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SummerStage

  • Manhattan
  • Music
  • Free
Fete de la Musique: MC Solaar / Bon Entendeur / Hyphen Hyphen
In Association with French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and FranceRocks

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

FranceRocks and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) present a showcase highlighting French music of the past, present and future. Headliner MC Solaar is undoubtedly the most famous French rapper of all time, known for his distinctive flow and clever, complex word play. Born in Dakar to Chadian parents, Solaar moved to France as an infant, coming of age in the Parisian suburbs. He managed to break into the music industry almost immediately after school with his first single “Bouge de là“ (“Get Out of There”), which featured a sample from Cymande’s 1973 track “The Message,” going on to open for De La Soul at the Olympia, and releasing his debut LP Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo in 1991. He’s since released seven more albums, signed with London-based acid jazz record label Talkin’ Loud, and recorded with Missy Elliott and the legendary Gangstarr MC Guru—one of the few artists rapping in French to break into the Anglo music market. He’s joined by Bon Entendeur, an electronic group with disco, funk, and hip-hop influences that got their start on Soundcloud; and Hyphen Hyphen, an electropop group formed at the Conservatory of Nice whose latest record HH cracked the top 10 on the French charts.

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