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After all the snow from the songs about winter I posted last Monday, suddenly, the sun reappears in Paris to remind us that, now, spring days are not that far. For that reason, I woke up today in very high spirits and with this song in my head: And for those who, like me, are big fans of The Lion King, here’s another song that reflects very well this spirit that a little bit of sunshine in the morning brings after so many gray days.

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…

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 great Brazilian singer Elis Regina pleased both Brazilian and French crowds. Her first appearance at Olympia was so successful that the famous parisian venue had to open an exception and invite Elis to go back in the same year for a second season. That was the first time in the history of Olympia that something like that ever happened. However, in 1968, Elis was such a big hit in Paris that an exception had to be made. During the same year, she released a compact called Elis Regina in Paris, a record that brings a great French version of the amazing…

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…

While I was writing about the new album by Anaïs, I realized that I had never watched the classic An american in Paris. I will correct that right away, but meanwhile, I leave you guys to the trailer of this classic movie from the 50’s that won the Academy Award in 1951 and is starred by the amazing Gene Kelly. I’m a unconditional admirer of Gene Kelly’s and while I was writing this post I went digging up information about him and realized that tomorrow is going to be 16 years since he died. Weird coincidence. So I guess an homage…

Today’s Chanson de Lundi features a Brazilian version of Couleur Café. The song was released this year by singer Luciana Mello in a duet with Corneille. Unfortunately, I did not find a player to embbed in here, but if you are interested in the studio version of this song, you can go ahead and click this link to listen. You can also watch the video below, that features Luciana Mello singing with her brother Jairzinho, who is the creator of the beautiful arrengements for this version. For those who don’t remember, Couleur Café is one of the firsts big hits…

When I worked in a TV Show about Brazilian music I had the chance to meet a lot of cool legendary composers and one of them was Nonato Buzar. He’s one of those guys that loves to tell a good story and makes you feel completely engaged in anything he’s talking about. Unfortunately, he’s also one of those musician who were more successful abroad than in his own country. He told me that, in 1968, he wrote the song Nem vem que não tem with Carlos Imperial. At the end of the song, he decided he didn’t want to sign…

I belong to the generation that saw the big come back from Disney in the late 80’s and early 90’s. My childhood was filled with animated classics like The Little Mermaid, The Beauty and the Beast and O Rei The Lion. I remember watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the movie theater and thinking that I had never saw something as beautiful as that. As a child I tended to get obsessed with movies and watching the same picture over and over again so, obviously, I knew (and still know) all the songs from my favorite Disney movies by…

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