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A wave of independence and yéyé music

Johnny Hallyday, cigarette in hand, in the middle of a group of smiling police officers.

In Niger, Johnny Hallyday poses with the police.PHOTO: Philippe Koudjina courtesy of Koudjina – Revue Noire

At the start of the 1960s, when a wave of political independence transformed Africa and new governments tried to exalt the national and patriotic feeling of their fellow citizens, young people were caught up in another wave: that of yéyé music.

At the microphone of Isabelle Ménard, Georgette Amihere, Didier Leclair and Abdouramane Diallo, three Franco-Ontarians who have roots in French-speaking Africa remember this time during which young people knew by heart the greatest hits of their idols, like Johnny Hallyday, Antoine, Sylvie Vartan or Françoise Hardy and that they all dressed like them, to look like them.

A discussion inspired by the new book by journalist and writer Serge Bilé, Johnny Hallyday, repeat if you have balls!, in which he relates with great sensitivity this time of upheaval and emancipation for the African continent.

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