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The TIMES :
The international profile of France's most famous rapper may have dipped of late, but MC Solaar's first UK shows for five years were greeted ecstatically by fans. A three-night stint at the Jazz Café was sold out, despite no apparent new album to promote.
Indeed, why Solaar — born Claude M'Barali in Senegal, but brought up in Paris — was gigging at all was never made clear. Perhaps he required some post-Christmas cash. More likely, he was trying to inspire himself. Since struggling to complete his award-winning album Chapitre 7 in 2007 — a year off to spend time with his young son turned into more than three years away — there has been no mention of new music.
Still, he looked delighted to be back on stage. Backed by a DJ and flanked by two tall rappers and a versatile female vocalist, Solaar began by wishing fans a happy new year, encouraged them to jump up and down and even made one botched attempt to describe a song in English, then laughed at his own poor grasp of the language.
Now 40, Solaar has retained his pin-up looks and snappy dress sense; he matched Burberry-print trousers with a skintight shirt and black beanie hat. More importantly, his lovely, languid rapping style still sounds surprisingly fresh. A set that leaned heavily on tracks from Chapitre 7 but dipped back over two decades was inventive, energetic and fabulous fun.
On the opener, Carpe Diem, the four singers grooved together, exchanging lines as though sliding the salt down the table. An updated Qui sème le vent récolte le tempo was a frisky reminder of the glory days of Acid Jazz; T'inquiète from 2004 was retooled as a US-style R&B duet; and Caroline had the atmospheric moodiness of vintage Massive Attack.
Clic-clac bounced along on a reggae beat as one of the backing rappers removed his leather cap to shake his dreadlocks along to the song, to the delight of the crowd. No one could resist dancing to a fast-paced Les temps changent, or at least no one except Solaar, who stood centre stage, smiling, watching the room erupt around him. Even when he dispensed with his fellow MCs Solaar didn't let the tempo of the show slow. Lengthy, complex, clever rhymes spilled effortlessly from his mouth, contrasting sweetly with his female sidekick, who switched between soul, jazz and a shrill, girlie howl.
Even non-French fans joined in the chorus of Bouge de là, Solaar's landmark debut single, and howled along to Le bien, le mal, his early 1990s collaboration with Guru's Jazzmatazz. This one, as well as a rapid-fire montage of parts from past pop duets with the likes of OutKast and Missy Elliott, were a reminder that Solaar was once the go-to guy for American hip-hop stars looking to inject some cool Gallic class into their hits.
On this performance, one of the new breed of Brit rappers would be wise to sign up Solaar for a guest spot.
The INDEPENDENT :
Five years have passed since arguably the world's most famous non-English-speaking rapper performed a solo show in the UK, so it was no surprise that tickets were hard to come by for this three-night mini-residency at Camden's Jazz Cafe. What prompted MC Solaar – whose real name is Claude M'Barali – to cross the channel is not entirely clear. His most recent record, Chapitre 7, was released in 2007. But the crowd are happy to welcome him back.
It is certainly a treat to see a multi-million selling MC in such an intimate venue, although those who missed out on a ticket would be unlikely to agree. There are not too many 40-year-old rappers who can be said to be near the top of their game but Solaar – who is entering his third decade as a recording artist, having released his debut single, "Bouge de là", in 1990 – does not look his age as he opens with "Carpe Diem", from his last album.
Some gigs have seen him backed by a live band but tonight – sensibly so, given the space available – he is joined by a DJ, two MCs and his regular co-singer, Linda. It is she who comes closest to stealing the show, with her belting voice and ability to switch styles between songs. She even finds time for a few costume changes, appearing as a belly dancer for one song.
The sheer magnetism of Solaar, however, means that his position as the star of the evening is undeniable. Ever genial, often with a little smile playing on his lips, he charms the crowd between songs. The only problem for non-Gallic members of the audience is that he speaks almost entirely in French, leaving odd moments when half the crowd are in uproarious laughter while the rest look to them for translation.
Still, for the songs a lack of knowledge of French is much less of a hindrance – you may not know what he is saying, but Solaar's smooth and laid-back technique makes the language sound its most beautiful. He is such a compelling performer that he keeps the attention of the crowd even on songs where the beat is pretty average.
He changes his style regularly – one moment spitting super-fast rhymes, the next seeming more like a spoken-word performer – but whatever he does, his delivery is perfect. In terms of the night's pacing, there is a nice mix of lively numbers that get large sections of the crowd dancing and more introspective, moody tracks. The pick of these is the atmospheric "In God We Trust".
"Au Clair De La Lune" is similarly beautiful, but judging from the reaction from the crowd "Solaar Pleure", from the 2001 album Cinquième As, is the most anticipated song of the night. It lives up to the expectation and is a clear highlight with its distinctive guitar riff. As the song builds Solaar gets angrier and angrier, from verse to verse, until the powerful climax.
He jokingly threatens not to do an encore, but he then returns for another three songs. Even this is not enough for the audience, who are unwilling to let him go – after all, who knows when they will next see him in these parts?