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Entertainment Death of Tonton David: listen to the six greatest hits of the French reggae singer

01:40  17 february  2021
01:40  17 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Tonton David is known to the general public for his title "To Each His Way", but he released many hits that were looped in the 1990s on the radio. On the occasion of his death, Ouest-France invites you to rediscover this great figure of reggae in France.

David Gramont, better known by his artist name, Tonton David, died at the age of 53 , we learned on Tuesday February 16, 2021. Figure of the French reggae , Tonton David had become known to the general public thanks in particular to a tube, but its number of titles is much more consequent.

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In the many tributes paid by urban music singers on social networks, many refer to his title “Peoples of the world” and his album “Le Blues des racailles” .

Ouest-France invites you to (re) discover some of this artist's greatest songs.

1. “To each his own way”

We cannot miss this hit which marked French songs in 1994, when the film “The Indians in the city” with Thierry Lhermitte was released. The fame of Uncle David exploded with the general public and he was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique for this title.

2. “Peoples of the world”

Here is one of his most demanding titles. "Coming from a people who have a lot, we are a people who no longer want to suffer" , he sings in 1990 on this track present on the legendary collective album "Rapattitude" and his personal album "Le Blues des Racailles". But if the text claims its Africanness and a desire to recognize the consequences of triangular trade for the black continent, it is also a call for union between all races and colors. The clip was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.

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3. “Sure and certain”

With a title full of bitterness, talking about police blunders and a system, Uncle David signs a song where he says that he is “sure and certain” that we are taken for idiots for the attention of an elite that he is careful not to name precisely. A hit that went on repeat on the radio in 1994.

4. “My Number one”

This is a real love letter to all mothers with a hit that enters their heads from the first seconds .

5. "For everyone the same"

The title dates from 1995 but sounds so current: "Dance, jump, young girl have fun, nobody can forbid you to dance" , a real hymn to see life on the bright side since "the sun shines for everyone the same" .

6. “He walks alone”

Few of the songs portray the lives of homeless people. Uncle David succeeds in bringing to life these people that we meet in the street without paying attention. One of the songs which makes it possible to understand how much this author was a true chronicler of the life of the 1990s.

We could still have quoted “Faire face” to give you morale if you have any worries in life or even "Fugitive" which he records in one of the rare sounds combining Reggae and Raï in duet with Cheb Mami.

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