Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nice French tracks from 2012

Dominique A - Rendez nous la lumière (Vers la lueur)

And three rap songs.

A tribute to mothers by Guizmo.
Guizmo - Maman STP (La Banquiz)

A political song, by Kerry James.
Kerry James - Lettre à la République (92-2012)

And to finish, a single by Sexion d'Assaut, still toping French charts. I can't say i like it, but for this song has been watched 19 millions times on youtube... Also a song about the mothers...

Monday, April 9, 2012

French Kisses in the Carribean

A selection of great songs from great French artists from the Caribbean:

A traditional song from Guadeloupe, by gwoka legend Anzala.

Anzala Feat Esnard Boisdur - Krab Ka Déklaré

Another legend, the very deep singer and musician, Eugène Mona:

A song about the February 74 drama, when the police killed two demonstrators during a strike in Martinique.
Kolo Barst - Février 74

Alain Jean-Marie & Robert Mavounzy - Nous les cuisinières

Thursday, April 5, 2012

New French songs

A few nice songs from 2012.
I don't have much time to update the blog lately.

One of the most awaited album of the year, by Zebda, 10 years after their last album.
Zebda - (Second Tour, 2012)

Some rock :
Dionysos - Cloudman (Bird'n' Roll, 2012)

The songwriter of Zaz, in a humorous and political song about the clichés and prejudices that French from Arab descents are victims.
Kerredine Soltani - Je veux m'intégrer(2012)

A rap track by Guizmo, a very talented new comer. With a Françoise hardy sample.
Guizmo - Le Premier Chagrin du jour (La banquise)

And also:

Elephant - Rien (Rien, 2012)

Da Silva - La crise (La distance - 2012)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Feelings for you

There's are chances you know the song Feelings, but do you know the story behind it? From France to Turkey, from Brazil to the World.

The song was composed by French Loulou Gasté and Albert Simonin in 1956 under the Frenh name "Pour Toi" (for you). This song was sung by Dario Moreno, a Turkish singer who made his career in France, and remembered for his catchy songs, in chanson, operetta, or latin-american influenced rhythms.

Dario Moreno - Pour Toi (OST le feu aux poudres, 1957)

20 years later, Morris Albert, a Brazilian musician, adapted the song with new lyrics in English. Without mentioning where the melody where from... It would cost him a lots of money when he lost his trial. The song became on of the biggest world hit in the history, selling millions.

Morris Albert - Feelings (1974)

"Feelings" was covered by many artists, like Frank Sinatra, Caetano Veloso and also translated in French by Mike Brant. But the best is this live recording of Nina Simone, able to turn a cheesy tune into this beautiful and moving moment. 10 minutes of grace, much better than the original recordings of Pour toi/feelings!

Nina Simone - Feelings (Jazz Montreux festival, 1976)