Jim Corcoran, host of CBC’s A Propos, is one of Quebec's best-loved songwriters and a gifted translator who has taken on some of the most surprising lyrics in French music. Over the past 25 years, he has translated more than 200 songs for listeners of CBC Radio One and Radio 2.

This week on A Propos, we’re featuring artists from outside the province who have been enriching the sounds of Quebec. Artists from around the world brought their talent to Quebec and have been changing music-making here. Among the featured songwriters is Louisiana’s Zachary Richard, who has been bringing his Cajun sounds to Quebecers since the 1970s.  

For this edition of the program, Corcoran has translated one of Richard’s songs.

“There are songs that have inspired generations to reflect on war and peace,” says Corcoran. “Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” will always be an urgent song about the nobler aspirations of men and women. Zachary Richard wrote and recorded a song in 1976 about the deportation of Acadian people by the British. ‘Réveille’ (‘Wake Up’) reminds us of a not-so-distant dark moment of our history. It inspires hope, solidarity and compassion; a remarkable song that ranks among the most powerful and elegant of protest songs.”

Hear Hear Corcoran’s translation of Richard’s song “Réveille” (“Wake Up”).


On A Propos this week, hear many other artists who have changed Quebec’s soundscape by bringing their exceptional talent to the province. Listen this Sunday at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2.


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