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@KumazzzTranslation of Télé 7 jours interview in English:

Mika: the great return of the master of magic

The colors of Mika:
 The singer Mika asked nine design artists to create artworks to give colors back to Paris  in order to decorate the Morris columns who are nowadays deprived of their posters to advertize shows because of the pandemy. And he also designed one.


Q: Tell us about this beautiful idea, Mika gives back its colors to Paris.
M: For personal reasons I spend Christmas and January month in Paris. After this complicated year, in adverse family situation, when I was in a car in Paris streets, with gloomy weather, going to my parents' apartment, I would see all the posters promoting movies that never came out, exhibitions that didn't take place, theater plays that had been cancelled...So I told myself: What if we reclaim those spaces with artwork precisely?" I wanted to use those free spaces on the Morris columns and the billboards to show drawings and tell stories.... so I asked artists to create artworks. I thought we would get 30 or 40 spaces, but now we got a total of 2500 alternatively. So Paris streets are becoming the biggest ephemeral art gallery in the world! I wanted to give an opportunity of expressing themselves to artists, thanks to their intimate stories, and to give back colors to the town, to the public spaces. And that it would be accessible to everyone.
Q: You also designed a poster. Tell us its story.
M: I wanted to recreate an athmosphere reminiscent of the Belle Epoque with this enchanting fantasy. With references to dance culture and to classical music. So you can see men who are dancing in the middle of a city. It's kind of like a tribal dance to demand spring.
Q: You share your life between Paris, London, Italy, the United States...Where do you feel home?
M: Everywhere I am free to express myself, to create and to love who I want to love.
Q: How do you live in the pandemic context?
M: At the beginning it was very confusing, like for everyone. It came as such a shock... Since World War to, we had not had such a suspended moment. The lockdown allowed us to realize all this I think. To reflect about our feelings, about our lives.
Q: You also helped others: I love Beirut concert which you organized after the explosion on August 4th 2020 which was a technical achievement and which raised a million euros...
M: It was at the same time crazy and complicated. During the lockdown I saw many artists singing in their house. But I didn't want this because I believe my work is a team work, with dozens of people working to make a show. So I cooked while singing and dancing, while drinking poor wine at my partner's in Athens. When there were the explosions in Beirut, I had the feeling responding with music had to be done, but while telling a story. The economical, political and social situation is problematic in Lebanon. So I wanted to provoke emotion. I organized this concert with artists in seven countries. And each time with dedicated teams because it was impossible to travel. And finally: 250 people got involved! I even surprized myself by doing things I would have never dared to do before like calling the Italian minister of culture to ask to be able to use the colisseum in Rome for Laura Pausini to sing! This cause gave me enough courage and crazyness to do it.
Q: In between the pandemic, Beirut events and the loss of your mother, 2020 was a difficult year for you. And, still, you have energy, enthousiasm and an unfailing smile. Is it strengh or modesty?
M: Oh...both meet, sometimes. I can metabolize pain as much as joy. Each time life hurts you, when someone leaves you or passes away, a chapter is closed and another one is open. I don't want to be crushed by life, by stress, by sadness. And I know it's easy to be. I want to answer to death  as much as to life with the same ferocity.
Q: What a beautiful symbol, for you, this concert given in Opéra Royal of Versailles...
M: I wanted to do something different. It was not an option to do something trivial. We created special arrangements for the audience watching on their TV. And opera for me is a story in itself. I can still see myself when I was eight years old, on the Royal Opera stage in London. It was a revelation! This is when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I was infected with the virus - not the covid one! - that Cocteau called  " the red and gold illness". It never leaved me and there is no vaccine for this particular illness.
Q: When you think about this child and of you today, what is your best achievement?
M: (After a long silence) That is hard to say, I never do any review and I never think about those things. Maybe the fact that, over this last year, I have been able to answer quickly without being paralyzed by fright or the potential opinion of the others. This year was rich in terms of creativity: Beirut and Versailles concerts, the posters in Paris...my artistic palette has been very broad. And it made me want to explore new terrictories.
Q: Do you have other musical projects?
M: Yes, I am making a new album right now.
Q: You also met again with your mates of The Voice for the 10th season shooting which will be on TV after the summer holidays...
M: What a pleasure to listen to Zazie's jokes again and be with her and Florent and Jenifer! And Patrick Fiori whom I didn't know but we matched together right away. The shooting conditions were strange due to the situation, but we did it with candor, with a light heart, each of us with their own perspectives on music.
Q: The Voice in France, XFactor in Italy, Star Académie in Québec...transmission [of knownledge] is important for you?
M: Yes, but the truth is that I'm having fun, and it is better to have fun with people from different horizons. This work can lead to isolation. As for me, I don't want to be alone. And TV is a wonderful creating space, a huge source of artistic inspiration. It's only a matter of not being snob and not being narrow minded...But we'll talk about this again

 Mika's happiness
My wish for 2021:
"Drink a beer with my friends in a pub"
The first thing I will do when covid is over:
Drink 10 beers with my friends in a pub."
The song that gives me hope:
"Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba"
An activity that calms you down:
"Since the beginning of the pandemic,  I walk a lot"

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Le Monde

05 May 2021

 

Mika Le Liban se meurt et ses enfants se retrouvent pris en otage

 

Neuf mois après l’explosion qui a dévasté Beyrouth, le 4 août 2020, le chanteur, né dans la capitale libanaise d’une mère libano­syrienne et d’un père américain, dénonce une « parodie de justice » et appelle à agir

 

Un homme de dos sur une terrasse surplombant le port de Beyrouth. Tête baissée, il détourne le regard des ruines à l’horizon. Neuf mois après l’explosion meurtrière, le 4 août 2020, qui a semé le chaos et la désolation dans ma ville natale, cette photo signée Gianmarco Maraviglia agit sur moi comme une allégorie du Liban. Cet homme comme beaucoup d’autres, comme je suis aussi tenté de le faire parfois, détourne le regard pour ne pas avoir honte.

 

La famine guette

 

Honte de cet Etat qui mène un paradis à la ruine, honte de ses dirigeants, honte au nom de ces femmes, de ces enfants, de ces vieillards, de ces réfugiés trahis et abandonnés. Au lendemain du 4 août, le premier ministre démissionnaire affirmait haut et fort : « Les responsables devront rendre des comptes. » Neuf mois plus tard, il continue de gérer les affaires courantes, le juge d’instruction chargé de l’enquête a été récusé. Cette parodie de justice, c’est comme une deuxième explosion, une deuxième mort pour les victimes et leurs familles. Mon pays se meurt et ses enfants se retrouvent pris en otage, paralysés par le malheur, assommés par les catastrophes : le port, le coronavirus et la crise économique. Plus de 200 morts, des milliers de blessés après l’apocalypse, plus de 6 000 morts du Covid­19 depuis un an, un suicide tous les deux jours et demi, une moyenne qui s’est accentuée à cause de la bérézina économique. Derrière ces chiffres, ce sont des femmes, des hommes avec leur histoire, leur force et leur faiblesse. Ce sont mes frères qui se battent simplement pour avoir un toit, pour manger, pour être soignés. La famine guette. Même l’emblématique galette au thym a vu son prix multiplié par cinq, les étiquettes dans les rares boutiques ouvertes changent plusieurs fois par jour. Un fonctionnaire qui gagnait 1 450 euros il y a quelques mois n’en rapporte chez lui plus que 145.

 

Un peuple à genoux

 

Face à cette réalité, qu’elles sont loin ces manifestations de l’automne 2019… Certes, quelques manifestants courageux continuent certains jours de bloquer les routes menant à Beyrouth ou de défiler avec des pancartes. Ils n’ont plus rien à perdre. On leur a tout pris, même leurs larmes, leurs rires, leur dignité. Loin d’eux, je les admire. Mais un peuple à genoux ne se soulève  pas. Il faut d’abord qu’il se redresse, qu’il devine la lumière au bout de son obscur quotidien pour empêcher le pire d’arriver. Mon pays se meurt, et la communauté internationale ferme les yeux. Emmanuel Macron à Beyrouth reprend Rimbaud : « On n’a pas le droit de rester des “Assis”. » Mais qu’il est difficile de se lever pour et dans un pays qui n’est pas le sien, contre l’inertie d’une classe dirigeante corrompue trop occupée à compter ses liasses de billets verts. Quand il ne restera que des cendres au pays du Cèdre, ils seront encore capables de se battre pour que le plus gros tas leur appartienne !

