Singer Davy Kilembé who travels to his home on February 20, 202 in Toulouse, during the closure of festivals and concert halls (AFP / Fred SCHEIBER)
“Usually it is you who go to the concert, today it is the concert which comes to your place”, launches, with a big smile, the singer, guitar in hand, to the ten people who await him , masked, in the garden of a house in Toulouse.
Then, to the applause of an audience as delighted as they are concerned about barrier gestures, Davy Kilembé plays two songs, one from his repertoire, entitled “Paddle”, then another which will soon be sixty: “Jeanne” by Georges Brassens .
In these times of Covid and forbidden concerts, the Bijou, a historic Toulouse concert hall with less than 100 seats which has notably hosted, in 32 years of existence, Zebda, Bénabar or Anaïs, has decided to “deliver” singers at home for a service billed from 5 euros.
This “service”, which has just been successfully tested, has been baptized “Delivreznoo”, a play on words combining the wish of many regulars of live concerts nailed for months in front of their screens (“Deliver us! “) and the British home delivery company Deliveroo.
– Double encounter –
“I am your order”, laughs Davy Kilembé. “It’s weird, I ordered a pizza,” replies one of his hosts in the same playful tone.
“It’s a direct emotion, an immense pleasure”, he explains at the end of the mini concert in the sunny garden. “It also allowed me to meet my neighbor, whom I did not know and who came when she understood that it was about live music”.
Singers Davy Kilembé (g) and Valentin Vander rehearse before their home tour, “Delivreznoo”, organized by the Le Bijou concert hall, on February 20, 2021 in Toulouse (AFP / Fred SCHEIBER)
This emotion and this pleasure of the live concert are palpable among the spectators while Davy Kilembé ignites or lowers his voice a little to evoke “the Jeanne” of Brassens.
A quarter of an hour later, the singer is already on his way to another mini concert, in an apartment this time.
Meriem, 38, wanted to surprise her companion Romain, 35. He thought he was waiting for a craftsman to fix a pergola. “I was ready to talk about fixing and holding the walls. It’s a big surprise, a dream,” he laughs.
– Face-to-face –
“We come back to the simplest expression: the song one-on-one with the singer. The video concert can be good, but it’s also dehumanizing”, slice Pascal Chauvet, director of Le Bijou.
Like the public or the singers of the mini concerts, Pascal Chauvet is worried about the future, for lack of clear prospects as to a possible reopening of small rooms like his.
In a garden or in an apartment, the singer Davy Kilembé makes people happy in Toulouse, February 20, 2021 (AFP / Fred SCHEIBER)
Organizers, singers or the public of “Delivreznoo” gladly recall that these rooms have already shown in 2020 their ability to perform concerts while respecting barrier gestures, before they are again banned.
Valentin Vander, the other singer who took part in the launch of “Delivreznoo”, regrets these “political choices” of the government: “It is the small artists and venues like the Jewel who will drink.”
Then, a few hours later, in a house with a garden in the suburbs of Toulouse, in front of a smaller audience, but just as delighted, he addresses the President of the Republic while singing, in a parody he has just written. write to the music of Brassens’ 1954 song “I have an appointment with you”.
“His Majesty Jupiter / Who up there watch over us / Why did you call Bachelot near you? / What is it for after all?”, He sings, in a performance deemed “extraordinary” by his hostess Sandrine, 53 years old, while she applauds wildly.
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