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I already spoke, here in the blog, about my love for Chico Buarque. For those who don’t know him, he’s a great Brazilian singer/songwriter that loves Paris and French music. And that’s precisely the reason why I got so excited when I found out that, for a while, France also loved Chico Buarque. After doing some research over the years, I collected a bunch of songs that were written by Chico and translated to French for some great artists. Here are some of this beautiful French versions of some great Chico Buarque’s songs. O que será (the first one was…

I just LOVE when someone I adore makes a good cover of a song I like. It’s like mixing up two very delicious things and putting them together in a blender, something like Nutella milkshake. That’s why I got super excited when I found this morning a version Benjamin Biolay made of J’suis snob, by Boris Vian. The original, that was already awesome, became something else in the voice of Biolay. Check it out:

I love when talented people decide to record a good cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s songs, and even wrote a post about the subject a while ago. Bonnie and Clyde has never been among my favorites Gainsbourg’s, until last week. The duo Freedom Fry – formed by a French girl and an American guy – released a great version of Bonnie and Clyde in their last EP, called Outlaw, and I loved it! Check it out. And, below, the original:

My dear friend Louis, from the blog French Kisses, sent me very cool video featuring a great duet by Benjamin Biolay and Mayra Andrade (a Cape Verde singer that sounds very Brazilian). The pair sang together a version of Brazilian classic O que será, by Chico Buarque. The song was first recorded in French in the 70’s by Claude Nougaro and was also recently performed by Zazie and Bénabar in a live concert.

The singer-songwriter Sacha Distel was born in 1933 with the luck of having a family member ready to show him the path to good music. Thanks to Uncle Ray Ventura, Distel was in touch, since his childhood, with a world of avant-garde musicians, lovers of the Swing and the Jazz. People like Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stan Getz and Henri Salvador were present in his life very early, and although he established a reputation as a French crooner, Sacha Distel was certainly a strong name in the hall of fame of French jazz musicians and his extensive discography clearly shows…

Some say that Gainsbourg, himself, wasn’t exactly a great singer and did no interpreted his songs in the best way possible, and that is the reason why, during his lifetime, he did no achieve worldwide fame he so much deserved. I disagree to that. I really think Gainsbourg knew exactly how to sing his songs and the fact is that in all of the covers of his songs, the ones I like the most are those that show a resemblance on the way he originally sang. Drawing made by Vincent Lefebvre But that’s a matter of taste, and everyone is…

There was a pretty awkward moment in the musical scene during the week involving one of my favorites, dear adored Ben l’Oncle Soul. The runner up of the 2011 British edition of X Factor, singer Marcus Collins, released the first single of his new record to be released in March. It’s a cover of White Stripes’ greatest hit, the amazing Seven Nation Army. So far, nothing wrong with that piece of news, if it weren’t for the fact that the arrangements of his version sound very much like Ben l’Oncle Soul’s version, released in his debut album from 2010. Several…

Last month I wrote a post about Loheem, a French girl who sings mostly in English. Today, the new singer, who hasn’t released a first record yet (but who already has over 100 thousand views on her videos on Youtube), released a very interesting version of Stay Away, by Nirvana. And for those who missed her very cute video with an acoustic version of Colorfield (her most successful single so far), here it is again.

The famous Carnival in Brazil is about to begin and, inspired by the joy one can clearly feel in the air during this time of the year, I selected some songs that are considered great sambas from my country. And since this blog is about French chanson, of course the songs I selected are French versions of those sambas. Dalida – La Banda (version of A Banda, by Chico Buarque) Pierre Vassiliu – Qui c’est celui-là?  (version of Partido Alto, by Chico Buarque) Nicoletta – Fio Maravilha (version of Fio Maravilha, by Jorge Benjor) Fio Maravilla by Nicoletta on Grooveshark And, to wrap it…

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