 

Quand j’étais enfant, ma mère me répétait que, malgré les fracas de l’histoire, le Liban s’en sortait toujours, que, pour faire face à l’agonie, il suffisait d’être frivole ! Aujourd’hui, j’ai peur que ma terre, mes racines soient parties avec elle. J’avoue qu’il m’arrive de douter de cette prophétie. Et si, derrière l’effroi et la colère, le courage et la résilience n’étaient plus un remède miracle ? Et si Beyrouth la magnifique ne venait pas à bout de ses ennemis qui la dévorent ?

 

Je ne peux m’y résoudre. Par ce texte, je me fais le modeste portevoix de tous ceux qui ne parlent plus, de tous ceux qu’on n’entend plus. J’appelle les Libanaises et Libanais, les figures politiques du pays, les amoureux du Liban, la diaspora, la communauté internationale et les organisations humanitaires à agir à la place qui est la leur. Ne laissez pas un pays mourir. Ne laissez pas gagner les prédateurs. Il est urgent de changer le système politique, de former un nouveau contrat social. Il y va de notre responsabilité, enfants du Liban devenus grands.

 

Mika est chanteur

 

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😔🕊❤️@Mikasister  yes.. i'm agree with Mika... I agree with him very much .. with the event i love beirut he did a lot for lebanon .. !!!  Lebanon must not die!!! !! never die..

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Posted (edited)

PRIDE

17 juin 2021 — n°23

 

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Could anyone please translate the article ? Thank you.

 

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1 hour ago, Kumazzz said:

Could anyone please translate the article ? Thank you.

 

 

It's nothing new, basically just the story of Mika's career but with a headline and one paragraph referring to Andy, probably to get people's attention. :rolleyes:

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1 hour ago, mellody said:

 

It's nothing new, basically just the story of Mika's career but with a headline and one paragraph referring to Andy, probably to get people's attention. :rolleyes:

 

 

Yes, it's a Mika's story - with some errors;

they say that they left France after one year (?)

that he learnt singing 2 hours per week (?)

 

It looks like the text has been written a few months ago as they mention the 19th of February when the Versailles concert" will be broadcast" on France 4.

 

Then the text stops at 2013 on Les Enfoirees concerts and they mention his tour all around the Europe and Brazil !!!!

 

So I am not sure if it the whole text.

 

It's funny that the tilte is:

MIKA: who is Andy , the singer's partner?

 

And they put 3 sentences about him.

 

 

@Kumazzz  is this the whole text from PRIDE? It stops on 2013. It's really strange. 

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57 minutes ago, Anna Ko Kolkowska said:

I don't understand why they mentioned only the first part of Mika's career and all of sudden stopped at 2013....

Not enough space or time? :dunno:

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3 minutes ago, Prisca said:

Not enough space or time? :dunno:

Well, why they write about the past and nothing about recent years. Not a word about Revelation Tour or MNIMH...

Like they stopped 8 years ago - the only recent event is Versailles concert on TV.

I am really disappointed. :no: Even if they used many recent photos. They din't do their homework. Sorry.

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13 minutes ago, Anna Ko Kolkowska said:

Well, why they write about the past and nothing about recent years. Not a word about Revelation Tour or MNIMH...

Like they stopped 8 years ago - the only recent event is Versailles concert on TV.

I am really disappointed. :no: Even if they used many recent photos. They din't do their homework. Sorry.

I'm afraid they put a lot of love at the beginning of Mika's carrier and spend a lot of time for that and then run out of time. :dunno:

I agree, they didn't make a good job.

