Swiss Singers and Songwriters
Mani Matter is regarded as the "father" of all contemporary Swiss singer / songwriters. His adaptation of French style chansons (Georges Brassens) to Swiss German (Bernese) dialect found many followers.
Matter had a full time job as a lawyer for the city of Bern and teacher at the faculty of law at the University of Bern, and he was considered to be a real expert in this field. His chansons and poetry were an unrivaled blend of simplicity, nonsense and poetry that makes you start to think about things you would otherwise never have been thinking of.
In 1992 all famous contemporary Swiss pop musicians united to reinterpret Mani Matter's songs on a tribute CD called Matter Rock. More than 30 years after his early death in a car accident almost every child in the German speaking part of Switzerland still knows his songs.See also:
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