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Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed Fights Her Inner Destroyer with "La Saboteuse," on The Checkout

Giulietta Verdon-Roe
Yazz Ahmed

There's a lot of buzz in Europe about Yazz Ahmed. The Bahrain-born, British-based artist says she discovered her voice on trumpet and flugelhorn by stumbling on a Rabih Abou-Khalil recording featuring Kenny Wheeler. On this edition of My Music on The Checkout, she tells her fascinating story behind her own Arabic-jazz recording "La Saboteuse."

"La Saboteuse" translates as the person who sabotages. In this specific case, it's herself -- the artist who battles the various self-destructive voices inside her head. This segment was recorded at 2018 Winter JazzFest in New York City.

Producer: Simon Rentner
Assistant Producer: Anthony Nieves

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For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.