Brussels-based group with an African singer who made a very strong debut with
their exciting album "Système D" in 1992. With the joyful song "Tout
bouge" (everything moves), they were the authors of a surprising yet justified
summer-hit in the same year.
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song : Mazimpaka, Vanbinst.
Year : 1992
Producer : Jean-Marie Aerts
Record co. : BMG-Ariola
The group was founded by Lack, ex-Strings and predecessor of Willy Willy in
The Scabs. In Zaventem he met the - then 16-year old -
Vévé Mazimpaka ("Shake" for her friends). Together with
this irresistible "Belgo-Zaïroise" (mother from Vilvoorde, dad
from Bukavu) he started to work on some songs. Lack : "After a while Shake
and I noticed we were doing something kinda special. Those African rhythms mixed
in with Rock'n'roll definitively had something. I played the tapes for my friend
Bruno, and he introduced us to Julien. He has lived half his life in Congo, black
people have learned him to drum. We clicked it together and suddenly we had a
real group under our hands." Bruno Melon, who was mentioned here, made his
debut with the same Strings, and played with Red Zebra
and The Wolfbanes before joining la Fille d'Ernest.
Humo describes their music as "a busy mixture of catchy African rhythms
and stressed Western guitars : Talking heads with a view on the Savanna.".
The title of the album "Système D", yet another production of
Jean-Marie Aerts, is a reference to the African habit of "se débrouiller",
be resourceful under even the worst circumstances.
Yet after this excellent debut-CD and the summer filled with nice gigs at the
festivals (main stage of Marktrock ...), I've never heard of the group since.
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