Gaël Faye | Lundi méchant

This expression comes from the village where Gaël Faye was born and it means a ‘rebel Monday’ which doesn’t conform to the norms of society. In fact, in Bujumbura in Rwanda, people go out and party on a particular Monday night, as if to say ‘we can have fun when we want, and not when we’re told it’s ok.’ ‘Lundi méchant’ means a good Monday.


Born in Burundi in 1982 of a Rwandan mother and a French father, Gaël Faye fled his country in 1995 because of the civil war and the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. Music allows him to exorcise his pain and his displacement. Singer-songwriter Gaël Faye was born in Burundi in 1982, of a Rwandan mother and a French father. In 1995 he reluctantly left his home country, then in the grip of a civil war, to move to France. This stage of his life was marked by a need that never left him: to exorcise all the feelings linked to a life that has been uprooted through his words. Between 2010 and 2011, Gaël Faye played all across France. Ten years after having written the lyrics to ‘A-France’, which opens the album 'Pili-Pili' with a butter croissant, he presented 15 songs looking back over his journey and telling the story, with a mixture of nostalgia and indignation, of his childhood in Burundi, his arrival in France, his loves and his struggles. His second album, 'Lundi méchant', was released in 2020. Gaël Faye is also the author of the novel 'Petit Pays', which has received numerous awards and been adapted for film.

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