Ottawan today. What band is the original and the official one
As many of you may have already noticed, there are 2 different Ottawan bands performing these days. You would often find articles online about one of the bands being original and the other one being a tribute. There are multiple “Official Ottawan” pages on social networks and even more websites.
One well known company based in Russia even reserved the rights to use the name “Ottawan” for a certain period of time. And this company does not miss an opportunity to remind other promoters and booking agents, that the name “Ottawan” can only be used with their permission.
You will hear discussions about who the original soloist really is and who has the rights to perform under that name. The Russian version of Wikipedia states one thing, the English version of the same website contradicts however.
But where does the truth lie? There are founders of the band, producers Daniek Vangarde and Jean Kluger. Unfortunately at this very moment these people are not particularly interested in the band, as they have already got back their investment and keep receiving payments as the true rights holders. They do not pay attention however to what goes on inside the band.
Some people say that whoever was on the cover of the cassette or the CD, would be the original Ottawan. Some on the other hand believe that whoever was seen in the video would be the original member of the band. Maybe it is the one whose voice is in the recording, or perhaps the one who has all the necessary paperwork. There really are as many opinions, as there are people, each to their own.
But would it make sense to actually ask the producers who they think should be called Ottawan and own the rights to perform under that name. Because as we all know there are many teams of bands like Boney M, Gipsy Kings, Baccara etc. And only the producer of these bands can reveal the truth.
As a conclusion in search for the answer we can only state that the producers are the only ones to decide who to pass on the rights to and who is the one to perform the songs under the name of Ottawan.
Golden Hits Ottawan
Disco stars of past years are still in demand in many European and post-Soviet countries. Most of the groups working in this music style do not renew their repertoire and rarely release new albums. However artists of the past remain on top. They take part not only in festivals performing in front of wide audience but also accept invitations to sing at private parties. All the information about how to do that is without difficulties found in the Internet. For example, for booking a show of most famous French duo of 1980-s one can simply search for official website Ottawan.
It is no secret anymore that currently there exist two versions of the renowned music band. In the first one all songs are performed by Jean-Baptiste Patrick is mostly familiar to the audience. Pat nowadays is working on the stage with young and charming Yapi Isabell. The brand name of the group can not anymore be officially used since long ago by Jean-Baptiste and his team. However, it is absolutely no hindrance for Pat and here is why. The black vocalist remains the idol for millions of people who know the lyrics of the immortal hits the most successful French music projects of the 20th century by heart.
Still only a few fans can remember now that the project was at the edge of disbandment. The crisis happened in 1982 after the second recorded collection of fresh hits of the group appeared at music stores. Jean-Baptiste Patrick decided to leave the project but the creators and producers Vangarde and Kluger decided that it could not be finished just like that. Therefore, the decision to invite new vocalists was made urgently. Esther de Bijl was the first to grab the attention. This gifted young singer from Bali came into the group in 1984 and it marked the revival of Vangarde’s and Kluger’s project.
Esther was born in a family of musicians and her vocation was in fact predetermined since the day she was born. She started working in the musical sphere at an early age. In her homeland Esther performed in a group “Sisters of Soul” with her brother and sister. Her experience, great talent and passion for music appeared to be decisive factors for the producers.
The voice of de Bijl can be heard on the album released in 2010 with the collaboration of famous sound producer Pete Doyle. The album contains remixes on such songs as “D.I.S.C.O.”, “Crazy Music”, «Hands Up», “Sha La La La” and other everlasting hits.
Booking Ottawan for show
Today contact groups and different agencies offer fans great opportunity to enjoy their favorites on the concert venues in Europe and America. And more often the public is longing for exactly Esther de Bijl and her partner Clarence Robert as their proficiency gets only better year after year.
Disco has always been incredibly popular in Russia. Although many years have past since the first records of western artists appeared in the Soviet Union, this jenre remains the most loved one among present-day Russian public. This affection is hard to explain at first thought. However the reason for this is quite obvious. Several generations of Russians grew up listening and dancing to such hits as “D.I.S.C.O.”,“Crazy Music”, “Sha La La La Song”, “Hands Up”.
French group “Ottawan” is no doubt the most in-demand representative of the jenre. Jean Baptiste Patrick, the leader of the music band, confessed in one of the interviews that he adores his Russian fans. For the last decade the group members have been spending almost every weekend in Moscow. They are regularly invited to various occasions, festivals and private parties. No wonder that Pat always greets Russian journalists in their native language. Besides he uses Russian to “shake up” the audience during performances.
The group often gives concerts in the Ukraine. In 2011 French artists took part in the big recital dedicated to the anniversary of the famous football club “Shakhter”. Pop star Rihanna was also invited to the event that took place on one of the biggest concert venues of the country, “Donbass-Arena”. The artists as well were the headliners of the show dedicated to the opening of “Donbass-Arena” which happenned in 2009. At that time the partner of Pat was his sister, Caroline Ann Coudaire. Soon after she left the project and a female soloist of French origin Christine Manne became a new partner of Jean Baptiste. At the present Pat is performing with young and attractive Yapi Isabelle who joined the project in 2012.
Unlike other pop stars the duo always agree to perform in small towns. In 2012 legends of 1980-s were invited to the town Kudymkar which is situated in Perm region in central Russia. The population of the place is only 30 000 The performance was arranged to celebrate the town day. During the press conference conducted right before the performance Pat told that fans everywhere mean much for him. He also added that the project accepts invitations to perform in big and small towns everywhere. Only war can hinder our the performance.
