NEeMA: Leonard Cohen Protégé Talks Diamonds, Dalai Lama & Meeting Her Mentor

NEeMA, born Nadine Neemeh, beams whenever she speaks of Leonard Cohen, her friend and mentor, an instrumental force in the production of her second album Watching You ThinkOn the road since it was released in the summer of 2010, the singer-songwriter played at the Montreal Jazz Festival and POP Montreal, wrapping up a North American tour later in 2011.

I had a chance to sit down with her that summer to discover a well-traveled past, including brushes with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and a seven-year-old Egyptian delivery boy too busy supporting his family to go to school.

But it was back home in Montreal that she met Cohen, the elusive legend who pushed her and her sound to go to depths she hadn’t yet explored on her own.

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

“He gave me his feedback, which was sometimes really, really hard, and sometimes really great.”

NEeMA: Leonard Cohen Protégé Talks Diamonds, Dalai Lama & Meeting Her Mentor

by Evelyn Reid
Originally published on About.com June 28, 2010
Photo courtesy of NEeMa

NEeMA, born Nadine Neemeh, beams whenever she speaks of Leonard Cohen, her friend and mentor, an instrumental force in the production of her second album Watching You ThinkOn the road since it was released in the summer of 2010, the singer-songwriter played at the Montreal Jazz Festival and POP Montreal, wrapping up a North American tour later in 2011.

I had a chance to sit down with her that summer to discover a well-traveled past, including brushes with Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and a seven-year-old Egyptian delivery boy too busy supporting his family to go to school.

But it was back home in Montreal that she met Cohen, the elusive legend who pushed her and her sound to go to depths she hadn’t yet explored on her own.

Above: Leonard Cohen in concert circa 2008 (original photo by Rama , modified by Clint Lewis (CC BY-SA 2.0 FR).