A song for Sunday: Papaoutai

Politco has recently published their first Politico 28, a list of the 28 Europeans (one for each EU member state) who have caught their attention this year and are worth watching next year. The Belgian entry is Stromae:

Belgians have good reasons to love Paul Van Haver. On top of the understandable “local boy makes good” pride, there is the way the Brussels-based pop star — better known as Stromae — personifies Belgium’s weird social and cultural mix: He offers something for everyone in a famously fractious country. He’s a French-speaker with a Flemish last name and half-Rwandan ethnic heritage. His music combines the latest electronic dance grooves with old-school, sad-song “chanson,” and addresses political and social issues with humor. His non-threatening, nerdy persona still seems cool and cutting-edge. Imagine Tintin throwing down rhymes while doing a Michael Jackson moonwalk, and you get an idea of Stromae’s appeal.

So here’s Papaoutai, a surprisingly powerful song about growing up without a father.

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