‘Lovecraft Country’: The True Story of Josephine Baker

“Lovecraft Country” Episode 7 saw Hippolyta blasted through time and space, including a passage that saw her dancing with the real-life icon Josephine Baker.

Lovecraft Country Episode 7 was the trippiest episode yet of the HBO show, with Hippolyta Freeman (played by Aunjanue Ellis) heading through a crack in time and space and into what seemed to be a very Afrofuturist future. Just as she got used to this strange new future, however, she found herself on stage with none other than Josephine Baker (Carra Paterson), the 1920s screen icon.

In the latest episode of Lovecraft Country, we see Baker on stage in a nightclub in Paris, but dancing was just one of the many things the Missouri-born woman did in her 68 years on this earth. She was also the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, a medal-winning French Resistance agent and a civil rights activist.

The most enduring image of Josephine Baker in the popular culture is the costume she used to wear while dancing in Paris’ Folies Bergère in 1927 (the same year she made her movie debut): a skirt of artificial bananas and a beaded brasserie. This outfit caused a sensation in Paris, where she had moved in 1925 after a successful career in the U.S.

In America, she was named, “the highest-paid chorus girl in vaudeville” for her act, which saw her pretending to mess up the routine throughout the night before perfecting a more complex version of the dance at the encore. Continue reading “‘Lovecraft Country’: The True Story of Josephine Baker”

Angélique Kidjo et le chœur chante Joséphine Baker’s “De Temps en Temps”

Le temps d’une chanson : De temps en temps, chantée par Vous et Angélique Kidjo

Soprano, alto, baryton ! Vous avez été des nombreux à unir vos voix pour chanter “De temps en temps” avec Angélique Kidjo.
Vous avez une nouvelle fois relevé le défis et le résultat est formidable !

Amateurs, débutants et confirmés de tous âges et de toute la France ont pu participer à l’aventure en se filmant en train de chanter De temps en temps !
Rendue célèbre par Joséphine Baker, la chanson “De temps en temps” a été spécialement transcrite pour chœur à trois voix par Albin de la Simone et Angélique Kidjo a souhaité s’associer à ce rendez-vous musical virtuel.

Transcription : Albin de la Simone
Soprano du Choeur de Radio France : Claudine Margely
Alto du Choeur de Radio France : Daïa Durimel
Baryton du Choeur de Radio France : Vincent Lecornier
Piano : Caroline Marty
Musiciennes metteur en ondes : Alice Legros, Elsa Biston
Réalisation vidéo : Philippe Guillabert
Mixage : Xavier Leveque

Et si vous le souhaitez, cultivez votre pratique du chant grâce à nos ressources en ligne :
Avec le site VO!X, ma chorale interactive de Radio France, apprenez à chanter en chorale grâce aux nombreux tutoriels, répertoire adapté, films d’animation… : https://vox.radiofrance.fr/

Chanson du Jour “J’ai Deux Amours”

Monsieur Pas de Merde loves this song. We’ve posted two versions, the first by the legendary Josephine Baker, the other more recent by Madeleine Peyroux.

The song was written by the team of Georges Koger, John Murray, Vincent Scotto, Barry Trivers, Henri Eugene Vantard.

Which do you prefer?

Lyrics

On dit qu’au delà des mers 

Là-bas sous le ciel clair 

Il existe une cité 

Continue reading “Chanson du Jour “J’ai Deux Amours””

A tour in the footsteps of famous African-Americans in Paris

 

PARIS (AP) – The great African-American writers James Baldwin and Richard Wright began their feud over Wright’s novel “Native Son,” at Cafe Les Deux Magots. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held hands with his white girlfriend, French actress Juliette Greco, while strolling along the Seine after hanging out with Picasso. Entertainer Josephine Baker became a megastar at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. Some travelers to Paris seek selfies with the Eiffel Tower, go to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre or stroll to the Arc de Triomphe. But you can create a different type of itinerary exploring African-American connections to the City of Light [ . . . ]

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