He left. Singer Daniel Lévi, known for his role as Moïse in the musical The Ten Commandments, and who suffered from cancer, died on Saturday at the age of 60, his wife announced. “My husband, my king Daniel Haim ben Sarah Lévi has joined the Gan Eden”, wrote Sandrine Lévi on the artist’s Instagram account. The funeral of the singer, born in 1961 in Constantine, will take place this Sunday at the Jewish cemetery Saint Pierre in Marseille, she said.
Youngest of a family of seven children, Daniel Lévi spent his childhood in Lyon and studied the piano for ten years. He began his career in the early 1980s with a first album, Cocktail which did not meet with the expected success.
The end of the “blue dream”
After several prestigious collaborations, such as those with Gloria Gaynor, who hired him as the first part of his European tour, or Michel Legrand, who offered him a recording songs from the soundtrack of the film Parking by Jacques Demy (1985), Daniel Levi took part in his first musical in 1991.
He performs the roles of Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset in the show Sand and the Romantics, written by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon. In 1993, he recorded Ce rêve bleu, the song for Disney’s Aladdin cartoon. This duet with the singer Karine Costa, which makes him better known, will mark a generation. In 2000, Daniel Lévi achieved recognition with the role of Moïse in the musical comedy by Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo The Ten Commandments , and his flagship song The Desire to Love.
“A voice, singular and powerful”
The musical is a triumph at the Palais des Sports for several weeks and on tour. The album sold 1.3 million copies, according to Universal Music France. After the Ten Commandments stopped, Daniel Lévi resumed his solo career and his compositions tinged with jazz, soul music, and French variety. In total, Daniel Levi has released six solo albums.
The singer suffered from colon cancer, a disease he made public in 2019. “Daniel Lévi was a voice, singular, powerful. Fights too: climate, caregivers, fight against racism, support for Lebanon, he never hesitated to commit himself to making the world a little better. All my condolences to his family and loved ones, ”responded the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak on her Twitter account.