Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Haver was born March 12, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium from a Rwandan father and a Belgian mother. He is a singer-songwriter of Belgian-Rwandan origin. He has distinguished himself in both hip hop and electronic music. He first became famous with the song “Alors on danse” which remained at number one for several weeks in numerous countries throughout Europe.
Stromae took his first lessons in music theory at the age of eleven and quickly developed a passion for composition. He invents his nickname by reversing the syllables of the word maestro and began the report in 2003 by forming a duet with rapper JEDI The duo recorded a few tracks before separating. Stromae starts when solo. In 2007, he recorded an EP 4 tracks, which allows him to get noticed on the music scene and opens the door to professionalism. He composed some tracks for artists like Anggun, Kery James or Melissa M. In 2009, Stromae wrote the song “So They Dance” that is experiencing tremendous success in Germany, Belgium and France. This success allows Stromae to launch his career and especially to record his first album released in 2010. His music, a blend of hip-hop and electro, attracted a large audience.
Stromae – Alors on Danse
“Alors on danse” was written in 2009. The Electro-influences are remarkable in this song and are joined with some pop music-influences. The song tells the story of a person who has a lot of work-related stress and needs entertainment.
At the beginning of the “official” video Stromae is sitting in his office. After a hard day’s work, he apparently wants to visit his child, but as he arrives at his wife’s house he is told to leave. He proceeds to walk down the street, and while doing this a homeless man steals his coat. He then enters into a pub. At first he does not appear to enjoy himself, but as he becomes more inebriated he begins to sing on a small stage. After his performance he passes out, and is brought back by an unknown man from the pub to his office desk in the first scene, where the video started.
If your wonder what language this is. It has a little English and if my French is not too rusty I hear many French words.
Interview from Stromae: