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18 avril 2008

Emmanuel Jal rejoint le combat MtVu "Turn It Up" contre le genocide au Darfour

"War Child", Documentaire à l’affiche du festival du film de Tribeca

Ancien enfant soldat soudanais reconverti en artiste hip-hop international, EMMANUEL JAL lutte contre le génocide au Darfour. En partenariat avec STAND, une coalition d’étudiants anti-génocide, Jal sera aux côtés d’artistes tels que Death Cab for Cutie, Atmosphere, Tapes ’n Tapes, Dizzee Rascal, Tokyo Police Club, The Long Blondes entre autres, pour allier le pouvoir de la musique à l’esprit activiste des étudiants, et ce dans le but de lutter contre l’une des pires crises humanitaires mondiales. Le prochain album de Jal, « Warchild » est prévu pour le 13 mai, et il fera partie de cette promotion. Plus d’informations sur « Turn It Up »

Le film documentaire “Warchild” retrace la vie extraordinaire de Jal, il sera projeté cette année au Festival du Film de Tribeca à New York à la fin du mois.

L’époustouflant titre extrait du prochain album de Jal « Warchild » est disponible dès maintenant en single digital sur iTunes. Le quotidien anglais The Independent qualifie Warchild de « réel plaisir d’écoute… Je recommande vivement ce chef d’œuvre à tous ceux qui apprécient la musique à tendance littéraire, introspective et à la fois touchante. » Jal vient juste de terminer le tournage du clip du single de « Warchild » ; le clip ainsi qu’un reportage exclusif sur les coulisses du tournage seront disponibles très prochainement.

Emmanuel Jal connaît mieux que quiconque la situation dramatique du Darfour. Quand il n’était âgé que de 7 ans, Jal a été enlevé et a reçu de force pendant 7 ans l’entraînement des enfants soldats, combattant au sein de l’Armée du Peuple Soudanais pendant la guerre civile. Il a appris à utiliser une arme à feu avant même de savoir faire du vélo et vivre avec les cauchemars et les choses innommables qu’il a du faire pour survivre. A environ 13 ans, accompagné de 400 autres enfants soldats, il décide courageusement de déserter les lignes rebelles, parcourant les déserts vides à la recherche de nourriture et d’un abri. Seuls 16 enfants ont survécu et acquis la relative liberté d’un camp de réfugiés : Jal était l’un d’entre eux.

Une fois revenu dans le “vrai monde”, Jal s’est réfugié dans la musique qui l’a préservé. Sur « Warchild », Jal mixe des rythmes venus de tous horizons, mêlant ses influences africaines avec des résonances hip-hop, et raconte son incroyable histoire au travers de chansons telles que « Forced to Sin », « Many Rivers to Cross » ou encore « Baaki Wara ». Durant ces dernières années, il s’est rapproché d’artistes comme Peter Gabriel, Bono, Moby et Bob Geldof qui ont aidé Emmanuel d’innombrables manières, aussi bien pour sa musique que pour sa base de Gua Afrique qui aide à l’éducation d’anciens soldats d’enfant.

First Look and Invites To Peter Gabriel’s New Music Discovery Site: The Filter

Peter Gabriel And The Filter: "Searching" Your Mind For Web Hits

The very next morning, I drive up to Redwood Shores to sit down with legendary rock icon, and Genesis co-founder, Peter Gabriel to talk about his next big thing. But instead of a loud guy talking about himself and his projects and his legacy, I got instead a thoughtful, soft-spoken, insightful visionary, thinning, gray hair and a distinguished gray goatee, taking what he says is the next logical step in his evolution as an artist and a businessman. At 58, he's launching his next project called The Filter.

At first blush, you'd think the website was designed to take on Google and Yahoo and other conventional search engines, a daunting task even for a big-time star, well-capitalized, like Peter Gabriel. But he's quick to point out that while there might be competition, he sees a time when The Filter co-exists with other, established search sites. So what is The Filter? It's a search engine using a new algorithm that its creators say can almost read your mind. It bases its search results on patterns of searches you've already launched so the results are far more tailored to what the technology "thinks" you're looking for.

And that would be welcome relief for those of us used to searching for something on Google and getting millions of pages of results that we have to comb through to find what it is we're actually interested in. Gabriel says The Filter is kind of like a freedom "from" choice instead of the freedom "of" choice.

"In the same way you have a disc jockey who makes choices for your music," he tells me, "You can imagine a life jockey who helps you with all sorts of choices." "The Filter" got started last year and since then, about 200,000 users have downloaded the software. Up until today, the site has been solely focused on music.

Today, the site, in beta testing, expands to videos, television programming, books and all sorts of digital entertainment. Using the same algorithms, the software filters your online media activities and habits, and along with a social networking component, recommends results in which you're far more likely to be interested than conventional search engines.

Or so the creators say. "All these people going into video, what they're doing is adding inventory, adding content," says David Maher-Roberts, The Filter's CEO. "The one challenge we have is how the hell do people navigate around all this new content? And that's where The Filter comes in." Even though the company says it's not directly in competition with Google and Yahoo, that doesn't mean it's got the market all to itself. Amazon is already there. Some of the major media companies, including CBS, are trying much the same thing.

Gabriel though might have a leg up, aligning the site with and iTunes already, and looking for more partnerships down the road. In fact, once users download The Filter software, other companies can incorporate the algorithms and let users plug in their preferences to other online digital entertainment sites.

Gabriel tells me that his site could actually be a boon to digital entertainment as well as the creativity among artists trying to market and sell their productions, pleased to be building on his love of technology that stretches back to his electrical engineer father, who's 95 years old. "With the music, the old industry is dead, but all sorts of interesting life forms are springing up from the corpse," he tells me. And The Filter will give consumers a better handle on finding the kinds of entertainment that appeals most to them, and with every new discovery will come even more. "I just think you've got to follow the things that interest you," he tells me. "You've got to sniff and chase. It's a simple philosophy, really."

Posted By:Jim Goldman

Celebrity Music Throwdown, Part 1: Peter Gabriel and the Filter

The Filter and Peter GabrielFrom left: Martin Hopkins, co-founder and CSO of The Filter; Peter Gabriel. the Grammy award-winning artist, and David Maher Roberts, Filter’s chief executive. (Photo: Martin Klimek)

Today, a look at two celebrity-influenced startups trying to ride revolutionary changes in the media business. And you get to vote: Do these Internet companies have a chance of being successful?

First up: The Filter, backed and advised by the British singer and technology evangelist Peter Gabriel, who was in San Francisco last week promoting the company in advance of its relaunch today.

The year-old start-up, based in Bath, England, started life as yet another music recommendation service. About 200,000 users have downloaded the software, which tracks what music they listen to and purchase online, then recommends new songs or bands they might like.

The new system, which was reintroduced Tuesday in a private test, takes a more comprehensive approach. The service will now filter all online media habits – the music and movies people like, the Web videos they watch, and soon, the books they buy – and offer advice about all their entertainment and information options.

“In this age, where the curator is becoming just as important as the creator, the disc jockey becomes the life jockey,” Mr. Gabriel said. “You carry this around with you as a tool that is available 24 hours a day to help you make choices.”

Users must still download the Filter software to their desktop, where it spies on… er, digests various streams of Internet behavior (the music and videos they keep in iTunes, their streaming and browsing history, etc.). Users can also connect with their friends on the service and track their media-consuming behavior. UPDATE: The company says the download is optional but provides richer recommendations.

The company then threads that information through its algorithms to generate highly targeted and personalized recommendations – not only the songs, movies and Web videos users might like, but also what they might be in the mood for at a particular time. Each user will get a home page on the site where they will see their recommendations.

The Filter has lots of competition, of course. Amazon and Apple’s iTunes make similar recommendations very close to the potential point of sale. The Filter must also jockey for position with music-only recommendation services like the CBS-owned

But the company, say its founders, has the advantage of being more comprehensive and more open. Users can feed in their activities on other Web sites, like Netflix, and the music site Imeem. And other companies can license the Filter’s recommendation engine and integrate it into their own sites.

Mr. Gabriel, who also backed, a British streaming music site, and Od2, one of the first music download services, now owned by Nokia, says he’s excited about the ways that the Web is taking a sledgehammer to the music business.

“All sorts of new life forms are emerging out of the corpse of the music industry,” he said. “Anything the old music business was looking at, they had to feel like there was going to be $100,000 in sales before they put their hand in their pocket. This should allow a lot of experimental projects.”

Peter Gabriel's filter

The rock star hopes to shock Amazon with a new web-based recommendation service.

(Fortune) -- There's a reason Peter Gabriel is a household name. One of the founders of the super-group Genesis, the British rock star went on to have great success as a solo artist known for his outlandish costumes, his cutting edge music videos, and of course, his '80s hits like "Sledgehammer" and "Shock The Monkey," which were both artistic and commercial milestones.

What's less known is that the 58-year-old Gabriel has done rather well since then as a digital media entrepreneur. In 2000, he co-founded OD2, which quickly became the leading European digital music provider with clients like Nokia and MSN. OD2's owners reportedly later sold the company for an estimated $20 million. (...)

(...) It's a long leap from recommending music to choosing their restaurants in foreign cities. Still, the idea is intriguing. Gabriel isn't just taking about this either. He's putting up a lot of money to make it happen. "This is definitely something that's worth watching," says Gartner analyst Mike McGuire who, like Fortune, was briefed by The Filter before the private beta launch.

As you might expect, Gabriel is in the studio working on new music, too. He owes one more album to EMI. After that, he plans to release his music on his own a la Radiohead. The graying rocker is thrilled that the Internet is giving artists a new means of distributing their music -- especially the ones who couldn't get a record deal even in the industry's better days. "I like it that the inmates are running the asylum,' says Gabriel.

This, of course means more choices for those overwhelmed consumers that Gabriel is so concerned about. All the more reason for his new company, right? No wonder he's so pleased. To top of page

Rocker Peter Gabriel offers Filter to cut through online clutter

Internet users are awash in information every time they search for new videos, music, or books online, says rocker Peter Gabriel.

One of the founders of the rock group Genesis and the creator of the iconic solo album So, is an investor in The Filter, a recommendation engine that now offers to help users cut through clutter on the Web and find the kind of content that will appeal to them.

Until now, The Filter has operated mostly in Europe as a music discovery service. A redesigned site is now offering to find a much wider array of content, Gabriel told CNET on Monday. On Tuesday, the service is scheduled to begin allowing invitees to help test the site, which will be opened to the public sometime next month.

"When you drown people in an ocean of information, you've got to give them navigation tools," Gabriel said. "I know that there is better stuff out there than what I generally am exposed to...So if I have a sort of intelligent ally working with me 24 hours a day, I think I have a much better chance of getting the stuff that will entertain, excite, and inspire me."

When it comes to improving the experience of searching the Web for music and other entertainment content, technology has mostly come up short. Despite a plethora of specially designed search engines, it's still not easy to find material that appeals to you. Certainly, few search engines, if any, provide better results than Google.

According to Gabriel, The Filter's system sizes up a lot of information before spitting out suggestions.

It runs a person's past searches, purchases, and site visits through a new set of filters that may include the opinions of friends, favorite critics or reviewers--whatever the user wants. Executives at The Filter also say their algorithm can make recommendations that cut across different entertainment platforms.

Say, for example, you like film director Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. The Filter can use that to suggest certain songs.

"At the moment, there is nothing in Google that I know of that allows me to put in my taste and get recommendations," Gabriel said. "I can research and go quite deep in one direction. One great navigation tool is your taste. We allow you to integrate your taste and choices with your friend, your favorite musician, film director, or whatever."

