Petit Pays, a beautiful song and video by slam-artist Gaël Faye that a friend of mine showed me a few days ago. Gaël is half Rwandan, half French, but born in Burundi. In the song he describes Rwanda and Burundi, the little African countries of the big lakes. He sings about the history of war and about the relationship with his homelands. Although my French isn’t good and I can’t fully understand what he says – and I wish I could, for the lyrics are like poetry – the song knows how to touch me anyway and I wanted to share it with you.
There was a time I absolutely hated Dutch music and musicians. And believe me, those awful singers are still there doing their thing. However, along the way I discovered more and more good music of Dutch origin. People who are making actual music for the sake and love of making music and people who are being actual artists, not some crazy ego trippers who think they are amazing but are obviously not.
So last Thursday I went to a very intimate concert with a friend. Singer of the night: Celine Cairo. I knew she had a beautiful voice, but didn’t really know what else to expect, since there is not very much to be found on the Internet. I liked it that way, because now she managed to blew me away. Live she sounds even a hundred times better than on recordings. Her voice is the most deepest and warmest you will ever hear and it is totally at home in a concert hall. Her own songs are wonderful, however, I thought the two covers she did – a song by José González and ‘Wicked Game’ – were the most beautiful. She finished with a traditional song, acapella: like magic.
I was remembered by the fact how modest and unpretentious Dutch people are. How I like that! No, I’m not being nationalistic – I strongly dislike nations for they absolutely do not bring the best out of people – and I realize this can’t be said of everyone (remember the ego trippers stated above), but I do think it is a very noble general characteristic for the people of a country. Celine was almost shy in the beginning, though at ease with her shyness, but she was spontaneous at the same time, and humble all the time, not pretending that she was better than any of us, the audience, or the members of her band. She talked whole stories in between some songs. About how it is quite difficult to fill 2 times 40 minutes with music and that was why she was going to do her second cover, about how she lost a friend, about how she kind of said the wrong thing to a famous rapper backstage at a TV show. Beautiful girl! Okay, back to the music.
This lovely artwork is hanging on my wall since yesterday. I got the album ‘Warp & Weft’ by Laura Veirs and it has this image on the front. I have been wanting a nice illustration to perk up my bedroom walls for a while now and I was just thinking how nice it would be to have this one framed, when I found the print in the CD case. Lucky me!