If you have ever wondered how French sounds when spoken or sung by a Romanian (yes, you have thought about this a lot, haven’t you) well here is your chance to find out.
The Institut Française Roumanie in Bucharest recently held a musical gala to promote the French language, and les meilleurs artistes roumains sont venus chanter (top Romanian artists came along to sing). For some, it was quite a challenge, as Dorian Popa explains in a mix of French and Romanian before doing a cover of Maître Gims’ Bella.
If you are not familiar with Maître Gims, you should be! Read about him on my post Sounds of France via Africa. Here is the original version of Bella.
Dorian Popa is a popular pop-rap singer in Romania who is also well known for his rippling muscles, bulging pecs and formidable six-pack. I’ve selected this clip of this duet with Ruby because it has a lot of footage in Paris and I prefer it to his solo efforts.
So, who else took part in the French soirée? One singer I really like, Keo (I will do a post on him shortly) does a great cover of Le Vent Nous Portera (The wind will take/carry us), which was a big hit in Europe for the group Noir Désir in 2001.
Adrian (Adi) Despot, who is a member of the band Vița de Vi, did a cover of one of my favourite songs by the band Indochine, Tes Yeux Noirs (Your black eyes).
Here’s Indochine doing the much loved song at one of their tremendous gigs.
I also really like this version, recorded with an orchestra in Hanoi.
A French concert wouldn’t be a French concert without a really romantic ballad. Cornel Ilie, the lead singer of Vunk, steps up for a rendition of Je Te Le Dis Quand Même (I’ll tell you anyway).
Here is the version released in by Patrick Bruel, a prolific French actor and singer.
This upbeat live version shows how well the song has stood the test of time.
Alexandra Ungureanu came on stage to do I Need You More which has verses in French.
Here is the single version that she did with Crush and Leslie. It’s chirpy!
To finish, here’s Keo again, to say he loved you, he loves you and will love you.
That song was originally a single released in 1994 by Francis Cabral. Here is a clip from YouTube which has Romanian subtitles.
C’est fini, bonne nuit!