Cornielle in the mail. It is has a nice soft R&B sound to it. Cornielle sings about love his heart and his own personal experiences. I am enjoying listening to it while I work on my computer in the evening. As a busy mom is it so important for me to have that time to relax to music.
The release of The Birth of Cornelius doesn't just mark the arrival of a major new artist on Motown Records. The album chronicles the latest chapter for a musician who has already had a remarkable career--and an extraordinary life. Though virtually unknown to an American audience, Corneille sells out arenas in other parts of the world. His albums have reached monumental, Diamond-selling status in France. He has also scored a number of hits in Canada and in Japan. The Birth Of Cornelius is Cornielle's English language debut.
Corneille Nyungura was born in Fribourg, Germany, where his parents were students. At the age of six, his family returned to Rwanda, their country of origin. In Rwanda's President Habyarimana was assassinated, and the largest, most horrific genocide in modern history claimed over 800,000 victims. Corneille's parents and other family members were killed in the massacre. He alone managed to escape--first to Kinshasa, and then to Germany, where he was taken in by some family friends.
When asked how surviving such an incomprehensible tragedy has shaped his outlook, and his music, Corneille is strikingly calm. "For a good ten years after the genocide," he says, "I lived in a great deal of denial. But I managed not to get too bitter because I had parents who always made me feel special. It's a sort of pain that you can have closure with. I know I'm not going to be able to talk to my family ever again, but they left me with memories filled with such love that I don't have that much anger."
The Birth of Cornelius is available at stores now and can also be purchased on line. Amazon also has a great video about Corneille on there site you may want to check out.
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