Paris is a Continent

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Paris is a Continent N°11

Sage poet Zoxea & Busta Flex battle it out in ‘C’est nous les reustas': Youssoupha (a name you must be familiar with by now), Indila and Skalpovich Dreamin':

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Paris a Continent … the Nike edition

I like the tone and aesthetic of this commercial. It makes Paris look like parts of Brooklyn. We’ll leave the close reading for another day (the relationship between identity politics and consumption for example), except to note...

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Paris is a Continent N°10

Less than two months before France’s presidential elections, this ‘Letter to the Republic’ couldn’t come more timely. And it blew up accordingly. Kery James has some thoughts on France’s history of racism, colonisation, and the African diaspora....

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Paris is a Continent N°9

Watching French incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech in Marseille Sunday night (his second speech since announcing he’s seeking a second term last week), I was hoping for a reference to how the financial crisis — the millstone...

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Paris is a Continent N°8

Loads of Paris suburbs gets shouted out in this song by a cast of the city's rappers.

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Paris is a Continent N°7

My friends and the musicians we listen to--we're mostly the children of immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean--prefer Francois Hollande and the Socialists over Sarkozy, but know Hollande won't win.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°6

I thought I’d continue my focus on French women singers. First up is Kayna Samet: great voice, from Algeria. This song named “Yema” (mother in Arabic) is about the love for the mums. It features Indila (remember...

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°5

Not sure what it says about France that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (he is portrayed as a victim of a conspiracy) and David Beckham (a 36-year-old player is entrusted with bringing back gloss to French football) dominate the headlines there this week....

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°4

It’s the return of one of the best R&B artists in French. K-Reen is back with a new track called “Like Before” featuring rapper Youssoupha. Her album of  should be out in March 2012. And here’s a...

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°3

Number three in this series. On “Avec le sourire” (off his new album C’est Correct”–out November 14th) and over a sweet rhythm L’Algerino (you get his name) calls out far right French politician Marie le Pen. The...

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°2

This is the second in my weekly series of popular music from my hometown.  Here’s a link to my first contribution: Paris, France. N°1. This week’s it’s the world of popular rap. Algiers-born, Montreal-raised Zaho is big in Paris...

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Paris is a Continent, N°1

What do the masses listen to in Paris? I’ve promised to do an occasional round-up of what’s popular on the streets and on phones (and in car stereo systems) of the French capital. Here’s round one. It’s...