New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With Belgian Superstar Stromae

Posted by Amoebite, December 16, 2014 05:43pm | Post a Comment


With influences ranging from rap to '90s Eurodance to Jacques Brel, genre-bending artist Stromae is a rising global star. Born Paul Van Haver to a Flemish mother and a Rwandan architect father who was killed in the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, Stromae grew up in Brussels with his four siblings. After struggling throughout Stromae Racine Carreehis school career, he began rapping under the stage name Opsmaestro in 2000 before reversing the syllables in the word "maestro" and changing his moniker to Stromae. In 2009, he was working as a trainee at a Belgian radio station when he gave his single "Alors on danse" to the music manager who played the track on air. A year later, Stromae burst onto the international scene with his debut album, Cheese. His 2013 release, Racine Carree, has gone platinum eight times in Belgium and has stayed strong at the #1 spot in album charts across Europe. With beats that get feet tapping, lyrics that tackle topics like AIDS and absent fathers, and a modern global aesthetic, Stromae is not the typical pop star. This fall, he collaborated with Lorde, Haim, Q-Tip and Pusha-T on a track for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part I soundtrack.

Stromae visited Amoeba Hollywood recently and sat down with us to talk music. Just like his records, his taste in music is equally eclectic. Stromae starts with Mali's own Tinariwen, grabbing Amassakoul on vinyl and commenting that it reminds him of a trip he took with his mother. He follows that up with Ibibio Sound Machine's self-titled debut off Soundway Recordings. Grab this album if you dig Ghanaian highlife, African funk, and analog synths! With Hip Hop records like The Score by The Fugees and Elvis Presley's Number One Hits, Stromae has his eye (and ear) trained on the classics.

Watch the full episode below for all his cool picks. 

Stromae  - What's In My Bag? 
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