If the music of Keith Kouna had to be summed up in a word, “irreverent” would be a good choice. Whether he writes about the disappointments and joys of everyday life or the woes of the world, he always does so frankly and aptly. An atypical singer-songwriter, he has won over his audience with his lyrics, riffs and melodies in a style featuring a variety of sounds blending rock, pop, chanson and punk. As a teenager, Kouna wrote in English, but became an admirer of the French language thanks to Léo Ferré, Serge Gainsbourg and Richard Desjardins.
He has a distinctive voice, which is reminiscent of that of Didier Wampas at times, but it is his strong lyrics that make him a complete musician capable of marking an entire generation. His last album, Du plaisir et des bombes, won many awards in Canada, including the Francophone SOCAN songwriting prize for the track “Batiscan”.
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