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Rachelle Jeanty – a french lesson

Bonjour, comment allez-vous?

There are certain things we can do in our home town that are extraordinary, that can inspire us, change perspectives and give us drive for new action. There are plenty of things we could do to find any of this –  going to an event of cultural exchange is one of them…

Today I’ve seen something extraordinary, well actually I’ve heard it. I’ll try to explain it:  Describing the beauty of a butterfly is hard to do. But when you see it, it all becomes clear. – The same is with the voice of Rachelle Jeanty. It is hard to describe the beauty of the voice of the Canadian soul and gospel singer, as she is belting out, filling the air and reaching into every corner of the Salon Rouge – and straight into our hearts. She is singing in french, songs from her album D’ÂME SOUL – which I would interpret as Soul from the soul. The title is doing justice, everyone in the audience is deeply touched. But not just by the wonderful voice of Rachelle Jeanty ( maybe the sweetest lullaby you’ve ever heard  would come close to describing her voice ). It was the message in her songs that has been extraordinary, so precious and special…

With a lot of feeling she is telling a story out of her life, how she refuses to sexualize herself as a woman on her path of  becoming this wonderful singer she is. She gives young women the advice to stay grounded in life and to believe in themselves.   As she sings she dances and sways – exuding so much joye de vivre…

Rachelle Jeanty  is reciting a poem, accompanied by a pianist. She is performing a song simply about how she appreciates and loves life. She is encouraging young women in the audience to sing along with her and then encouraging all of us to do so. In the end we hear her singing  ‘Ain’t nobody’ by Chaka Khan – only in French, saying  ‘It’s a party’ . People start to dance and so do I – and it feels very relieving.

No wonder all the people are trying to get their Cd’s signed by Rachelle Jeanty. I get mine signed as well and a chance to have a chat with the amazing soul and jazz star. What a great story she has got to tell. She grew up in Montreal and has roots in Haiti. She resides in Berlin where she is teaching  young aspiring singers herself. Another aspect of her life: Rachelle Jeanty toured for two years with Celine Dion. She toured with the greatest performers in Francophone music – no wonder at all  – she is one of them.

Rachelle is a class of its own.  She is proud of her Haitian roots but I think most of all she is proud to be a woman – the woman she is. The way she carries herself is full of dignity. I felt very special around her today.

Incredible things happen in your own town, just around the corner – sometimes. You just have to be open for it. It’s what I learned this evening at the Fête de la Francophonie. On this occasion I was wearing a very special dress, the Kiandra dress by Diane von Fürstenberg. I immediately fell in love with the teardrop cutaway around the neck line, so I made this my special occasion dress. Often compared to Coco Chanel the designer is not only making fabulous dresses. From Diane we get a lot of advice on how to become a more attractive, confident and sensual Woman. Feel like a woman, wear a dress is the slogan she is known for.

I believe we should all be a bit more the person we want to be – and that we have to remain a certain curiosity and spontaneity in life. Life ‘s a party – when you respect and appreciate it.

Je vous embrasse, la Flamboyante



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