Freedom from choice
Gabriel isn't slumming it in the tech sector.

Sure, the 58-year-old is famous for his stands on social issues, in addition to churning out hit songs for more than 40 years. (Ask yourself if we would love Lloyd Dobler or boom boxes as much without Gabriel's help in the cult film Say Anything).

He co-founded On Demand Distribution, once the largest digital-music service in Europe, before selling it in 2000 to Loudeye, a company acquired by Nokia in 2006 that provided music delivery platforms. Gabriel also helped develop games on CD-ROM.

The son of an electrical engineer, Gabriel said he has never written any code, but he loves kicking ideas around with creative people.

"I inherited my father's enthusiasm for technology, but not his skills," he quipped.

Gabriel wants to combine his music and tech passions. He says being bombarded by data only serves to discourage people from hunting for what they want.

He remembers a conversation he had years ago with a friend about how much freedom the Internet provided. His friend said something that stuck with him: "Maybe there is a deeper yearning out there for freedom from choice."

Ideas Worth Spreading

Imagine sitting in an audience of one thousand people, a large majority of which have names such as Peter Gabriel, Bill Clinton, or Bono. A simple stage with a screen and some Macs awaits the next 18-minute speech from the likes of Al Gore (who did not actually invent the internet) or Larry Page from Google (who actually did reinvent it.) At the end of a long day of speeches, you wander the halls discussing things like poverty in Africa with attendees such as famed linguist Steven Pinker, one of the members of Pilobolus, or maybe Cameron Diaz.

The conference circuit can be a dull, lifeless landscape. Rich, cultural elitists jet to exotic locales such as Davos, Switzerland for a week of hobnobbing with other business and political giants. Fancy dinners, self-important speeches and a general aura of snobbery tends to fill the air. In the tech world, a wide ranging series of conferences of this nature only lack the allure of the bold-named political figures, making them even more droll and lifeless. In general, the international conference circuit has taken a huge financial hit in recent years, as people find that more pressing matters fill their time and fewer institutions have the budget to participate in these back-slapping festivities.

Yet one conference continues to shine a powerful light into this wilderness. Eschewing stuffy attitudes for heady dialogs, eager participants shell out $6,000 more than a year in advance to attend this meeting of powerful minds. Everyone knows one another by first name, the most powerful of which may be the meeting’s name itself: TED. The annual Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference, held in Monterey, CA each February, has been drawing a fascinating mix of global leaders in their respective fields with the purpose of creating a dialogue between those with the ideas that could reshape the world and those who have the means and celebrity to make them happen.

Created in 1984 by Richard Saul Wurman and Harry Marks, the conference had a slow start and didn’t become annual until 1990. Designed to bring together the best and brightest minds from the design and tech sectors, it didn’t achieve the stature it now has until it was taken over in 2002 by Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation. Anderson made his millions launching one of the most successful tech publishing companies in the world, putting out titles such as MacAddict, PC Gamer and Business 2.0. He left the publishing world to take on TED full time, quickly developing it into the star-studded event of the year. Attendees come with a passion for being ahead of the curve when it comes to ideas that could change the world. Its massive star-power allows TED to charge an outrageous fee, and important people from all over the globe wait breathlessly for the much-coveted invite each year.

Recently, the TED organizers decided that these ideas deserved an even wider audience - one that doesn’t necessarily deserve an invitation, but could benefit from the insights and ideas that the conference covers. was launched in 2007 and is easy to get lost in for hours at a time. Intuitive navigation leads you to videos of Peter Gabriel discussing important work documenting human rights abuses. Theo Jansen displays his “Strandbeests” (graceful tubular machines that lope across the beaches of Holland using only solar and wind power to evolve their survival instincts independent of human interference). Steven Pinker gives an eye-opening talk about how humanity is actually less violent now than ever before, despite popular perception to the contrary. Each talk is compact and originally delivered to an audience of powerful peers, so you never feel as if you are being talked down to.

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.

Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.

One soon gets the idea that these people are not only interested in world-changing ideas, they have the power, creativity, and money to actually bring them to life. This realization led to the 2005 addition of the TED Prize. Consisting of an initial monetary award of $100,000, the Prize more importantly grants each recipient “one wish.” One idea that might change the world, along with the connections and resources to give it a fighting chance. Bono, one of the first winners, led the charge with a wish to “empower Americans to fight stupid, crushing poverty in Africa and AIDS by making a big noise.” This led to the One campaign, which signed up more than two million people online in less than a year. An anonymous TED donor gave $10 million to the organization, and more than a billion press impressions have made the cause of Africa top priority on a global scale. Not a bad way to launch the Prize.

TED clearly involves more than rubber chicken dinners and celebrity sightings. Growing stronger and more influential each year, with a wide swath of international heavyweights granting it a cult-like status, this is one conference that puts action and results behind its lofty rhetoric. The website continues to grow in popularity, with a blog and active comments attached to each video presentation. A separate series of semi-annual meetings have been started in developing areas like Tanzania, drawing crowds of international do-gooders and generous donors. The idea, as TED would tell you, is certainly worth spreading.

Peter Gabriel wants to help organize entertainment options

Photo : Arnold Newman / Real World

LIFE JOCKEY: "Getting the good stuff without the grief, that is the dream. And I'm not talking just about music, I mean everything. Not just a disc jockey, but a life jockey."

The tech-savvy musician is launching a website that helps viewers sift through recommendations.

PETER GABRIEL has always roamed the sector between art and science. "My father was an electrical engineer," the English musician said, "and while I didn't inherit his talent for invention, I did pick up a love of innovation, a passion for finding the next."
The search for next has taken Gabriel into a dizzying array of directions (his pioneering CD-ROM "Xplora1" in 1995, for instance, framed many of the Digital Age possibilities for musicians), but right now he is most excited about an endeavor that narrows the number of ideas: The Filter.

"We've all sat there at the computer with muscle fatigue in our thumbs and faced with so much information without focus," said Gabriel, a partner in the new website. "Getting the good stuff without the grief, that is the dream. And I'm not talking just about music, I mean everything. Not just a disc jockey, but a life jockey." has a beta launch today and goes public in May to join a wide and churning group of recommendation engines. (Many track only music preferences; the Filter aspires to add film to the mix.)

Clearly, many people realize that the Internet can create a "tyranny of too much choice," as the Filter's chief executive officer, David Maher Roberts, puts it. The Filter combines purchase, consumption and browsing data (it tracks accounts on Netflix, Flixster, etc.) to create an experience map. The next level, Gabriel said, will be to meld your profile with someone else's.

"If you have a friend who knows more about reggae than you, or there's a critic or a composer who intrigues you, you can mash-up your profiles. That's where we want to go. That's where a lot of people would like to go."

By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 15, 2008

17 avril 2008

Toto La Momposina

A la fois chanteuse et danseuse, figure emblématique de la musique colombienne, unissant rythmes africains et fièvres indiennes Toto vient, comme ses ancêtres, d'une île nommée Mompos, dío Momposina qui se trouve sur le fleuve de Magdalena.

Issue d'une famille de cinq générations de musiciens, Toto a appris à chanter et danser dès son enfance. Très jeune , elle a voyagé de village en village pour apprendre les rythmes, les danses ainsi que l\'art des "Cantadoras" (chanteuses traditionnelles des villages).

En 1968, elle forme son premier groupe et commence une carrière professionnelle. Elle acquiert une grande réputation et tourne à travers les Amériques et l'Europe.

En 1982, elle accompagne Gabriel Garcia Marquez à Stockholm pour jouer lors de la remise de son prix Nobel. Puis elle s'installe en France et en Allemagne. Deux albums ont été enregistrés à Paris à cette époque : "Toto La Momposina" pour Auvidis et "La Colombie-Musique de la côte Atlantique" pour ASPIC.

En 1987, elle rentre en Colombie mais donne de nombreux concerts dans toute l’Amérique du Sud, dans les Antilles, et étudie le Boléro à Cuba. En 1992, elle enregistre "La Candela Viva" pour le label de Peter Gabriel Real World.

Depuis lors, elle ne cesse de se produire à travers le monde. Son répertoire est composé d'une multitude d'influences. S'y côtoient la cumbia, le bullerenge, la chalupa, le garabato et le mapale issus de la côte caraïbe, mais également du son cubain, de la guaracha, de la rumba et du bolero-son.

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16 avril 2008

Peter Gabriel lance The Filter

Il ne s'agit pas d'un nouvel album de Peter Gabriel, mais bien d'un nouveau réseau social se donnant pour objectif de faire découvrir à ses membres, films, musiques et clips vidéos.

En 1999, peu après avoir cofondé On Demand Distribution (OD2), spécialisé dans la distribution numérique de musique en ligne, Peter Gabriel a imaginé The Filter et a enregistré le nom de domaine

«Au départ, nous étions convaincus que l'un des bonheurs de l'Internet serait la liberté de choisir, mais la plupart d'entre nous se noient dans un océan de possibilités. Un filtre intelligent peut éliminer le poids et l'ennui inhérents aux choix, tout en répondant à nos goûts et à nos besoins grâce à une profusion d'activités d'exploration et de découverte. The Filter est un compagnon en ligne intelligent, c'est-à-dire qu'une fois qu'il connaît votre personnalité, vos goûts et vos humeurs, il sera chaque fois en mesure de vous faire découvrir un trésor», explique Gabriel à propos de son site.

The Filter qui sera sous peu lancé en partenariat avec OD2 et Exabre, une société spécialisée dans les technologies de recommandations, utilise l'intelligence artificielle pour suggérer aux utilisateurs des œuvres similaires à leurs œuvres favorites. Pour ce faire, la base de données du site contient 4,5 millions de chansons et 330 000 titres de films. La base de données tiendra compte des goûts des utilisateurs et s'enrichira en fonction du nombre d'adhérents.

Actuellement en période de test beta privée, The Filter sera lancé le mois prochain et permettra notamment d'intégrer des profils déjà créés sur Flixter et

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Sa Dingding prix du BBC World Music Award

Sa Dingding, l'artiste chinoise qui perce, remporte le principal prix BBC World Music Award et est nominée pour le prix du public

La chanteuse/compositrice Sa Dingding contribue au maintien du feu des projecteurs sur son pays natal qu'est la Chine, en cette année olympique, en remportant le prestigieux prix BBC Radio 3 World Music Award pour l'Asie Pacifique. Grâce à ce prix, Sa Dingding devient le nouveau visage -et la nouvelle voix- de la Chine dans le monde entier.

Lauréate du prix Radio 3 World Music Award, Sa Dingding a été nominée pour le prix du public. Il est possible de voter en ligne jusqu'au 8 mai ici Ses fans sont encouragés à voter pour elle.

Sa Dingding fera également une apparition lors du concert des lauréats, le 30 juillet, au Royal Albert Hall, dans le cadre de la série de concerts de musique classique de la BBC. Elle a en outre confirmé sa présence parmi les artistes du festival WOMAD.

Le prestigieux prix BBC World Music Award est basé sur l'album Alive, dont la sortie, l'an passé, par l'intermédiaire d'Universal Music, a été saluée unanimement dans le monde entier. Pour plus d'informations au sujet de cet album et de Sa Dingding, veuillez visiter

Sa Dingding est à l'origine d'un son puissant et sophistiqué, résultant de la fusion de la musique traditionnelle folklorique et des religions minoritaires de Chine, notamment le bouddhisme tibétain, avec la musique occidentale et l'électronique. Cette musique, mêlée à une voix forte et obsédante, aboutit à un son unique et émouvant.

