Taratata was a French TV show showcasing live and pre-recorded footage of current rock acts. Presented by Nagui since its début in 1993, the show was initially shown on France 2. The show often involved surprise and unlikely duets, as well as brief interviews with the artists. Taratata was cancelled in 2000, but returned in April 2005 on the public French network France 4 once a week on prime time, France 3, and late night once a month France 2 and Virgin Radio. Artists including Devendra Banhart, Katie Melua, and Ayo made their French TV debut on the show. The show's chief lighting technician, Jean-Philippe Bourdon, was awarded two Sept d'or in 1994 and 1995.
The show featured unique duets and highlights new artists and uses different presenters for each episode. These aspects, and the general emphasis on original music, led the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel to identify Taratata as a uniquely creative show on French TV in April 2009.
The show aired throughout Europe on TV5MONDE Europe on Saturday nights. The show is also franchised to Dubai Television in Arabic with an almost identical format to its French counterpart.
On 31 May 2013, France Télévisions announced that the show was cancelled. Despite the announcement, the show will continue in a web only format and that a concert will be oragnized at Zénith de Paris on 10 October 2013. The last show was recorded on 13 June 2013 and was broadcast on 12 July 2013.
- "La musique cherche sa place à la télévision". Le Figaro. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- France 2 supprime l'émission Taratata, Le Figaro, 31 May 2013.
- France 2 supprime "Taratata", Le Point, 31 mai 2013.
- Taratata tirera sa révérence le 12 juillet, teleobs.nouvelobs.com, 6 juillet 2013.
- IMDB profile on Taratata
- Taratata official site (French)
- TV5 Canada Taratata site (French)
- Dubai TV Taratata site (Arabic)
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