David Grammont (12 October 1967 in Réunion – 16 February 2021 in Nancy, France), better known under his stage name Tonton David was a French Reggae singer born in Réunion. He was renowned for his raggamuffin performances, but used influences of soul music, gro kâ (from the French West Indies), the Zairian rumba.
Tonton David had a turbulent childhood in a suburb of Paris. He left his family aged 14 and had a successful career in music with songs featuring powerful and political lyrics.In 1990, Tonton David had his big break when he was featured in a TV report about "Black Paris". Following that performance, Tonton David was signed by the Virgin record label. Shortly after, he recorded "Peuples du monde", which was featured in French rap compilation Rapattitudes.
Le blues de la racaille released on 2 December 1991, was his debut album in which he explored social issues such as unemployment, poverty and racism, becoming a figurehead for a whole generation of disenchanted French youth. In 1991, he performed in front of an audience of 12,000 music fans at the Fête des Kafs in Saint Denis, La Réunion and in 1992 at Reggae Sunsplash festival in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1993, he released his second album Allez leur dire recorded in Memphis, Tennessee. "Sûr et certain" taken from the same album was released as a single. 1995 saw his biggest success to date with the release of the song "Chacun sa route", which was used in the soundtrack of the film Un indien dans la ville . His third album Récidiviste in 1995 included the single "Pour tout le monde pareil" and featured a collaboration with rai star Cheb Mami in "Fugitifs". His fourth album Faut qu'ça arrête was more heavily influenced by Haitian music, after he collaborated with Haitian musician Papa Jube. His death, in Metz (France), was announced on 16 February 2021.
Gilles Vigneault is a Québécois poet, publisher, singer-songwriter, and Quebec nationalist and sovereigntist. Two of his songs are considered by many to be Quebec's unofficial anthems: "Mon pays" and "Gens du pays", and his line Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver became a proverb in Quebec. Vigneault is a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, Knight of the Legion of Honour, and Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Mohamed Khelifati , better known by his stage name Cheb Mami, is an Algerian musician and singer-songwriter. He sings and speaks in Algerian Arabic and sometimes in French or Eastern Arabic dialects.
Cyril Kamar, better known by his stage name K.Maro is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter, producer and businessman of Lebanese origin. He sings in French and English. He is also the founder, the owner, and the CEO of East 47th Music, a record label, and Rock&Cherries Agency, a Paris-based Talents management agency. Both East 47th Music and Rock&Cherries Agency are part of KEG company.
Marc Lucien Lavoine is a French singer and actor. In 1985, his hit single "Elle a les yeux revolver..." reached number four on the French Singles chart and marked the beginning of his successful singing career. He stars in the television series Crossing Lines as Louis Daniel, head of an International Criminal Court police team that investigates crimes that 'cross' European borders.
Gaston Ghrenassia , known by his stage name Enrico MaciasFrench pronunciation: [ɛn.ʁi.ko.ma'sjas], is an Algerian-French singer, songwriter and musician of Algerian Jewish descent.
"Didi" is a song written and performed by Algerian artist Khaled, released in 1992. The song was the lead single from the singer's eponymous album Khaled.
Georges Frêche was a French politician. He served as President of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region from 2004 until his death: prior to that, he had been mayor of Montpellier for 27 years, and was also a former member (député) of the National Assembly. Frêche had been a member of the French Socialist Party until he was expelled on January 27, 2007.
Georges Lautner was a French film director and screenwriter, known primarily for his comedies created in collaboration with screenwriter Michel Audiard.
Jean-Luc Stéphane Reichmann is a French radio and television host. He started a career on radio in 1989, then became TV presenter in 1995 and tried a career as actor since 2008. He is now particularly known for his daily show Les douze coups de midi, broadcast at 12:00 pm on TF1. He has six children.
Martin Meissonnier A former reporter for the legendary French daily Libération, Martin Meissonnier’s work as a filmmaker has a strong global flavor. His producing and directing credits include major documentaries about finance, politics and history. As for now, he is exploring the subjects of work and new company models, since he’s made researches and directed his films Happiness at Work (2015) and What Women Want at Work (2017) and "Happiness@School" a web platform for may 2021.
Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, better known by his mononym Khaled, is an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter born in Oran. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled. He was crowned "King of Raï" in the first Raï festival in Oran and has since become the world's best-known Arab singer ever. Khaled helped transform the rai music in his native Algeria, and then went on to make it a part of the global music scene. And with 10 diamond, platinum, and gold albums, as well as the highest-selling Arab album in history, he's the star all other rai singers aspire to be,His most famous songs are "Didi", "El Arbi", "Abdel Kader (song)", "La Poupée qui fait non", "Wahran Wahran", "Bakhta", "Aïcha" and "C'est la vie" as well as "Alech Taadi", which was prominently featured in the 1997 film The Fifth Element.
Les Dix Commandements is a French-language musical comedy written by Élie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo that premiered in Paris in October 2000.
Raï'n'B Fever is a collective of mainly Algerian Raï, R&B and rap/urban artists contributing their best output of the Raï'n'B genre of music with fusion of elements of both genres in a series of albums also called Raï'n'B Fever albums.
Intouchable is a French rap band from Choisy-le-Roi, Val-de-Marne, founded in 1992 by rappers Dry and Demon One. They are also part of the rap/urban collective Mafia K-1 Fry.
Avec le coeur is a R&B, hip hop and soul French double album, written and performed by French-Algerian singer Kenza Farah. The album, her second studio album, contains 22 tracks and guest appearances with the Psy 4 De La Rime, Nina Sky, Roldan group Orishas and Busy Signal. It was released November 17, 2008 in France.
Emmanuel de Buretel is a French music executive best known as the founder of Because Music, and his work with Virgin Records.
John Mamann is a French singer, songwriter and composer who is signed to AZ, part of Universal Music. He has released three albums, Mister Joe in 2010, self-titled Joe Mamann in 2012 and Love Life in 2013. The title track from the last album "Love \ Life", a duo with Portuguese singer Kika, has charted on French Singles Chart.
Bigflo & Oli is a French hip-hop duo from Toulouse. The duo is composed of two brothers, Florian "Bigflo" Ordoñez and Olivio "Oli" Ordoñez. Their debut album La Cour des grands was released in 2015 and received a gold record award in France less than four months after being released, then went platinum, making them the youngest French rappers to receive this award.
Amédée Ferdinand René Pujol was a French screenwriter, film director, and librettist.
Joseph-François-Nicolas Dusaulchoy de Bergemont was a French playwright, writer and journalist.
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