French salsa?

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by africana, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. africana

    africana New Member

    Can anyone recommend (original) French salsa albums? I've heard 2 or 3 occassionally and really love the way they sound

    One I heard today, must have been from an Africando album...I wish I had practiced my french
  2. devane

    devane New Member

    It was probably Aïcha or Scandalo or La Vie en Rose. They are played a lot...
    They are from Senegal and speak French, Wolof & Mandingo.
    I haven't bought an album from them in a while, I must check up on them.

    I've seen a album called "African Salsa". As French is an official language in some african countries there are probably a few song in french.
  3. africana

    africana New Member

    I have that album, "African salsa". I don't really like it
  4. SurfSalsa

    SurfSalsa New Member

    Having a "basic conversational knowledge" of French, so I love the French salsa songs too. I don't have a single album with French salsas, but there are French salsa songs on the Africando albums - but only about 1 on an album. I know there is one on Gombo Salsa.

    There are also French salsa songs on some compilations I bought in Cameroon, but not a dedicated salsa CD - it is mixed with Makossa. Some of the Putumayo compilations also have the odd French salsa jewel hidden in there (I only have Afro-Latin party with me - on the way to Nigeria again, but there is no French on that particular one). But I know there is another Putumayo African compilation with French and even Portugese salsas on...
  5. SurfSalsa

    SurfSalsa New Member

    Part II - I went to two salsa places in Paris last year - there were some French songs in the mix as well, but heaven knows where they came from.

    Mind you, I also have salsa-able songs on some French Caribbean compilations (e.g. from Gaudeloupe and St Martin and Martinique), but its not pure hard-core salsa and it's not dedicated salsa albums...
  6. elgrancombo

    elgrancombo New Member

    I have several of the Salsa Africa compilations and I'd guess a third of the songs are in French. Some really good stuff.
  7. africana

    africana New Member

    oh yeah a good chunk of west African countries are former french colonies, would make sense that they would ahve songs in french. Do you have album names (or song names?)

    But I expect those songs would sound very very differnt from non-African french songs because West African singing even in a european language has a distinct flavor (it's goof stuff, and I'm interested but it's different from what I'm trying to find >> French songs by frenchmen ;) )
  8. irMax SALSA

    irMax SALSA New Member

    French Bytes

    Are there any french sound bytes online that I can listen too?
  9. africana

    africana New Member

    there's one that goes "no me quite pas, no me quite pas" (don't leave me??)

    And other one "oblem" (?? I can't make out words)

    Both are mambo-ish. I have to look in my ipod to find the other...
  10. africana

    africana New Member

    Ok from SF, that song is called "Probleme" by Mambo Fatal :) cool!
  11. thespina13

    thespina13 New Member

    'Ne me quitte pas' is a song I learned way back in 8th grade! Crazy! And at the time I had no clue it was a mambo. Actually I don't think it was... I think it's a poem that was put to music, and it's likely that same well-known poem was adapted to mambo music. Yeah, "ne me quitte pas" is don't leave me, africana.
  12. africana

    africana New Member

    "No me quitte pas" is from the album 'The Best of Yuri Buenaventura'
  13. fallenangel

    fallenangel New Member

    Oh ya i remember few sentences from the original birthday song. Sounds great. French carribean sounds good. I wonder how it would sound if the whole song would be in French?:shock: if anyone knows where i can download into my itunes do let me know.
    What the heck ! if anyone can share their itunes with me that would be cool ;)
  14. BugBear

    BugBear New Member

    It's actually spelled "Ne me quittes pas" :) That and "La vie en Rose" are the only salsa songs with french lyrics that I have heard. But both are very nice.
  15. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    Hmmm, nobody's mentioned Mambomania here?
    http://mambomania.free.fr/

    They are a French salsa band, and their album "Serial Dancer" was a big hit over here when it came out (esp. "Dame Cinco"). Songs are in French, Spanish and some English. You can listen to clips on their website.
  16. africana

    africana New Member

    thank you :) someone mentioned but I couldn't find samples to listen to
  17. Kali Ma

    Kali Ma New Member

    "Ne me quittes pas" is (if I remember correctly) a song by Jacques Brel. It was also sung by Nina Simone (love her version!). I've never heard the Yuri Buenaventura version. Interesting prospect!
  18. SurfSalsa

    SurfSalsa New Member

    I know it's not exactly what you were looking for but Scandalo on Africando's Mandali album has French lyrics. It is described as "an earthy Haitian Creole version of Sir Lancelot's classic Trinidadian calypso, 'Scandal in the Family'".

    It was just playing on my playlist now...

    Edit: it's not all French, but good parts of it is...

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