Thanks to Alex de Jong for pointing me to Amina’s Le dernier qui a parlé. It was France’s entry in the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest. It should have won but didn’t, according to RFI Musoque. This clip is Amina’s live performance in Rome on May 4, 1991. Her contest preview is just as enchanting, especially for its face-to-face look into the eyes of a Peregrine falcon.
The finale of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest take place tomorrow night in Belgrade. Alex quotes an article in Slate for Americans like me who know next to nothing about the ESC: “In theory, Eurovision’s aim has always been to discover “the best song in Europe,” with the focus on “song.” In practice, things don’t quite work out so simply. Since the majority of the viewing public will only hear the competing songs once before casting their telephone votes, it is imperative that each performance creates an instant impact to ensure that it stands out from the herd.” To this Alex adds,
This may be what Eurovison looks like on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find the weird, the unexpected, the gloriously wonderful. Every European has childhood memories of watching the ESC in May: usually, the most memorable songs are not the winners: often the songs that, on hindsight, really mattered, came last, gathering zéro points. Read more.
Encore: There isn’t as much Amina Annabi content on YouTube as I expected, considering that she is both a pop recording and film star. Much of what’s available is locked down for commercial reasons. Try Le Cercle Rouge and Belly Dance. And there’s more than one Amina who belly dances. I never expected to find one in Salt Lake City.
Café Mouffe opens every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the set notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.