BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, New Generation Thinkers 2021, A Brazilian Soprano in Jazz-Age Paris


Adjoa Osei celebrates Elsie Houston, who mixed Afro-Brazilian folk with European opera.

Xangô (the god of thunder) and Paso Ñañigo’, composed by the Cuban Moises Simons, were two of the numbers performed by Elsie Houston in the clubs of Paris in the 1920s. Also able to sing soprano in Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian, Elsie’s performances in Afro-Brazilian dialects chimed with the fashion for all things African. Adjoa Osei’s essay traces Elsie’s connections with Surrealist artists and writers, (there are photos of her taken by Man Ray), and looks at how she used her mixed race heritage to navigate her way through society and speak out for African-inspired arts.

Adjoa Osei is a researcher based at Trinity College, Cambridge.[…]

More: BBC Radio 3 – The Essay, New Generation Thinkers 2021, A Brazilian Soprano in Jazz-Age Paris

About agogo22

Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
This entry was posted in Art and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.