Musique Mercredi: “Papaoutai” by Stromae

This week’s featured song Papaoutai is by the famous Belgian singer Stromae. Coincidentally I discovered Stromae back in Caen in 2010 when his hit song was Alors On Danse.

His new current radio hit, «Papaoutai» which means «Papa où t’es» which translates to, “Dad, Where Are You” hit number one in both France and Belgium. It is described as a “House” style with influences from pop and zouk music. The lyrics of this song are Stromae singing about the absence of his Rwandan father during his childhood (his father was a casualty of the Rwandan genocide of 1994).

The 1950’s style music video is interesting. Stromae, who does not have positive memories of his father, strove to mock the way some children will do anything to receive a little love and attention from their uninvolved fathers.

Do you have any French songs I should share for next week!? Leave a comment!



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