Chanson Du Jour: Berceuse pour Jean

Henriette and Elie Zmirou “Berceuse pour Jean”

While on assignment at the UN in New York in 1954, French couple Henriette and Elie Zmirou remembered their homeland by singing folk songs. Henriette learned all of hers from her mother, grandmother, and people among whom she lived in Normandy. The lyrics of these unaccompanied solos and duos are translated into English. (Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage)

The centenary of Léo Ferré: the exclusive interview

Born August 24, 1916, Léo Ferré would have been 100 years old this year.In November 1990, before a recital at Déjazet theater, libertarian theater in Paris, the artist gave an interview to two journalists from France 3 Paris, Rouzane Avanissian and Ambroise Perrin. It is this document, remained largely unpublished part to date, that Culturebox exclusively offers.

Paris, November 1990. Once again Leo Ferre is on show at the TLP Déjazet. TLP as Libertarian Theatre in Paris. In this place committed to the Paris scene, it really feels at home. Ferré has published its penultimate album, “The old boys.”

In 1990, let us remember, is the war of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein is the enemy of George Bush before eleven years later that of his son. 1990, in South Africa, the end of apartheid. In France, President Mitterrand began two years before his second term, 100,000 students demonstrate in Paris and Léo Ferré 74 years.

In this first part of the interview he gave on November 9 journalists FR3 Rouzane Avanissian and Ambroise Perrin, he speaks of rebellion, anger, the couple or the great mystery of our existence.
Listen to interview en français : The centenary of Léo Ferré: the exclusive interview