The newest, self-titeld album of Yasmine was released in October 2001, and contains
12 new songs. Of course the singles "November" and "Ken je dat
gevoel" are on it, and songs written for her by Frank vander Linden, Frank
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Singer and mediafigure from Antwerp that started out singing commercial dance-tunes,
and gradually evolved toward more pop and personal songs.
"Vraag me niet waarom"
1'13 sec. - 143 Kb.
song : Van Lierop / Engelen / Borremans / Bekky
Year : 1991
Record co. : Antler/ARS
"Diep in mij"
53,1 sec. - 104 Kb.
song : Ditmar - Terra
Productie : Eric Melaerts
Year : 1995
Record co. : Dino
55,8 sec. - 110 Kb.
song : Gyselinckx - Fernande
Productie : Eric Melaerts
Year : 1997
Record co. : Dino
"Meisjes aan de macht"
57,9 sec. - 114 Kb.
song : S. Fernande
Productie : Eric Melaerts
Year : 1999
Record co. : Dino
Hilde Rens, for that is the non-artist-name of Yasmine, was born in
the Antwerp-region (Kontich) on March 3, 1972. From a very young age, this girl
decided she wanted to be asinger, and to accomplish that goal she took singing
lessons, joined a band called Precious Limits (a cover-band with o.m. Tom Van
Landuyt and Pascale Michiels) and took part (as Sandra Kim
or Julie Covington) in a number of soundmix-contests (including the VTM-soundmix
in 1989). During one of these contests, she got to know Frank Arkesteyn, who took
care of her as a manager from then on. Her performing name became Yasmine
(apparently named like that after the girlfriend of Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon).
First her voice was put to use in a few radio commercials and she was member
of a VTM promo-team, but in 1991, she managed to get a record deal with Antler-Subway/ARS,
who steered her in the direction of commercial dance (with Flemish lyrics). From
her first single ("Wie denk je wel dat je bent" ) who do you
think you are) she was an instant success in the Tien-Om-Te-Zien circuit. At the
end of 1991 - the girl was only 19 years old at the time - there was already the
full-CD "Mooi Zo" (that's nice), for the most part filled with
songs written by Olivier Adams, Maurice Engelen en Nikkie van Lierop (see Praga
Khan, Lords of Acid, New
Beat), and a few by Fred Bekky (see Pebbles, Trinity).
There were four more singles pulled from this debut-CD: "Vraag me niet
waarom" (don't ask me why), "Hoog in de Wolken" (high
in the clouds), "Zeven dagen" (seven days) and "Twijfels"
Almost simultaneously with her breakthrough as a singer, a career in the Flemish
medio started. She made her debut in 1992 on Studio Brussel ("10 Spirit"),
but then quickly changed sides and could replace the pregnant Bea Van der Maat
(see Won Ton Ton) in presenting the popular "flemish
songs"-show Tien om te Zien and later the Super 50. In 1993 a second CD came
about "Als jij dat Wil" (if you want that), recorded with the
same team and in the same formula as the debut, with singles as "Waar jij
gaat" (where you go), "In de regen gedanst" (danced in the rain),
"In Kleur" (in colour) and "Als jij dat wil".
After a move in radio-land to Contact and on TV to "Vroemtuigen" she
emerged later in 1995 with the alubm "Portfolio". Driven by the
beautiful singles "Diep in mij" (deep within me) and "Ik was zo
graag bij jou gebleven" (I wish I would've stayed with you), this was the
first album of Yasmine that sold enough copies to receive gold. It also was a
start of a new courses, because instead of the Antler-dance tunes, she headed
in the direction of more persional and and poppy material (she had also changed
record firms). She also changed her live-act, as she would have no more of the
"running four times a day from discotheque to discotheque to hurry-hurry
a few songs and zoom off to the next one", and started performeing with
a real live band (led by Eric Melaerts - see Soulsister,
Isabelle A ...). "I was really fed up with that", she later told
Humo, "I had no fun whatsoever in what I was doing, and the gigs were
suffering from it. Nowadays, I perform much less, so I gain a little less, but
I get to spend much more time on each one, and I'm a hundred times happier that
Noticeably was that Yasmine didn't try to conceal her private life any longer
(she's lesbian, and her partner in those days was the TV-announcer Opvallend daarbij
was ook dat Yasmine haar persoonlijke liefdesleven niet onder stoelen of Alexandra
Potvin). This "coming out" (as a figure of speech, there a no nude pics
of the releation as far as I know) was kind of self-evident for her: "Lots
of gays in showbizz have lied for a long time, so long they can't go back. One
can lie for a short while, but not for years. I respect the gays and lesbians
that don't want their disposition out in the open .. but for me it certainly was
not as big a problem as I had feared at first. The public sees that I'm happy,
and they accept me as I am. Maybe there are a few right wing Vlaams Blok-voters
who won't buy my records now that they know I share a bed with Alexandra, but
I've made up my mind".
