Stromae Deals With A Twitter Addiction In The Animated Video For 'Carmen'

Belgian pop artist Stromae battles with the dark side of social media in his animated music video for "Carmen."

Belgian-born, Rwandan-rooted pop artist Stromae drops the animated visuals for "Carmen," the latest single off 2013's hit-packed Racine Carrée LP. The music video, directed by the Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist animator Sylvain Chomet, chronicles an animated Stromae's barreling addiction to social media and followers, as represented by the constant and ominous presence of a certain blue bird on his shoulder. “In 1875 Georges Bizet compared love to a rebellious bird.” Stromae tells BuzzFeed, “140 years later (and in 140 characters-messages) love is a blue bird.” Catch Stromae on his expansive North American and European tour dates listed in full below. For more, revisit Stromae's Cesária Évora tribute video "Ave Cesaria", Belgian world cup anthem "Ta Fête" and the second capsule collection for his clothing line MOSAERT. Watch the music video for "Carmen" below.

Stromae North American & European Tour Dates

Apr 05 Orpheum Vancouver, Canada

Apr 06 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA

Apr 07 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

Apr 09 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA

Apr 10 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

Apr 12 Coachella Indio, CA

Apr 14 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

Apr 16 Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV

Apr 19 Coachella 2015 Indio, CA

Apr 22 stade Renée Serge Nabajoth des Abymes Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe

Jul 05 Wireless Festival London, United Kingdom

Jul 08 Postepay Rock Roma, Italy

Jul 11 NOS Alive Festival Lisbon, Portugal

Jul 13 Moon & Stars Festival Locarno, Switzerland

Jul 14 Hydrogen Festival Padova, Italy

Jul 17 Benicassim Festival Benicasim, Spain

Jul 31 Lollapalooza Chicago 2015 Chicago, IL

Aug 02 Grant Park Chicago, IL

Sep 12 James L. Knight Center Miami, FL

Sep 14 The Buckhead Theater Atlanta, GA

Sep 16 Echostage Washington, DC

Sep 17 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

Sep 18 House of Blues Boston, MA

Sep 22 Myth Minneapolis, MN

Sep 25 Royal Oak Music Theater Detroit, MI

Sep 26 Echo Beach Toronto, Canada

Sep 29 Bell Centre Montreal, Canada

Oct 01 Madison Square Garden New York, NY

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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