This week we spend some time talking with Chelima who is in the middle of the European Tour which marks the release of her first EP, The Beholder.
She tells us about her love of singing and how she discovered, after many years working in the music business with other artists, that she wanted to become an artist and create and perform music of her own.
We talk the evolution of our work in the world, the things that sustain us and taking the difficult path of following our dreams.
Since she can remember Chélima’s first true love has been singing. But it wasn’t until one March morning in 2011, that she woke up and wanted to sing again. The Beholder and
also name of the title track on this five track EP is the result of a soul-affirming journey through Senegal and is an ode to Chélima’s artistic rebirth.
Chélima describes her style as “free soul” fusing blues, jazz and folk with an exotic twist borne from her French x Malian roots. She is not alone on this musical adventure and engages the talents of Bordeaux’s finest musicians in the shape of guitarist Jeannot Mendy, bassist Jasmin Ljutic, drummer Haze Francisco and pianist Valérie
Chane Tef – all consummate players on the French music scene with a collective wealth of musical experience spanning two decades. These outstanding musicians imbue The Beholder with soul and grace whilst elevating Chélima’s poetry to intoxicating new heights.
The beholder video: https://youtu.be/6Vsgp2V9p7k