Contour Collective
Stromae - Papaoutai
Set Dressing & Construction
17–05–2013

While “Alors On Danse” was about the dangers of nightlife, “Papaoutai” (which isn’t a real word but a malapropism of Papa où t'es) seems to be inspired by a particular line from “Alors On Danse”: 

“Who says loved ones says mourning”

Stromae reveals his relationship with his late father, or rather lack thereof. Stromae later revealed that his dad, who was Rwandan, was killed in the 1994 Rwandan genocide when Stromae was a little kid. Stromae’s father’s absence was the inspiration for writing this song, which is about the struggles of growing up without a father figure.

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