Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Jazz Vocalist Nnenna Freelon: Babysong and The Black Candle

That's one of my favorite performances by multiple Grammy nominated jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon. And as you could see it also features the amazing talents of Take 6. But creating wonderful music is not Nnenna's only passion. I personally know she adores children and cooking--thanks to several great get-togethers at her home in Durham, North Carolina.

And out of her love of children and a background in health care administration comes "Babysong", a very unique program she developed at Duke University that utilizes music, voice, and sound in the nurturing of babies.

A few months ago I talked with Nnenna about "Babysong" for another website, "Empower Magazine". During that enlightening conversation she also revealed a new film project that gave her musical talents a new stage to shine called, "The Black Candle"--Kwanzaa's first feature film directed by the award-winning filmmaker and author, M.K. Asante, Jr. See my previous post HERE for more about the film.

Here is the audio from our conversation. Despite my "early morning voice"--7 am to be exact--and a few technical difficulties on my end we had a really good conversation. And as always when reconnecting with old friends, the convo ran long so I've edited it down to a podcast. You can choose which parts to listen to. But of course, it's all worth a listen!


Learn even more about Nnenna and her Babysong workshops at her website, www.nnenna.com and hear more of her special brand of jazz below. Great music is a gift that just keeps on giving!

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