Low wall. Ben (the soulful uncle) tonight in concert hall Horizon

Ten years ago, Ben L’Oncle Soul’s first album appeared. He then revealed the soulful attitude of this extraordinary singer who came out of nowhere – or, more precisely, from the Beaux-Arts de Tours. Since then, her golden voice has transported hundreds of concert halls in France and around the world. But stop talking about Uncle Soul. Today, it’s Ben, period, and no longer the character he created when he started out.

“After having forged a very strong relationship with my audience, I thought that we could finally get to know each other, move on to something more direct”, he explains. Ben, the diminutive of always. Simple, obvious… and without the nostalgic echoes of an uncle, however soulful! Good news, this change is not only surname, it is also sound.

With Addicted to You, Ben sweeps the boundaries between R’n’B and hip-hop, jazz tendency, of pop obedience, with soul echoes here, reggae there. A record that reflects Ben’s great musical loves of adolescence, from Method Man to Lauryn Hill via the Wu Tang Clan, the jazz of Robert Glasper as well as the R’n’B of the 90s: Usher, TLC, Maxwell, Aaliyah…

Concert, tonight at 8:30 p.m., Horizon Pyrenees room. Prices: €25 and €20
Ticket Office of Muretain and Festik Tourist Office.