Singer Daniel Lévi, known for his role as Moïse in the musical “The Ten Commandments”, who was suffering from cancer, died on Saturday at the age of 60, according to his wife.
“My husband, my king Daniel Haim ben Sarah Lévi has joined the Gan Eden,” wrote Sandrine Lévi on the artist’s Instagram account, indicating that the funeral of the singer, who was born in Constantine in 1961, would take place on Sunday at the Jewish cemetery Saint Peter of Marseilles.
Benjamin Lévi, son of a family of seven children, spent his childhood in Lyon and studied piano for ten years. He began his career in the early 1980s with a first album, Cocktail, which did not have the success he expected.
After several prestigious collaborations, such as that with Gloria Gaynor, who hired him for the first part of his European tour, or Michel Legrand, who offered him to record songs from the soundtrack of Jacques Demy’s film “Parking” (1985), in 1991 Daniel Levi worked in his first musical with.
He interprets the roles of Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset in the show “Sand and the Romantics”, written by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon.
In 1993 he recorded “Ce rêve bleu”, the song from the Disney cartoon “Aladdin”. This duet with singer Karine Costa, which will make him better known, will mark a generation.
In 2000, Daniel Lévi gained recognition with the role of Moïse in Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo’s musical The Ten Commandments and its flagship song L’Envie d’aimer.
The musical is a triumph at the Palais des Sports and on tour for several weeks. According to Universal Music France, the album sold 1.3 million copies.
“One man, one voice, one brother, our brother is gone (…) that of the children of the Ten Commandments,” responded Pascal Obispo on social networks.
After the end of the “Ten Commandments”, Daniel Lévi resumed his solo career and his compositions with touches of jazz, soul and French variety. In total, he released six solo albums.
The singer suffered from colon cancer, a condition he made public in 2019.
“Daniel Lévi was a unique, powerful voice. Fights too: climate, care workers, fight against racism, support for Lebanon, he has never hesitated to work to make the world a little better. All my condolences go to his family and loved ones,” Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak responded on Twitter.