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2 hours ago, holdingyourdrink said:

They should’ve hired one of us fans! We could write an entire book :biggrin2:

 

5 minutes ago, Anna Ko Kolkowska said:

 

 

And we are used to use 350 words for our reports for yearbooks. I am sure we will be able to tell the whole Mika story in it :lol:

 

Maybe this is why Mika hasn't got round to finishing his own book yet, he knows that his fans have his life story already covered! :lol3:

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1 hour ago, TinyLove_CJ said:

 

 

Maybe this is why Mika hasn't got round to finishing his own book yet, he knows that his fans have his life story already covered! :lol3:

He will just need to copy the Mikaclopedia from here and he’s done! 

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I have a rough translation here: 

 

August 4, 2020. I am at Villa Aurelia, Rome, which hosts events organized by the American Academy.  All of Hemingway.  In a dressing room, I am filmed for an interview and suddenly I see my phone light up in front of me.  Lots of messages;  photos, videos like an avalanche.  At first I didn't have an application simulating an explosion on the Port of Beirut- we are so used to manipulating images.  But it is real.  Suddenly, while I am in a temple of glamor, childhood traumas, linked to war, to the impermanence of the comfort and stability of everyday life resonate in me.  I understand then that we are shaped by the world has been there, from Getty to think so, I think it's a news our childish feelings.  My reaction is very intense, very silent: immense sadness, more than fear, descends on me.  The injustice of these images strikes me head-on: why this explosion, in this city which is already suffering, politically, economically, socially and where young people are being sacrificed?  Instinctively, I know it's not the act of neighboring countries or a bomb.  I guess this drama is linked to what is gnawing at Lebanon: corruption.  Lebanon is where I was born.  I have never lived there, but it has always been part of my life, like many Lebanese in the diaspora.  A few weeks ago, someone knocked on my door in Montreal.  It was a Lebanese lawyer who came to drop me bags full of dishes cooked by his mother!  My origins are plural.  My father is American.  The son of a diplomat from Savannah, Georgia, who worked for the US government, he was born in Jerusalem and raised all over the place, including Beirut.  My maternal grandfather comes from a large family in Damascus.

 

