Renaud Séchan

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b. 11 May 1952, Paris, France. A politically motivated singer, Séchan was born into a middle class environment, but adopted a working class and left-wing stance. He chose to attack the establishment through…
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b. 11 May 1952, Paris, France. A politically motivated singer, Séchan was born into a middle class environment, but adopted a working class and left-wing stance. He chose to attack the establishment through his songs and this led to the repertoire he draws upon, which includes songs of protest against political and military chicanery. Almost without exception, this material is very French, not only in language but also in meaning and intent. This exclusiveness is intensified through songs couched not in cosmopolitan northern French but also in the patois of Marseilles and Corsica.

Séchan drifted from the scene for a few years through problems with alcohol but came back in 2002 with Boucan D’Enfer. Following his second marriage in 2006, Séchan relocated to London, England, the move apparently prompted by his dismay at his homeland’s rightward political drift. His songs include ‘Putain De Camion’ (a tribute to singer Coluche), ‘Dès Que Le Vent Soufflera’, ‘Laisse Béton’, ‘Manhattan-Kaboul’, ‘Morgane De Toi’, ‘La Belle De Mai’, ‘Mistral Gagnant’, ‘It Is Not Because You Are’, the latter unusually sung partially in English. Séchan has won awards for 1992’s Renaud Cante El’ Nord and 2003’s Tournée D’Enfer, as well as ‘Manhattan-Kaboul’, which was shared with collaborator Axelle Red.