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Camille Bazbaz

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Biography

Bazbaz is a French reggae-soul singer/songwriter and keyboardist whose output ranges from solo albums to film scores and various collaborations. Born Camille Bazbaz and sometimes billed as such, he began his recording career during the 1980s in the French alternative rock band Le Cri de la Mouche. Comprised of Thomas Kuhn (guitar, vocals), Alexandre Azaria (guitar), Serge Landau (bass), Norbert Monod (drums), and Bazbaz (keyboard), the Parisian band made its recording debut in 1987 with the single "Plus Fort Que le Vent" on the label Tréma. The full-length album debut Le Cri de la Mouche (1989) followed on Tréma, in addition to successive singles, before the band switched to the label FNAC Music for its second and final full-length album, Insomnies (1991). In the mid-'90s Bazbaz made his solo debut, contributing the song "Kibboutz Dub" to the compilation Source Lab (1995) and releasing the full-length album Dubadelik (1996) on Island Records. Prior to releasing his follow-up solo album, Bazbaz composed the film score for ...Comme Elle Respire (1998), the first of numerous collaborations with French film director Pierre Salvadori. Subsequent collaborations between Bazbaz and Salvadori include Les Marchands de Sable (2000), Après Vous... (2003), and Hors de Prix (2006). Meanwhile, Bazbaz released his second full-length solo album, Une Envie de Chien (2000), and then switched from Island to Sony BMG, where he had greater commercial success. His debut album on Sony BMG, Sur le Bout de la Langue (2004), marked his first appearance on the French albums chart, peaking at number 68; moreover, the album earned him a Victoires de la Musique award nomination in 2006. Le Bonheur Fantôme (2007), his fourth solo album overall, was even more popular, reaching number 46 on the French albums chart. A four-track EP, TV Maniak, followed in 2008.

Birth Name:

Camille Bazbaz

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'00s

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