Discover how a black artist, like a long line of artists before her, was adopted by French society.
(Feb. 18, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–A multi-media presentation about Carole Fredericks, an American singer who emigrated to France in 1979 and rose to musical fame in both Europe and Africa, will be presented in conjunction with Hobart and William Smith Colleges' celebration of Black History Month. Connie Fredericks-Malone, Fredericks' sister, will present “Carole Fredericks: An American in Paris” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Office of Intercultural Affairs, 288 Pulteney St. A musical event, it is free and open to the public.
Fredericks-Malone will highlight Fredericks' career, her life in the Paris artistic community and her contributions to humanitarian causes in France and in Africa.
Born to a Big Band singer and a pianist and lyric writer, Fredericks grew up in an environment of music, blues and of gospel around seven brothers and one sister, all artists and musicians. Her elder brother, Taj Mahal, is a well-known bluesman. Aretha Franklin and the Beatles were among Fredericks' stronger musical influences.
In 1972 Fredericks formed a trio with a bass player and a pianist and sang in San Francisco in a French restaurant called Beautiful Helene. There she met French customers who persuaded her to sing in France. Her solo albums include “Pluriel,” “Couleurs and Parfums” and “Springfield,” as well as many singles. Fredericks died in Dakar, Senegal, in 2001.
Refreshments with a French accent will follow the presentation.