#WeddingBells: Singer Stromae secretly marries stylist


Stromae, the Belgian pop superstar whose French-language songs have found global appeal, secretly tied the knot with his stylist at the weekend, the venue manager said Monday.

The genre-merging singer married Coralie Barbier just weeks after completing a world tour that took him as far away as New York and Rwanda, where his father was killed in the 1994 genocide.

“The wedding took place on Saturday. It was a family affair with some friends there too,” said Stijn Beschuyt, the manager of the hotel wedding venue, a stylishly converted church in the town of Malines.

The 180 invited guests were at first unaware of the event’s true purpose but quickly caught on, Beschuyt said.

“It was a beautiful ceremony done in great taste,” he said, adding that he had faced the formidable task of keeping the secret “for months”.

Brussels resident Stromae, 30, and his 31-year-old bride first visited the hotel “about a year ago” and fell in love with it, Beschuyt said.

Stromae, whose real name is Paul Van Haver, has won a huge following in Belgium and France for his tunes which merge pop, electro and rap, including his 2009 hit “Alors on danse”.

While danceable they are also introspective with themes including the absence of his Rwandan father.

In October he became just the third French-language artist to fill New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden venue after crooner Charles Aznavour and warbler Celine Dion.

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  1. Avatar Guest April 9th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Maybe that’s why they want to ‘GET HIM’….

    1. Avatar Jannadas April 9th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      He is destined to be the next Presidenet of Kenya Like it or leave it.

      1. Avatar none April 9th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

        Same nonsense that caused chaos in 2007 because the opinion polls were wrong and Raila and thought he had won based on those polls.

  2. Avatar Justusimaana April 9th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Total hot air!. This is the same lies that were peddled by opinion polls culminating into the violence in 2007 which made him to refuse to challenge the result in a civilized manner, i completely disagree with this. just look at the entourage of the PM whenever he goes, does it reflect a person as popular as you want us to believe?. Spare us these charade infortrak harris, say something else more appealling and beneficial to kenyans. What is the impact of disintegration of pentagon,have done this homework before coming to talk of popularity yet we know where the PM got his popularity from?

  3. Avatar Mimi April 9th, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I really dont get this !  When the survey was conducted, did it base on RUN-OFF or it was based on  REAL ELECTIONS.  Maybe I am not saying it right.  Let me try one more time.  Did the questionare ask the respondents, ” hey respondents…. lets assume elections are ALREADY  held and there is NO winner.  Who do you think will win in a runoff ? ”  Or did it simply ask them ” whom  will  they vote for in the coming  REAL elections and not a RUNOFF” ?  I feel, if the answer to this question(s) is the earlier one, then, the pollsters  have it all twisted.  They are already assuming there is NO winner in the coming elections and are portraying RAILA as the best in a runoff.  This should be step two.  So the pollsters should never jump to step two, before we go through step one.   So in my quest to have this answered, I will ask these pollsters to go back and ask their questions based on REAL elections, not a RUNOFF.

    1. Avatar Boiyot April 10th, 2012 at 6:45 am

      Read this again…
      ‘Odinga’s popularity rose to 42 percent while Kenyatta polled at 22 percent.’ 
      That means both your questions were asked…

  4. Avatar Mkenyamzee April 9th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I wondering a loud here. Why did Uhuru Kenyatta resign as the Minister of Finance? Was it because he was charged (and case confirmed) by ICC and therefore, Uk can’t hold that office under the current Kenyan law? Is that the case? If it is. Then how come he and Ruto want to stand for president?
    Uhuru resigned because the law  on Intergraty does not allow anyone with a case pending in Court to hold a public office. So did Koskey, Ruto, Machage, Muthaura etc. How then are we being asked to vote for people with a more serious criminal cases? Like Crime against humanity, rape, murder and displacement? Is Kalonzo really a lawyer or is he just keeping appearances for impunity.

  5. Avatar Mwangijurist April 10th, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Tell it to the Fish,,,Birds are politically educated, with this hogwash we need to regulate these so called opinion polls, an who said we are entitled to your own Opinion…..

  6. Avatar whitemagic April 10th, 2012 at 6:55 am

    An opinion poll, sometimes simply referred to as a poll, is a survey of public opinion (in general, an opinion is a subjective belief, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts) from a particular sample. Opinion polls are usually designed to represent the opinions of a population by conducting a series of questions and then extrapolating generalities in ratio or within confidence intervals…seems like many commentors would benefit from the following link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion_poll

  7. Avatar Paul Ndungu Kariuki April 10th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    How owns 
    Infotrack Harris Research and Consulting? and what is the objective f conducting these opinion polls?

