Gamethread: Wizards Play Magic, Fournier Before French Heritage Game
The Wizards play the Magic tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Watch the game on NBC Sports Washington. Listen to it on Federal News Radio 1500 AM or the Wizards Mobile App.
Tonight isn’t French Heritage Night. But the Magic have a Frenchman of their own in Evan Fournier. He was born in Saint-Maurice, a Paris suburb and played for French club JSF Nanterre and Poitiers Basket 86 before he was drafted 20th in the 2012 NBA Draft. This season, he is averaging 14.7 points and 3.6 assists per game.
As you might expect, he and Mahinmi are buddies. Here’s an interview about them speaking (IN LE FRANÇAIS) on a variety of topics including the NBA, Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals, Disney and more.
Both were also part of the NBA Africa game where they were on Team Africa. Mahinmi’s father was born in Benin while Fournier’s mother was born in Algeria. Both Benin and Algeria were French colonies and there are many Beninese French and Algerian French people in France today.
So what about the music video above? Who’s Aya Nakamura? She is a Malian-born French pop singer who emigrated to the Paris suburbs when she was young. Her summer 2018 “Djadja” was the top song in France, but also non-Francophone countries like the Netherlands. If you were in continental Europe last year, you heard this song. Mahinmi and Fournier definitely have this on their playlists and you should too!
Who are some more popular French singers you could hear? One of them is L’Algérino who had hits like “Va Bene” which means “All Right” in Italian. This came off his latest album called “International” where many songs were titled in other languages.
Another song of L’Angerino’s was “Hola” (you should know what that means). It featured Boef, a popular Dutch rapper who raps in le néerlandais instead of le français. Ian isn’t from
Amsterdam , I mean IEPER, so he calls his northern neighbor Emma Meesseman for a traducion to understand the Dutch verses.
The top song in France right now is by rapper Heuss l’Enfoiré featuring Sofiane, another popular rapper. This is “Khapta.”
That’s enough from me now that we know who some of the many popular French artists are besides David Guetta and Daft Punk who perform songs that are generally in English (though they are great too).