Huh what’s this? Condoleeza Rice rapping? Please don’t say Condilicious ever again.

Well here goes …


Condi Rice Raps

A few facts about Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s actual musical talent are below the fold:

1. Condoleezza’s name is derived from the Italian musical expression, Con dolcezza, which means “with sweetness” in Italian.

2. Rice started learning French, music, figure skating and ballet at age three.

3. At age 15, Condi began classes at the Aspen Music Festival and School with the goal of becoming a concert pianist.

4. While Rice is not a professional pianist, she still practices often and plays with a chamber music group.

5. Rice made use of her pianist training to accompany cellist Yo-Yo Ma for Brahms’s Violin Sonata in D Minor at Constitution Hall in April 2002 for the National Medal of Arts Awards.

6. Rice also performed Brahms’s Sonata in D Minor, 2nd Movement, with famed Malaysian violinist Mustafa Fuzer Nawi (conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra) at the Gala Dinner of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on July 27, 2006.

7. Condi gave a sampling of her musical talent for Katie Couric on the 60 Minutes season premiere in 2006.

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