Music: Death at 60 by singer Daniel Lévi

The singer Daniel Lévi, known for his role of Moses in the musical The Ten Commandments, died of cancer 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, specifying that the funeral of the singer, born in Constantine in 1961, will take place on Sunday in the Jewish cemetery Saint Pierre in Marseille.

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, cocktailwhich did not have the expected success.

After several prestigious collaborations, such as that with Gloria Gaynor, who hired him for the first part of his European tour, or with Michel Legrand, who offered him to record songs from the film’s soundtrack parking spot (1985) by Jacques Demy Daniel Lévi took part in his first musical in 1991.

He interprets the roles of Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset in the show Sand and the Romanticswritten by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon.

In 1993 he recorded That blue dreamthe cartoon song Aladdin by Disney. This duet with the singer Karine Costa, which made him better known to a wide public, will shape a generation.

In 2000 Daniel Lévi knows the consecration with the role of Moses in the musical comedy by Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo, The Ten Commandmentsand its flagship song The desire to love.

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 vote, one brother, our brother is gone […] those of the children of ten Commandments” responded Pascal Obispo on social networks.

After stopping the ten Commandments, Daniel Lévi resumes his solo career and his compositions with touches of jazz, soul and French diversity. 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,” French Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak responded on Twitter.

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