Corneille Making Music From Tragedy

March 16, 2009 by  
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corneille1Corneille has a wonderful music style and I wasn’t sure what type of music I would be listening to, I was pleasantly surprised.  Corneille is considered an R&B artist but is is more of the older style music.  It reminds me of the Motown style music but more of an easy listening with an upbeat tempo.   I already have acquired one of my very favorite songs on the album, and I am afraid that I am going to wear the track out on my cd!  All of the songs are wonderful but “Too Much Of Everything” is the one I love in particular.

I started listening to this cd after I had a particularly long and stressful day and, it was after the boys had gone to bed.   This is definitely a good way to relax and music has a tendency to lift our spirits, or calm them.   I can imagine popping this cd in, taking a hot bath, and ignoring the rest of the world for a while.   It just has a very relaxing tone to it and some good upbeat rhythms too.  corneille3

Even more amazing than the cd is Corneille’s life story.  Corneille Nyungura was born in Fribourg, Germany, where his parents were students.  At the age of 6, his family returned to Rwanda.  As a boy he began to develop a great interest in music.  He credits his father for nuturing his interest in music by his encouragement and hearing him sing.  At age 16 he made his first actual recording and was selected as a finalist in a state run television station. Corneille’s parents and other family members were killed in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994.  He managed to escape first to Kinshasa, and then to Germany where he was taken in by some family.  After three years in Germany he decided he didn’t fit into their society or culture and moved to Montreal.  Music was a place where he could go and forget about the world, something that you can definitely feel when you listen to this cd.

Some of his musical influences are that of Michael Jackson, the ever so wonderful Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.  Scoring a number of hits in Canada, France, and even Japan.  His new album “The Birth of Cornelius” is Corneille’s Englinsh-language debut.

I think Corneille’s story is an amazing one, and quickly reminds me that when things seem like they are bad that, there are much worse things in this world.  And to see someone like Corneille that has taken a tragic life and turned it into something positive and rewarding helps me to be thankful for the things I have.  When my days are stressful, I will definitely be putting Corneille’s music on so I can escape and remind myself that I have a lot to be thankful for.

The Birth of Cornelius is currently in stores from Universal Motown. And to celebrate Corneille’s wonderful life, the release of his record, and the 50th anniversary of Motown Records.  DoubleBugs would like to offer it’s readers the chance to win one of Corneille’s cd’s!   We will be giving away 2 cd’s to two lucky winners! You don’t want to miss this chance.



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