The talented rising singer Juli Chan has taken over ‘Joe Le Taxi’. The legendary French song released in 1988, is now offered in a delicious version.
Juli Chan has the power to reinvent the song while respecting and cherishing its essence. Her pure, innocent voice but with a solid interpretation, the electro-pop production tinted by subtle funk and danceable energy: everything is crafted to make this remake an instant success.
Juli Chan recently unveiled the story behind the lyrics, a discovery that brings us to more of this song that blessed our 80s and 90s:
‘Joe is the pseudonym of Maria José Leão dos Santos, a Portuguese female taxi driver who fled to France in the 1970s.Maria José was persecuted because of her sexual orientation. When Mari José’s mother discovered her daughter was a lesbian, she took her to an exorcist, later to the hospital and eventually put her in a school run by nuns. In the French capital, she took the name Joe and a profession stereotypically reserved for men. She could be herself safely travelling around night Paris with guests of LGBT clubs. I think this story about the need for tolerance, non-discrimination, as a tribute to all strong women – it is worth recalling today as well as the beautiful melody of “Joe Le Taxi” from years ago.’ Juli Chan said.
Enjoy this gem: