She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.
Actress, model, and singer Cynthia Basinet understood the power of the internet to connect people when the medium rocketed her song “Santa Baby” around the world. The empowerment and self-determination she experienced prompted her to seek new connections in new ways. In May 2001 she sang for a different audience–refugees living in the western Sahara desert. More than 80 per cent women and children, 200,000 refugees are struggling to survive in the southwest corner of Algeria. Their refusal to return home and their fight for self-determination captured the attention of Cynthia Basinet … (1000peacewomen 1/2).
She says: “Displaced societies are of value. Their issues are our issues”.
Cynthia Basinet – USA
Her song SANTA BABY:
- as: Eartha Kitt Hit Ms. LaREINA, 3.21 min, added October 04, 2007;
- as: Sorry, it was NEVER Marilyn, 3.26 min, added November 22, 2006.
… Growing up in San Jose, California, Cynthia sang and played the flute and saxophone as a child. Her life has been a succession of journeys. In 1984, she and her infant son left San Francisco and an abusive husband to spend five years in Europe, and it was there that she learned more about world issues. In Paris she learned to speak fluent French, studied cinematography, and became a successful model. She returned to Los Angeles with an expanded vision and a determination to become socially active.
Cynthia established an entirely new channel of distribution for her music by using the Internet to bypass the usual Hollywood and recording industry paths, bringing her releases directly to listeners around the world. She is famous for the song, “Santa Baby.” “That was my gift to the world for the millennium,” she said. “One moment where people from all these countries sing to some silly love song . . .”
Her goal in visiting the Saharawis was to help communicate their value to the world. “We are all linked. The strength and conviction of the Saharawis is something that deserves to be highlighted in the conscience of not only America, but the world. The same issues of power apply to the 85 percent working class that makes up America.
Displaced societies are of value. Their issues are our issues” She was moved by the connection she felt to the Saharawis. “I hit this note, and all the women started warbling. You know, that Arabic sound the women make. It was the most healing moment in my life.” (1000peacewomen 2/2).
An Open Reply to John Simson, August 8, 2008.
The Google book Stutter, by Marc Shell;
Gut geklaut ist halb gesamplet (well stolen is half sampled): Blumentopf, gern geschehen (click down on the second video, in german), 3.25 min, 8. August 2008;