time, I was invited by the French Cultural Services to perform in
Kigali and to assume the heavy task of restarting
French Cultural activities in Rwanda, after the terrible
In a state of shock, in this country where I had performed many time before, and that I like and know quite well... I wrote Faut-il encore 2000 ans? (will it take an other 2000 years ?) to the music of "Carolina in my Mind"...
I met James and he was very interested in what I was doing and asked
me to send him all the new lyrics... which I did.
During the summer of 2000, I wrote the arrangements and began to organize the schedule for recording the new album... I wanted to do something different and to add my mark and style... I followed my passion for string quartets and vocals and gathered my musicians...
The recording was finished by the end of december ...
Pierre CHERÈZE played the electric guitars, and we had great fun playing the acoustic ones together ...
Sylvin MARC, between two gigs with Chris REA, played the bass in five songs...
Vincent HAMAMDJIAN the acoustic bass ...
Roland ROMANELLI accordion...
Fabien HAIMOVICI Drums...
I wrote the string quartet arrangements for the song Où tu n'sais pas...My friend and mentor Jean BOUCHETY wrote the five others. The string quartets were performed by Jean-Philippe AUDIN, Agnès TOUSSAINT, Eric LACROUTS and Franck AGIER.
singer Josée RABESON
and the Brazilian singer Teca CALAZANS... brought a very special touch to
as well as Rita,
Fabien... Working with the children Les Petits Citoyens, from the Music school of Laval, was very exciting. Fabrice and Hélène, soloists from LesPetits Citoyens de Bonchamp, the kids with whom I produced the record against violence Opération Boule de Neige (Operation Snow-ball), a few years ago, also were part of this children's group.
the mercilous comments and the great talent of my good
friend musician-producer Vincent BRULEY,
The record ends with Naissance d'une planète (the Birth of a planet), a piece written for six cellos by Jean BOUCHETY and performed with bravura by Jean-Philippe AUDIN.