Local Music, Nice
This musician has become part and parcel of Nice and its Massena square, always draped in a cloak, with a Venetian mask covering his face, his guitar filling the night with quiet musique, a good interaction with the classic architcture.
I was really worried to hear last year amplified hip-hop, heavy metal / hard rock, and what not instead of the familiar guitar. Luckily the cacophonic invasion did not last long, and the guitar is back where it belongs.
His name is Roland Radoux, and while he is a Venetian minstrel at night, in day time he manages a guitar school here in Nice with his Golden Medal at Lille Conservatoire.
Typical: you learn, you become a profesional and you are reduced to begging in the street; wheeling and dealing is much more in demand these days
Will supply photos when I am back home, it's a bit too much strain for my eyes with the small screen.
Dum Dum Boys: if you like electro rock/indie-punk, I can highly recommend their album "Electronic Pop Music Created by...".
Curl: if you like trip-hop/new wave...
Not really my cup of tea, but if you like "la chanson française/variétés" you may try:
What to listen to in France, in French. Chanson Francaise
Selections linked to YouTube videos!
Cultural immersion class, attention!. Sample here contemporary Chanson Francaise.
Try Florent Pagny's "Chanter" Try Calogero's soaring anthem En Apesanteur (weightless) . Yann Tiersen's Fabuleux Destinee d' Amelie Poulin inspirational soundscapes. Pauline Croze, a voice that for a while made me give up listening to anything else.
Star Academy-winner Nolwen Leroy's Histoire Naturelle . Another star academy winner Gregory Lemarchal - sadly died so young, but shared with us the voice of an angel.
The musical Roi de Soleil" - brilliant songs to last a lifetime, discover Christophe Mae and Emanuelle Moire with their own albums. Christophe Willem, geek-style with a voice like few others.
The Antilles-scene offers the sinuous voice and songs of Perle Lama and the outstanding find Soha rarely off my cd player
The fearless hiphop satire of Michael Youn's Fatal Bazooka hits number one with "Parle a ma main" feat Yelle. Hilarious
Revival: the towering giant of French pop Michael Polnareff with Goodbye Marylou, a song that hits falsetto notes you never knew existed. What a man.