Moroccan-born singer Sofia Mestari, who represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm in 2000, is preparing a comeback under the spotlights. Discovered thanks to the French national final for the Eurovision Song Contest organised at the Olympia music hall in Paris with a landslide victory thanks to the song “On aura le ciel”, her poor result later on in Sweden kind of dampened her hopes for a successful career.
Nevertheless, she did release no less than 4 albums, the latest in 2011 with very little media attention, and even managed to gained some popular success with songs such as “Ce que tu m’as fait” (What you did to me) and especially “Ne pars pas” (Don’t go away) which spent 23 weeks on the French Singles Chart and peaked at #27 back in 2003.
Sofia counts singers Tracy Chapman, Sting and Aretha Franklin amongst others as her idols. Very discreet, working hard on her image (she lost a lot of weight) and on her music style with her particular deep-broken voice, Sofia Mestari is currently putting the final touch on her next album which will hopefully bring her the success she deserves.
A snippet of one of the new songs she is recording can be listened to on YouTube and on oikotimes.com. The song is entitled “Ecoute-les parler” (Hear them speak).