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598: Sélène Saint-Aime on afro-french explorations

June 13, 2019

Sélène Saint-Aime is a young Afro-French bassist, singer, and composer with Caribbean and West African origins.  She has spent the last few years traveling the world and absorbing the musical cultures of places like Cuba, North Africa, Spain, Italy, and the West Indes.

Sélène has studied with Ron Carter and Lonnie Plaxico as well as saxophonist and conceptualist Steve Coleman.  Her upcoming EP Mare Undarum, from which we feature excerpts on this episode, explores the world of lunar seas.


We dig into her very cool travel bass from Patrick Charton, experiences traveling between Paris and New York, coming from a small French town, studying at the Paris College of Music, and much more.  

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