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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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05 May 2021

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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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