Sa Dingding est déjà très connue en Chine pour avoir remporté le titre de Meilleure chanteuse folklorique après la sortie de son premier album en 1998. Bénéficiant d'une reconnaissance internationnale croissante, son récent voyage au Royaume-Uni a suscité un vif intérêt de toute une gamme de media, dont Newsnight et the Independent.

La fascination de Sa Dingding pour la musique de l'Asie du Sud provient des ses propres origines; elle est à moitié mongole. Elle joue des instruments traditionnels à corde, à vent et des percussions chinoises, et écrit dans plusieurs langues, dont le Sanskrit et une langue qu'elle a créée elle-même à partir des émotions qu'elle ressent grâce à la musique.


13 avril 2008

Youssou N'Dour, fer de lance du premier sommet mondial des "Etoiles pour la Terre"

En amont du premier Sommet mondial "Étoiles pour la Terre", prévu à Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso du 21 au 23 novembre, Youssou N'Dour a pris le temps d'expliquer la mission que lui a confiée le président burkinabé Blaise Compaoré. Il devra réunir des personnalités mondiales de la musique, du cinéma ou du sport, avec l'aide du public via Internet, pour "que l'Afrique se réapproprie la question environnementale".

"Je n'irais pas jusqu'à dire que c'est un échec des politiques et des décideurs, mais il faut bien reconnaître qu'ils ne peuvent pas régler à eux seuls les problèmes", a expliqué Youssou N'Dour dans un entretien accordé à l'Associated Press (AP), lors d'un récent passage à Paris début avril.

"You", ainsi que le surnomment ses intimes, dont Peter Gabriel, discret mais présent au moment de l'entretien, estime que "depuis quelques dizaines d'années déjà, il y a une émergence d'artistes engagés, qui soutiennent des causes justes de par le monde". "Nous (les artistes), on parle aux gens d'une autre manière et nous les rallions beaucoup plus vite à une cause, parce qu'on se rassemble tous".

Pour les politiques, celui dont on dit qu'au Sénégal, qu'"il est aussi puissant que le président (Abdoulaye) Wade", ne mâche pas ses mots. "C'est justement dans ce cadre-là que j'interviens, car eux, (les politiques) sont coincés dans des accords, alors que nous, artistes sommes libres de dire les choses", plaide Youssou N'Dour, le regard assagi, derrière ses lunettes noires de bakélite.

Pour l'artiste-militant, il est temps que l'Afrique prenne des initiatives. "Comme tous les combats menés sur le continent (noir), avec la valeur plus que symbolique du Burkina Faso, un pays d'Afrique enclavé, n'ayant donc pas accès à la mer".

"Là où je devrais convaincre mes confrères et consoeurs, j'irais", promet le roi du "mbalax" qui ne veut pas s'encombrer de courriels mais aller sur place rencontrer les prestigieux noms de son carnet d'adresses, où figurent entre autres, les numéros de portables du chanteur de U2 Bono, de la chanteuse Madonna, des acteurs George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio ou du footballeur Zinedine Zidane.

Les personnalités invitées au Sommet de Ouagadougou seront soit adoubées par Youssou N'Dour, soit désignées par le vote du public sur Internet, parmi un panel des 500 célébrités de notoriété mondiale, quelque soit leurs activités ou leurs origines.

Parmi elles figurent le cinéaste espagnol Pedro Almodovar, le romancier brésilien Paolo Coelho, la top modèle britannique Kate Moss, le golfeur américain Tiger Woods, ou la femme la plus puissante des médias aux Etats-Unis, l'animatrice Oprah Winfrey.

Les célébrités élues viendront à Ouagadougou présenter 21 mesures pour la sauvegarde de la planète. Des mesures parfois symboliques, "comme planter un arbre dès l'instant où une carte grise est délivrée n'importe où dans le monde", mais aussi une facilitation à l'accès au microcrédit.

