Septembre à Nice promet d’être soul! September in Nice promises to be soul!

Often described as the French Amy Winehouse, soul sensation Ben l’Oncle Soul is back with a third album, ‘Under My Skin’, a tribute to the legendary crooner, Frank Sinatra.


Ben l’Oncle Soul will be in Nice this autumn for what should be a concert full of life! A great opportunity to see live an artist who has been making a big splash the world over in the last few years, with his eclectic brand of sound and his original look based on hats, bow ties and colourful jackets!

With a stage name that pays tribute to the fictitious elderly gent who serves as the brand image of Uncle Ben’s Rice, and music that is clearly influenced by American music of the 50’s and the 60’s, from the likes of Otis Redding and Ray Charles to Sam Cooke and Al Green, the young artist is as French as can be. Born Benjamin Duterde in 1984 in Tours in the Loire valley, he fell into soul music at a very young age, thanks to his mother who was immersed in that universe.

After graduating from art school, Ben, as he was then known to his friends, joined a gospel choir, the Fitiavana Gospel choir, which released an album in 2009 entitled ‘I Have a Dream’, featuring covers of soul classics such as ‘Killing me Softly‘.

Soon thereafter, the young man was signed by the French division of Motown Records and for his debut album, the eponymous Ben l’Oncle Soul, he chose to sing in both English and French. The album was a mix of original material and some covers, including his major hit, the soul version of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’,while his second offering, “A coup de rêves’, saw him team up with San Francisco-based psychedelic soul band Monophonics.

For his latest effort, which was released in late 2016, the French singer has reworked some of the greatest standards popularised by Ol’ Blue Eyes with a touch of reggae, soul, jazz and blues. With the help of both Matthieu Joly (Neïmo) and Benjamin ‘Waxx’ Heikimian (Naosol & The Waxx Blend) and thanks to his powerful voice, he has managed to give a new life to an extremely polished repertoire.

The thing which touched me most in Sinatra’s work, is the lyrics”, the soul artist says. “I wanted to give these jewels a new jewellery box, to create bridges between genres and periods.”

Ben l’Oncle Soul plays at the Théâtre Lino Ventura in Nice on Thursday, the 21st of September, 2017 at 8:30 pm. Tickets cost from €15,80 to €20,80 and can be bought at all the usual outlets or reserved online.



Dernier article en date pour Riviera Buzz. Latest article to date for Riviera Buzz.

Château de la Colle Noire, the summer estate of the late French fashion designer Christian Dior, has been restored to its former glory.


In September 2015, the House of Chanel proudly announced that it had re-acquired “La Pausa”, the beautiful villa overlooking Cap Martin that “mademoiselle” had specially designed, built and decorated for her. Now, less than a year later, it is the House of Dior’s turn to celebrate the purchase and restoration of the Château de la Colle Noire, the summer estate its creator owned in Montauroux.

Located near Grasse, the splendid property set on several hundred hectares, is where the French couturier found the inspiration to craft some of his most famous fragrances (miss Dior, Diorssimo, Eau Sauvage).

It is in 1951, while at the height of his career, that Christian Dior began restoring the 12,900 square foot château, creating his “haven of peace”. There, he wrote his autobiography, Dior by Dior, entertained famous friends such as March Chagall, and planted olive trees, vines and a large array of fragrant flowers, from roses and jasmine, to lily-of-the-valley and lavender in the grandiose garden he designed.

Sadly, the place was sold shortly after the fashion legend’s death in 1957 and changed hands many times in the following decades. It even hosted rock band Oasis as they recorded their album “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” in 1999, and was purchased back by Christian Dior Parfums in 2013.

After nearly three years of works conducted with the aid of landscape designers, Dior’s cherished residence and garden have been given a new lease of life, and have even inspired the latest fragrance launched by the fashion house, “La Colle Noire”, last May.


Bearing the name of the 19th century Provençal château and created by perfumer François Demachy, a Cannes native whose laboratory is located nearby at the Fontaines Parfumées, La Colle Noire scent is a contemporary rose perfume which, according to the “nez” himself  “conveys all the raw and sun-drenched beauty of this region in the south of France”.

Interestingly enough, La Colle Noire is the second fragrance inspired by the stunning estate, following on from Eau Noire which was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, and released in 2004.

Château de la Colle Noire
220 Route de Draguignan
83440 Montauroux

Lead image of Château de la Colle Noire by DandineTravail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0; other image courtesy Dior


Quelques mois après son expo consacrée à Jackie Kennedy, la Galerie Ferrero à Nice salut la mémoire de Grace Kelly. A few months after his exhibit dedicated to Jackie Kennedy, the Galerie Ferrero in Nice pays tribute to Grace Kelly.

