French acoustic tunes are the order for the week, thanks to Belgian singer-songwriter Axelle Red who's in town for the Francophonie Festival 2017
After a whirlwind tour of Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, Axelle Red (real name: Fabienne Demal) finally makes her stop in Singapore this week. As part of the Francophonie Festival Singapore 2017 (a three week-long celebration of the diversity of the French language), the 49-year-old singer-songwriter and mother-of-three is dropping by on her Acoustic Tour to promote her latest album, The Songs (Acoustic), released last year.
A French, Dutch and English speaker, the Belgian artist has also released a Spanish album, Con Solo Pensarlo. Though she studied law and drama, Axelle Red has instead opted to pursue music, releasing her first album, Sans Plus Attendre in 1993, the same year she graduated from university. To date, she has 10 albums to her name and has been awarded France's highest artistic honour, 'Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' in 2006.
Her fourth album, Face A/Face B, comments on issues such as extremism, child soldiers and drugs - a result of her previous time spent in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Haiti. She's been involving herself in causes from as early as 1997 as an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund. She's visited Sri Lanka with UNICEF to aid victims of the tsunami, spoken up for honest trade prices in Senegal as well as pushed for the end of the genital mutilation of girls in Sierra Leone. As much as we're crushing on Axelle Red's fluid words and sounds, we're also applauding her humanitarian work and drive to change for the better.