Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Barbara Prize Jury,Ladies and Gentlemen,Dear Friends,
When I created the Barbara Award, I wanted to honour the French song
in his extraordinary ability to be part of a legacy and
to be profoundly renewed by the younger generations of artists. It is,
as I wished, a celebration of the French language in music.
During his concert at the Libertaire Theatre in Paris in 1986, Léo Ferré,
after admirably interpreting Apollinaire’s poem Marizibill
from his collection Alcohols, gave us a very simple and
yet fundamental to the role of popular song as a vector of
poetry, too often associated in our country with a universe of initiates. I
quotes him: The music must be humbly placed under the poem,
but, like wheels, humble, a vehicle that brings music and
poetry in people’s ears…That’s what’s important.” The
song called «with text», it is both the place of the democratization of the
poetry and the bed of enrichment, sometimes even renewal of the
For this 2nd edition of the Barbara Prize, we also meet
on a very special day. It is indeed the 30th anniversary of the Festival
of Music, this great moment open to all audiences, who
from its creation in France a success an immediate, and that since
has been exported around the world, with its plethora of programs, and
the pleasure of walking, together, according to the sounds and inspirations. In
this Year of the Overseas, I wanted the Festival to begin
at the Royal Palace by putting all the wealth of ultramarine music to
with Dédé Saint-Prix in opening, before starting a tour of the
West Indies with Valérie Louri, Erik and the Malavoi group, until Nouvelle-
Caledonia with Tyssia, via Mayotte with Baco and Reunion Island
with Davy Sicard.
I can’t give this Barbara award and summon her memory to
through its best heirs without thanking for their expertise and
members of the jury present, accomplices and friends of the
great lady in black.
I know that among all these young talents the choice must have been difficult. After
Carmen Maria Vega for his first edition, he finally focused on
a young artist appeared like a thunderbolt, poet between
other worlds of seduction and undecided hearts, singer L.
Dear Raphaëlle, what is reborn with your songs is the same breath
provocative and sensitive of those who were your elders and masters.
Undeniably I think of Léo Ferré, Barbara, but also Brigitte
Fontaine, to Serge Gainsbourg, to authors like Francis Carco,
Baudelaire, Verlaine, Apollinaire… We also find the influences of a
elsewhere where fado, saudade colors and music reign
of Cape Verde. But your art cannot be confined to the countless
references and borrowings that shape it. Like any creative effort,
it is based on a slow digestion of implicit or explicit influences.
Dear L, I salute in you the talent and the work that it took for you
make a name alongside, already, the greatest. Carmen Maria Vega has you
left a little note, which I read to you: Dear L, I am delighted to you
If I could have voted, I would have voted with my eyes closed for
Bravo for your wonderful album. See you soon on the roads.”
I would like to greet the jury for this very happy choice: he has turned to
a work where the feminine sensibility and the strength of a
manly writing, the obsession of the flesh, the significance of memories, the senses
of the night, with shady perfumes of eroticism and subversion. Your
songs are rich in musical interweaving; poetry is also a
case of rock, hip-hop, tango. Sensitized to singing by Barbara and
Billie Holiday, you forged your musical identity with polyphony
Gypsies, Corsicans and Bulgarians, but also through fado and gospel,
with the songs of a flayed and luminous humanity. In 2002 you
you throw in the water, and give your first concert in a restaurant
where you are accompanied by the musician Babx; then you
you fight to be listened to, until you are selected
Discoveries of Printemps de Bourges and at the Chantier des Francos. It’s
a FIP programmer who first falls in love with your work
and decides to broadcast all your songs, a rare fact that deserves
to be emphasized. From there, one of the great creative figures of our time
identifies your talent and starts quoting you in her interviews: Brigitte
Fontaine. Recently you wrote for another young talent: Camelia
Jordana – who is singing tonight in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Initial is a subtle alloy of self-portrait and fiction, beautifully written.
So it is with great pleasure and waiting for a next album
as successful as we present you with the Department of
Culture and Communication.