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to make it 51 and he wasn't done yet the brazilian then finished off his hat trick 61 the final score man of the match could chain you know with 3 goals and to assist . all right coming up next our debut documentary series close up and don't forget you can always has to our website you know we are calm for all the latest news and headlines around the clock thank you for watching to. be a franchise of the famous naturalist and explorer. too soon rachel alexander from the world's 250th birthday. barging on a voyage of discovery. expedition boy. d.w.
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. toso no longer wants to answer questions about what makes her african and what makes her german she once had music to speak for itself. only kids who was already a successful young singer when she fled her home in africa but it was in france that she rose to the ranks of a legend. maker was 18 when she left nigeria and wound up in a german often it's for young adults today she's an internationally acclaimed musician. that's mean women who hit their musical strike by navigating different cultures. father is canadian her mother german moving from africa to hamburg at the age of 12 was a shock. she experienced racism and suffered exclusion for today music critics
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often compare her to the greats of soul and the blues. back. to back to. the. kid joy has been a leading light in the music industry for decades though she's won 3 grammys and the world music category she rejects that label as too restrictive. the role models range from the south african singer marian mccabe to jimi hendrix was. offered a job and it. feels
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most at home here in the nigerian capital lagos even though she lived in hamburg for years. it took great determination to forge a path towards making her own music. elements of hip hop soul african music under a strong helping over again. that your cultural and until a key jewel because music straddles the continents but none of the missing is are committed to a single musical style of cash agree and each has developed a unique sound there they've built international audiences by working in europe over 3 regularly return. to africa this film explores how the transnational
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experiences have shaped them you sick. what kind of music do you make when you grow up in gonna be mean or nigeria and then spend a large part of your life in europe. now has the 3 process their experiences of rootlessness and of leaving their childhood homes. and how did going back influenced their creative output. nicholas father is nigerian her mother german and she grew up in nigeria in africa she was teased for her lighter skin once she moved to germany she was confronted with racial slurs. in
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nigeria she sang at school and in the church choir there were no other opportunities to make music. or why in nigeria i was too noisy to think. there wasn't even a. family a. c. . it's not like i wanted to be but does do even. engaging in that like this. is not happening which crowd there is worrying you. you must be here we've got to think though we must be moving from you know. your. world. but today she's making music after all.
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our. need is the youngest to forcibly. german mother left the family when they could was 2 years old and returned to hamburg alone. it was $982.00 and the start of a traumatic phase and nick has lined. the children suffered years of abuse at the hands of their stepmother. but negatives and speak about her past from early on she saw to focus on her goals and the positive things in her life finding comfort in a christian faith and its music. it provides an outlet for he experiences and her spirituality. when she was 18 nicole and her brother left their father's home and sought shelter
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with their biological mother in germany but she had no room for them all alone they turned to the city for help. how broke was the city way. you could get some really good social help. so yeah when the river missions us it's the foyer biggest asset is the people that actually. took me and so that's hamburg and then after that obviously i got i kind of got transferred to. ca told issues haim and then the nuns there they took care of me for a couple of years and that's my relationship to hamburg mainly obviously because the i feel like they embraced me and they were people who were very nice to me when i 1st came here who were willing to yet to show me
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a path and give me opportunities. which i might have not had when allison thank you. nic i learned german fast she got a high school diploma within 18 months and graduated from university with a degree in if knology anthropology and african studies though she had to work all jobs to finance his studies she still found time to sing and play guitar. she was introduced to hip hop by german produce a d.j. for hot the pair continue to collaborate in the studio to this day. she left hamburg more than 15 years ago but she occasionally comes back to visit and to work her management agency is based here. and of course she performs here too like at the big jazz festival in hamburg stockman's. how different
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her life is today it's love but everything she's been through resurfaces time and again in a music and lyrics. make me they. throw . in this man.
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down. found who way managing to put a difficult past behind her now she wants to give something back many of her lyrics are political taking aim at injustice environmental destruction and finance. she uses her international naturally as he to promote humanitarian projects lending her voice to those who would otherwise go on her. voice to condemn the nigerian terrorist group boko haram and back all the nice ations that helped former child soldiers and advance women's rights.
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was. given me. give me. live. live. live. live. my.
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friends is a common destination for refugees and migrants from former french colonies in africa. and chile kidjo arrived in paris after fleeing binny's communist dictatorship more than 35 years ago. today she can't walk down the street without being recognized. to. and she's much in demand as an interview guest she's been invited to god you know but today to talk about her autobiography. i mean it. only. with her animated nature she brings the studio to life singing chatting and spreading an infectious good mood. in the interview she recounts how she left her hometown of course to new and been in and came to paris without any money or a job. her parents who stayed behind in africa feared for their
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young daughters welfare in the big city where one could quickly had the skates in her autobiography entitled spirit rising my life my music she describes this time of her life. and imagine. like make-a she to manage to keep her head above the water by working odd jobs. as long as i could pay my rent and have enough to eat well to be honest i didn't eat enough which wasn't so bad my passion for music supported me i knew if i worked hard and kept on at my music then i would get there eventually. my music she if i it's evident that angelica life and music are defined by her thirst for freedom her embrace of different cultures a self-confident joy and experimentation and a commitment to stand up for others traits she says she owes to liberal minded and
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culturally astute parents. it all began in kota new where i grew up i dedicated the book to my father he always brought music and books home and encouraged us to play sports these pleasures always had an educational value my dad was keen to couple learning with fun. i wrote the book mainly to refute prejudices about africa. despite all the misery there is joy there too it's not like everyone in africa is suffering. freedom of speech was part of the way of life in my family home. everyone had the right to speak freely our father and mother were ahead of their time. but i don't want anyone to write that about me later i want to tell my own story now to tell the truth about what i am and what is going on in africa today along is happening in africa right now a lot of rapid changes people think this continent will never amount to anything
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but it's moving ahead. but you. also. say there's still time for a quick photo shoot at the radio station until it reaches day is full of appointments and everything is tightly timed after all she is not in paris as much as she used to be and she's got a lot to do when she is. she still feels at home here in france the former colonial ruler of her homeland been mean. clearly french culture has inspired and influenced her but it's safe to say that she's mastered the art of assimilating other cultures and creating something uniquely her. was.
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for instance by drawing an unexpected verb from a.t.f. swilled wearisome songs. even the rehearsal as a joy not least because she's being accompanied by the playwright director actor and festival director libby and pete. was. a joke but that was. the last. hour the sad. sad. sad. come. come. come. come come.
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she truly loves the dynamic culture of paris home tonight ray of good recording studios in tyson shops and a large african community. she lives with her husband and manages the bases joy in play in a small house on the outskirts of town when she's not in new york winning over somewhere else that has. functionally it doesn't put on any airs and graces she cooks herself and likes to show off her cousin mary talents. oh. yes i'm making chicken and shrimps. but some thai. i mix everything together whether it's food or music i mix it all up taieb in a nice french whatever i feel like. as
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a child in between under leak was exposed to music from all over the world his father owned an extensive record collection and played the banjo her mother ran a theater play the clarinet and selling. but after a regime change everything was different. the communist banned all music even on the radio which had played everything until then all sorts of music all a sudden boom you got up in the morning and heard get ready for the revolution the fight goes on and you heard the same when you went to bed too it went on all day always the same old news from the same regime but there was no news from the rest of the world if it was dangerous to listen to the french radio station at afi or other foreign broadcasts if a neighbor heard you you could be denounced as a traitor it was a far cry from freedom. liberty of it. had
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become a star in. the country's marxist regime expected her to sing propaganda songs and was displeased when she refused she was afraid she'd end up in prison. in 1982 she fled to paris on a small plane. when i arrived in france i caught up with all the music i missed out on. french music english american even classical music. the 1st thing i did was literally day the music. i listen to anything i hadn't heard before and i'm still discovering new things today i was always curious about what people here were doing. when it.
