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“BLACKO – DOUCE FRANCE – (FRANCE REGGAE)” 

07 Apr
“BLACKO – DOUCE FRANCE – (FRANCE REGGAE)” 

Karl Appela better known as Blacko, also known as AfrikafTikaf LakourSolitary Lion and Black Renega (born in Montfermeil, (Seine-Saint-Denis, France on 5 February 1979) is a French singer and hip hop artist of Réunion origin. He was member of the hip hop group Sniper from 1997 until his departure in July 2007. After his split, he has moved to solo performances.

Career

“He started performing at the age of 12 and sang with the American rapper Issa Dina when he was just 16. With his friends, he formed a hip hop formation called KDM (Killer du Microphone) in South of France. Moving to Deuil-la-Barre in 1995, he was associated with the A.R. Possee group and later at 15, Kaotik.

His association in the hip hop collective Comité de Deuil and his meeting with Tunisiano resulted in created the character Personnalité Suspecte and thanks to his skills in ragga hip-hop, he became a noteworthy part of the collective with M Group piece “9.5.1.7.0.”

In 1997, he became part of the hip hop group Sniper with the Hip-hop Folies de La Rochelle event. Sniper included Blacko in addition to Tunisiano (Bachir Baccour), Aketo (Ryad Selmi) and initially DJ Boudj. The group mixed rap, reggae and songs inj its repertoire. DJ Boudj left after the initial two albums, Du rire aux larmes (2001) and Gravé dans la roche (2003). With Dj Boudj leaving, the remaining trio had two more albums Trait pour trait and À toute épreuve in 2006. A final tour in 2007 would mark the end of Sniper.

Even prior to break-off in 2005, he had success with a joint work with 113 in “Un jour de paix”. Immediately upon break-off of Sniper in 2007, he was featured in French rapper Soprano‘s hit “Ferme les yeux et imagine toi”. This gave him great exposure as a solo artist. In 2009, his first solo reggae album Enfant du soleil halted with the Desh Musique label refusing its release. Instead Blacko took part in Kool Shen’s 2009 album Eldorado. In 2010, he released his 17 track album Enfant du soleil independently online, explaining his fall-off with Desh Musique and his musical orientation for ragga and reggae.[1] This created further legal problems with the label through the courts. End of 2011, he released an EP of 5 title under the title Instin Kaf made available for free downloads. In 201`4, his single “Le temps est compté” has charted on
SNEP, the official French singles chart.

Lyrics in English

It comes back to my memory
Familiar memories
I see my black blouse again
When I was a schoolboy
On the way to school
I was singing
Romance without words
Old songs from the past

Sweet France
Dear childhood pay
Cradled with tender carefree
I have kept you in my heart!
Mon village au bellcher aux maisons sages
Where children of my age
Shared my happiness
yes I love you
And I give you this poem
yes I love you
In joy or pain
Sweet France
Dear childhood pay
Cradled with tender carefree
I kept you in my heart

yes I love you
And I give you this poem
yes I love you
In joy or pain
Sweet France
Dear childhood pay
Cradled with tender carefree
I kept you in my heart
I kept you in my heart

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in FRENCH FRIDAYS, music

 

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