Salut les amis ! Have you heard of Stromae? He is a Belgian rapper and singer-songwriter who is often associated with Belgian New Beat electronic music. His stage name comes from the word maestro. This is an example of verlan, a type of French slang which involves swapping round the syllables of a word. This week our Tune for Tuesday is Stromae’s song Papaoutai which was a great success across much of Europe when it was released in 2013.
While you’re listening, listen out for the title, coming from “Papa où t’es” (“Dad, where are you?”). The lyrics refer to the absence of Stromae’s father, Pierre Rutare, during his childhood, before Rutare was killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Stromae sings a little fast but quite clearly, so try listening to the song a few times and let us know how you get on in the comments! Click here to read the lyrics while you listen or if you’d like to hear the song a little slower, you can play the YouTube video below at a slower playback speed by clicking on the settings symbol.
Do you know any other Belgian artists? Feel free to share some of your music suggestions for other French learners in the comments. And remember that you can find our full Spotify and YouTube playlist of songs from around the world by scrolling down.