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FRENCH CAFÉ SONGS (article first published : 2007-03-30)

Award winning French chanteuse Danièle Pascal (M.A.Phd) is one of South Africa's most celebrated artists. She will appear at The Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest for five performances from in her new show, French Café Songs

She is a chanteuse in the tradition of Edith Piaf and is renowned for her interpretations of the music of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen and Cole Porter. To many she is synonymous with the spirit of romance that French café songs have given the world. Nowhere is that tradition better expressed than in Danièle’s repertoire and she is arguably the only true exponent of French culture, and sophistication in South Africa.

As a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of French music in Canada, Belgium and South Africa, combining the nostalgia of yesteryear with the clarity of today, she delivers with sophisticated style and limitless imagination a repertoire that ranges from the American standards to European cabaret.

Whether she sings in English, French or German, her theatrical approach, superb timing and beautiful voice engage the listener in a beautiful and playful exploration of the journey of life and love, telling stories that are miniature life moments. She calls her style Cabarazz.

Danièle was recently awarded the prestigious 2006 Western Cape Services Award for Outstanding Achievement of Women in the fields of Arts, Culture by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. Loved by audiences throughout South Africa and the neighbouring countries for more than two decades, French born Pascal is a national treasure.

Her latest fare is a selection of old French café songs made popular in the 1920’s- 1940’s. The show is gypsy jazz infused, bringing a new dimension to the French Chanson. She will delight in her true style, effortlessly blending jazz, blues, musette, swing and pop with her ever- soulful approach.

This hour-long repertoire includes well-known songs by Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour, Michel Le Grand, Mireille Mathieu, Nana Mouskouri, Cole Porter and Edith Piaf. Songs like Sous Le Ciel De Paris, Accordion, Jolie Mome, Que Sera Sera, Sympathique, C’est Magnifique, Milord and many more! She will also perform selected songs from her new album Parisette which is due for release by mid year on the independent record label Crazee Records.

Danièle Pascal is accompanied on piano by the talented Pieter du Plessis.

French Café Songs runs from April 11 to 15 from Wednesday to Saturday at 19h00 (meal) for 20h30 (show). Tickets R175 include two-course meal and show. (R150 Sunday lunchtime Special at 12:30). Show Only tickets can be obtained at R100.

Bookings can be made on 031 765 4197.




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