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Yannick Noah

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While a lot of the world remembers Yannick Noah because the dreadlocked rugby champ who claimed the 1983 French Open up name, in his native France he’s also a significant pop music celebrity. The child of famous footballer Zacharie Noah, he was created in Sedan, France, on, may 18, 1960, but spent a lot of his child years in his father’s indigenous Cameroon. Despite his devotion for Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, Noah thought we would pursue sports activities over music, showing especially gifted like a rugby player. With time he captured the eye of American rugby story Arthur Ashe, who in 1971 set up him in Nice’s French Rugby Federation development system. Upon turning professional in 1977, it required Noah only a season to state his initial singles name in Manila. A flamboyant participant renowned for his blistering forehand, he attained immortality in 1983 when he defeated reigning champ Mats Wilander to be the very first Frenchman in 37 years to earn the French Open up (and, around this composing, he remains the final Frenchman to state the honor aswell). Within a profession spanning near 2 decades, Noah captured 23 total singles game titles and 16 doubles honors, and in 1986 was the world’s third-ranked men’s singles participant. An 11-season person in the French Davis Glass squad, in 1991 Noah captained the nationwide group to its 1st tournament in 59 years, upsetting a greatly preferred U.S. lineup 3-1; he repeated the feat five years later on, and in 1997 also led France’s Given Cup group to its first-ever best end. In 2005, he was inducted in to the International Rugby Hall of Popularity. With his rugby profession waning, Noah started his recording profession in 1990 using the solitary “Saga Africa.” Thanks a lot in large component to his record label’s discussions with private tv network TF1, the associated video became a broadcasting staple and vaulted the record to the very best from the French graphs. Its success quickly founded Noah as France’s 1st former athlete to take pleasure from genuine commercial achievement like a pop vocalist, and arranged the stage for the 1991 launch of his 1st LP, Dark et What, which presented lyrics in French, British, and Cameroonian alongside visitor efforts from Manu Dibango and Idrissa Diop. Despite another substantial promotional marketing campaign, Noah’s 1993 follow-up, Urban Tribu, demonstrated a commercial catastrophe, and in the years to check out he flipped his focus back again to music, concurrently composing a 1997 memoir Secrets Etc… Later on that same yr he also resumed his documenting pursuits with “Oh Rêve,” a questionable pacifist reworking from the French nationwide anthem “La Marseillaise.” Just in 2000 do Noah finally concern his third LP, a self-titled work informed from the music and tradition of his African history. Dubbed “Afro-reggae” from the vocalist himself, his fresh audio revitalized his graph stature, as well as the solitary “Les Lionnes” rocketed to number 1. Pokhara strike retail in 2003, and offered more than a million copies. Its half-live/half-studio follow-up, Métisse(s), highlighted by way of a duet with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, trailed 2 yrs later on. In 2005 Noah reinvigorated his musical profession with a functionality on the Paris instalment of Bob Geldof’s Live 8 concerts. The next calendar year he released Charango, including French graph topping one “Aux Arbres Citoyens”. The timetable of comprehensive touring to market the record culminated in ’09 2009 where he performed his first NY show at the favorite Central Recreation area SummerStage, that was hosted within the global special event of French music, Fête de la Musique. His eighth discharge, 2010’s Frontières, was crowned using a sold-out present on the 80,000 capability Stade de France stadium in Paris. In 2012, Noah released Hommage, which noticed him tackle music by Bob Marley, one of is own ideal inspirations — both in his music and sport professions. The record highlighted renditions of classics “Buffalo Soldier,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Redemption Melody.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Yannick Noah
Height 1.93 m
Weight 82 kg
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Tennis player, Tennis Instructor
Nationality French
Spouse Isabelle Camus, Heather Stewart-Whyte, Cécilia Rodhe
Children Joakim Noah, Jénayé Noah, Yélena Noah, Joalukas Noah, Eleejah Noah
Parents Zacharie Noah, Marie-Claire Échalier-Perrier
Siblings Nathalie Noah, Isabelle Noah
Music Songs Aux arbres citoyens, Redemption Song, Les Lionnes, Saga africa, La Voix des sages, Simon Papa Tara, Donne-Moi Une Vie, Destination Ailleurs, Mon eldorado, On court, Angela, Jamafrica, Le Même Sang, Ça me regarde, Ose, Frontières, Ma colère, Si tu savais, Madingwa, Buffalo Soldier, I Shot the Sheriff, Couls You Be Loved, Burnin' and Lootin', Couleur D'Aimer, Entre ta peau, J'aurais dû comprendre, Métis, Je Suis Tombé, Africa Unite, Ni divin ni chien, Jamming, Yé Mama yé
Albums Combats ordinaires, Métisse(s), Charango, Pokhara, Urban Tribu, Frontières, Black & What!, Yannick Noah, Zam Zam, Live, Hommage, NRJ Sessions
Nominations NRJ Music Award for Francophone Male Artist of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Song of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Concert of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Duo/Group of the Year, NRJ Music Award for Francophone Album of the Year
Movies Safari
TV Shows Taratata


