This month Nicky Blumenfeld, host of The World Show and jazzuary.fm’s World Jazz Journey, returns to Cité internationale des Arts to take up a five-month residency— a transformative programme giving creative professionals and artists from around the world the opportunity to undertake a research project in Paris.
Cité internationale des Arts is currently the largest artist residency center in the world. Situated in Paris, the creatives at stay have access to cross-cultural dialogues and crossovers from audiences and fellow professionals alike. Last year’s residency drew 350 artists from 60 countries, across different mediums like film, photography, music and more.
Last year Nicky B was selected by the French Institute of South Africa for the residency and this year she will be back extending on her research project, titled Musical Migration. As a cultural melting-pot, Paris is a center of African music attributed to its past of colonialism and later movements of migration. While the focus has largely been on the Francophone regions of North, West and Central Africa; South African Music has also played a significant role in France’s cultural landscape, even though within a smaller context. Nicky B’s research looks deep into finding threads of South African Music with Paris at the center of it. “From Miriam Makeba in the ’50’s to The Blue Notesof the ’60’s [acclaimed South African jazz sextet, featuring Chris McGregor, Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, Nikele Moyake, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo]; then in the ’80s, exiled groups likeThe Malapoets settled in France and it was also where Johnny Clegg launched his international career”, explains Nicky B.
In addition to her research at Cité internationale des Arts, Nicky B will be hosting both of her shows live from Paris each week and will be sharing content taken from her experience in Paris’ art and music scenes, which will include in-depth features and interviews with Paris based musical practitioners, journalists and more.
Locals can also catch her DJing at various venues where her mandate is to play 100% South African music — while also furthering her relationship with artists, producers, labels and promoters based in France, who have expressed interest and willingness to explore future collaborations between France and Southern Africa. “Along with the research and weekly radio show broadcasts, there is also the DJ aspect – an element that I consider important in that it allows me the opportunity to share my art and experiences first-hand with audiences. I am able to meet them and feed off their positive response; and it is also a joy to share contemporary South African sounds [including World Beat & electro]”.
Tune into the World Show with Nicky B every Sunday at 18h00-22h00 and the World Jazz Journey every Tuesday from 19h00-22h00 to hear Nicky B live from Cité internationale des Arts.