Ariel Wizman

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Ariel Wizman
Ariel Wizman Cannes 2015.jpg
Born (1962-05-19) 19 May 1962 (age 54)
Casablanca, Morocco
Occupation Musician, DJ, Journalist, Actor

Ariel Wizman (born 19 May 1962) is a French musician, DJ, journalist and actor born in Casablanca, Morocco.[1][2][3]

Life and career[edit]

His family, as many Sephardic Jews families, left Morocco after the Six-Day War and settled in France.[2] In Paris, Wizman met the philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas and thanks to him, he attended the École Normale Israélite Orientale.[2] At a gypsy party, he met Édouard Baer and they co-presented a radio show on Radio Nova.[2][4]

Wizman has worked for Actuel, Vogue Homme and 20 Ans,[2] and produced several programs for France Culture.[3] In 1995, he was chief director of >Interactif and is currently a DJ.

Wizman has also appeared as a writer in Nulle part ailleurs. From September 2003 to June 2005, with Stéphane Bern, he presented Tentations.06 on Canal+.[5]

He is half of the electronic music duo Grand Popo Football Club along with Nicolas Errèra, with an album, Shampoo Victims, released in 2000,[5] and a second, Venom in the grass, due for release in February 2010.[6] As for his album Sampoo Victim, the single Les hommes c'est pas des mecs biens remains a brutally shameless and uncredited copy/paste of Firefly's 1981 disco tune Love (Is Gonna Be On Your Side).

Wizman controversially became the voice of a French Ministry of Industry campaign against internet music piracy in 2004, although he later claimed that he was misled into taking part.[7][8][9][10]

In 2009, special editions of Nickel "Morning After Rescue-Gel" were produced, featuring designs showing Wizman or his initials.[11]



  1. ^ de Chamberet, Georgia (1999) XCiTés: The Flamingo Book of Fresh French Writing, Flamingo, ISBN 978-0-00-225939-2, p. 209
  2. ^ a b c d e "Biographie d'Ariel Wizman",, retrieved 2010-02-03
  3. ^ a b "La biographie de Ariel Wizman Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.",, retrieved 2010-02-03
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b Thomas, Chucky (2003) "Transcending Borders", Billboard, 22 March 2003, retrieved 2010-02-03
  6. ^ "Nouvel album pour le chroniqueur de Canal+, Ariel Wizman", InfluMedia, 29 December 2009, retrieved 2010-02-03
  7. ^ "Le message anti-pirates d'Ariel Wizman détourné", Nouvel Obs, 24 January 2005, retrieved 2010-02-03
  8. ^ Champeau, Guillaume (2005) "Ariel Wizman (suite) : histoire d'un mea culpa raté", Numerama, 6 January 2005, retrieved 2010-02-03
  9. ^ Vignale, Frédéric (2005) "Interview : Ariel Wizman", Le Mague, 20 January 2005, retrieved 2010-02-03
  10. ^ "L’erreur fondamentale d’Ariel Wizman",, 31 January 2010, retrieved 2010-02-03
  11. ^ "Ariel Wizman relooke une crème",, 3 February 2010, retrieved 2010-02-03

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