Camille Yarbrough

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Camille Yarbrough
Born (1938-01-08) January 8, 1938 (age 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, author

Camille Yarbrough (born January 8, 1938) is an American musician, actress, poet, activist, television producer, and author. She is best known for "Take Yo' Praise", which Fatboy Slim sampled in his track "Praise You" in 1998. "Take Yo' Praise" was originally recorded in 1975 for Camille Yarbrough's first album The Iron Pot Cooker, released on Vanguard Records. The album was based on the 1971 stage dramatization of Yarbrough's one-woman/spoken word show: Tales and Tunes of an African American Griot, which she toured nationally during the 1970s and 1980s. Her second album is a spoken word/soul/blues CD that was released in 2003 on her own record label Maat Music. Entitled Ancestor House, the album was recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York City.[1]


Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago in 1938, she was the seventh and youngest child of an African-American family that lived in South Side, Chicago.[2] Yarbrough currently resides in New York City.

Praise You[edit]

A vocal sample from the opening of Yarbrough's "Take Yo' Praise" features prominently in the 1999 hit "Praise You" by Fat Boy Slim.,[3]


Writer and activist Kevin Powell regarding the album Iron Pot Cooker: “Without question, The Iron Pot Cooker is a precursor to Lauryn Hill’s best-seller The Mis-Education [sic] of Lauryn Hill.” Other reviews of this album include Billboard Magazine: “...Yarbrough has stylish traces of Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron but her own style of singing and recitation ... are outstanding. Her songs are all thought provoking.” SPIN Magazine: Nana Camille is a “hip-hop foremother.” CDNOW: “The most important rediscovery of the year…”


  1. ^ "Ancestor House". CD Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Taking Her Praise: Profile of Camille Yarbrough, A Renaissance Woman by DuEwa M. Frazier". Aal Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Presenting Camille Yarbrough: The Featured Voice on Fatboy Slim's Praise You". Retrieved 2017-07-20. 

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