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Three hits by Maître Gims

by Bernard O'Shea

One of the most interesting and successful singers in France at the moment is Maître Gims. He was born in Zaire but came to France at an early age, and his fathers and other relatives were musicians, so you can clearly hear an African influence to his music. At the same time, his French is very clear and he is a good model for anyone wanting to get better at the language.

He has released three solo albums to date: the first, which came in 2013, went to No. 2 on the French charts, and that has been followed by two chart-topping albums. Here, though, we will look at the early works, starting off with the song that first brought him international recognition, J’me Tire, using  a clip with the lyrics translated into English.

The song was particularly popular in Belgium, Switzerland and perhaps more surprisingly in the Netherlands (I must say the Dutch to their credit are very open to songs in other languages).

Here are two more hit singles from 2013, Zombie and Bella.

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