"Tout est admis", conclut celui qui est aussi ambassadeur des Nations-Unies, d'Amnesty International ou du Bureau international du travail (BIT). Et de conclure: "aujourd'hui, l'Afrique et les Africains doivent reprendre les rênes de leur vie, celles de leur destinée".

Interrogé sur le discours de Dakar prononcé en juillet dernier par Nicolas Sarkozy, l'artiste estime que cette allocution a été discutée "par des intellectuels et historiens" mais que, la prononcer devant des étudiants sénégalais était "une erreur symbolique", même si l'artiste, soucieux du détail, plaide que le président français "n'était pas l'auteur de son discours".

Plus incisif, Youssou N'Dour n'attend pas de la France qu'elle dise quoi faire aux Africains. "Nous avons une histoire qu'il faut assumer, les bons et les mauvais côtés. Nous avons beaucoup subi, mais nous sommes là, la tête haute", assène-t-il, joignant le geste à la parole. "Du reste, en Afrique, la France n'est plus leader (en terme d'investissements, NDLR): elle est derrière la Chine et les États-Unis", glisse-t-il dans un sourire. AP

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Peter Gabriel Biographie par Franck Buioni


"PETER GABRIEL, BIOGRAPHIE", par Franck BUIONI. Illustration, maquette et mise en page Chloé et Guylaine COLLEWET. Photos additionnelles Jean Philipe BEUF. Editions LULU PUBLISHING, CAROLINE DU NORD (USA), imprimé en ESPAGNE.

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Big Blue Ball, black and blue Vinyl 2 LP, CD

Originally, planned as a Peter Gabriel project, "Big Blue Ball", a Gabriel owned Real World Records release, has morphed into a collection of tracks featuring a worldwide mix of artists. It would be fair to say that the music is from “around the world” and defies characterization as "world music". The lead track, "The Whole Thing" featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White could have been included on the last Gabriel release UP” in terms of its theme and feel. “Everything Comes from You” is another outstanding track with an ethereal introduction that transitions into a chat infused Sinead O’Connor vocal supported by piano, guitar and bass drum. The album ends with the title track “Big Blue Ball” , an upbeat ballad sung by Karl Wallinger supported by Peter Gabriel and Manu Katché. Overall the record just works and after a few listens begins to reveal the notion that we and our musics are all interconnected on this big blue ball we call earth. The CD was mastered by Tony Cousins at Metroplis in London and the 2 LP vinyl editions were mastered and cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, using Classic’s “ALL TUBE” cutting system. Packaged in Deluxe Gatefold Jacket.

Track Listing

"Whole Thing (Original Mix)" (featuring Francis Bebey, Alex Faku, Tim Finn, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger, Andy White)

"Habibe" (featuring Natacha Atlas, Hossam Ramzy, Neil Sparkes)

"Shadow" (featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba)

"altus silva" (featuring Joseph Arthur, Ronan Browne, Deep Forest, James McNally, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Vernon Reid)

"Exit Through You" (featuring Joseph Arthur, Peter Gabriel, Karl Wallinger)

"Everything Comes From You" (featuring Richard Evans, Joji Hirota, Sevara Nazarkhan, Sinead O’Connor, Guo Yue)

"Burn You Up, Burn You Down" (featuring Billy Cobham, Peter Gabriel, The Holmes Brothers, Wendy Melvoin, Arona N’diaye, Jah Wobble)

"Forest" (featuring Levon Minassian, Arona N’Diaye, Vernon Reid, Hukwe Zawose)

"Rivers" (featuring Vernon Reid, Marta Sebestyen, Karl Wallinger)

"Jijy" (featuring Arona N’Diaye, Rossy, Jah Wobble)

"Big Blue Ball" (featuring Peter Gabriel, Manu Katché, Karl Wallinger)