In 1997 she had a big hit with the song "Porselein" (porcelain),
a song that was written for her by Stefaan Fernande (the author of "Nobelprijs"
by Clouseau and of about the complete repertoire of
the Flemish boysband Get Ready). Yasmine about this : "that song was written
by a total stranger, who only knew my through some old interviews, and still he
managed to get to the very heart of me - in the depths of my soul, I am lonely
and fragile, but I'm looking at the world, like a winner - that's me, all of me.
Very strong lyrics". the forerunner of the CD "Prêt-à
Porter". This fashionable CD also got to gold, pulled by the other singles
that were taken from it: "Kikkerkoel" (cold as a frog), "Da's een
goeie vraag" (good queston, that) en "Altijd weer tikt de klok"
(the clock always ticks).
In 1999 the CD "Blauw" (blue) came along, a production of
guitarist Eric Melaerts. Singles from this CD that got a warm welcome were "Meisjes
aan de Macht" (girls in power), "Slaaf" (slave) and "Ik hou
van jou zonder meer" (I love you just like that). Lyricists and writers included
Piet van den Heuvel (see Scooter), Alain van Zeveren
(see The Radios), Marc Vanhie (see The
Bet) and Evert Verhees (see Maurane, Soulsister
...). Also remarkable in that same year was her duet with Frank Boeijen, with
whom she performed the song "Suzanne" (originally by Leonard Cohen,
earlier in Dutch by Herman Van Veen). About "Blauw" she told Nieuwsblad
: "I've evolved. My previous albums were pure pop albums. This is more
"modern folk" or something. There's more chanson on it, less schlager.
I used to aim at the cafés, the festivals, to create a party. Now I want
to meat another audience, I'm ready for the theatres."
In 2000 she did som TV-work for the new Flemish clipstation TMF, and she tried
to get a new project rolling with Truus Druyts (actress and VT4-presenter) and
Meredith (the singer of Pop in Wonderland) :
De Miekes ( the year before she had tries something similar with Geena
Lisa as de Minetten). Fot this, they recorded an attempt of being funny
to the tune of "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters, which in the dialect of
Antwerp became "Vuur" (Ik rij met a voituur, Ge zet de radio op,
Ge trekt me dichterbij, En ja wa dachte ik zeg stop. Ik zeg 'k vin da nie leutig,
Da wordt vervelend op den duur, Ja heel ambetant, Maar als we kussen ... Vuur).
In the summer of 2001, she tried it again with a single, "Ken je dat
gevoel", and as a presenter of the TV1 showbizzprogram"De Rode Loper",
but just as the rest of the flemish Showbizz the career of Yasmine was also not
exactly flourishing. However, in the fall of the same year, she took it back up
to speed with a CD, a musical, a theatre tour and a new show on the radio (this
time at radio Donna, where she does the show Diva).
The new - 6th - CD of Yasmine was baptized simply as "Yasmine"
and contains, besides the singles "Ken je dat gevoel" and "November",
songs written by Frank Vander linden (de Mens), Frank Boeijen,
Miguel Wiels (zie K3) and Stefaan Fernande. Also one cover
on it: "Huis", originally by Lamp, Lazarus
en Kris (de Bruyne). Eric Melaerts again did the production. The content:
love of course, now about her partner Marianne (de Mol).
Beside this, she also re-bought the rights to her previous album, which will soon
be released mid-price on CNR recors. In December, she will also be in the spotlight
on stage, for in the musical version of Alladin the role of fair princess Yasmine,
with whom Gunther Levi aka Alladin falls in love with, will be played by Yasmine
Buy CD's of this artist
- Mooi Zo (Antler-Subway/ARS, 1991)
- Als jij dat wil (Antler-Subway, ARS, 1993)
- Portfolio (Dino Music, 1995)
- Prêt-à-porter (Dino, 1997)
- Blauw (Dino Music, 1999)
- Yasmine (CNR, 2001) Compilations :
- Gouden Momenten (DINO, 1997)
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