Anggun , by his full name Anggun Cipta Sasmi , which means "graceful dream" in Javanese , born on April 29, 1974 in Jakarta, is a French singer of origin Indonesian
Anggun Cipta Sasmi is growing up in Yogyakarta. Under the leadership of her father, she began a singing career at the age of seven. His first disc, intended for children, comes out two years later >>>. His first studio album, Dunia Aku Punya, is influenced by Western rock. Directed by Ian Antono, a famous producer in Indonesia, he knows success and ranks in the national hit parade. The disc is published in 1986, while the young singer is 12 years old. As a teenager, she became one of the most popular artists in her country and also became known in Southeast Asia >>>. At this time, Anggun believes that the public has already cataloged as a rock singer, while she does not want to be confined to this role. She sets up her own record label at the age of 19 so that she can choose herself and select her repertoire.
Anggun dreams of conquering the international public and decides to leave the country. The singer sells her record label that she owns in Indonesia and flies to Europe in 1994. She first lands in London, where she makes a few meetings and starts projects that do not succeed. She decides to leave for the Netherlands but stops in Paris. She will stay there for six years. Anggun learns French and makes professional meetings that will allow him to be put in touch with Florent Pagny, who in turn presents it to Erick Benzi>. Erick Benzi writes him a first song, La Rose des vents, then an album entitled Anggun whose title track, Snow in the Sahara, is chosen as the first single. He launched his career and allowed him to become known to the general public. The album was first released in Japan in 1997 by Columbia, a subsidiary of Sony Music. This version includes nineteen songs, including three in French. It is published in France in 1998 with sixteen songs including fifteen in French. Finally in 1999, he came out in the United States under the title Snow on the Sahara with only eleven titles, all in English>. The album is marketed in 35 countries and Anggun promotes (United States, Indonesia, Italy, etc.) for three years. She is accompanied by a group of French musicians composed of Patrick Buchmann (drums, percussion, vocals), Nicolas-Yvan Mingot (guitar), Yannick Hardouin (bass) and Patrice Clémentin (keyboards). Worldwide sales of the disc exceed 900,000 copies and it is certified "double gold disc">. In 1999, the song Snow on the Sahara was used by the Swiss watch brand Swatch for its international promotional campaign. The same title was recorded by English singer Sarah Brightman, as a bonus track for her 2004 album The Harem Tour. In 2000, Anggun released her second album, still under the auspices of Erick Benzi, contrary desires. The disc enjoys only a small promotion and has gone relatively unnoticed in France. It has exported well, especially in Indonesia (platinum record) and Italy (gold record). The album comes out under the name of Chrysalis in fifteen Asian countries simultaneously, including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. The song You Swim presents on the list of tracks of Desirs Contraires is also performed by Céline Dion on her album Une fille et quatre types in 2003. At the end of 2000, Anggun is invited by the Vatican for the big Christmas concert alongside Bryan Adams . She then performs a mini-tour of ten dates inaugurated at La Cigale on February 1, 2001, her first French scene. In March 2001, she is one of the many performers of the title Que sera-je demain? as a member of Princess Erika's Les Voix de l'espoir women's collective and then touring extensively in Asia that ends at Singapore's Kallang Theater. She announces her departure from her first label in January 2003, then settles in Montreal, Canada, to find her fiancé at the time. She toured Indonesia and chose to accompany the young Julian Cely, who became his musical godson.