MEE, You and Tété

If you’ve never heard of Tété, allow me the pleasure of introducing you to him. He is a French musician of Senegalese descent and one of my favourite random musical discoveries of all time. I won’t bore you with details of how many records he’s sold and how successful he is but what I will tell you is that I think he is a brilliant song writer and I’m a big fan. Last summer I got tickets to a gig he was playing in London but had to pull out last minute.  I thought I would die of disappointment but I thank heaven for getting me through that difficult time. A couple of months ago I got an email alert from a venue I subscribe to and yes, you guessed it, he is playing in London on the Wednesday the 20th of April. Yay!!! *dancing awilo*

For someone who speaks no other language but English (and a little Yoruba), I am obsessed with languages. I almost always say hello in French and goodbye in Spanish. Don’t ask, it’s just one of my many idiosyncrasies. I love it when people sing in languages. Ninety-nine per cent of the time, I have no clue what they are on about but it doesn’t stop me loving it. Tété sings primarily in French and I love his songs so much that I look up his lyrics and translate them using Google translate! *hides face*

I have a trustee friend I usually drag on my random trips but this time around I thought I’d give first dibs to you, my cyber buddies. Stinkus my love, be on standby if no one else is interested! Lol. I’m amazed that anyone besides my family and friends (who were threatened at gun point) bother to read this blog and this is my way of saying thank you. The video below is a live performance of my favourite song by Tété and it’s called ‘Le Premier Clair de L’aube’ which according to Google translate, means ‘The First Light of Dawn.’

Here’s the deal.

The gig is on Wednesday the 20th of April, 2011 and it’s at Monto Water Rats which is in the King’s Cross area of London. It starts at 7pm and is open to over 18’s only.  I have two tickets to the gig and one could be yours if you want it. You don’t have to subscribe to this blog to get your hands on my spare ticket. All you need to do is post a comment on this post telling me how to say ‘please leave me alone!’ in a language besides English.

The first person to comment gets the ticket. It’s that simple.




It goes without saying that you have to be in London on the day and have to be over 18 to attend the gig. The rest of you, please comment anyway. The more languages I can use to chase unwanted suitors away, the better! *wink*


  1. Biko ha pu’m aka. Igbo.

    But I don’t want the ticket even though the concert sounds amazing. He has a really nice voice. Just wanted to help you in your suitor elimination.


  2. Bitte lass mich in Ruhe – when you want to be nice to them wannabe suitors and Lass mich in Frieden! if you want to give ’em give short shrift. The Tété dude sounds amazing although i don’t understand a word of what he is singing. Cheers!


  3. ha people like awoof!..
    6 comments already.
    blackberry owners should not be included cos they get their emails instantly…

    déjame sólo


  4. Laisses-moi tranquille…. (french)…

    would be in Paris me love so I guess I would just keep an eye out to see when he comes around to perform where the people at least understand him! hee hee….


  5. Ka (Ki) kyalle ni! (Hausa) …*Ki: if it’s a girl.
    I’m in Abuja unfortunateli… 😦


  6. laissez-moi seul (French)
    deixe-me sozinha (Portguese)

    Unfortunately I won’t be in London at that time, but I imagine that someone else has won the ticket already? Oh won’t u announce who won it… 😉


  7. Ola people!
    Thanks for all the comments. I’d respond to each comment but sleep calleth!

    Congratulations to Ruff who is the winner of the ticket. She was the first person to comment who is willing/able to attend the gig.
    Tonianni is in second place and gets the ticket should Ruff become unavailable. Toni (can I call you that?), get praying! 🙂
    Yay, fun times cometh!

    Just before I crawl under my duvet, anonymous please identify yourself so that I know who to attack! Lol. He’s no Aretha Franklin but he can sing. Okay okay, you’re entitled to your own opinion. sigh.


  8. @Tonianni: Your skabashing worked!!! The ticket is yours. We get to hang out while Tete serenades us! Good times. If you send an email to, I’ll respond with all the info you’ll need. Congratulations! X


  9. @Original Mgbeke: Hey! I like the flemish/dutch. I’m probably pronouncing it all wrong but it’s sounding like “let me met rest” 🙂


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