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Musiques en été

Youssoupha Gospel Symphonique Experience



21:00 — Ella Fitzgerald Stage

Free concert




Youssoupha Gospel Symphonique Experience

Olivier Koundouno
Arranger, conductor and cello

Manu Sauvage

the music

"[A show] that combines my rap with gospel voices and symphonic musicians. The gospel for my roots and my light. Symphonic for grace and emotion. My rap for my struggle and strength. I have stories to tell you with poetry and humour. It will be beautiful, powerful, surprising and above all unique. Revisit differently, celebrate differently. Welcome to this Experience. This Gospel Symphonic Experience."

Youssoupha's CV speaks for itself: 6 albums, countless invitations by major artists from all walks of life, a career that has lasted for almost twenty years. But to leave it at that would be to miss the point: his writing gives the language an uncommon musicality. The mesh of sounds, the resonance of rhymes, alliterations and assonances, coupled with the meaning of his profound texts, form a unique language. Youssoupha is not one of those who, in recent years, have given rap music sounds, placements and themes that were previously unknown; he is one of those who have brought about these changes, because he is the culmination of a way of making rap music. So when the OSR plays alongside him, it is not a classical orchestra inviting a popular musician, but two classics meeting.

the artists

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony N°9 with choir for the finale of « Ode to Joy»

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 11 June 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva