Ben Harper is looking for the Rennes falafel seller who "has changed his way of seeing the world"

On the fortieth anniversary of Trans Musicales in December, the singer recalled his first concert at the festival in 1993. He tells Monthly of Rennes then he spent the evening with a restaurant owner who marked his life and his music. Today, he launches a search notice to find it.

A dozen studio albums, three Grammy Awards, millions of fans all over the world, the prestigious career of Ben Harper would be partly due to the meeting with a Ralef falafel seller? This is what the singer insinuates into an interview with Monthly of Rennes on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Trans Musicales. In a special edition, where the stars remember their best memories of the festival, the artist returns to his first concert in 1993.

Less than a year after having released his first album, Pleasure and pain, he says he was moved by the audience who gave him a "pure adrenaline". Unable to sleep after the show, he wandered the streets of the city. Hungry, Ben Harper then stopped at a falafel restaurant and spent the night there. "24 years after I was born in Rennes, I was reborn," says the 49-year-old musician.

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"The owner was shooting my EP Like a king on his stereo. He obviously loved my songs. The intensity that surrounded the music I wrote was totally new to me. Fortunately, he spoke English. We ate, talked and laughed all night, "says Ben Harper.

"I would like to tell him how much this night has counted for me"

Ben Harper

The Californian interpreter claims to have discovered that evening "the intensity that surrounded [sa] music. "" It has changed my way of seeing the world, "he adds, and today he launches a search to find the restaurant owner to thank him." I hope that, for an incredible possibility, he will read this. I would like to tell him how important this night is for me, "said Ben Harper, although he does not remember exactly where the facility was.

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The announcement is taken very seriously. The Telegram shared the call in its columns and the hashtag # BenàRennes It was launched on Twitter. A telephone number was also set up, 02 99 79 04 65 and an e-mail address, rennes@lemensuel.com.

Waiting to find this mysterious restaurateur, Ben Harper released his new album on March 30th, No mercy in this land, in collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite. On June 21st he had inflamed the Olympia for a unique concert alongside Angèle, Camille or Jain.

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