Remember Dave? The Dutch-born, blue-eyed singer had a massive hit in the 70s with a discofied version of Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade (watch!). In France, he was major star, but as it goes with names from the past, they fade away. Somebody made the connection of his blue eyes and soul, called in the team behind Ben L’Oncle Soul and the album Blue-Eyed Soul! was born. Is it good? No. Music-wise it’s okay. Rehashing Del Shannon’s Runaway or Rubettes’ Sugar Baby Love in French, wearing a very thin soul-jacket is far from okay. But a re-recorded version of Dave’s ballad Il ‘y a pas de honte à être heureux with Françoise Hardy is worthy of a post on this blog.

Dave & Francoise Hardy – Il ‘y a pas de honte à être heureux

Cilla K, Ntjam Rosie

Words that are overused on this blog are probably ‘gorgeous’, ‘sensual’, ‘sexy’ and ‘fragile’. The first three apply to Cilla K and Ntjam Rosie. But fragile, no. Both black singers have a French-colonial background (Guadaloupe, Cameroon) and they make gritty, urban music with futuristic touches. Three words that are very underused on this blog. Which is a bit of shame really, ’cause I’m into (modern) soul and funk as much as I’m into soft-sighing French blondes. Cilla K (pictured) worked with some big names in urban music, on her debut-album Fine Line is one track partly in French. One of the strongest tracks, I think. See a great video of another of Cilla’s songs here.
Ntjam Rosie now lives in Rotterdam and just released her second album Elle. Like on her debut there are a few songs in French, but no more tracks in local dialect. Instead, she added a lot more soul, plus world reknown flautista Ronald Snijders. In L’Amour she gets help from Esperanzah from Numaads.

Cilla K – Demain
Ntjam Rosie & Esperanzah – L’Amour