Gaël Faye | Lundi méchant

This expression comes from Gaël Faye’s native village, and means a rebellious Monday that doesn’t conform to society’s standards. Indeed, in Bujumbura, Rwanda, people go out and party on Monday nights, as if to say that we can have fun when we want to, and not when it’s decided for us. “Lundi méchant” (“Naughty Monday”) here is synonymous with Good Monday.


Singer-songwriter Gaël Faye was born in Burundi in 1982 to a Rwandan mother and a French father. In 1995, he reluctantly left his war-torn homeland for France. This stage of his life marked a need that would never leave him: to use words to exorcise all the feelings of an uprooted life. Between 2010 and 2011, Gaël Faye toured the national stages. Ten years after writing the text "A-France" that opens the album "Pili pili sur un croissant au beurre", he revisits his journey in fifteen tracks, recounting with nostalgia and indignation his childhood in Burundi, his arrival in France, his loves and his struggles. His second album, "Lundi méchant", will be released in 2020. Gaël Faye is also the author of the multi-award-winning novel "Petit Pays", which has also been adapted for the cinema.

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