A friend in Paris recently turned me on to this amazing talent known as Grand Corps Malade. Also known as Fabien Marsaud, the poet performs both a capella, and occasionally accompanied by a small jazz ensemble.
I love this video “Pocahontas,” which features family members and friends recreating photographs from their past.
In 1997, a diving accident left Marsaud unable to walk for a period of two years. Marsaud claimed the name “Grand Corps Malade” (meaning “Tall Sick Body” in French) in reference to his condition as well as his height (nearly 6’4″). The former basketball star regained the ability to walk in 1999, and started his career as “slam poet” in 2003.
2013’s Funambule is the fourth studio album, with the musical direction of musician and trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf. The album includes this terrific duet with the great Francis Cabrel.