Eastern European music then you will really love the songs of the album. The good news is Les Yeux Noirs just released their new album: ‘Tiganeasca‘ and it is as good as the previous ones. Again, Gypsy and Yiddish music with Russian and Eastern European melodies but for this album, new musicians joined the group: Julien Herné and Elise Blanchard on bass guitar, Dario Ivkovic on Serbian accordion, Vincent…Read more

Jul 15, 2010

Video games

Grandmaster Flash, Seen, Jordans… Remembering the good old days!

It was the end of the 1980s and everything was going to change for me. We used to meet in the lobby of the building, the smooth floor was perfect for teenage boys (and some adventurous girls) to glide and moonwalk. They were also slipping and tripping, a boombox was jamming out hip hop music before we decide to go ‘find a wall’. At this time, everything was new to me (music, fashion, dance, graffiti) but it was hard to find these novelties. Living in France, things were a little different than in the US: if you wanted a pair of Jordans, you could hardly find them here but we had a plan: the father of a boy from school was a pilot (Paris/New York/Paris flights) and he used to bring back a pair or two of Jordans to his son. Which shoes were immediately sold to one of the…Read more

Jun 2, 2010


BLK JKS, Amadou & Mariam and Angélique Kidjo live from Soweto

I think everyone knows that by now: FIFA World Cup will start on Friday, June 11 2010 and end on Sunday, July 11 2010. Even if I am not a big football fan, I will watch some matches. But World Cup 2010 is not only about football: the world’s biggest superstars will come together live on VEVO on June 10 from Soweto/Johannesburg, South Africa for the FIFA World Cup kick–off celebration concert. You read well. And the list of performers is impressing: Alicia Keys, Amadou & Mariam, Angélique Kidjo, Black Eyed Peas, BLK JKS, John Legend, Juanes, Shakira, The Parlotones, Tinariwen, Vieux Farka Touré and Vusi Mahlasela. I will watch this concert with great interest since many singers and musicians I appreciate a lot will perform live. First BLK JKS. I wrote about them on September 2008: Music of Africa: BLK JKS, from South Africa and I will be happy…Read more

Aug 17, 2009


Leonard Cohen: poetry and musicality for all of eternity

Leonard Cohen holds an important place in my life, from an early age. I clearly remember ‘Hallelujah’ and even if at this time, I didn’t understand a word of what he was saying (my mother tongue is not English), I was already fascinated by Cohen’s voice. His tenor, half-octave voice perfectly fits his music and the meaning of his lyrics. That was years after ‘Hallelujah’ that I finally discovered one of the many Leonard Cohen’s talents, not to say his first and original one: poetry. And it came as no surprise since I have always been captivated by the musicality of his music. So when I got an old English version of ‘The Spice-Box of Earth’, everything was so clear. Poetry. I borrowed the book from a friend and read it all in one day. I don’t remember exactly the content but I remember this feeling I had. It was like…Read more

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