Stream Stromae's new song, 'Santé' : #NowPlaying The Belgian polymath is back with a song that celebrates the hard-working people – from fishermen to restaurant staff – who keep our economies afloat.

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Our friends at NPR Music are always on the lookout for great new songs, so they've been bringing us some of their favorites. Today we have a song called "Sante" by Stromae. Here's NPR's Tom Huizenga.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SANTE")

STROMAE: (Singing in French).

TOM HUIZENGA, BYLINE: What Stromae is singing there, in French, is a toast, quote, "to those who don't have any." So this is a song, along with its really comically touching video, about the haves and, more importantly, the have-nots. And I love it because it's timely, it's very thoughtful, and as always with Stromae, it's a song you can dance to.

(SOUNDBITE OF STROMAE SONG, "SANTE")

HUIZENGA: You know, during the pandemic, we've been talking a lot about essential workers, and these are the folks that Stromae celebrates in the song. He even lists them all - the waitresses, cooks, pilots, truck drivers, flight attendants, bakers, even fishermen.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SANTE")

STROMAE: (Singing in French).

HUIZENGA: To the conquerors of the worst work hours, he sings there. And in the video, all the workers take a little moment to practice these diagrammed dance moves. They're very cool. And then at one point, Stromae takes on the voice of the wealthy 1%, you know, complaining about service, saying, I don't care about good manners. Why should I pretend? She's getting paid. Do it.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SANTE")

STROMAE: (Singing in French).

HUIZENGA: You know, another exciting thing about this song is that it's even here. This is the first we Stromae fans have really heard from him since his breakthrough album eight years ago, where he sang about a really wide range of topics from absent fathers and cancer to a beautiful tribute to the late Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora. And in fact, it's that little Portuguese guitar, the cavaquinho, so often heard in Evora's songs that provides the effervescent sheen behind this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SANTE")

STROMAE: (Singing in French).

HUIZENGA: Stromae's real name, by the way, is Paul Van Haver. He's from Belgium. And he's been busy over the past few years with his own high-end line of unisex clothing. And he's been collaborating with other megastars like Coldplay and Dua Lipa. Now, rumor has it that because this single is out, there could be a new album coming soon - stand by. But in the meantime, this buoyant party song for all of those who are working too hard, the party will do just fine.

(SOUNDBITE OF STROMAE SONG, "SANTE")

MCCAMMON: That's NPR's Tom Huizenga sharing the new song "Sante" by Stromae.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SANTE")

STROMAE: (Singing in French).

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