Francophone Funk

French harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet reverses the cultural migration pattern, bringing French soul to U.S. shores.

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“I want to expand the perceptions of the instrument” Yonnet told me. “It’s a toy that I must convince everyone that it’s an instrument, and it’s possible to create music with and make a living.” 

As Stevie Wonder once said, “music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand.” Watching Yonnet perform proves that maybe blackness is large enough to reach across an ocean.  

Abdul Ali is a freelance writer living in Washington D.C.

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