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Mina Agossi

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Mina Agossi was born in France in 1972 to French and West African parents, both of whom had backgrounds in performance arts. Mina found herself drawn to the stage and also followed in her mother’s footsteps by finding a love of travel. This passion led to her studying Theatre in many different countries, including Niger, Morocco, and France. After graduating in 1990, Mina continued to travel, spending time in both the US and Spain, before returning to France in 1992. Once back home Mina found herself singing some blues as a favour for a saxophonist friend the experience changed her life, so much so she immediately knew she was to become a professional singer. 1993 saw Mina on the move again this time only as far as Brittany, where she was recruited by a Swing & New Orleans jazz band. This was her first taste of success, as very quickly the band was regularly gigging both in France and across the channel in Ireland.

Mina found herself increasingly interested in, and attracted to, modern Jazz. The result of this, in 1995 being an album co-created with a double bass player. This album made of original co-written tunes and using no wind, brass or keyboard instruments was the beginning of a very personal style ‘Voice & Bass’- that would stay with her right up until the present day.

In 1997 the CD won the prize of ‘Young Self-Produced Talents’ from the French organisation FNAC. This gave her the chance to develop her skills through two special master classes, one in Boston with Shelia Jordan, and the other in France with Jeanne Lee.

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