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Art Alert: Frédéric François to perform in Egypt

The concert will take place at the garden of The Belgium Residency in Giza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 May 2018
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On Wednesday 9 May, Italian-Belgium and internationally renowned singer Frédéric François will give a concert at the garden of the Belgium Residency in Giza. 

Born in 1950 as Francesco Barracato, in Lercara Friddi, Sicily, the singer moved as a child to Liège in Belgium where his father worked at the coal mine.

Coming from a family of modest means, François is the second of eight children and the only one among his siblings who expressed a deep interest in music and composing.

He gave his first appearance in front of a small audience at the age of 10. The event prompted his father to look into the Sicilian classics, a genre which François later embraced and which brought him recognition.

During his adolescence, he continued to sing and won first prize at the Châtelet Festival, which allowed him to record his first album under the pseudonym François Barra.

In the 70s, the singer's popularity began to grow significantly, especially when he changed his pseudonym to Frédéric François.

His best known hits include Comme on jette une bouteille à la mer (As we throw a bottle to the sea); Laisse-moi vivre ma vie (Let me live my life) with 1 million records sold; Je voudrais dormir près de toi (I would like to sleep near you) with 500 thousand copies sold; and especially Je n’ai jamais aimé comme je t’aime (I never loved like I love you), which helped him reach the top of the Italo-Belgian music charts.

He was 35 when he gave a highly succesful concert at France's famed music hall Paris Olympia, which sold out all 2000 seats. The show brought to light one of his well known hits and created a craze for his new song Je t'aime à l'italienne (I love you, Italian style).

François returned to Olympia several times during his career, always reaffirming his popularity in France.

It was in the 1980s that the popularity of disco music overshadowed François and his name began to slip from the top of the charts.

François has sold a large number of records in francophone countries. With 35 million records sold in France alone, he became the third best-selling Belgian singer in France.

Programme:

Wednesday 9 May, at 7pm
The Garden of The Belgium Residency in Giza
Ticket price: LE1000, 700 and 500
For more information call 01006662520 / ‭0120 0151515‬ 

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