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Corneille: The Birth of Cornelius

by Briana on March 22, 2009

corneille3While R&B/soul isn’t my first choice of music, I enjoyed listening to Corneille: The Birth of Cornelius. It is very a very soothing R&B acoustic sound. Soulful and soothing, you will enjoy listening to songs like “Back to My Life,” “All of My Love,” and “Home is by You.”

“Music has been the place where I could go to hide and forget about the world. I couldn’t make sense of a majority of the things that happened to me, so I used music as a shield. But over time, music has become a vehicle to channel out everything that I’ve been keeping from myself for all these years. And the new album is definitely the most honest, real assessment of everything that’s happened in my life, because I’m not trying to hide as much.”—Corneille

New to Motown Records, Corneille is not new to music. Selling out concerts and reaching diamond selling status in France, this musician has persevered throughout many personal struggles. Born in German, at age six returned to his parent’s native country of Rwanda. Encouraged by his parents to embrace his love of music, he won a state sponsored music competition at age 16.

This joy would not last for long. In 1994, Rwanda’s President was assassinated and a genocide began, which claimed more  800,000 lives including Corneille’s parents as well as other family members. Corneille was able to escape to Germany and he is filled with wonderful memories of love from his parents.This all makes his music even more intriguing. Corneille is a special person who has been able to take a horrific tragedy and make something beautiful from it.

This is what I love about reviewing music. I get to test out genres I would have never tried on my own. Thanks Team Mom Music for the opportunity to try out this wonderful music!

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