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Rendezvous with… Christina Goh!

April 3, 2009
Christina Goh: A star is born!

Christina Goh: A star is born!

Christina Goh is a gifted, French-born singer, songwriter and poet of Caribbean and African descent.

Her music mirrors her heritage – rich in French, African, West Indian and even oriental influences.

Christina’s self-penned lyrics are both vivid and profound – so it comes as no surprise to learn that she is also the author of an elegantly thought-provoking book of poetry, Le Chant des Coeurs.

And her voice is unique – soothing and energising in equal measures.

Beautiful Christina (30) was born in the 12th arrondissement in Paris to a Caribbean mother and African father. Even this cultural mix was not enough to satisfy her curiosity – Christina also found an interest in Indian and oriental cultures and music, to go with the French influences all around her.

“I feel very much part of this new generation for whom the world is a house, and other people are brothers and sisters, regardless of where they are or what they look like,” she says.

A trained journalist with a background in psychology studies, at the age of 23 Christina decided to drop everything else and focus on her true dream – a career in music.

“I made the decision that I was no longer going to listen to those who told me my dream was impossible. I needed to prove that it could be a reality – your dreams only come true if you believe in them enough to work hard to achieve them.”

And that’s exactly what Christina has been doing – working painstakingly to develop her craft, her performance skills, her profile.

She has spent the last seven years honing her vocals and song-writing talent, singing with both gospel and pop groups. She released the single Métisse chocolate in November 2007, and has since written and recorded a number of other songs.

Her new album is called Eveil (Awakening) and the video for its first cut, Réputation de peine, can be viewed on LingoLyrics courtesy of Christina, with the lyrics translated into (literal) English.

Christina spends her time between Paris and her beautiful mother island of Martinique in the Caribbean.

Reputation de peine – music video with translated lyrics on LINGOLYRICS!

Christina Goh Official Site

Christina Goh on MySpace

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Tryo – they’re truly green!

March 28, 2009

TRYO: On a roll...

TRYO: Eco friendly and on a roll...

Tryo is a French reggae band famous for singing about cannabis.

But that’s not the only ‘green’ they support…

They are also known for being super conscious of the environment, urging fans to cycle to their concerts.

The band members themselves use Vélib, the free bike scheme first made popular in Paris and now spreading around the world.

Eco-friendly Tryo’s latest album is even biodegradable (apart from the CD itself, of course!).

With phenomenal support in their home country and becoming more popular by the day in the rest of Europe and in Quebec, Tryo is also well known for their over-the-top live performances.

The ‘unplugged’ acoustic group consists of three French guitarists, a Latin American percussionist and a producer:

  • Guizmo (Cyril Célestin): Singer, composer – guitar
  • Mali (Christophe Petit): Singer, composer – guitar, accordion, piano, melodica
  • Manu (Manu Eveno): Singer – guitar, bass, oud, flute, clarinet, tables
  • Danielito (Daniel Bravo): Drums, djembe, darbouka, congas, guiro, cajón, bendir, bongos, violin
  • Bibou (Sébastien Pujol): Manager, sound engineer

Tryo uses dramatic and funny lyrics to criticise corrupt French politicians as well as world leaders (ex US President George W. Bush is one famous example).

The band’s ‘tolerant’ view on cannabis is especially clear on earlier numbers like La Main Verte (translated as ‘Green Fingers’) from their ‘Mamagubida’ album. However, the ‘herb’ references have become less evident in their later albums.

Tryo has sold around a MILLION albums worldwide and celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2006 with a nationwide tour.

The band has released three studio albums, a double CD, live album and two live DVDs.

Christophe Mali released a solo album ‘Je vous emmène’ in April 2006. Guitarist/songwriter Guizmo is also in the band Pause.

Hear Tryo’s amazing music and find their lyrics transcribed and translated into English HERE!

LingoLyrics.com

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Petit rendezvous with…

March 21, 2009
Jean Gabin, Marlene Dietrich - trop romantique!

Romance: Jean Gabin, Marlene Dietrich

We’ve had so many suggestions from fans of French music about who to feature next, we decided to give a sneak preview of the incredible artists we plan to cover in future posts.

What they all have in common is amazing stories of triumphs over adversity – and of course that they sing in French!

We’re calling these mini posts ‘Petit Rendezvous with…‘ – and of course we will over time also add their music and lyrics (translated into English) to our addictive language learning ezine at LingoLyrics.com.

So let’s get started! Here’s our very first ‘Petit Rendezvous with…‘:

  • Alain Bashung: French singer, songwriter and actor – RIP (1 December 1947 – 14 March 2009). Alain was the most awarded artist in the history of the coveted ‘Les Victoires’. Raised by his grandmother in a tiny village in Alsace, Alain beat all the odds to become an international star despite being a very shy man to the end. A sad loss for French and World music.
  • Jean Gabin: French singer, songwriter, movie star and war hero – RIP (17 May 1904 – 15 November 1976). His love affair with Marlene Dietrich saw him spurn a major Hollywood movie role after the studio refused to give his lover a part in the film. Instead he joined the Free French Forces of General Charles de Gaulle and won medals for valour in WWII campaigns in North Africa.  When Paris was liberated Marlene was waiting to greet him on his battle tank – trop romantique!
  • Jacques Brel: Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director – RIP (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978). So much of his music is familiar to the English-speaker’s ear because many of his songs were recorded in English by stars like Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Spencer Moody, Terry Jacks… the list goes on! Jacques sold more than 25 million records worldwide.

For more incredible tales about amazing French musicians, as well as music videos and lyrics translated into English, go to:

www.LingoLyrics.com

Learn to SING in French – and you’ll learn to SPEAK it!

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Joy for Renan Luce – heartbreak for the girls!

March 18, 2009

French star Renan Luce is to marry his Lolita

French star Renan Luce is to marry his Lolita

Millions of French girls will this week be heartbroken at the news that popular singer Renan Luce is to wed.

The 29-year-old star has proposed to Lolita  Séchan – the stunning daughter of controversial French singer Renaud Séchan.

Renan’s massive hits include Les Voisines and La Lettre, showcasing his genius for clever lyrics and storytelling as well as catchy melodies and brilliant music videos.

News of the engagement was broken at the weekend by Lolita’s uncle.

Renan’s songs are inspired by the 20th century singer and songwriter Georges Brassens and depict everyday life with a dose of humour and poetry.

He was born in Paris but grew up in Plourin-les-Morlaix, Brittany (near Morlaix, in the Finistere).

He began his musical career with his brother Damien and his sister Claire in a choir; afterwards he debuted classical piano at the conservatory of Brest, then at Saint-Brieuc. He then mastered the saxophone and also taught himself the guitar by composing his first songs.

After two years of preparatory classes in Rennes (at Saint-Vincent), where he performed in bars and at a few festivals, he was admitted to a leading school of commerce in Toulouse, South West France.

In September 2006 Renan released his first album Repenti, comprising 13 tracks and three live versions.

* Watch Renan’s amazing La Lettre music video and discover the translated lyrics HERE.

www.LingoLyrics.com

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