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Soprano: portrait of a Marseille rapper who conquered the hearts of the French


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Soprano, whose real name is Saïd M'Roumbaba, grew up in the northern districts of Marseille, fed on songs from Zazie and Balavoine through Michael Jackson.

But in the 90s, it is towards rap that he is moving.

With three childhood friends, he created the group Psy 4 de la rime, produced by the Marseille rap boss, Akhenaton.

Their first album, "Block Party", was released in 2002 and sold over 100,000 copies.

It is certified gold as their second album, "Children of the Moon", released three years later.

In 2007, Soprano chose to launch his solo career with “Since we must live”.

Thanks to this first album and to titles like "Halla Halla" or "A la bien", he settled down in the musical landscape for a long time.

Engaged in Les Restos du Cœur, jury for “The Voice Kids”… the 42-year-old man thrills all generations today.

In 2019, he ranked fourth in the Top 50 favorite personalities of the French.

On December 3 and 4, Soprano will take on a new role, that of Telethon godfather.

For Code source, Marie Poussel, journalist in the culture department of Le Parisien, traces the rise of the singer and rapper from Marseille.


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