Wednesday, May 10, 2006

LA-BAH-KEER:A Tribute To Josephine Baker's Centenary. Playwright, Vocalist Manda Djinn. Paris Soirees Sunday 14 May At 18h30

(This image is from a lithograph by the legendary artist of the 1920s Paul Colin. This one belongs to Manda,. I am lucky enough to own 3 original Colin lithographs myself)


This Sunday 14 May At 18h30.

Our Guest Of Honor:

Vocalist and Playwright

In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Josephine (June 3, 1906), excerpts from the Manda Djinn two-character play, LA BAH-KEER. Josephine Baker, one of the first African-American musical performers to become a star in Paris and a legend of the Paris Jazz Age, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and performed in New York before arriving in Paris in 1925 . She thereafter carved a niche for herself in Europe as an international cabaret star in the1920s and 1930s.

The play touches on the three main aspects of the life of Josephine: life in Europe: her early rise to stardom, her participation in World War II as part of the French Resistance; and finally her adoption of the Rainbow Tribe (a group of orphaned children of all origins) and their installation at the Milandes Chateau in Dordogne. Manda Djinn, jazz/gospel singer and playwright, performs La Bakeer, the older, wiser, Josephine. Natalie Frederic, actress, singer, performs the younger, naive, Josephine. Manda will speak further about Josephine and her arrival in Paris at the beginning of the jazz era.

Concert: Thursday, May 25th
Manda Djinn sings cool Jazz at the Swann Bar, accompanied by Claude Carriere on piano and Stephane Boutrit on double bass. 21h00 -Midnight. 165 Bld. Montparnasse, 75006 Paris. Metro: Raspail, Vavin, Port Royal.Call 01 44 27 05 84 for reservations. Cover: 12€..

Please visit: Music to Soothe the Soul, Manda Djinn, jazz vocals:
Pianist, Claude Carriere:

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