SuperFrancoFête: an exciting journey through Francophonie in 40 songs

If Jules Verne once took the hero of his famous novel around the world in 80 days, the organizers of the SuperFrancoFête 2.0 decided to make a lavish tour through the world of Francophonie in 40 carefully selected songs on Wednesday evening at the Agora of Quebec.

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In a postcard setting that also included an illuminated Château Frontenac with a view of the stage in the distance, several classics came together during this exciting show with a rhythmic and refined staging that have become timeless and beautiful discoveries.

One of the greatest merits of this new SuperFrancoFête will have been to remind us that the world’s French-speaking repertoire is full of musical treasures.

There were some from Quebec, in particular supplied by Louis-Jean Cormier, Salebarbes, Damien Robitaille and Corneille, from Europe also with the much appreciated participation of Michel Fugain and Patrick Bruel and also from Africa, represented by Tiken Jah Fakoly and the deliciously, among others festive Ivorian group Magic System.

It’s an opportunity, said Angélique Kidjo, who co-hosted with Garou and Nolwenn Leroy, to celebrate what unites “French speakers from around the world”.

Mission accomplished, promise fulfilled!

All generations

Even if the average age of the 5,000 people who had free access to the agora was quite high to the eye, it was definitely an appointment for all generations.

Sole representative of the original 1974 SuperFrancoFête, 78-year-old Robert Charlebois wowed the crowd with a stirring piano performanceordinary.

Just before that, 23-year-old Belgian singer Mentissa’s crystal-clear voice wowed everyone as she performed a skin-tight version of her hit And bam, brilliantly accompanied by the troupe of DM Nation dancers, used judiciously on several occasions. The discovery of the evening.

Homage to Rene Levesque

René Lévesque’s 100th birthday was not concealed. A rereading of a speech by Maka Kotto he had delivered in Paris in 1985 provoked a strong reaction from the crowd.

With around thirty artists at his disposal, the director was able to stage several artistic encounters. Some were obvious, for example the union of Zachary Richard and Salebarbes My trip to Louisiana.

Others united the continents, like the same Zachary Richard, who teamed up with Beninese Angélique Kidjo for a revisit The tree is in its leaves.

There was little to complain about on this rain-free evening, except that when the artists didn’t take advantage of the catwalk advancing to the ground and stayed on the main stage, at times they seemed distant from the audience. .

However, the craftsmen of the SuperFrancoFête had a lucky hand by preserving the essential and still topical Anthem of Hope by Raymond Lévesque for the finale When men will live on lovewhich brought all the performers together on stage and created a choir of 5,000 voices.

The honor of ending the show then went to Patrick Bruel, who also closed Great Men’s Square by “giving us an appointment in a year”.

When the organizers wondered if they should make it an annual event, they had their answer.

► SuperFrancoFête will be broadcast on TVA, TV5 Monde and TV5 Québec-Canada in more than 200 countries over the next few months.

What artists think about the French language

The French language, along with English, is the only one present on the five continents. […] The French-speaking world has produced great and great songs that manage to make us live beautiful stories of brotherhood. »

– Angelique Kidjo

The French language is great, it is alive. It seems that when she encounters new landscapes, she invents thousands of shades. […] French is a path, it’s up to us to walk it. »

– Fred Pellerin

“It is high time that Francophonie played its proper role, namely to act as the environment for the emergence of this new solidarity between peoples and cultures. »

– Maka Kotto, citing René Lévesque in Paris, 1985

Today, when we celebrate the SuperFrancoFête, it pays homage to the great event of 1974, right here in Quebec, that gave rise to the International Organization of Francophonie. »

– Nolwenn Leroy

“La Francophonie is this holistic humanism woven around the earth: this symbiosis of the dormant energies of all continents, of all races, awakening to their complementary warmth. »

– Kim Thúy, quoting the former President of Senegal, Léopold Sedor Senghor

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