Lately the project encounters huge problem. Sometimes in Russian cities and small towns and in other post-soviet countries one can see posters about an upcoming performance of the world-famous French duo. When a person buys a ticket and comes to see his or her favourites, the “favourites” appear to be young and different. Having imposters is unfortunately a common phenomenon for many groups and performers. Pat once told the journalists that there exist a fake group with pretty young soloists who tour around Russia and sing their songs.
Booking a show of the “originals” is possible only through legal contact groups and agencies. Besides there is the official webside Ottawan where anyone can learn most important facts about the project, tour schedule and rider of the popular group.
Оttawan выступят в России: заказать выступление
Стало известно, что заказать выступление артистов в этом месяце и в ближайшем решились сразу несколько крупных заказчиков. На их решение организовать праздник или корпоратив для своих сотрудников не повлияли грозные слухи и прогнозы. Ведь в последнее время в связи с падением курса рубля заказать выступление артистов становится чуть сложнее.
Не секрет, что расчеты с самим исполнителем, а также визовые расходы, прочие оплаты производятся в иностранной валюте (обычно в евро), так что те, кто рассчитывает свой бюджет заранее в рублях, рискуют оказаться в минусе. Только не в случае с Ottawan: причин на это две. Во-первых, группа Оттаван была и остается настолько востребованной, что экономические потрясения мало влияют на спрос на них. А во-вторых, своевременная предоплата позволяет заморозить как минимум 50% рисков. Так что артисты диско 80 сегодня и всегда на гребне волны.
Заказать выступление: кто сегодня в Оттаван
О первом составе говорить – все равно, что вспоминать старые легенды: наверное, сегодня ни один коллектив артистов не гастролирует в оригинальном составе. Солисты – Жан-Баптист Патрик и Эстер Мария гастролируют каждый со своим шоу, и они имеют на это право. По крайней мере, Эстер, которая получила от создателей проекта право исполнять оригинальные минусовки и тексты песен.
Эстер на выступлении артистов на стадионе Донбасс Арена
Для справки: это – официальный сайт, на котором вы можете заказать выступление Ottawan напрямую. К вам приедут Эстер и Роберт, известный также как Robert C Walker. Вне проекта он занимается продюсерской и творческой деятельностью, входит в топ самых высокооплачиваемых исполнителей и продюсеров Англии, хотя прибыл из Нью-Йорка.
Эстер и Роберт: в России нам рады всегда
«Это удивительная страна, в которую мы всегда с удовольствием приезжаем. Но дело даже не в том, где мы выступаем, а в людях. Так, как нас принимают русские, не принимает никто». Тут есть большая доля правды: заказать выступление артистов ежегодно хотят и в Украине, и в Казахстане, и в Кыргызстане, и в Грузии или Армении, речь не идет только об РФ. На всем постсоветском пространстве любят и помнят хиты группы Оттаван DISCO, Crazy Music или Sha La La Song. Незнание английского языка, как говорится, не освобождает от необходимости встать из-за столика, танцевать и подпевать артистам.
Сегодня организация концерта Ottawan куда более доступна и проста, чем во времена диско 80х-90х: никаких барьеров, проблем с покупкой авиабилетов и бронированием отеля. Конечно, все же лучше заказать выступление в профессиональном концертном агентстве. Обращаясь к ним, вы снимаете с себя 95 % забот об организации праздника. А как же остальные 5% спросите вы? Оставим их на долю вашего отличного настроения.
Ottawan new life
If today you ask any person aged 40 or older what music band of early 1980-s he or she can remember you’ll certainly hear the name “Ottawan”. No wonder, because “Ottawan” is one of the most successful projects of that time.
The name the group derives from the name of the city Ottawa in Canada, where their first single was recorded. But the story of the group began a bit earlier in France when two French producers Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger decided to create a new music group. The band would work in a disco style which was extremely popular at that period. The record producers were looking for two soloists and soon found a young singer of Guadeloupe origin Jean Baptiste Patrick. Before becoming a frontman of Ottawan he performed in different bars in Paris with his own band “Black Underground”. Later on a female artist Annette was also invited.
Their first single from the одноименный альбом “D.I.S.C.O” released in November 1979 at once reached top positions in European charts. The song especially had a great success in Britain where it became second best song in national music charts. In Netherlands and Norway it got number 1 position remaining in charts for many weeks.
In 1980 “Ottawan” have their first album released, including such songs as “Shalala song”, “Hello Rio!” and one more hit single “Haut les mains “ which remained in tops in France for 8 weeks. It’s English version “Hands Up(Give Me Your Heart)” was included into the group’s follow-up album “Ottawan 2”. The album repeated the success of it’s foregoer with new hits “Crazy music”, “ A.I.E. Is My Song”.
In 1983 Jean Baptiste Patrick left the group but made a come back soon afterwards. Although “Ottawan” had no singles and albums released since 1984 it still remains mostly desired groups in many countries. In recent ten years “Ottawan” is a frequent guest at numerous music festivals held in many post-Soviet countries. The reason for it’s huge popularity held through decades is the artists’ commitment to what they’re doing on the stage and their ability to stir up each and every concert hall they perform in. Jean Baptiste Patrick is very well-known for high respect to the fans. Naturally, he gets such affection from them in response.
Each year “Ottawan” helds concert tours through many countries. Booking a show or inviting artists to be a guest star at a private party can today be made with the help of a contact group or simply through official website Ottawan that is usually immediately found via most search systems.