Isaac and Nora, the French children who sing Carmencita Lara: what do you think of reggaeton? | YouTube | Social networks | popular music | SHOWS

They barely speak Spanish, but they love the songs of Carmencita Lara. Are isaac and nora, 13 and 10 years old respectively, two French youngsters whose biography was made public thanks to social networks. They perform traditional Latin American music, and in Youtube They already have more than half a million subscribers.

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His interpretations, with a stumbling Spanish, but with the innocence typical of his age, are reproduced by millions and generate thousands of reactions and comments.

In Peru they became popular after singing the classic ‘Let no one know my suffering‘, waltz composed by the Argentine Ángel Cabral. Since then and until now they have an incalculable legion of fans in our territory. For this reason, they will make two presentations. In Arequipa on May 27 and Lima on May 28.

In an interview with, Isaac and Nora clarify that they have no intention of interpreting reggaeton songs, because their audience is ‘would disappoint‘. For now they continue to learn Spanish thanks to the applications they download on their Tablet.

Guys, how has Peru received you?

Nora: We have arrived yesterday, we have eaten in a delicious restaurant. It was a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant.

Have you been able to listen to more Peruvian singers?

Nicolás (dad): We have heard a group that we really like: Los Kipus. We really like the genre of the Peruvian waltz.

They have two presentations in Arequipa and Lima, right?

Nora: Yes, we are going to play songs that you already know and we are also going to sing some songs that are a bit more modern.

Nicholas (father): We must rehearse because we have adapted the setlist for each country. We come from Colombia and we have touched on Colombian issues. Now, for the concerts in Lima and Arequipa we are going to play two Peruvian songs. We like singers like Eva Ayllón and Susana Vaca.


Is it always traditional Latin American music?

Nicholas (father): Yes. At the concert we will start with classics of Latin music. But there is a second part where we sing about the current scene. We really like the current scene, because there are artists still alive that we really like.

Would reggaeton or salsa make an incursion?

Nicholas (father): We have read many comments that say we should not play reggaeton. We listen to Latin music because it is the music we like the most. But we listen to music of all genres. I speak as the father, I want the children to be as open as possible. Nora is a k-pop fan, Isaac is a great rocker, he likes music from the 70s or 80s.

So you are not attracted to reggaeton, a very popular genre in Latin America?

Nora: No, but I like them The Kipus.

Nicholas (father): A large part of our audience would be disappointed if one day we came out with a very reggaeton song, but I speak for myself, I’ve already heard reggaeton, I like it a lot. Not the children. There is reggaeton that makes you want to dance.


How has fame been for you?

Nicolás (dad): It’s strange because the mother and I are very attentive, we try to read the comments, we are very interested in what happens on our networks, but that’s where it stays. It doesn’t matter that much. We really like the idea that at the moment they are not focused on the success of a video. Precisely because they should feel free.

Isn’t the end fame?

Nicholas (father): We are the first to be surprised by success. We don’t understand, but we enjoy it. We are happy. It’s like a fairy tale. When we were playing at the beginning, at home, like playing with the family, to pass the time, we never would have thought that one day we would play in a theater, across the sea, in Latin America. I always say the same thing, it’s like winning the lottery but without buying any tickets. It is a huge luck.

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Nicolás, as a father, how do you work on your children’s talent?

Nicholas (father): We try to play regularly. We play almost every day, but not for a long time. Isaac and Nora don’t do music exercises, they don’t know how to read music. We only play songs that we like. Isaac, Nora and I are not virtuous. On the Internet you can easily find five-year-olds playing the piano and playing like adults. There are programs like ‘La Voz’ where it is possible to find children with voice technique. Nora is a girl and she sings like a girl, more or less fair notes. We want to keep this freshness, the way of playing that is part of our success.

Isaac and Nora learn Spanish thanks to applications on their tablet
Isaac and Nora learn Spanish thanks to applications on their tablet

Who selects the themes?

Nicholas (father): The most important in the choice of the repertoire is the mother. It is she who listens to music the most in the house. Latin music has touched the mom’s heart.


Nora, what is your favorite song?

Nora: ‘Hasta la Raíz’, by Natalie Lafourcade, I really like the rhythm and how it sounds.

What do you think of the Spanish language?

Nora: I love it. I prefer the Spanish language to French.

They have come from France to perform two concerts, in Arequipa and Lima.
They have come from France to perform two concerts, in Arequipa and Lima.

How did they learn?

Nora: My father learned by reading the comments of the videos on YouTube.

Nicholas (father): It’s interesting, the comments on networks were so affectionate that we learned adorable words.

Nora: Like blessings. Later we learned with an application on the Tablet. We just repeat sentences. There is no theory.

Did you know anything about Peru before the songs?

Nicholas (father): No. Music gave us motivation. It all started with music. The melody, the chords, I’m not even talking about the lyrics. We have started to sing songs in Spanish without understanding. We had a friend who speaks Spanish very well, he told us that such a song is beautiful but that a girl should not sing it.

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What Peruvian songs will they sing in their presentations?

Nicholas (father): They are classic themes of the music of yesteryear. It’s part of our identity to play those classics, but also more modern songs. We will try to play, for example, ‘Olvídala amigo’, by the singer Carmencita Lara. We really like the song. We have read many comments, because in the song it says ‘friend, stop drinking’. And in the comments they say that after listening to that song they get thirsty, ha ha ha.

Do they also compose?

Nicholas (father): Not at the moment, it’s too early to compose, to create music. I would love for us to do it, but we are still students, we are learning music. We need enough time to know more music. In each country there are many different styles. The mother and I accompany the children for this learning. Perhaps the creation is something more intimate, but I would love Isaac and Nora to tell us that they have composed a song.