The wedding of Oscar winning-actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco remains a fairy tale story that still fascinates people the world over.


When it comes to iconic figures, few women can compare with Grace Kelly. Just a few months after celebrating another fascinating personality, Jackie Kennedy, Galerie Ferrero in Nice has decided to relive the timeless magic of this love story, as well as the following decade that saw the movie queen blossoming into a real European princess.

Not surprisingly, the exhibit ‘Grace Princesse de Monaco’ starts with pictures of the actress on the set of “To Catch a Thief”, the Alfred Hitchcock movie that brought her to the French Riviera for the first time.

It follows on with the photo shoot for an editorial feature organized by Paris Match in 1955 between the American beauty and the Prince of Monaco. Grace, who was only 26 years old at the time, was attending the Cannes Film Festival while the Monegasque royal, at nearly 32, was one of Europe’s most eligible bachelors. Dressed in a beautiful floral dress, we see her wandering through the palace’s gardens and small zoo as she is falling in love with her prince.

Less than a year later, the whirlwind romance led to a beautiful religious ceremony, held at the cathedral in Monaco on the 18th of April, 1956. In front of 600 guests, the American actress became Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco, and that was the beginning of what seemed to be for most onlookers an enchanted life on a little hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.


Through more photographs and official portraits, as well as a few personal artefacts, family memorabilia and movie posters, the exhibit goes on to explore both Grace’s public and private lives. It immerses the visitor in the years that followed the exchange of vows, the birth of their three children, and the new royals first steps into high society. The exhibition ends in the late 1960’s, with the movie star-turned-princess just celebrating her 40th birthday, having achieved the status of beacon of beauty, style and sophistication, a status that she still holds today, more than 30 years after her death.

Grace Princesse de Monaco’ runs until the 31st of August at Galerie Ferrero in Nice, and admission is €5 (€2 for students). Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 2pm to 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 7pm.

Galerie Ferrero
6, rue du Congrès
06000 Nice

Tel: + 33 4 93 88 34 44



The festival du livre de Nice est de retour. The Nice Book Festival is back!


History lessons is the chosen theme for the 21st edition of the Festival du Livre that takes place from 3rd to 5th June in Nice.

The march of history is never steady and linear. Rather, it is a series of stumbles, falls, errors, recoveries … And often, the same mistakes are made over and over again, because we fail to learn from the past. Welcome to the Festival du Livre 2016.

Under the presidency of French doctor, novelist and former ambassador Jean-Christophe Rufin who, as president of Action Against Hunger and one of the founders of Médecins Sans Frontières knows a thing or two about human rights around the world, some 200 journalists, historians, philosophers and people from the world of entertainment will share their vision of the world, and the lessons they have learned from history.

Many are regulars, like Nice-born writer Didier Van Cauwelaert, whose book Un Aller Simple won the Prix Goncourt in 1994, while others will be present for the first time. Among those newcomers, one should be a big draw: Olivier Bourdeaut. The young author has taken France by storm this winter with his debut novel, En Attendant Bojangles, an off-the-wall tale of a boy growing up in an eccentric household, which has seduced readers and critics alike, won three popular French literary prizes, and already sold in excess of 160,000 copies.

Aside from the always popular book signings, there will be public readings of famous literary works, roundtable debates, and concerts organised in various venues around the city before and during the festival, while the now famous literary prize, le Prix Nice Baie des Anges, will be awarded on Friday to Akli Tadjer for La Reine du Tango, a novel that shows that tango is much more than just a passion.


Year on year, the festival continues to establish and re-establish itself as a uniquely vibrant and inspiring gathering of readers and writers, and this latest edition shouldn’t be any different.

The Festival du Livre de Nice takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of June (10am to 7pm each day) on Boulevard Jean-Jaurès, Place Gautier (Cours Saleya) and Place du Palais de Justice. Admission is free.


Images courtesy Festival du Livre de Nice


The Bodyguard est maintenant une comédie musicale…Un évènement à ne pas manquer à Monaco en juin. The Bodyguard is now a musical…A not-to-be-missed  event in Monaco this coming June.


Back in 1992, Whitney Houston got her first acting role alongside Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, a romantic comedy which soon became a classic love story, thanks in part to a great soundtrack.

Two decades later, the Lawrence Kasdan Oscar-nominated film was made into a very successful musical, which is coming to Monaco at the end of June for what should be an incredible run of shows.

Adapted for the stage by American playwright and Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris and directed by Thea Sharrock, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in December 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre and opened to rave reviews, earning in the process four nominations for the Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical.

