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Cultural Beacons: Shakira Singing Je L’aime a Mourir Live in Paris!

Shakira Live in Paris: Je L'aime a Mourir

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll; (born February 2, 1977), known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Arabic influences with her own original twist on belly dancing. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.

Je l’aime à mourir” (English: I love her to death) is a French-language song written by Francis Cabrel. It is taken from his second hugely album Les Chemins de traverse released in 1979 that sold over 600,000 copies in France. The single “Je l’aime à mourir” became a hit single for Francis Cabrel in France,Quebec (Canada), Europe and internationally. In France the single sold 500,000 copies, making it to the top of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews, staying at number one for five consecutive weeks (charts of 7, 14, 21 and 28 September and 6 October 1979). The single became the most sold Cabrel single ever.

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Video – How a Bach Canon Works

Johannes Sebastian Bach

This video shows the intricacy and complexity of Bach’s Canons. The enigmatic 1747  Canon 1 à 2 from Johannes Sebastien Bach’s Musical Offering. The manuscript depicts a single musical sequence that is to be played front to back and back to front.

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685, O.S.31 March 1685, N.S. – 28 July 1750, N.S.) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque Period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach wrote much music, which was revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty. Many of his works are still known today, such as the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B minor, the Well-Tempered Clavier, and his passions, cantatas, partitas, and organ works.

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