Resonant Bodies

S2021 E4 | FULL EPISODE

Anaïs Maviel

Vocalist, percussionist, composer and community facilitator, Anaïs Maviel presents a set of new songs. These stories are woven with threads of the subconscious and vocal improvisation, and told with her custom-made 14-string kamale n’goni.

AIRED: June 30, 2021 | 0:37:40
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♪ Yoo-wah

[ Imitates creaking ]

♪ It's very hard

Woman: The voice is such a unique instrument.

It is located in this place in your body

where you have your heart below it,

you have your brain above it.

Only the sound of the voice, I think,

can really go to those deep emotional places.

And when we hear that, there can be a greater compassion

and understanding and community around the world.

♪ Mmmmmm

♪ Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm

♪ Mmmmm

♪ Yoo-wah

You're going to use your voice to communicate

with your sonic environment as a human being.

That's like -- That's your first instrument.

Everybody has it.

Everybody access this way to interact sonically.

So for me, oral transmission is very important,

something that is being transmitted from a body

to another.

You're actually, like,

directly impacting with, like, sound wave,

but also if language is part of this,

like, it's basically how I think knowledge

becomes very powerful in terms of transmission.

Each language has its own music.

Each language also has its own...

thought system

and the way that, like,

language structures the way you think

but also, like, maybe deeply, like, in a deeper way,

it also structures ideology.

Or at least it gives you tool to understand ideology

or deconstruct it.

It's different persona for me to sing in different languages.

It's an entry point in a whole other way of being

and perceiving the world and describing it.

And I feel like each language is allowing me

to open up a new perspective.

♪ Yoo-wah

Before I was a wordless vocalist,

maybe French felt --

It was a very, like, intellectual,

cerebral language for me.

I was a scholar, and I was very, very comfortable

with writing in French.

But as soon as I had to own this language in my body,

it felt complicated.

So I started unfolding this by making a detour

through Haitian Creole, which has French,

but that also is mixed and has --

basically in its own identity allows otherness

and allows transformation.

I started investigating and looking into Sanskrit

and kind of like getting deeper into the origins of language

and what it means to actually bring out words

through vibration

and through vocalization, through prosody.

I think it's really this vibratory stake in language

that really matters to me.

I also want to be open to receive and give

and have the channel open between me and the audience

and my ancestors and the people who are not here.

I'm offering an individual experience,

but I'm really hoping that this can be a mirror

for anybody to also use for themselves

and investigate their own subconscious,

their own healing journey,

their own investigation, what do you want to be in this lifetime?

♪ Yoo-wah

[ Applause ]

♪ Yoo-wah

Thank you for this warm welcoming.

♪ Yoo-wah

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[ Vocalizing ]

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♪ Can

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ I

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ Wear

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ Your

♪ Face

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ I

♪ Lost mine

♪ In a

♪ Dre-e-e-e-e-e-e-am-m-m-m-m-m

♪ Dre-e-e-e-e-e-e-am-m-m-m-m-m

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ Can I

♪ Borrow

♪ Your

♪ To-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ngue

♪ To-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ngue

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ I forget

♪ Ho-o-o-o-o-o-w

♪ T-o-o-o-o-o-o

♪ Spe-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ak

♪ Spe-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ak

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Whe-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-re

♪ I-I-I-I-I-I-s

♪ Spa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ce?

♪ Where is

♪ Spa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ce?

♪ Yoo-wah

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♪ Here

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♪ I a-a-a-a-a-a-m

♪ Yo-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u

♪ Hear

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♪ See

♪ Your beauty

♪ On my

♪ Fa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ce

♪ Fa-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ce

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♪ Take your strength

♪ From my ha-a-a-a-a-nd

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♪ I a-a-a-a-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m

♪ Not

♪ Afra-a-a-a-a-a-a-i-i-i-i-id

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♪ I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I

♪ I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I

♪♪

♪ A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-m

♪ Yo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-u

♪ Yo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-u

♪ I am yo-o-o-u

♪ And yo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-u

♪ A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-re

♪ M-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e

♪ M-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e

♪ M-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e

♪ M-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e

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[ Vocalizing ]

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[ Vocalizing continues ]

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♪ I let

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♪ I let the mask fall

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♪ I let

♪♪

♪ I let you kno-o-o-o-o-o-o-w

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ I met

♪♪

♪ An altered eg-o-o-o-o-o-o-o

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-rden

♪♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

[ Vocalizing ]

♪ I let

♪ I let the sun set

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♪ I let

♪♪

♪ My tongue grow

♪ Sha-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rp

♪ I ate

♪ The sacred

♪ Appl-l-l-l-l-l-l-e

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

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♪ I let

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♪ I let some time

♪ Pass

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♪ I let

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ I take it

♪ Sl-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w

♪ Sl-l-l-l-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w

♪ I bet

♪♪

♪ New flowers will

♪ Gro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-w

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ Yoo-wah

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-rd-e-e-e-e-e-en ♪

♪ New flowers will grow

♪ In the garden

♪ I let my back fall

♪ In the garden

♪ I let the world be

♪ In the garden

♪ I let the undone

♪ In the garden

♪ I met the sunset

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-rden

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rden ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rden ♪

