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Smarty sets an example
RFI Discoveries award 2013

Smarty sets an example

As winner of this year’s RFI Discoveries Award with a first solo album entitled Afrikan Kouleurs, the Burkinabe Smarty has emerged as a key figure in African rap after ten years performing in the duo Yeleen.

Gipsy Kings, the real thing
World music

Gipsy Kings, the real thing

To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of their group made up of two families, ...

Sylvie Vartan returns to her American dream
French chanson

Sylvie Vartan returns to her American dream

Fifty years after recording her first album in the capital of country music, ...

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Happy Song for Empty People
Le Prince Miiaou

Happy Song for Empty People

For her first album since Fill the Blank with your Emptiness in 2011, the French singer-songwriter Le Prince Miiaou went to New York for inspiration, then retreated to Charente, an isolated and quiet part of France, to do the actual writing. The result is Where is the Queen?, due for release on the 27th of January, 2014. Here she offers us Happy Song for Empty People, from the upcoming album.

 

Un Garçon qui pleure
Marie-France / Chryssie Hynde

Un Garçon qui pleure

Marie-France and Chryssie Hynde form an unlikely combination on this duet, which announces a new album from the icon of Parisian 70s nightlife. Belgian group Phantom got back together to provide the music, with lyrics by Jacques Duvall.

Wild Boys
Jef Barbara

Wild Boys

Montrealer Jef Barbara is sure to create a stir on the pop scene when his album “Contamination” comes out on 5 March. Looking like a cross between George Michael and Andy Warhol, he says his androgynous image takes inspiration from Prince, Boy George and Grace Jones.

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Piaf

Edith Piaf, 50 years on

11 October will mark 50 years since the death of French chanson legend, Edith Piaf. A number of events will be celebrating the anniversary, especially in Paris. A 5-CD boxed set featuring 100 of the diva’s songs has just been released on the Parlophone label.

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