Ambiance de la brousse at the French Embassy

Americans might have vague memories of Yannick Noah as the last Frenchmen to win Roland Garros in 1983 (yes, it’s been that long!). They might be more familiar with his son, though – 6’11′ Joakim Noah who was a member of the Gators’ teams that won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournaments and was drafted 9th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls.

For French people, Noah is of course a tennis legend, being the only Frenchmen to win at Roland Garros in 50 years as well as the highly successful coach of the French Davis Cup team. He is also a popular singer and activist. His music career began in 1991 with the popular track Saga Africa, which he made the stadium sing after the French’s Davis Cup final win that year.

Will we see a repeat of this conga line at La Maison de la France this Friday? I sure hope so! Yannick will take the stage to entertain a crowd of expats and Francophiles ahead of the weekend’s Fete de la Musique celebrations.

Francophile New Yorkers can catch Noah at Central Park’s Center Stage on June 21st as part of the city’s version of the Fete de la Musique. For a complete listing of concerts, visit Time Out New York’s website.

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