Camille

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Adventurous and experimental Parisian singer

“I like to re-digest musical genres in an organic way,” Camille told The Guardian last year. “Everything has to go through my body. I need to feel the vibrations. It’s why I perform barefoot.” Don’t regard Camille simply as a French equivalent of the equally shoeless Sandie Shaw. The Parisian is straight out of the same box as Björk, an adventurous, experimental musician and performer whose next move, whose next point of departure, can never be second-guessed, particularly in her live performances. One minute she might be approximating a howling wolf, the next she could be launching into a gospel-tinged version of Joni Mitchell’s Blue. This reimagining – or, in her words, this re-digesting – has been a staple of an otherwise ever-shifting artistic life that’s seen her collaborate with Nouvelle Vague, perform Benjamin Britten and contribute to the odd Pixar soundtrack. This restlessness makes the woman.

Click here to listen to Camille on the Discover WOMAD 2018 playlist on Spotify.

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