In this June 2, 2014 file photo Belgium singer Stromae performs during the 13th edition of the Mawazine music festival in Rabat. AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA / FILES
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If Europe can dance to English-language music, North America can learn to do the same with French, says Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae, as he takes a new continent by storm.The son of a Flemish mother and a Rwandan father who died in the country's 1990s genocide, Paul Van Haver, alias Stromae, was raised by his mother alongside three siblings in the Brussels suburbs.Even as he sets out to conquer the Americas, the singer-songwriter, who sees his music as "a mix between song, Congolese rumba, salsa, hip-hop music and dance music" says he has no desire to perform in English, even if he speaks it well.Stromae -- whose stage name is an anagram of the word "maestro" in the "Verlan" French street slang that reverses words' syllables -- is regularly compared to 1950s and '60s Belgian singer Jacques Brel.Of all the temptations that can greet a pop star on tour, however, Stromae is currently focusing on one thing: finding a bar in which to watch Belgium play in the World Cup.
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