After having fought during the Arab revolt at the beginning of the twentieth century, he arrived disgusted at Ellis Island in 1919. He rebuilt his life, then rose through the ranks and set up factories in China.  The day arrives when his sister wants to marry him at all costs.  He goes to Lebanon where she has chosen a woman from a good family for him.  During his engagement cocktail, he sees a family bathing on the beach.  He falls in love with one of the girls, cancels her marriage and asks for her hand.  My grandmother is 16, he is 60. She leaves Beirut for the United States, speaking only Arabic and a little French.  On the other side of the Atlantic, she very quickly gives birth to my mother and four little sisters who will grow up between an uprooted woman and a man who has never forgotten that he was New York, first as  Syrian cloth delivery man.  Everyone speaks and cooks Arabic.  specter of war, including that in Kuwait, where my father was hostage before My own childhood was marked by come back different.  Recently passed away, my mother transmitted to me the warmth of the exchange, the fact of responding with emotional urgency.  It is a temperament and a temperature!  This may have surprised journalists during my interviews ... I grew up with very strong oriental figures the absolute icon, Oum Kalthoum;  the Rahbani brothers, Fairuz, who built a bridge between the West and the Arab world.  My guilty pleasure is Nancy Ajram, and I love rock band Mashrou'Leila.  I like Gibran, Mahmoud Darwich, Amin Maalouf whom I read a lot, younger, Leon the African.  What also binds me to my native land are these 6000-year-old olive trees that line Lebanese roads.  These representatives of the resistance are to be revered as gods and goddesses.  On August 4, 2016, I gave my last concert in Lebanon, in Baalbek.  It was fantastic, they threw pillows everywhere!  Two years ago, right here, we had to cut ourselves off three times.  First, because there was prayer, broadcast very loudly.  Then, because they had thrown so many cushions that the stage was covered with them.  We even confiscated them but impossible to play again.  So I started some music, probably remixed Fairuz, and I went back to my dressing room.  Among my fondest memories of live, there is also the Place des Martyrs, in 2009, after the defeat of Hezbollah.  There were a crazy crowd, young girls in veils or in brassieres.  If I wrote this column in Le Monde, children are being taken hostage ", published in May 2021], it is because after the shock [" Lebanon, my country, is dying, and its visual of the explosion of August 2020 and the enthusiasm aroused by my charity concert [I Love Beirut, in September 2020], the months that followed saw the situation worsen in Lebanon without the international community.  national is not really moved by it.  Yes, the explosion was like an electric shock.  This catastrophe vibrated very far.  However, in a world as immediate as ours, attention time is quite short.  The image or information is consumed as a product with a very short expiration date.  As artists, we are not necessarily legitimate to express a political point of view, but that should not prevent us from externalizing our emotions beyond the 280 characters on Twitter.  Sometimes I feel stupid for using only words, but they are still a precious expression nonetheless.  Without falling into political rhetoric, which is not my domain because I consider myself a simple observer of my country, and from afar, it is corruption that has eaten away at Lebanon.  Some speak of the coexistence of religions.  Except that it has always existed!  Beirut has long welcomed synagogues, mosques, Melchite, Maronite and Catholic churches, and all together made up a true cultural wealth.  In recent years, the eco-political crisis has set in, social tension has increased and parties have sought to exploit this vulnerability, to sever the link that united us.  It is not for nothing that Hezbollah has opened stores where, if you want to buy products imported from Iraq and Iran from sellers, you have to join the party.  On the spot, my friends are trying to rebuild neighborhoods.  The Lebanese architect Hala Wardé wants to give birth to places where the heritage has been destroyed, But how to manage the reconstruction and the necessary funds when the banks are no longer functioning?  Salaries are divided by five, the price of toothpaste soars, like that of bread, coffee, milk or a taxi ride!  There, a young man who studied like a madman to graduate has to leave if he wants to do anything with his knowledge.  Is Lebanon doomed to the talent drain?  In this tiny country, a fertile valley wedged between Israel and Syria, the gateway to Europe, the crucial subject of our future is being played out: living together.  As our resources dwindle, we are more and more divided.  Nothing of our present attitude favors a common existence.  This is what Hashim Sarkis questions, the general commissioner of the Venice Biennale this year with "How will we live Lebanese lon imagined by Hala Wardé and on which also worked my brother Fortuné, A Fleischer, accompanied by a creation together?"  I was overwhelmed by the pavilion- Roof for Silence.  Sixteen thousand-year-old Lebanese olive trees are presented, filmed by Alain Musical from the sound artists Soundwalk Collective.  Around these trees which have seen everything, there are also the poetic paintings of Etel Adnan, the “Antiformes” by Paul Virilio. 

 

Of course, the Lebanese have always shown great pride and great resilience.  But in the face of so much anger, frustration, waste, they erode.  The key is undoubtedly in the youth, who want to reinvent their society.  We must give it tools, invest in these minds who anticipate the plurality of their country in thirty years.  A year after the explosion, I feel a lot of frustration, a painful latency.  Yes, I am not angry, I am frustrated with the endemic corruption.  I do not resolve myself to “there is nothing we can do about it, that's how it is”.  One of the concerns of Lebanon today is that religions have started to play politics.  They don't leave more room for spirituality.  Like a planet in miniature, before in Lebanon, all the communities coexisted in a joyous hullabaloo, an example of living together and interreligious dialogue.  But today people's beliefs are too often misused to build walls instead of breaking them down.  To believe should bring us together, to believe is to aspire to universality.  All generations need spirituality, whatever it may be, in order to contemplate life and death.

 

Tie of my mother's family transformed the adjoining house into a Roman site and, further on, the Israeli border. If I close my eyes, I imagine myself on this tiny beach in Sour, near Tire.  We eat small barracudas fried in olive oil with lemon and salt.  It is very good.  There is a lighthouse, and a guesthouse.  Behind, is a huge tree line where teens are encouraged to throw stones at night.  In the basement of this house, often flooded with water when the sea is high, there are Phoenician ruins covered with sand.  There is no peace, but a lot of beauty.  How can the two coexist? „

 

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