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About CDF Music Legacy, LLC and Its Mission

In May 2002, the legal guardians of Carole Fredericks' estate established CDF Music Legacy, LLC. Connie Fredericks-Malone was designated manager and spokesperson for the company. The CDF Music Legacy mission is grounded in the Fredericks/Williams family's collective goals:
  1. to preserve the memory of Carole Fredericks
  2. to promote her musical legacy throughout the United States and Canada
  3. to use Carole's life to inspire young people, especially children of color, to explore France and Francophone countries
  4. to encourage American students to learn the French language.
CDF Music Legacy's first priority was to enter into partnerships with French performer/composer Jean-Jacques Goldman and producer/manager Robert Goldman, JRG Editions Musicales and M6 Interactions, in order to secure the world rights for Carole's recordings, lyrics and music videos.

Once agreements had been established, the next order of business was to find a venue to market Carole's solo albums - Couleurs et parfums and Springfield - in the United States. The subsequent steps were to transfer her music videos to the American VHS system and to develop a vehicle for herstory to be told.

Remarkably, in just a few short years CDF has made great progress toward meeting its prescribed mission.

Both Couleurs et parfums and Springfield are currently available on the Web at www.cdbaby.com.

This year Springfield received nominations for the 2004 Just Plain Folks (JPF) Music Awards in the Best Album/Gospel category. Three songs from the album - Save My Soul, Shine, and So I Pray - were nominated for Best Song/Gospel as well. The JPF nominations represent the first U. S. recording industry recognition of Carole's music. Family members Taj Mahal, Edward Fredericks, Jacqueline Fredericks and Rahsaan Fredericks will attend the JPF Music Awards Ceremony on behalf of CDF Music. The ceremony will take place in Santa Ana, Ca at the Galaxy Theatre, November 7th.

Language Program
As a tribute to Carole after her death in 2001, the Fredericks/Williams family and Springfield, MA teacher of French, Nancy Gadbois, transformed her biography, recordings and music videos into a French language program. CDF Music Legacy publishes TANT QU'ELLE CHANTE, ELLE VIT!: apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de CAROLE FREDERICKS (As Long As She Sings, She Lives: learn French through the legacy of Carole Fredericks). The program is a joint venture with the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) and CDF Music Legacy. Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! includes a workbook featuring des exercices pédagogiques and a 30-minute videotape containing six music videos. Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! is one of the earliest programs on the national level to integrate contemporary music, a pop icon and music videos into an educational foreign language format.

Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! can be ordered online at the AATF Website www.frenchteachers.org. An order form is featured each month in the materials section of the AATF National Bulletin, and the program is available at most foreign language conference in the AATF kiosk.

In 2003, CDF established a second distribution agreement for Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! with TRALCO Educational Services of Hamilton, Ontario. The program is available to Canadian teachers on the TRALCO Website, www.tralco.com, and sample lesson plans can be downloaded as well. TRALCO presence at Canadian and U. S. foreign language conferences provides additional exposure for the program.

Since its initial introduction at the AATF National Convention in Martinique, July 2003, Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! has been embraced by teachers in hundreds of middle/high schools and college classrooms across the country and the program is helping thousands of students learn French. Elementary level lessons have been developed by Springfield, MA teachers of French Debra Terry and Kathy Walsh.

CDF is currently working with a selected group of classroom teachers in the development of a second installation to TANT QU'ELLE CHANTE, ELLE VIT! Couleurs et parfums: listen and learn French with songs by Carole Fredericks (working title) will have a workbook that features lesson plans and activities for the 11 songs on the Couleurs et parfums album.

Workshops & Seminars
In addition to AATF and the TRALCO distribution agreements, Connie Fredericks-Malone and Nancy Gadbois frequently present workshop seminars about Carole, the language program and innovative methodologies/technologies that enhance language learning to teachers at major foreign language conferences across the country. In many cases, the workshop attendance is standing room only.

Already this year Carole Fredericks: A Recipe for Success in Your Classroom workshop was given at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in Manhattan, April 16. The Music of Carole Fredericks: a definitive response to the diversity within the French language was presented in Atlanta, GA, July 21 at the joint conference of the International Federation of French Professors and the American Association of Teachers of French.

Fredericks-Malone and Gabois continue this fall with presentations Carole Fredericks: A Recipe for Success in Your Classroom at the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) 87th Annual Meeting in Rochester, NY October 30. They return for the second year to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago November 20th to present a new workshop, Emotional Intelligence and the Musical Video.

Foreign language music videos rarely, if ever, are broadcast in the United States. Copyright laws and the technical formatting (PAL vs NTSC) are the biggest hurdles to overcome. In September 2004, CDF Music Legacy partnered with SCOLA to launch the first ever regular broadcast of foreign language music videos in the United States. SCOLA is a non profit educational broadcaster of authentic foreign language programming to schools and to cable systems in North America. The music videos highlight the songs and music of Fredericks Goldman Jones. For the debut, SCOLA and CDF produced a half hour program that featured two music videos from Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! Connie Fredericks-Malone was the program host and introduced the artists, filmmakers and storyline behind the music video. The television program airs twice per week on the SCOLA Network until January 2005. CDF Music is currently negotiating with producers in France for the release of an additional 13 music videos for this broadcast as well. Both SCOLA and CDF are seeking outside funding/sponsorship in support of the program to offset production costs.

The fact that Carole Fredericks was recognized as a major musical icon abroad but not in her native USA including her hometown, could be considered a tragedy if it were not for the numbers of teachers who discovered her as well as the students who are learning from her music on a daily basis. She had limited exposure to the French language in this country and yet was able to become fluent within a short time of her arrival in France. These are breathtaking, life altering achievements. CDF Music Legacy launched this website to be a beacon for those who want to learn more about Carole Fredericks, her music and the French language.

It is well documented that Carole's entré to the Motherland (West Africa) was by way of her life in France. Carole had several strong links to Africa in terms of both family and friends. Dakar, Senegal had become her second home. "The first time I ever set foot there (in Senegal she told French daily newspaper France Soir in 1999), it immediately felt like home!" (Pierre René-Worms, 6/18/01 rfimusique.com)

As the Website evolves, CDF intends to include more information about Senegal and the whole of the Francophone world.

We have gathered under one banner all the significant components that exemplify the life of Carole Fredericks - the recordings, the language program, her family and friends. This information and the related resources are available to teachers and students of French, to friends and family here and around the world, and to all those who dare to dream.

We welcome your e-mails, so feel free to drop us a line or two. Don't forget to bookmark this page and visit us often.

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