Who is Mareva Galanter?
Our star is Mareva Karine Galanter. Born on February 4 in Papeete, on the island of Tahiti, she is of Romanian origin by her father and Polynesian by her mother. She grew up in Tahiti with her mother and three brothers. She became a model at the age of 14 and French audiences discovered her on television in 1998 as a dancer on an entertainment program. The same year, she entered the Miss Tahiti contest and won the crown hands down. She thus qualified for the election of Miss France 1999, also came out a winner and officially became the 69th Miss France. She then represents the country in the Miss Universe election held in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, on May 23, 1999. She came in 13th place. Over the years, the beauty queen has shown that she is not lacking in talent since she has become an actress, TV host and singer who plays the ukulele.
Mareva Galanter, the song and the ukulele
It was in 2006 that the Miss surprised everyone by releasing her first album entitled Ukuyéyé by Mareva. This title evokes very well her passion for the ukulele, a musical instrument which she masters perfectly. It is an album of covers of French titles from the 1960s on which she plays the ukulele. La Madrague by Brigitte Bardot and Le temps de l'amour by Françoise Hardy are featured on the opus Ukuyéyé, which nevertheless includes an original composition entitled Miss Hinano. In 2008, Mareva Galanter's second album, Happy Fiu, was released. The recording took place in England where the ukulele player collaborated with the rock group Little Barrie and some renowned British musicians. Miss France 1999 defines Happy Fiu as a personal album. She notably wrote the lyrics for a few tracks. Obviously, each song is accompanied by its ukulele. Between 2009 and 2012, Mareva Galanter and her string instrument were part of the group Nouvelle Vague and undertook a world tour of 150 concert dates per year. Also in 2012, she recorded and released a few songs in Detroit. In 2017, she reformed the yé-yé music group from the sixties, Les Parisiennes, with Arielle Dombasle, Inna Modja and Helena Noguerra. The 4 singers go on tour in 2018, still ukulele in hand with regard to our former Tahitian Miss. Interviewed by journalists, Mareva Galanter explains: "The ukulele is a link with my origins. I grew up with this sound which is really the sound of joy, of celebration, of gaiety. "