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Cordes Et Ame

Emeline MichelAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 8, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Production Cheval De Feu
  • ASIN: B000087QQB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sa Ki Tire
2. Fo m Ale
3. Mwen Pare
4. Pé Leténél
5. Moso Manman
6. Wa Sonje
7. Ban Mwen Lanmou
8. Respekte n
9. Ecoute-Moi
10. Viejo
11. Se Bon
12. Foli Da Mou
13. Matelo
14. Shane

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About the Artist

Emeline Michel is the reigning queen of Haitian song. A captivating performer, versatile vocalist, accomplished dancer, songwriter and producer. She has recorded and appeared on concert stages throughout the Caribbean, Europe, North & South America, and Africa for the past 15 years. Singing both in French and Haitian Creole, her seven CDs, Douvanjou ka leve (May the Sun Rise), Pa gen manti nan sa (There's No Doubt), Rhum & Flamme (Rum & Flame), Tout Mon Temps (All My Time), The Very Best, Ban'm pase (Let Me Pass), and Cordes et Ame (Strings and Soul) have catapulted her to international acclaim.

Emeline Michel is beloved by Haitians for combining traditional rhythms with social, political and inspirational content. She is a member of a new generation of Haitian musicians which also includes guitarist/vocalist Beethova Obas and the bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Guinen. In contrast to most contemporary Haitian music, this new wave of artists emphasize complex themes, conscious lyrics, and a broad pallette of musical styles, including the native Haitian compas, twoubadou and rara along with jazz, rock, bossa nova and samba.

Born in Gonaives, Haiti, her first experience in music was singing gospel music at the local church. After completing her education, Emeline accepted an opportunity to study at the Detroit Jazz Center and returned to Haiti as a professional musician. Emeline soon released her first album Douvanjou ka leve (May the Sun Rise) which featured the hit Plezi Mize (Pleasure in Misery) written by Beethova Obas.

Subsequent releases Tankou melodi (Like a Melody) and Flanm (Flame) established her as one of the top artists in Haiti and the French Antilles, and she was soon hailed as the "new goddess of Creole music".

Relocating to France, she became a leading musical icon, performing at venues such as the Jazz Festival of Nice and Theatre de la Ville, making numerous appearances on French television and gracing the covers of many music and culture magazines.

From her new base in France, Emeline's work quickly spread throughout the french-speaking world; including Belgium, Africa, French Antilles, French Guiana, Quebec, as well as Chile and Japan. From the album Tout Mon Temps (All My Time) came her international smash hit A-K-I-K-O. While set to an infectious dance groove, the song call's for Haiti to look past the political turmoil that has recently gripped the nation and to return to a time of innocence and joy.

After signing to a Montreal record label she began to enjoy a high profile as one of the leading young female vocalists working in Quebec and a regular act for Canadian festivals, radio and television. In 1996, she released the album Ban'm Pase (Let Me Pass), a CD which showcased her developing talents as a mature writer and producer. This huge-selling and influential release featured the international hits Ban'm Pase and Mwen bezwen (I Need You), fully incorporated her jazz/blues/samba influences, and secured her position as one of the leading songwriters in the Haitian Creole language.

After being signed with several record labels in France, Canada and the U.S., Emeline formed her own production company (Production Cheval De Feu) in 1999 to gain full control of her career and artistic vision. Emeline's latest CD Cordes et Ame is a ground-breaking recording for a Caribbean artist. A sophisticated song-cycle centered around the theme of perseverance, the CD features the sound of voice & acoustic guitar bathed in the ancient and modern rhythms of Haiti. Soon after its release, the album became the fastest selling recording in Haiti (surpassing even the dance music giants of compas) and received Haiti's Musique En Folie awards for Best Haitian Album and Best Production for the year 2000.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new release from Haiti's Goddess of Creole Song December 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Haiti's leading female singer and songwriter, Emeline Michel, has released her long-awaited, blockbuster 6th album Cordes Et Ame ("Strings & Soul), a 14-track song-cycle centered around the themes of love and perseverance. The CD features the sound of voice, drum & acoustic guitar, bathed in the various musical traditions (compa, troubadour, etc.) of Haiti, and spiced with Emeline's signature touches of jazz and world music.
Cordes Et Ame is Emeline's second CD wearing the multiple hats of singer, songwriter and producer.As befits a CD entitled Cordes Et Ame (Strings and Soul), there are plenty of "cordes" on the album - most notably the world-class guitarists Philippe Augustin, Makarios Cesaire, Vladimir "Jimmy" Jean-Felix (ex-Boukan Guinen) and Christian Louiset from Martinique. The songwriters Beethova Obas and Hansy Peters also contribute both songs and guitar, while Yves-Abel (ex-Tabou Combo) plays bass.
Rounding out the string section are a couple of top New York jazz musicians, violinist Gwen Laster (featured on Pè Letènèl) and cellist Rufus Cappadocia. The song Fo m Ale ("Gotta Go") features the rustic banjo/guitar/percussion sound of traditional Haitian troubadour group Union des Antilles.
The rhythms are provided by Haitian master hand drummers Serge Decius and Serge La Guerre, along with top Martiniquan percussionist/songwriter Jericho Bourra, and New York-based Haitian jazz drummer Gashford Guillaume.
Assisting on vocals are two singers who are recording stars in their own right, Paris-based Haitian vocal phenomenon James Germain and Vivianne Rangon from Martinique. A rising young American pop/R&B singer, Chinua Hawk, shares a English/French duet with Emeline on the ballad Shane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! November 30, 2009
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I have been looking a long time for this album. I am enjoying it. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Voice / Great album April 20, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This album is beatiful. Emeline Michel has a great voice and she is a great singer.
I recommend this album to anyone who is interested in international music.
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