Jola Naibi

Writer and amateur photog. I seek to inspire and inform with the words I write and share and the photos I take. I have written a book of short stories: Terra Cotta Beauty, and I am working on a lot more. Reading and writing fuel my energy. In reading, I explore this vast and diverse world, in writing, I employ my over-active imagination and address the 'what-if' questions that life often throws at us.


Corneille Sings Smooth Operator

By on April 2, 2018

It is a Monday of a week that I am off work on Spring Break and what a glorious week it plans to be as I massively update my blog as often as I am able to.  What better way to kick things off  – we’ll just call it Music Video Monday – than my all-time favorite Corneille covering Sade’s Smooth Operator. I love to listen to Corneille’s contemporary soulful music in French, but from time to time, he veers into English and that brings me so much joy. The singer’s miraculous survival of the 1994 Rwandan genocide has built a strong and remarkable spirit of strength and resilience in him that it is impossible not to be inspired even as his cool, velvety voice wraps us in a warm embrace. You can read more about Corneille’s life story in his 2016 autobiography: Là Où Le Soleil Disparaît  (There Where The Sun Disappears).

The single is taken off his upcoming album Love & Soul which will be released on May 18, 2018 and see him covering a mosaic of songs from the 1980s by singers from Tracy Chapman to George Michael and Earth, Wind & Fire.