Fans of the film will not be disappointed as this stage version has all the ingredients that made the movie so poignant in the first place. Following the burgeoning relationship between a music superstar, Rachel Marron, and a former secret agent, Frank Turner hired to protect her from a mysterious stalker, the show features some of Houston’s biggest hits such as Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You or I Wanna Dance with Somebody, as well as, of course, one of the biggest selling songs of all time, I Will Always Love You.

Some may view the musical as an attempt to cash in on the recent death of Whitney Houston (after all, many tribute shows featuring the songs of Michael Jackson emerged shortly after the singer’s death), but the result here turns out to be a real treat for the eyes and the ears, and Alexandra Burke, an X-Factor winner in the UK who reprises the title role, brilliantly shows that things are in safe hands.

The Bodyguard – the Musical plays at the Grimaldi Forum at 8:30pm on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of June, and at 3pm on Sunday the 26th. Tickets range in price from €36 (for students under the age of 25) to €69 and can be purchased on the Grimaldi Forum Website. Running time is 140 minutes.

Grimaldi Forum
10, ave. Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 99 99 20 00

Image courtesy The Bodyguard – the Musical


La Nuit Blanche arrive à Monaco. The White Night festival is coming to Monaco.

Over the past few years, White Night festivals have been popping up in cities the world over, becoming lynchpins of cultural life.

It was just a matter of time before Monaco would join the list, and that’s now a done deal as the Principality is getting ready to stay up until the small hours on the 29th of April for its first “ Nuit Blanche”.

Originally created in Paris in 2002 and inspired by St. Petersburg’s “White Nights”, which celebrate the city’s warm weather months, la “Nuit Blanche” is a nocturnal and multi-cultural event that takes place in many places around town, from museums and churches to parks and touristic sites, and aims at presenting to the general public contemporary art forms in unconventional places.


In Monaco, the festival will be an “original and ambitious artistic journey”orchestrated by Jörg Heiser, a well-known art critic and the co-publisher of the magazine Frieze.

The ambitious programme will feature Saâdane Afif (France, winner of the Prince Pierre Foundation award in 2006), Doug Aitken (United-States), Shana Moulton (United-States), Daniel Steegman Mangrané (Spain), Henrik Hakansson (Denmark), Chassol (France) and Gabriel Lester (The Netherlands).

Look out for works involving planes, boats, horses and music, intended not as a series of attractions but rather “as choreographed events”.

All in all, a perfect excuse to stay up late on a Friday night!


Un nouveau restaurant à essayer bientôt à Monaco! A new restaurant to try soon in Monaco!


The tennis is in full swing this week at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, and World No.1 Novak Djokovic is particularly busy at the moment – more so off-court than on!

Monaco resident Novak Djokovic announced on his Facebook page last Sunday that his wife and himself have launched an all-vegan restaurant called Eqvita in the Principality.

My wife and I transferred our passion for healthy food into a restaurant concept called Eqvita Restaurant that is supposed to open in a few weeks. Tonight we are sharing our excitement with our family, friends and colleagues and in a few weeks time we will invite you all to join us here in Monaco”, Djokovic said.

This is not the tennis player’s first venture into the restaurant business – he already has a chain of family-run cafés in his Serbian homeland, called Novak, as well as an exclusive restaurant in Belgrade. He has also recently launched his own health food brand, Djokolife, which he says, “offers a range of products that reflect my idea for a better lifestyle and diet.”

Djokovic, or Nole as he is known to his numerous fans, has often credited his diet of gluten-free pasta, brown rice, oatmeal plus other gluten-free, carb-rich foods for his success on the tennis courts, after years of being dogged by ill-health.



Needless to say, many tennis A-listers attended the launch party on Sunday. Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic were just some of the many guests who showed up in the hope of getting a taste of Nole’s recipe for success!

The restaurant, located on rue du Portier, will surely become a culinary beacon for the many health-conscious customers in the region. The official opening date has not yet been confirmed.


7, rue du Portier
98000 Monaco


All images courtesy Eqvita Restaurant Facebook page


Encore une expo à ne pas rater à Nice. Another not-to-be-missed exhibit in Nice.

A new exhibition in Nice aims to show the importance of music to Chagall and how he incorporated it into his works.

Last Autumn, two exhibitions held at the Musée de la musique – Philarmonie de Paris (The Triumph of Music) and at La Piscine – Musée D’art et d’Industrie André Diligent in Roubaix (Sources of Music), highlighted the role music played in Chagall’s work.

These two exhibits have been combined together to offer visitors to the Musée National Marc Chagall in Nice a wonderful reflection on the Russian artist’s love for the 5th art with over 200 artworks (paintings, drawings, etchings, ceramics, stained glass, and the like) borrowed from major public and private collections from both France and abroad.

Music has always been a constant source of inspiration to Chagall, from the traditional Jewish songs of his childhood to the classical music of Bach and Mozart. His paintings are full of musicians: violinists, cymbalists, acrobatic musicians, and flautists, all mingling perfectly with the religious figures so clearly loved by the artist.


For Chagall, music was a vehicle for human sentiments: sorrow, joy, consolation, exaltation. This is why, throughout his long career, he worked on many projects for the theatre, ballet and opera. For instance, he created costumes and set designs for the Jewish Art Theatre in Moscow, painted the ceiling of the Opéra de Paris and the frescoes at the Lincoln Center in New York.

A testimony of this love for music is already on display in the museum in Nice, with not only the concert hall which hosts a rich programme of musical events throughout the year, but also the harpsichord he painted in 1980.

The exhibition Marc Chagall et la Musique runs until 13th June, 2016. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm from the 2nd of May), and is closed Tuesdays and on the 1st of May. Admission costs €10, but is free for all on the first Sunday of each month.


Musée National Marc Chagall
36, avenue Dr Ménard
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 53 87 20


All photos © RIVIERA BUZZ


Pop superstar Rihanna has just kicked off her ‘Anti’ World Tour in the US, and hits Europe this Summer, stopping off in Nice in July.

By Flo Dubosc for Riviera Buzz


Stade Charles Ehrmann and the Espace Nikaïa may have the honour of hosting Coldplay and Maroon 5 respectively this May, but the Allianz Riviera has beaten them both hands-down, with a major global star headlining its first-ever concert. None other than Rihanna.

The tour comes in support of the Barbados beauty’s latest album, Anti, which was released earlier this year and is by far the 27 year old singer’s most daring and intimate work to date.

Rihanna, or RiRi to her millions of fans definitely needs no introduction. She has sold more than 54 million albums and 210 million digital tracks worldwide, making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. Before Anti, the young singer had already released seven albums in seven years, amassed 13 No. 1 singles, including “Umbrella”, “We Found Love” (with Calvin Harris), “Diamonds” and “S&M,” and won eight Grammy® Awards.


A fashion icon in her spare time, Jay Z’s protégé has also launched six fragrances as well as two capsule collections with Armani and four River Island collections. She is the new face of Dior’s “Secret Garden” campaign.

 And while her current beau, Travis Scott will be a special guest on North American dates, The Weeknd and Big Sean will accompany her during the European leg of her tour.Over the years, Rihanna has become bigger than her music and seeing her in concert will definitely be a treat, whether you are a fan or not!

Rihanna plays the Stade Allianz Riviera in Nice on Friday, 15h July 2016 at 7:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 62,90 € to 215,90 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.


Allianz Riviera
Boulevard des Jardiniers
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 97 07 29 66


Une nouvelle idée pour un brunch  à Nice…Tous les détails dans Riviera Buzz! A new idea for brunch in Nice….All the detail in Riviera Buzz!

Paper plane

Eat well, laugh often, love much – that would be the motto of the new 100% organic restaurant, Paper Plane, in Nice.

After running the « Gout-Thé » in Antibes, Coralie and Benjamin contemplated embarking on a round-the-world trip, but in the end they did not go very far, opening Paper Plane in Nice last November. Their new adventure is all about good and healthy food.

As soon as you step into their charming little restaurant located on rue Gubernatis, you feel transported away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Vieux Nice and Place Masséna. The walls are decorated with plants and postcards, the wooden furniture provides for a relaxing and cozy atmosphere, while music gently plays in the background. Simplicity and conviviality are definitively the two key words here.


As for the food, everything, from the savoury dishes to the desserts, is homemade, using only seasonal, organic, and fresh produce. Almost everything on the menu, which changes weekly, is vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options. There are also new healthy juices and smoothies on offer every day.

Paper Plane is only open for lunch during the week, but turns into a lovely coffee shop on Saturday and a great place for brunch on Sunday. Where it differs from most eateries that have been popping up in the neighbourhood is that it favours creativity over traditional Niçoise specialties. While the portions may be on the small side, you will definitely feel satisfied, and the taste is just fantastic.


And the icing on the cake? The prices are totally reasonable, proof that it is no longer necessary to spend a fortune to eat organic food.

So, if you are ready to embark on a healthy culinary trip, do not hesitate a second longer and get yourself along to Paper Plane. You won’t be disappointed.


Paper Plane
14, rue Gubernatis
06000 Nice

Tel: 04 93 62 13 05

All images courtesy Paper Plane