Here’s is some more information on the Rhythm &Spoken playlist i.e the music played before and after performances
To Go Forward
You may have heard her single closer or first love. Goapele (pronounced gwa-play) actually has Kenyan roots. Well, not exactly, her father Douglas Mohlabane a South African exile met and married her mother Noa a jewish student in Nairobi, Kenya. Her name means to go forward in South African language Tswana.
The couple then relocated to the US where Goapele and her brother were born. A gifted child, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School where she sung in the school choir, joined a music group called Vocal motion and became actively involved in organisations that fought racism and sexism. The activism bug bit her early and to this day Goapele remains involved in social awareness.
Goapele attended the Berklee School of music when she graduated from high school. Her first album the Even Closer is a mixture of RnB and jazz and features gems like Closer, Ease your mind, Too much the same.
“With my music, I’m telling my own story. I’m expressing my own view. I want for people to not feel like they’re alone. I want people to reflect on their own lives and think about the things that they want and figure out how to obtain them. Also for people that aren’t satisfied with what they see around them and in their communities, I hope it motivates them to start taking small steps to change those things.” – Goapele,
For more on Goapele visit http://www.goapele.com
Rwandan roots and an international upbringing mark Corneille Nyungura who was born in Germany. When he was six years old his family moved back to Rwanda. Corneille described this move as “ going to a place where he belonged” but this feeling was short-lived when in 1994 Rwanda’s President Habyarimana was assassinated. What followed was a horrific massacre that saw 80,000 people killed, among them were Corneille’s parents and relatives. He managed to escape with his life, living first in Kinshasa then Germany where some family friends took him in.
“For a good ten years after the genocide,” he says, “I lived in a great deal of denial. But I managed not to get too bitter because I had parents who always made me feel special. It’s a sort of pain that you can have closure with. I know I’m not going to be able to talk to my family ever again, but they left me with memories filled with such love that I don’t have that much anger.” He lived in Germany for three yeas before moving to Montreal where he released his first album Parce Qu’on Vient de Loin. Though not initially a hit in Canada, the album was an overnight success in France and this prompted it’s re-release in Canada where it eventually went platinum.
Corneille, who has recorded with Yossou N’Dour, is a goodwill ambassador as well spokesperson for Red Cross. He is latest effort is the The Birth Of Cornelius album which he recorded in English.
More on Corneille visit http://www.corneille.ca