Happy Valentine's day !
"Fort et Magique"
Live @ Grand Rex - 2016
∵ Chameleon ∵
∵ Voyageur ∵
Would you like to watch Shake live at...
∵ L'Alhambra ∵
∵ Palavas ∵
∵ Le Grand Rex ∵
, the Music Royalty
He walked side to side with the king, but never forgot where he was from
With his fragile style, translucent figure, unchanging physical appearance and his uncategorisable, kaleidoscopic personality, the french singer Shake, born in Malaysia, is back for the greater pleasure of all.
He made it big in the mid-1970s with a launch to stardom worthy of a fairy-tale. He was singled out in a Malaysian bar by a couple of girls who were so charmed by his voice that they sent him a one-way plane ticket to France. Spotted by Orlando, Shake stimulated French popular music with the eclecticism, open-mindedness and a breath of fresh air that had often been sorely lacking.
And success came pretty quickly. Shake is someone who, unlike other renowned vocalists of the time, their renditions artificially confined and beefed up in a studio, has a naturally sonorous and supple voice, as incomparable as it is resonant. And as a secret fan of rock and roll, he also has a powerful voice that can match the best rock frontmen.
But the epoch was marked by romanticism and the Malaysian singer created a music that is infinitely personal, comes straight at you and tells the story of a beating heart.
A whole string of catchy hits with a few memorable nuggets such as You know I love you which, after his appearance on the Rendez vous du dimanche talk show hosted by Michel Drucker, sold 40 000 units in one day. Other hits include “Quand on ne peut pas avoir la fille qu’on aime” (When you cant have the girl you love), “Je chante cette chanson pour toi” (Im singing this song for you), “Rien n’est plus beau que l’amour” (Nothing is more beautiful than love), “La fille que j’attendais” (The girl I was waiting for), “Soleil aide-moi” (Help me, Sun), “L’étranger au paradis” (The foreigner in heaven), “Elle s’en va” (Shes going away), “Avec elle” (With her) and, naturally, “Let me be your number one”.
These are real pearls whose nostalgia never goes stale and which were not only successful in French-speaking countries but also in Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and in Asia where he was granted the title of Dato (Sir) and knighted by the Sultan of Johor for having represented and introduced Malaysia to a European public.
Bruce Lee was the first asian actor to make it internationally in the entertainment business, and Shake was the first singer in 1976 to also make it internationally. And he was also awarded the prestigious Chevalier des arts et des lettres et du mérite medal for having promoted French language and culture in Asia.
In any event, Shake is open to many influences and capable of deserting the beaten paths of variety and working happily elsewhere backtracking if he feels like it. And so having spent 15 years in Europe, he stepped onto the American stage and collaborated with producers / artists such as Michael Sembello (who wrote and interpreted one of the songs in Flashdance and has worked with many internationally-famous artists including Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson). He’s also given memorable concert performances like the one for Valentines Day in 1998.
Yet, as a true traveller, singing his life as he lives it, head in the clouds and always elsewhere (which made Dalida say of him He comes from distant shores but his talent was worth the journey), Shake is now back in France.
From amused poses to accepted pauses in his career, the ex-singer of the 70s, with 60 million records sold has become an icon without ever taking himself too seriously. He has always been driven by an artistic ambition and inspiration so rare in the music industry these days that one can only hold him in admiration.
And so it was that recently he made a winning comeback with his show at L’Alhambra and in Palavas in 2011, released his album “Chameleon” in Malay in 2012, “Voyageur” in 2015, and more recently performed at the Grand Rex in 2016.