& Stefane Goldman
During the first meetings to get to know each other better, we talked a lot about music. Of course Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman, that seemed logical to me. But when she also mentioned Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wu Tang Clan, I was pleasantly surprised. And that was just the beginning! What Imany and other artists i care about have in common is their desire to break away from the cliché that can stick to their public image. Especially at the beginning of a career.
During our many writing sessions, we completely immersed ourselves in our common references, our inspirations. An eclectic mix of Anglo-Saxon pop music but also classical, hip hop or rock.
Between us all the means are good to compose. Each one can bring an idea, a desire of a certain sound or an atmosphere. And also a lot of improvisations, of letting go.
Some songs require more work than others, but we never see the time pass. And from all these hours of creation, conversations and exchanges around the music, a great complicity was born. And Imany became like a sister to me. We did concerts quite quickly. From my position of backing guitarist, i saw from the start an audience that was captivated and intrigued. Although she was often physically paralyzed by stage fright, the public perceived a stature and a voice beyond the common.
And then it all came together: not without effort the folk duo became a powerful septet. A solid team of great musicians to thrill the audience every night. The shy singer hidden behind her microphone stand became a powerful performer. In many parts of the world, as different as they are distant, whole venues have sung and danced with us in a common energy. And when a song (Don’t be so shy) explodes and pulls a whole project forward, we thank life for these pleasant surprises.
Imany and Stefane Goldman
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“We did a lot of writing sessions in Dakar. We laid the foundations of voice and guitar, notably with Stefane Goldman, with whom I composed a lot of songs…”
“All day long, I compose on the guitar, write and work in the studio with Stefane Goldman…”