Our magazine is dedicated to Caribbean culture and heritage, so some people will ask the reason why we wrote a report on French (from France) singer and musician, Bernard Lavilliers. First, we annouced that we will speak about all artists who performed live on the stage at the Memorial ACTe during this 11th edition on the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre so it is normal that we talk about Bernard Lavilliers. In addition, this representative of French singing knows very well the region of the Caribbean and he found the tropical rhythms very inspiring for his compositions. For example, in 2013, after a journey in Haiti, he released an album titled “Baron Samedi”. In 2008, a part of his album called “Samedi soir à Beyrouth” was recorded en Kingston, Jamaica. In 1994, he sang with reggae star, Jimmy Cliff, the song “Melody Tempo Harmony” which was a hit. In 1979, he already stayed on Bob Marley’s land and he had prepared the album “O Gringo” where there are Jamaican reggae and Puerto Rican or Cuban salsa.
This Friday, November 23, from 10:30 pm to 00:00 am, this star of French singing, who is now 72 years old, was the guest on the artistic stage of this major transatlantic race. After Montreal (November 13) and Paris (November 15), Pointe-à-Pitre was the last city where Bernard Lavilliers with his six experienced musicians performed as part of his great tour called “5 minutes au Paradis”, which is also the name of his 22th album released en 2017.
The singer who has a young man’s body came on stage wearing a nice black jacket and black leather trousers. He sang rock, French songs like “On the road again” and, of course, reggae rhythm like the famous “Stand the Ghetto” or latin rhythm like “La Salsa”.
Many fans had come to this free concert that took place opposite the sea, there were Guadeloupeans but especially people from France who live in the island and tourists from France and others countries who had come to see the finish of the “Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe”. Bernard Lavilliers who was happy to be in Guadeloupe liked very much the enthusiasm of the audience that would want him to sing other music tracks even if it was very late…