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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Finding Africa

Dee Dee Bridgewater

When vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater first landed in Mali, she was greeted as a long-lost relative. Literally.

Upon leaving the airport in the capital of Bamako, she was accosted by an older man, and when she couldn’t understand what he was saying he just grew more insistent. Malian producer Cheikh-Tidiane Seck, Bridgewater’s local musical contact, informed her that the man thought she was his niece who had immigrated to France, and now that she was back in Mali she was putting on airs, pretending not to know him.

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