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Presenting Camille Yarbrough: The Featured Voice on Fatboy Slim's Praise You .



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As we enter the new millennium, Chicago native Camille Yarbrough's voice continues to infuse in·fuse
v.
1. To steep or soak without boiling in order to extract soluble elements or active principles.

2. To introduce a solution into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.
 the music industry! Camille is the 'unidentified' featured vocalist who lends her legendary vocals on Fatboy Slim's "Praise You," the second single released on his sophomore CD, You've Come A Long Way Baby (Skint/Astralwerks Records, 1998). The project has had much success in the U.K., France, and Australia; however, its success in Europe and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  has been attributed to the single, "Praise You". As a matter of fact, the entire hook featured in "Praise You" is taken from Camille's song, "Take Yo' Praise," on her album, The Iron Pot Cooker (Vanguard Records Vanguard Records is a record label set up in 1950 by brothers Maynard and Seymour Solomon in New York. It started as a classical label; the Bach Guild was a subsidiary label. , 1975).

On the commercial side, "Praise You" has had equal success. After finding a spot in MTV's Buzzworthy rotation, the song has been used in a network television commercial to advertise the movie Cruel Intentions, and appears on the movie's soundtrack; the track was also used in the film Go and the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Thank God It's Friday. In December 1998 and repeatedly in January 1999, the song was used in an Air Jordan This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims.

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 Nike television commercial. It's been used as a background track for various segments on Entertainment Tonight, was licensed for a network television commercial to honor the Golden Globe Award winners in January/February 1999, and finally, was used as background music for February's TV Guide Awards show on Fox Television. Quite an achievement for a tune whose hook, written by Camille Yarbrough Camille Yarbrough is an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer and author. She is perhaps best known for ‘Take Yo’ Praise’, which Fatboy Slim sampled from in his track ‘Praise You’ in 1998. , is over 20 years old!

Camille is an amazing woman. Along with singing and songwriting, she has dazzled audiences from the stage. Her acting credits include Kwamina and Trumpets of the Lord, on Broadway, Cities in Bezique bezique (bəzēk`), card game usually played with 128 cards by two players. Bezique developed in France and England in the 1860s and originally required only 64 cards; later there were variations for three players with a 96-card pack and for  at the Public Theatre, and the national tour and cast album of Lorraine Hansberry's To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. Her television and film credits: the CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast.  Special, Caught in the Middle; soap operas Search for Tomorrow, Where the Heart Is, and on the big screen, Shaft. In 1971, Camille combined her skills (songs, poetry & dialogue) into a musical spoken-word presentation entitled "Tales and Tunes of an African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.  Griot griot

African tribal storyteller. The griot's role was to preserve the genealogies and oral traditions of the tribe. Griots were usually among the oldest men. In places where written language is the prerogative of the few, the place of the griot as cultural guardian is still
." The vocal material for her critically acclaimed album, The Iron Pot Cooker, was taken from this stage dramatization dram·a·ti·za·tion  
n.
1. The act or art of dramatizing: the dramatization of a novel.

2. A work adapted for dramatic presentation:
. Reflect on what some reviewers had to say about the album:

- The Washington Post: Camille Yarbrough bares her soul in The Iron

Pot Cooker and makes no attempt to give the ghetto mass-audience

appeal;

- Billboard: Poetess-soul singer Camille Yarbrough has stylish

traces of Nina Simone and Gil Scot Heron...Her songs are all

thought provoking and the instrumental work aids and abets;

- The Ann Arbor News The Ann Arbor News is a newspaper serving Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Published in Ann Arbor, Michigan, under various names since 1835, The News is part of Booth Newspapers, owned by Advance Publications Inc. : Camille Yarbrough will touch your

consciousness, and perhaps your soul, not only with her message,

but with her presentation of that message. It is one of the most

powerful albums we have heard for some time;

- The Sunday Denver Post: Each of her songs is a drama, and

Yarbrough is an actress extraordinaire ex·tra·or·di·naire  
adj.
Extraordinary: a jazz singer extraordinaire.



[French, from Old French, from Latin extra
. She interprets her own

song-poems with compelling and (for the listener) exhausting

intensity;

- Buffalo News: This is unnerving un·nerve  
tr.v. un·nerved, un·nerv·ing, un·nerves
1. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.

2. To make nervous or upset.
 insight into a slice of

contemporary life. A powerful, challenging album...;

- Translation of Swedish Review: Billie Holliday in the 30's and

40's could communicate this message. Camille Yarbrough makes us

understand the music and language of the 70's and it is a

shattering experience.

They say history repeats itself, and The Iron Pot Cooker is certainly evidence of that fact. As the content of the project relates to modern society, there are plans for the re-issue of the album in the first quarter of 2000. Journalist, lecturer, and hip-hop activist Kevin Powell shares his opinion on The Iron Pot Cooker's modern-day posture:

"Without question, The Iron Pot Cooker is a precursor to Lauryn Hill's best selling "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Everything we love Lauryn for-her independence, her womanism, her daring voice, her willingness to tackle unpopular topics, her effortless shift from rap to song, and back again, and her limitless musical explorations-Camille Yarbrough did a generation ago. Indeed, there would be no Lauryn Hill, no Erykah Badu, no Me'shell Ndegeocello if it were not for the presence and model of Camille Yarbrough."

Camille continues to use her various gifts of creative expression to impact our society today. She's a teacher, a lecturer, and an author of culturally conscious children's books. She's also served as Professor of African Dance and Diaspora in the African Studies Department of New York's City College. At present, Camille functions in the role of a spoken-word artist, a Griot - an oral historian - "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Camille is available to lecture, speak, or present her modern-day stage production "Ancestor House," a re-make of "Tales and Tunes of an African American Griot," to colleges, universities and community organizations.
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