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Louis « Satchmo » Armstrong

Just a quick post as a tribute to Louis « Satchmo » Armstrong, with pictures, less known facts and a beautiful song…

« Musicians don’t retire. They stop when there’s no more music in them. »

Louis Armstrong

On March 19, 1918, Louis married Daisy Parker from Gretna, Louisiana.
They adopted a 3-year-old boy, Clarence Armstrong, whose mother, Louis’s cousin Flora, died soon after giving birth. Clarence Armstrong was mentally disabled (the result of a head injury at an early age) and Louis would spend the rest of his life taking care of him. Louis’s marriage to Parker failed quickly and they separated. She died shortly after the divorce.

Plenty more photos of Satchmo @ Louis Armstrong House Museum.

Claude Nougaro – Armstrong

Armstrong, la vie, quelle histoire
C’est pas très marrant
Qu’on l’écrive blanc sur noir
Ou bien noir sur blanc
On voit surtout du rouge, du rouge
Sang, sang, sans trêve ni repos
Qu’on soit, ma foi
Noir ou blanc de peau
Armstrong, un jour, tôt ou tard
On n’est que des os
Est-ce que les tiens seront noirs ?
Ce serait rigolo
Allez Louis, alléluia
Au-delà de nos oripeaux
Noir et blanc sont ressemblants
Comme deux gouttes d’eau


Unattended children…

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Madiba Legacy

Petite sélection d’images et citations en mémoire de Nelson Mandela et de la « Madiba Legacy », son héritage intellectuel contre l’apartheid.

Nelson Mandela Madiba legacy
By designer Marco Cianfanelli – more info
Nelson Mandela Madiba - New Yorker cover
Oil painting by artist Kadir Nelson

“He was clearly a leader. I wanted to make a simple and bold statement about Mandela and his life as a freedom fighter. The raised fist and the simple, stark palette reminded me of posters and anti-apartheid imagery of the nineteen-eighties. This painting is a tribute to the struggle for freedom from all forms of discrimination, and Nelson’s very prominent role as a leader in the anti-apartheid movement.”

Kadir Nelson – New Yorker cover

Madiba Legacy – Quotes

Impossible - quote Nelson Madiba Mandela
It always seems impossible until it’s done.

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Nelson Madiba Mandela
Change the world - quote Nelson Madiba Mandela
We can change the world and make it a better place.

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