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...The French singer-songwriter George Brassens developed a unique style through a turbulent time in his country’s history. Born in 1921 on the French Mediterranean coast, Brassens developed a passion for singing as a youth, influenced by his...

Salif Keita

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...One of the major voices in Mali’s music culture, Salif Keita is known as the “golden voice of Africa.” Born in Djoliba, Mali in 1949, Keita is a prince of the Keita royal family. He was born with albinism and subsequently ostracized by his...
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...The visage of Aristide Bruant preserved by French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec on posters has sadly obscured his important contributions to the world of French music. Born in 1851 in Loiret, France, Bruant’s father died when he...
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...Despite not achieving mainstream popularity outside the Francophone world, Johnny Hallyday single-handedly brought rock music into the French market. Hallyday was born in 1943 in Paris, France. His father left the family early on and his...

Cheb Mami

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...Known as the “Prince of Rai,” the singer Cheb Mami brought traditional Algerian music into contact with Spanish, French, and Arabic influences. Born in 1966 in the country’s southwest, Mami was placed second in a singing competition in 1971...

Daft Punk

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...From within the global vogue of electropop music in the 1990s, Daft Punk emerged to become a force of artistic innovation. Formed in 1992 after a failed foray into rock music with the band Darlin’, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo...
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...Django Reinhardt was a Belgian jazz guitarist and composer, considered to be the first and most significant jazz talent in European history. Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910, in Liberchies, Belgium, to Romani-French gypsy parents...
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...As ambient and electronic music evolved through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, Jean-Michel Jarre proved to be one of its most important innovators. Jarre was born in Lyon, France in 1948. His father was a French Resistance veteran...
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...One of the best-known French performers, Maurice Chevalier achieved transatlantic success as an actor and singer. Born in Paris in 1888, Chevalier worked odd jobs until he was discovered singing in a café in 1901. During World War I...
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...As a songwriter, composer, and visual artist, Serge Gainsbourg parlayed his experience growing up in Nazi-occupied France into an innovative and crucial career. Born in 1925 to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, Gainsbourg learned piano from...