♪ I altered ego

♪ In the garden

♪ I ate the apple

♪ In the garden

♪ I let you know I'm not always ♪

♪ In the garden

♪ Yoo-wah

I let you draw the map of what you seek

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rden ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rde-e-e-e-e-n ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rde-e-e-e-e-n ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rden ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rden ♪

♪ In the garde-e-e-e-e-e-n

♪ In the garde-e-e-e-e-e-n

♪♪

♪ I let you know I'm not always ♪

♪ In the garde-e-e-e-e-e-n

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♪ I let you know the draw the map of what you seek ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rde-e-e-e-e-n ♪

♪ In the ga-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rde-e-e-e-e-n ♪

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[ Vocalizing ]

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[ Vocalizing continues ]

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♪Manman ♪

♪Voye'm ♪

♪ Yoo-wah

♪Peze kafé woy ♪

♪♪

♪An arivan ♪

♪Mwen sou potay ♪

♪Men youn ♪

♪Jandam ♪

♪Arete m ♪

♪ Yoo-wah

[ Vocalizing ]

♪♪

♪Manman voye'm peze kafé ♪

♪Wo-o-o-o-o-o-o-y ♪

♪An arivan mwen sou pota-a-a-a-a-a-y ♪

♪Men youn ♪

♪Jandam ♪

♪Arete m ♪

♪ Yoo-wah

♪Woy ♪

♪♪

♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive ♪

♪Mezanmi ♪

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♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive ♪

♪Woy ♪

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♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪Mezanmi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i ♪

♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪♪

♪Sa ma di laka-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y ♪

♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Sa ma di laka-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-y ♪

♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪♪

♪Mezanmi-i-i-i-i-i ♪

♪Mezanmi woy ♪

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♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e ♪

♪Lè m arive ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e ♪

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[ Vocalizing ]

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♪Woy, woy, woy, woy, woy, woy, wo-o-o-o-y ♪

♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪♪

♪Mezanmi, mezanmi ♪

♪Woy, woy, woy, woy ♪

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♪Sa ma di lakay ♪

♪Lè m arive-e-e-e-e-e ♪

♪ Mmmmmmmmmmm

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♪ Yoo-wah

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Yoo-wah

Thank you.

I really am enjoying to hear your voices,

and actually, I was going to ask, um,

would you be interested in singing with me?

[ Scattered cheering ]

So is this, like, majority of the audience?

[ Laughter ]

Can I have, like, one big "yes,"

just to check, like, how many people want to do it?

[ Audience cheering, shouting ]

Alright.Je.

Aye.

Je.

Me.

Sens.

So "sens," it could be, like, "I feel."

Bleu.

Blanc.

Bleu, blanc, black.

Je me sens.

Bleu, blanc, black.

Okay, so...

♪ Yoo-wah

'Cause I'm gonna stomp. I don't want to be too loud.

[ Vocalizing ]

♪Je, je, je, je, je, je ♪

Crowd: ♪Je, je, je, je, je ♪

Very good. You have it.

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Me, me, me ♪

Good.

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

Yes.

So it would be -- ♪Je me sens ♪

♪Je sens ♪

[ Laughter ]

♪Bleu ♪

Crowd: ♪Bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Je, je, je, je ♪

♪Je, je, je, je ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

Very good.

♪Je me sens blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

Yes.

♪Je me sens black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Yoo-wah

Amazing. Okay.

♪Je, je ♪

[ Crowd singing "Je, je, je" ]

♪Je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens ♪

♪Je me ♪

♪Je me ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

[ Crowd singing "Bleu, bleu, bleu" ]

♪Je me sens ble-e-e-e-e-e-u ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu ♪

♪Je me sens ble-e-e-e-e-e-u ♪

♪Je me sans bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Je me sans bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Sens bleu, sens bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, sens bleu ♪

♪Sens ble-e-e-e-e-e-u, bleu ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Je me sens blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Je me sens blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Bla-a-a-a-a-nc ♪

♪Bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-nc ♪

♪Je me sens ♪

♪Je, je, je, je ♪

♪Je, je me sens ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Je me sens blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

♪Me, me, me ♪

[ Crowd singing "Me, me, me" ]

♪Bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-nc ♪

♪Je me sens bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-nc ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

[ Crowd singing "Black, black, black" ]

♪Je me sens black, black, black, black ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪Sens, sens, sens, sens ♪

♪Me, me, me, me ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black

♪ Bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck

[ Audience singing continues ]

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, black ♪

♪ Black, black, black, black, black, bla-a-a-a-ck ♪

♪ Bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck

♪ Bla-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, sens bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, sens bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Je me sens ble-e-e-e-e-u ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Je me sens, je me sens, je me sens ♪

♪Bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu, bleu ♪

♪Blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc, blanc ♪

[ Audience singing continues ]

♪ Yoo-wah

[ Vocalizing ]

♪ Yoo-wah

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪ [ Audience singing stops ]

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

♪Sens bleu, bleu ♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪ Yoo-wah

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♪♪

♪ Yoo-wah

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