    1. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Raila himself, be sure about!

      1. Avatar Anonymous Kenyan April 10th, 2012 at 11:05 am

        There you go again! Any facts or Figures?

        1. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          Who is the owner? Tell us if you can honestly face the truth!

          1. Avatar Anonymous Kenyan April 10th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

            @ Pratt, You are a true Kenyan….for choosing to hold on to roumours so hard to the extent that you imagine it is the truth. For me to continue arguing with you I will have joined your band wagon….this is undesirable for me. Infotrack East Africa is a registered company. Why dont you do a legal search to establish who exactly owns it? Then you will know the truth! However, it is your choice. You may choose to believe in roumours. It is okay. It does not hurt anyone. One more thing….not everyone who defends the facts and figure about Raila is his tribesman! However as I have mentioned before, you are free to believe they all are!! I cant believe we are in 2012 with people still reasoning as you are!

          2. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

            You havent told us the owner! I checked and even established the relationship in the directorship. Therefore tell us the truth instead of hidding behind empty words. Who told you we are relying on rumours? Perhaps thats what you are doing?

  8. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    This is mischief of the highest order, actually meant as usual, to promote Raila at all costs. But it wont work because Kenyans are no longer given to empty fooling. First, if Raila has lost all corners of the counntry but luo Nyanza, where does this purported popularity come from? He lost Rift Valley, Central was always a no-go area as Eastern, North Eastern was actually a Balala bastion as is Coast. Western is already decidely Mudavadi area. So where does this high rating of 42% come from? Of course, as many of her kinsmen, Abitho is having a blind fixation with nonexistent Raila win. Some things need honest intent, but this Abitho thing is becoming unusually dishonest. Even those who are not concerned with politics know for sure Raila’s popularity has been alarmingly shrinking because of very well known factors. However, Abitho is shamelessly telling us even Raila’s waterloo, the ICC, has helped to increase that popularity!! Please give us a break! Lies wont get your fellow to the top come what may. You should tell us who was polled in this particular case. For I suspect that those idle luos camping in every major town, purporting to be discussing politics/campaigning for Raila amongst themselves, were the ones involved! Its insulting and even immoral to allow Kenyans to be mislead by people drunken with toxic tribalism disguised as pollsters.  

    1. Avatar Anonymous Kenyan April 10th, 2012 at 11:03 am

      @pratt, have you carried out any research to support your allegations? or is it just empty talk based on your wishes? I am not and have never been a defender of Raila, but I respect facts and figures backed up by a research. All the rest is simple talk. Remember 2007! The results of the elections reflected the opinion polls almost accurately apart from the fact that the final tally had issues and allegations of rigging. Opinion polls therefore give a true picture of what is happening on the ground based on the sample characteristics. I respect your views/ wishes, but differ on your analysis about Raila’s popularity in other provinces apart from Nyanza. (By the way, let us now start talking about counties and not provinces since we are under a new constitutional dispensation)

      1. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        Facts, figures and now 2007? Its not question of research or whatever, its about facing the hard reality pal! You cant certainly pretend the sort of support your village idol was enjoying in 2007 has remained the same to this day. Secondly, 2007 opinion polls DID NOT actually reflect the  results at all. You should not therefore pin empty credibility on those results. Remember according to those fake polls, your village idol was supposed to win by landslide! It never happened and he had to claim his current do-nothing post through bloodshed and worse. Repeating lies over and over dont turn them to truth. While alot of people were influenced by those fake polls, the scenario was pretty different on the polling day. By the way, who doesnt know most of the luos are pugnaciously pro-Raila and they will do anything to make their toxic tribal loyalty prevail? Do you really expect this Abitho fellow to be any different? And how come when Raila has been openly losing support in all directions, he is supposedly the most popular fellow? Is there any other politician who has lost poltical heavy weights like him and still remained relevant? And was Raila really popular or it was a mere marshalling of tribal chieftains and handing over their supporters to him? If our leaders were in Odm, obviously we were to be in that party! However, that well crafted tribal support has since evaporated. How then do you turn around and openly lie to Kenyans that evaporated support is still intact? Perhaps, you and your village are building excuse walls in order to claim another fake election theft!

        1. Avatar Anonymous Kenyan April 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

          Boss You really are displaying hatrade towards Raila and Luos! What did they do to you or against you! Last elections had irregularities. Who does not know? It is fact! However we passed the bridge and we will not go back to such backward actions. Kenyans will not kill each other. I can assure you that Kenyans learnt. My suggestion is this @ Pratt: If UK wins, me as a Kenyan will accept it and submit to his leadership. Same if RAO wins or even Martha, Kalonzo and the rest! I love them all! You should also be ready to submit to the leadership of whoever wins. I will buy for you lunch…..irrespective of who is the winner.

