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August 19th, 2008

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03:57 pm - Live Acts I saw in Brittany
Seeing other people write about holidays reminds me I meant to blog about the live acts I saw in France. There were three:

Mandé Blues Band: 'Le Mande Blues Band est un groupe breton emmené par Cheick Tidiane Dia, joueur de kora et chanteur. Cette musique est résolument de tradition africaine, mais également métissée de musiques blues, orientales, latines ou celtiques..' The Kora looks like this.

The Honeymen: "The Sun records era of Howlin’ Wolf , James Cotton and Doctor Ross ... Ponctuated by frenetic harmonica riffs, driven by solid “trash” guitar picking and beating with the Swamp Box (a foot stomping box conceived by Jimmy) the music of the Honeymen will lead you into a joyous and hypnotic Blues that’s capable of transforming any luxurious lounge into a torrid Juke Joint!" LOL

Agathe Sahraoui: Billy Holiday etc. ' Elle poursuit en parallèle ses récitals solo dans les clubs de jazz. Aujourd'hui, nourrie par la rue d'autrefois, par ses rencontres prestigieuses et ses voyages, Agathe Sahraoui chante Billie Holiday. Elle chante l'amour et ses douleurs...L'émotion est intacte et son art maitrisé. "

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Date:August 20th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Agathe Sahraoui sounds wonderful! Well, they all do, but that last one really appeals to me. Do you agree with the assessment? Was it a wonderful show?
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Date:August 20th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was my favourite too. She had quite a following, there were a lot of women in the bar - I think they must have travelled from all over the area. It was great to hear those old songs performed live. In style she wasn't quite as deep and sultry and smoky as I probably prefer but she had a strong voice and her vocal control was very good, I don't know enough about music to describe it properly, the way jazz singers sing around a note without losing touch with it.
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Date:August 20th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
That's actually a very vivid description, and I know just what you mean. As a singer myself (once upon a time) with classical training, I stand in awe of that particular jazz ability.

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