Ben L’Oncle Soul! is blessin’ us with his spiritual Soul made in France … busking in Paris street for a while he s now under the spell of Motown France (yes we have one too).
Check out this White stripe cover, courtesy of Hiboo d’live but dont forget to also check his own material as it s well worth it.
Eurovision song contest 2010 is seeing France bringing an exotic taste to a competition usually dominated by eastern european 2 bit music. The committee has really tried to be creative in the past few years and juggled different approaches with acts such as Sebastien Tellier (2008) or Patricia Kas (2009) but this year they are putting their hope on the hands of caribbean Jessy Matador.
While I strongly appreciate the assimilation of the French Caribbean culture as an integral part of French traditions, I must admit that I am not overly impressed with this years choice.
In fairness, France won the world cup 12 years ago now and it really feels that this year’s musical choice belong to another decade altogether. Get over it I say!
French caribbean music has a lot to offer from oldstyle biguine to dancehall and “proper” Zouk; and I am utterly disappointed that this is what most people are going to remember French Caribbean for as opposed to the variety of musical styles that it has influenced throughout the decades, so allow me to make up for this somewhat terrible choice with a bit of infused folklore:
(once more forgive the video!!!)
GENERAL ELEKTRIKS is the brainchild of RV Salters, a keyboard player of choice highly appraised in the french circuit and especially by such artists as Femi Kuti, -M- and DJ Mehdi, with whom he composed for a long time.
His reputation as a top musician followed him to the states where he hooked up with the Quannum crew (Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow…) before recently moving back home.
He now introduces his long awaited funk-tronic album with the release of “Good City for Dreamers” on Discograph.