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underneath says paris broadened her musical horizons it was here that she studied singing as well as law for a while and then developed a profile as a human rights activist. after launching her career with african songs and performances that she developed from traditional dances she came to work with such big music industry names as peter gabriel collison tana just stone and alicia keys . on her travels and on tour she discovered influences of african music all over the world. to me whenever i was in the u.s. or brazil where ever i was i always discovered something of my continent the club the rhythm that came with the slaves. were to the. rhythms are based on the weather to quarter for quarter a 6 quarter time. when i'm making music i never get out of time if i listen to the
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can of it then i know exactly where i am. the music of africa has had a profound influence on world music and there are a few genres where its presence is as strongly felt as in latin american music. and blending it into and music came naturally to under a leaky jewel who spew into spanish. pct.
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yeah because he was german grandfather worked on ships in hamburg through its port the city has always been a gateway to the world. though not so sometimes still feels alien and unwelcome it's different when she gets to work here she's surrounded by musicians and dancers from all over the world people of all different skin colors and origins. she spent the 1st years of her life in ghana and other african countries with her
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mother a german development aid worker and her canadian father and musician she was 12 when the family moved to hamburg it was hard to adjust to a new culture a new mindset and who had german school was she was the only pupil with dark skin. so him in his t.c.k. so i described myself as a t.c.k. 3rd culture kid. my mother's from hamburg where we're shooting right now. and my father is from ghana. he was born and raised in eastern gonna so i have an entirely different culture namely in the 3rd culture and that's exactly how i see music music is the personal 3rd culture it's everything that is inside you the output is indefinable for me output is always indefinable. i like artists who work like that i draw inspiration from very different things. it's about for example i recorded my
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nephew's heartbeat away i'll show you. i mix that with this. and it's a backyard in senegal indycar and this was the result. of. the sounds of africa a continuous source of inspiration for you caught on. the
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continent is abuzz with music it's not a cliché but reality as we discover in the canadian capital accra. in the district of jamestown a different tune reverberates from every street side stall. we hear every pub and afrobeat as well as contemporary hits created on computers just like songs anywhere else in the world and yet there's something quintessentially african about them. oh my god. africa doesn't just inspire through its music this is an artist and scores where yasser likes to buy fabrics she finds ideas for his stage shows and music video costumes here. all.
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the other. oh. today she's looking for fabric for a head scarf. to suit my fabric. and. my psyche you put. it to 3 yards what can we do. she has never turned her back on africa she still feels at home his she says and is more relaxed here than in europe. in ghana she tells us she never feels misunderstood never out of place will stand out and if it just because of her origin this also is where she reconnects to her musical roots the music she heard in a child it also marks. yeah i was growing up here you are continuously
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exposed to music. and of course the biggest musical influence was my father who was a high like musician. as. a rehearsal room in our house and rehearsals were always on saturdays at 4 o'clock. feel. my my father taught me how to play the jam by a little our traditional drum and my mother introduced me to piano. i had piano lessons but it was all very classical i had a very strict piano teacher here in akra. i actually only played mozart and the like with him which i hated. and so when i got home i mostly did my own songs with a few notes or chords that i already knew. but i don't know my.
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today you're quite as music is rooted somewhere between africa and europe like millions of people today she's at once adrift and at home in several places at the same time. her world view is all encompassing taking in different languages and cultures but her lifestyle is also complicated. recordings for a video clip with abandon across. or to want. freedom is within you is the message of his song diamonds the diamonds of life are you'll say the lyrics it's you and nobody else who can crack your code to freedom.
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corps band is european and they rehearse regularly in paris but the musical lunatics is a group here in accra a bridge to africa that helps her to stay in touch with her good name and roots. they currently working on a musical it's a big project that will still take time and work to put together. but now they're rehearsing the song teacher. she says generation kids they write to start. changing.
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the culture that is a musical comedian who effortlessly transforms have voices from velvety soft high and fragile to powerful saltire.
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closer write songs about people why they come why they go why they fall in love she has called his style soul seeking music. it's february and cold in paris. nikka arrived the previous day commuting between
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continents as part of the music business. all 3 sing is returned to the french capital frequently to record but also infuses they music with european influences. nick has brought some recordings from lagos ideas for new songs to develop in the studio here. she meets up with musician plays and money and a producer she worked with both on her last album was. more thoughtful in chicago. he wanted to blaze records named his voice on the computer playing the preprinted used backing tracks overhead fence. he never worked for me but. i never heard from. some of them down
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make a studio work and lyrics are strongly shaped by our life experiences and spirituality . lives down the tracks step by step and dabs over onto her own original recording. to blaze get it down on his laptop. make us happy i had already done some recordings at home on my computer. back with just with the guitar. and i can misty stood you to do something else but then we ended up recording it on now it's because the song it's done within 24 all as. you know was.
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never one word for me. and. you never heard from me. back and. it started snowing. americas freezing. escaping european winters was one of the motivating factors behind her decision to go back
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to nigeria. when you're listening to the music can you tell whether it was written and produced under the african sun or in snowy paris. and world travel and constant exposure to new influences really molded musical style. yet we are very receptive beings ideas for a new role as also as a musician. you hear something somewhere you might not be aware that you are taking that information in until maybe a year after. you know and then you hear it in your record or saw yeah i will
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see definitely traveling around not just staying in place but just traveling only doing what i'm with the shans playing on different stages. called sure as even food can influence your sound like that we knew cuckoo all. the winds that i see specific types of food can influence how you call monday and that can also have an effect on how you cook for yourself and how you cook also shows how you make music so. the cold cold. inspires you lot. as the snow is falling now i mean i don't listen to morty but this can't just inspire me to like i don't know like create something. that has reduced what the rhythm is maybe. dragged up pot. so it's not like.
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it's not it's not the rhythm that used to it will be like me to. do. to you know but still day so africa is in between i knew it was on the surface ek 'd thing that. african rhythms speech was strongly in all 3 women's music. and there's another thing that makes them stand out a voice a cadence that is clearly african in origin and very hard to copy.
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wow. wow. from africa via europe to new york. a few years ago until e.q. to adopted the city as her 3rd home. today she's on her way to the united nations
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she's been a unicef goodwill ambassador since 2002. i mean you know aside from her humanitarian work she also regularly hosts a current affairs program for the u.n. website. 21st century friendship so $69.00 her music has always appealed for peaceful coexistence between races and the sexes. as a presenter she embodies a life lived between continents and cultures a citizen of the world in the truest sense. of evil inflight immediately back. on of age. once again his schedule is tight she squeezes in a small studio session with her band. a
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song about people who exert control over a country's government. leak and the adventure of music began with personal appeal evil and migration. 3 have make cross cultural innovation their guiding principle and the source of their inspiration.
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all the places i've been have shaped the person i am i travel because i have the health and strength to do so and counters with other cultures allow us to grow and recognize the world and its globalism. you are stuck in your own blinkered world where everything is only black or white instead the world has all the colors of the rainbow. the fear of the foreign leads to the creation of isolated worlds and truths. but you can't just live for yourself. i always say hate and love aren't forces generated from outside and they come from within us. it's a home 1st. and when not in a 100 years everyone will be t.c.k. . case meaning by cultural and multicultural and i think many people find it mentally strenuous because then you can no longer say what is what and who comes from where. so it's making older people
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a little nervous. and many people have put my music in a specific box or john or they would see it's afro pop some with see it's off contemporary afro beat. so some would see it's conscious. i would say it's all of the. conscious. life electronic synthetic authentic. chemical. it's a frequency. that it. was . on surely kids will. need
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and yet. 3 musicians at home between continents it's him in music that they forge their identity music that knows no exclusion and transcends boundaries. explore. naturalised. renaissance man. xander fun. to mark his 250th birthday. we talk with unreliable historian. author and home expert.
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