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Yes Mccan reads the first verses of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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Poetry and Tea

In this unique video series produced and created by PHI, artists freely explore the interplay between rhymes and sounds, sharing a quiet moment of introspection with us.

Yes, indeed – that’s the stage name of rapper Jean-François Ruel, inspired by Barack Obama’s "Yes We Can". After spending ten years with the Dead Obies, Mccan launched his solo career, starring in his first TV series: the brilliant Fugueuse. Rebellious rap queb nerd, compulsively devouring art and literature, Yes Mccan began meditating to relieve health problems. He now offers us a transcendent reading of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, Chinese sage born in the 6th century, B.C.E., who founded Taoism, no less.

« Empêtré dans le désir on ne témoigne que des manifestations »

Lao Tzu | Excerpt read by Yes Mccan

"Constantly filled with desire, one observes its manifestations"

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