Wednesday, February 24

Abd Al Malik, Trenet, glam rock… Eight books on music


Biography, study of a genre, essay … we present a selection of recent works with, in common, music.

“Reconciliation”, by Abd Al Malik

Since his first album Face to face with hearts (Atmosphériques, 2004) and his first book, May Allah bless France (Albin Michel, 2007), the ex-rapper of the Strasbourg group, NAP, never ceases to want to reconcile the working-class neighborhoods and the French Republic to which he says he owes a lot: his education and his balance between hip-hop , Albert Camus and Sufism. He wrote this recent essay while sick with Covid-19. Isolated in a room, he spent his quarantine days scrutinizing social networks and screens. What he read showed him ” a virtual manifestation of a people divided in depth “. He then remembered a phrase from Juliette Gréco for whom he has written songs since 2009: “ It is through the fair recognition of each of its citizens that France’s reconciliation with itself will come. »In this essay, he sets out to demonstrate what rap, “New form of poetry” contributed to its construction, to describe his long friendship with Gréco, who for him embodied France and offered solutions to bring people together, to make intelligence “sexy”. Stephanie Binet

Robert Laffont, 153 p. 17 €.

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“Danakil – Ensemble 2001-2021”, by Aymeric Jeanson

Preceding the release of his new album scheduled for September, accompanied by an autumn tour including two dates at the Olympia, in Paris, where he had performed for the first time in 2009, this work, largely illustrated with color photographs, traces the twenty-year career of Danakil, one of the most popular French reggae groups. A journey started in Marly-le-Roy (Yvelines) and an irresistible ascent, told by Aymeric Jeanson, through many anecdotes (characteristic of this kind of story), testimonies and focus on the members of the group, their professional entourage and the greeting of a “big brother”, Mike d’Inca, singer of the group Sinsemilia, formed a decade earlier in Grenoble, signatory of the preface. Danakil has led his career with a constant concern for independence, which will lead him to create his label, Baco Records, and commitment to just and necessary causes. A chapter is devoted to his altruistic and humanitarian vision. This is evidenced by his involvement, from the start of his adventure, in 2001, with the Restos du cœur, then the Abbé Pierre Foundation and ATD Quart-Monde, the association Les Artistes pour l’eau on a drilling project. of wells in Dogon country in Mali or its commitment alongside SOS Méditerranée. Patrick labesse

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