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#Fact
1 Was engaged to Jill Goodacre.
2 No Frenchman has won men's singles in French Open since Noah won 1983.
3 Being a successful singer in France, he has released eight albums since 1991 including "Yannick Noah" (2000) and "Charango" (2006).
4 Chosen most popular French celebrity in the annual survey of "Journal du dimanche" in 2005 and 2007.
5 Born to Zacharie Noah, a former Cameroonian professional football player, and his French wife Marie-Claire, former captain of France's national women's basketball team and teacher.
6 His first wife Cécilia was Miss Sweden 1978 and worked as a model.
7 Children: Joakim Noah and Yelena (b. 1986) with Cécilia Rodhe; Elyjah (b. 1996) and Jénayé (b. 1997) with Heather Stewart-Whyte; Joalukas (b. 2004) with Isabelle Camus.
8 Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (2005).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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La chanson de l'année 2004-2011 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Le petit prince 2010 TV Series performer: "De planète en planète"

Actor

Actor

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Safari 2009 Sagha
King Guillaume 2009 Yannick Noah
Bob 1998 Short Marco

Music Department

Music Department

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Le petit prince 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
L'anniversaire de Jacques Dutronc en Corse 2015 TV Movie Himself
Les années bonheur 2014 TV Series Himself
La fête de la chanson française 2005-2014 TV Series Himself
C 2011-2014 TV Series Himself
Un soir 2014 TV Series Himself
Du côté de chez Dave 2014 TV Series Himself
Les copains d'abord 2014 TV Series Himself
Thé ou café 2000-2014 TV Series Himself
Vivement dimanche 2000-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Main Guest
Vivement dimanche prochain 2001-2014 TV Series Himself - Main Guest / Himself - Main guest
La chanson de l'année 2004-2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Voice 2012-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Emmenez-moi 2012 TV Series Himself
Les Enfoirés 1993-2012 TV Series Himself
Champs-Elysées 1983-2011 TV Series Himself
Concert pour l'égalité (14 juillet) 2011 TV Movie Himself (singing voice)
Tous vos amis sont l 2010 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2005-2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Chabada 2010 TV Series Himself
Safari: Hors Piste 2009 Video documentary Himself
Les grands gamins 2008 TV Movie Himself
20 heures le journal 2007 TV Series Himself
Symphonic Show 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
Les stars se dépassent pour ELA 2007 TV Series Himself
Tenue de soirée 2006 TV Series Himself
Podium 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Campus, le magazine de l'écrit 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Live 8 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Spécial 'Fête de la musique' 2005 TV Special Himself
Tout le monde ELA 2005 TV Movie Himself
Taratata 1993-2005 TV Series Himself
Les années Zénith 2005 TV Special Himself
Vos Français de coeur 2004 TV Movie Himself
20h10 pétantes 2004 TV Series Himself
En aparté 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Dans la lumière 2003 TV Series Himself
Qui veut gagner des millions? 2002 TV Series Himself
La fureur du samedi 2002 TV Series Himself
Victoires de la musique 2002 TV Series Himself
Tapis rouge 2001 TV Series Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 2001 TV Series Himself
Graines de star 2001 TV Series Himself
Union libre 2001 TV Series Himself
Tout le monde en parle 2000 TV Series Himself
Capital 1997 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
7 sur 7 1985-1997 TV Series Himself
Le journal de 20 heures 1996 TV Series Himself
Déj 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
La palmera 1991 TV Series Himself
De tú a tú 1991 TV Series
C'est encore mieux l'après-midi 1986 TV Series Himself
Yannick Noah: Schlagvariationen 1984 Documentary short Himself
The French 1982 Documentary Himself

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Archive Footage

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Best of Five 2008 TV Series Himself
Les grands du rire 2007 TV Series Himself
Vivement dimanche 2007 TV Series Himself
Les 40 ans de la 2 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself

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