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Ukulele from the French-speaking world

09 2010

Let’s find out what the French speaking ukulele players have been up to lately. Today, there will be videos for all tastes and all types of mood.

Feeling curious about the world ?

There is very little information about the video and I don’t know for sure what language the song, called Iteca, is in.

Anyhow, the ukulele player is French so I’ve decided to include the song in this post. The video was apparently filmed in Kotor, Montenegro. It’s a lovely song.

Fed up with politicians ?

This song criticizes the fact that (French) presidents always speak in the name of all the French people as if they were the country themselves.

When I heard the lyrics (rough Google English translation here) of the song, it reminded me of the time I arrived in the Netherlands with the intention of finding a job there. Whenever I told Dutch people that I was French, most of them would frown in disgust. I enquired why and found out that the Netherlands were boycotting French products because the French government were still carrying out nuclear tests. It was as if I was responsible for it all. So very fair !

Monsieur le Président , a song written by Patrick Font, music by Evelyne Gallet covered by William aka azurams :

Full of energy ?

Then rock to this original song Frères des écoles chrétiennes by Canadian French Danny Twist. Many thanks to Ron Hale for pointing this one out to me.

Nostalgic or slightly depressed ?

After the madness of the previous video, time to simmer down with this quiet song, entitled Je n’ai plus peur, (I’m not scared anymore). Halfway between Cap Verdean morna and Portuguese Fado, with French lyrics.

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6 Comments »

  1. Pierre on the 9th of March 2010 @ 18:45

    Très sympa ce billet ! Super trouvailles, merci.

  2. Armelle Europe on the 9th of March 2010 @ 20:05

    Pierre : merci pour ton commentaire sympa! Bien contente que tu aies apprécié ces vidéos.

  3. PotofBasil on the 9th of March 2010 @ 23:55

    The next time you get a chance, Armelle, drop by HU.
    Jeff posted Monsieur le President also (it’s
    just done so very well) and in the comments I dedicate
    one of my favorite French music videos to you. But
    you’ll have to go there to see.

    While you’re there check out his March 5, video,
    The Test, a sweet uke song matched with awe-inspiring graphics. You’ll notice also that
    Jeff posted a couple of videos of Serge Gainsbourg,
    one of which is the (in)famous Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus (one of my all-time favorite songs). Posting this video (not just the song, which some still are put-off by, but the video itself) took
    nerve, in my opinion.

    And speaking of nerve, you yourself show quite
    a bit of it in posting the most rock ‘n’ roll
    uke video out there (that I’m aware of anyway), by Danny
    Twist (just his name is a treat). Danny shows the true spirit of this music like few others on any
    instrument ever have. I really did not expect
    anyone to post this video, so you’ve raised yourself considerably in this uker’s eyes.

    All super trouvailles, indeed, Armelle.

    Merci from the Napa Wine Country,

    Ron Hale

  4. Armelle Europe on the 10th of March 2010 @ 20:05

    Ron (PotofBasil): I did follow HU’s posts although because of a sheer lack of time, I read them in Google Reader so I didn’t get to see the comments.
    So thanks for the mention ! I’ve now left a comment there too.
    Glad you’ve enjoyed this post!

  5. Acilius on the 11th of March 2010 @ 19:04

    “Whenever I told Dutch people that I was French, most of them would frown in disgust. I enquired why and found out that the Netherlands were boycotting French products because the French government were still carrying out nuclear tests. It was as if I was responsible for it all. So very fair” As an American, I can certainly sympathize! Though I don’t altogether mind being blamed for policies I marched in the streets to oppose. When I hear people speaking out for peace, I hope they will keep it up until they get through to some of my thicker-skulled countrymen.

  6. Armelle Europe on the 11th of March 2010 @ 20:46

    Acilius : All in all, the experience was definitely character forming! I believe every country has its lot of ‘thicker-skulled’ people, we have to make do with them and oppose them when necessary.
    People should learn to avoid judging a country based on the negative behaviour of a few individuals !

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