Moussu T e lei Jovents
@ Pizza On The Park
14 - 15 August 2006
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Moussu T e lei Jovents take their inspiration from the musical
melting pot of Marseille in the thirties, with each group member
adding their own spice to the mix. Founders of the Massilia Sound
System Tatou and Blu forming a rustic bedrock for the group, Brazilian
percussionist Jamilson Da Silva and the versatility of drummer Fred
Zerbino adding their own unique colourful imprint.
Moussu T e lei Jovents are renown for their whimsical and somewhat
relaxed live performances, and tonight was no exception. Lead singer
(and group founder) Tatou initially caused an eyebrow or two to
rise with his mischievous antics and dry searching wit, before settling
down to deliver the more serious side of the bands repertoire.
Tatou’s raspy voice combined with lively band accompaniment
certainly reflects the group’s multicultural beginnings. You
get a taste of the French countryside, interspersed with tempting
tropical flavours. There is also a sense of lingering romance, both
lyrically and musically. On occasions it seemed as though Moussu
T e lei Jovents could have convincingly travelled many musical genres.
Though I still struggle with the French language (legacy of the
Great British Comprensive Education System) I could still grasp
the essence of this group. Occasionally I found the mix of humour
and serious music confusing as the lines tended to blur, but perhaps
this was the intention. Surprisingly, This was the group’s
first London appearance, but you would never have known.
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