Stromae brings along Kanye West in Coachella surprise
Belgium’s Stromae brought in a fellow superstar from across the Atlantic, Kanye West, in a surprise Sunday on the final day of the Coachella festival.
Stromae was performing his dance-and-song show at the festival in the southern California desert when West suddenly appeared — to applause — to join “Alors On Danse,” a major hit in the French- speaking world in 2009 and 2010, according to numerous social media posts.
While unannounced, the appearance had history to it as West previously recorded a hip-hop remix of “Alors On Danse” aimed at the North American market.
West a day earlier performed a surprise set of his own songs as he unexpectedly joined the Canadian R&B star The Weeknd on stage.
Coachella, one of the most influential global music festivals, is well-known for its surprise appearances, although they have generally been more common in the first of the two weekends.
On the first weekend this year, Madonna entered the stage during a performance by Drake and gave the rapper a prolonged, fulltongue kiss after singing some of her own songs.
Stromae’s “Racine Caree” was the top-selling album in France in 2013 and again in 2014.
He has been winning a larger following in the United States, with well- received shows at Coachella.
He is scheduled to perform at one of the most prestigious U.S. venues, Madison Square Garden in New York, in October.