Musical Interlude (pour mes amis(es) de la Francophonie)



I've mentioned in the past that some songs somehow become the soundtrack of any given trip. I've posted a few last year and the year before, I believe. Some tracks just get stuck into your brain and refuse to leave. So much so that you simply have to download them when you get back home, regardless of how good or bad they are. And it doesn't matter how many years fly by. When that song shows up on the shuffle of your laptop or iPod, there's nothing you can do but crank up the volume and let the memories swirl inside your mind.

There are quite a few songs I've collected this way while traveling around 33 countries. I love them all, to be sure. But none more so than this one. . .

If you were in France or any of the French parts of Europe (Brussels in Belgium, or Geneva and Lausanne in Switzerland, etc) in the summer of 2004, you have heard this track a thousand times. It seemed to be playing on the various NRJ stations every 30 minutes or so.

The beat is dope! I never thought that a boxing-themed beat could ever beat what Puff Daddy came up with for the song Victory with Notorious B. I. G., but this track by Nâdiya takes the cake. I've seldom encountered such a catchy beat. The rhythm gets to you. It's the perfect song for the gym, or for speeding down the highway.

Oddly enough, it was never released on our side of the pond. And considering we get a lot of shit from France, you would have thought that a good song like this would have made it across the Atlantic. So I never did find out how beautiful and sexy the singer is until much later! Alas. . .;-)

Give it a try. Chances are it'll join the songs you take with you on your MP3 player next time you hit the gym!

Et pour tous mes amis(es) francophones, et bien on retourne en arrière pour quelques minutes et on se déhanche un peu! La prochaine fois, ce sera peut-être du Gilbert Montagné!:P

9 commentaires:

Charlie said...

Haven't seen any talk about Robin Hobb's Dragon Haven, surely you'd have an ARC by the time of the UK release?

Bill said...

French hiphop! I never would have guessed, not in a million years.

Nice find, Pat. This has a good rhythm and flow, I can understand why it was getting radio play. It would have performed well in the States, pity it didn't make it over.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

je savais pas pat que tu étais francophone !
tu devrais poster le duo avec enrique inglesias plutot, nettement plus marrant !

usul said...

LOOOOL
heu non pour Gilbert ! véto absolu !!

Patrick said...

Charlie: Haven't received an ARC for DRAGON HAVEN, unfortunately. Something is wrong with Voyager, I think. Hobb herself sent me one of her copies of DRAGON KEEPER last year...

Bill: You have no idea how big the rap and hiphop culture is in France. I daresay the US is the only place were it's bigger.

Anon: Et oui, je suis francophone!

usul: On va s'aimer ou Sous les Sunlights des Tropiques, ça serait malade, non!?!:P

Chris said...

Shame it appears to be blocked in my nation ( The Netherlands ) due to a copyright claim by Vevo

Chris said...

Always other videos of the same clip on youtube. Indeed a catchy song, I have heard to over the summer no idea who the artist was though.

golgot_69 said...

france
number 2 on rap, rn'b and mangas !

Mimouille said...

France is a a great country of rap, but R&B is usually very bad...I suppose it's a matter of taste, but I think Nadiya is an insult to good music in terms all respects: production, lyrics (beyond stupid), video (omg), etc...
If you like hip hop, try the really good French rappers such as Oxmo Puccino, Iam (old albums), NTM (old albums), TTC, Lunatic, and tons more...
Je préfère encore Gilbert Montagné.