Le Frenchman/ La Maniare Forte
Since the launch of a mini album in 1999, we were anticipating that this rapper, originally from Montreal and now located in Ottawa, would come back in full force. LeShah spent many years developing his art in Montreal and took part in the early French rap underground movement. Following an extended journey in France, He returned to Canada confident that his art would bring him the artistic satisfaction he had been searching for so long. In 1999, he produced an impressive demo CD as well as a video to back up this project then shortly after released his debut album titled "Merveilleux Monde de Loskarville" which represents a mythical world created to heighten public awareness and show how both languages as well as social geography had affected his career. The video effectively promoted the song entitled Brouhaha (uproar) that received great praise. More recognition came along when after performing at the International Festival of Granby, LeShah received two (2) SOCAN Awards at the 2001 Ontario Gala; one for Best Live Performance and on the same album the song titled Outlaw also won Best Song. He was also nominated in 2005 at le Gala des Prix Trille Or, for Best New Artist. The second album titled "Manière Forte (Le Frenchman)" is a new episode in the urban saga of the artist. The melodies are varied and well elaborated. The lyrics are mainly in French and include at times some English, Spanish and Creole lyrics which give a cosmopolitan flavor to the album.