          1. Avatar Pratt April 10th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

            You are now hidding under the banner of hatred! I thought you had solid facts to accuse me of bias? Stating well known facts has nothing to do with hatred, unless you want to mean truth is hatred. Perhaps, you need to say my assertions are wrong because of this or that reason. By the way, who told you I hate any one? All guys are brothers and even with my stinging criticism for your village idol, if he were to win, which I of course doubt, I would certainly have no alternative but to refer to him as my president. As for luos, you pretty know what they have been doing. Raila has even said it!  Guy would just jump the queue in a supermarket and demand the “government” be served first. In sports clubs, bars, hotels and even hospitals is the same story. Is that glaring fact what you are calling hatred? Illogical behaviour driven by empty arrogance by your folks is a matter of public knowledge pal. You cant therefore call your own actions hate items when exposed by other people. Why do you think this Abitho fellow is conducting these fake polls every now and then? Even other more established pollsters dont come anywhere near her mischief? Whats she trying to achieve? Who pays for her nonsensical work? And why she comes around with her stuff only when Raila is clearly at his worst point? Has she ever told you what prompts her? Should I say luoism? May be now you will claim another worse things than that of drunken Midiwo! 

          2. Avatar Ndolo April 10th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

            a brat of hatred

          3. Avatar Tiptip April 10th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

             Take care Pal. Ulcers will bring you down before the polls.I know it is too much for you but you will have to live with other tribes in this world. Sorry no prescription for this unless you ACCEPT.

        2. Avatar Fredrick Ademba April 10th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

          Here i ask why do UK and Ruto hate Raila so much,?Are they all of them Kenyans?.i wish to state that We should Only disagree on ideas and manifestos of one another.The manifesto and ideas of Ruto and kenyatta is No Raila for presidency!! But they dont tale us what we should expect for the whole kenya.If they differed on there personal agendas like what they agreed upon themselves did not work out,then thats personal and it should not be brought up for us as kenyans!.All presidential candidate please give us what you have for future prosperus kenya and dont tale us about yuor enemies please!

  9. Avatar Karisasi April 10th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Hongera Mheshimiwa Raila!.
    Tuko na wewe Baba.

  10. Avatar broyarailamjinga April 10th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    is the worst leader that kenya can produce. Despite mudavadi being DPM and
    Local Government minister, he has caused mess as RAO has done. Mudavadi have
    already won our hearts. Ambitho and Othiambo polls are just skewed to reflect
    that he is still on, otherswise, RAO is totally finished. ‘unwillingness to
    change caused the dinosaur to become extinct’TEN

  11. Avatar broyarailamjinga April 10th, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    @ac39223fa8b3600245d205957f7c4221:disqus  pliz get a cut and when u become a man enough,sms kenyatta and ask him those silly questions..this is the difference btw a boy and a man.

  12. Avatar KairuTom, Maragua April 10th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    This is a really painful survey result to the corrupt-scared anti-rerformist haters of facts. If not Raila, may the best man / woman show up forward and win.

  13. Avatar Mimi April 10th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Please ! Please !
    Spare us the fruastrations!.   The polls are based on a RUNOFF election, NOT 1st round elections.  I think this is where INFOTRAC is decieving.  Like I said before, why is Infotrac talking about a RUNOFF when they should be talking about 1st round elections?   When did we conduct the 1st round elections? And If Raila is that popular, he should win in the 1st round, hands down!  So, stop manufacturing polls.  Or more maybe it is the reporting which is a problem here.  Fine… Let me give them the benefit of the doubt that they actually mean a RUNOFF.  Fine…. Where are the plolls for 1st round elections ?  How did the candidates fair on the 1st round elections ?  According to the poll, who won in the 1st round but did not have the quoram, so pollsters decided to conduct polls for a RUNOFF ?  Please Stop misleading people.  In politics, there are propagandist … and I think infotrack is now doing a propaganda in favor of some politicians.  GO BACK and CONDUCT A NEW SURVEY BASED ON 1st ROUND elections.  Dont jump the gun, my friends.  We are not stupid.

  14. Avatar Eric Otieno April 10th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    This calls for more urgent ”PRAYER RALLIES” coupled with more anointing oils.Keep us updated in case they are holding one soon at the Lolliondo grounds .

  15. Avatar Josphat Onchwati July 2nd, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    It is obvious, we know who will be the president. please keep updating us about number 2,3, 4…… and when there coalition collapse

  16. Avatar naphtali from kisumu city August 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    the poll is well conducted and we stiil espect an increment on odinga


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