tHe iVORy cOASt sINGEr

14 May

Music moves one’s heart and soul….Different people, different choice, culture & education definitely influence choice and liking for a particular genre of music….Music can make one sway, dance, smile, feel liberated, go crazy and in my case it made me shout aloud “I want more” the first time I attended an African Jazz concert at IIM, Bangalore. This event was a part of Bonjour India, French festival in India, and I din’t have a choice but to attend this event. I am not a jazz fan so the the initial hesitation.

I thought I was going to get bored to death like the other jazz concerts that I had attended……The stage was dimly lit, all the musical instruments were well placed and there came a husky, deep and beautiful voice from behind the stage. Dobet Gnahor, a multi talented artist who sings, dances and plays percussion comes on stage and captures the audience’s attention in less than 2 minutes………This 26 years old artists is amazingly vibrant and versatile. Her music is a mix of Mandingue melodies, rumba, zulu choirs as well as jazz. She was performing to an audience who seldom enjoyed jazz and more than half did not understand the language…..Here is where language and culture no bar was apt…..The audience was enjoying every bit of her performance….The best part was that she involved the audience and made them sing in a foreign language which not many artists are capable of. This lady from Ivory coast is full of life and very down to earth….After the concert when youngsters and kids approached her for autographs she was more than happy to oblige them….

Here is a small piece from her songs…


Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Dobet Gnahore, Ivory coast, Jazz


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7 responses to “tHe iVORy cOASt sINGEr

  1. Benson

    May 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    and i missed it 😦

  2. Benson

    May 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

    No one knows jazz better than these people as its belived to be originated from a confluence of African and European music traditions.So next time Rips any such events in Bangalore i am going for sure..:))

  3. Valerine

    May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hey Benson u actually missed an amazing performance…But nxt time will let u know for sure 🙂
    Hope you check out the video and liked it 🙂

  4. Alonso

    May 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I am also a lover of music Roots Reggae to be specific but listen to all genre when I am in the mood…African music has always drawn my interest because if the messages they contain about upliftment and having determination and courage in the face of great adversary.
    Thanks for sharing have a great week end 🙂

  5. Valerine

    May 15, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Hey Alonso music connect more than half of the world. Tx and you too have a great weekend.

  6. Vee

    June 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm


  7. Valerine

    July 20, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Tx Vee 🙂


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