Period : April 6 - 13, 1999
In this issue : Help Kosovo, Mama's Jasje, DAAU, Kolk, Afrekening, Purple Prose,
Krewcial, CPeX, Anna Domino, Snakefarm, Clousau.
April 13, 1999
PAX MEDIA IN TIMES OF WAR
There is a big fundraising initiative for the victims of the war in Kosovo in
the making : six NGO's (non-governmental aid-organisations) & Music Hall (organisers
of big entertainment events ... ) have managed to get the competing TV-stations
TV1 (public) & VTM
(commercial) to join hands for a "grand gala" which should be held at
Vorst Nationaal on April 26th.
The two flemish stations (there will also be an event south of the language barrier)
will jointly broadcast & present (Ben & Koen ?) a night to raise funds
for the war-victims under the motto "Help Kosovo".
April 12 1999
MAMA'S JASJE PLATINA
the fans of Mama's Jasje, the duo that's made a trademark out of covering old
Dutch material, there's both good & bad news : the good news is record Company
Play That Beat will release a new cd with five "new" songs ("Verdronken
vlinder", original by Boudewijn de Groot, "Rosanne", original by
Wim de Craene, "Standbeeld", original
by Jan Puimège, "Tien jaar",
origineel by Johan Verminnen, and "Linda",
original by Will Tura or Frank Boeijen). The bad news is that this mini-cd will
be released as "Hommages II - Platina editie", so that fans who want
the new songs will be forced to buy a second copy of "Hommages II".
The group also has told the press that this is absolutely, definitevely and completely
the very very last that we will have seen from the "Hommages"-series,
because they will now start working on a new cd with original material that is
planned for release before the end of the year. Peter Van Laet also has some plans
to make a cd with French songs.
More info : Play That Beat.
DAAU & ALMA FLAMENCA
This tuesday & wednesday, there will be an interesting clash of cultures taking
place in the "Halles de Schaerbeek" in Brussels : the group DAAU
(Die anarchistische abendunterhaltung) has scheduled two concerts there. Special
about the concerts is that the band of young Belgians will perform together with
the gitano's of Alma Flamenca, a gypsy orchestra from Southern Spain. There will
be a few new songs brought for the first time, but also remakes of the group's
Angelique Wilkie (ex-singer of Zap Mama who already did a song on the last DAAU-record
"We need new animals") will join the party.
Info on tickets : 02/218.21.07
ARNO PUTS OFF RELEASE
On-Line With Rock has issued a statement that the concert of Arno on June 12th
at the Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, will be postponed to October 7th. Tickets
will remain valid. 3 days later, there will be a gig at de Vooruit in Ghent also.
The reason : the new album of Arno, "Le European Cowboy", which was originally
scheduled for release at the end of May, was recently postponed to August 24.
And this because of what's been called "purely artistic reasons".
April 9 1999
KOLK "post-dance-, post-rock- & post-everything-cocktail of electronics,
guitars and Dutch lyrics with influences that range from Billie Holiday to Goldie,
"and everything in between that you can dacne on" : if this description seems
like a good one to you, Sony Music is eager to let you know about a group that
fits this profile : Kolk.
"Dozens of record firms where trying to sign them, but in the end they
chose Sony Music. In silence they worked on the debut-album "Nachtschade", which
will be released on May 17, and from which two weeks before a single "Lemmet"
(with remixes) will hit the shops. Kolk is coming. To serve you."
More info : Sony Music.
Although dEUS is still gloriously on top in de Afrekening with "Instant Street",
the belgian-ness in that hitlist is starting to degrade fast now : on the 30 titles,
only 5 of them were Belgian last week, 17% (a month ago this was double):
- 28 (24) : K's Choice "God in my bed"
- 21 (17) : Hooverphonic "Eden"
- 14 (9) : Noordkaap "Pretentious Moi"
- 6 (18) : Soulwax "Saturday"
- 1 (1) : dEUS "Instant Street"
But, there are a lot of new candidates to fill this vacancies :
- "Vinde gij mij gat niet te dik in deze rok",
by the Clement Peerens Explosition (very politically uncorrect macho-talk of "Pop-expert
n°1" who has recently discovered Protools)
- "The A&L"
by Krewcial (hiphop-miracle from Ghent who will be touring on the "Frithop
is Dood" tour with ABN & co shortly)
- "Dirty Gold"
by Purple Prose (intense blues by "Vaya
Con Dios" Dani Klein)
- the wonderful single "Too late tonight" by Arid. Meanwhile also the
full-cd "Little Things of Venom" should be in the shops by now.
- "Yupe Yupe", the first joyful African single from "A Ma Zone",
the new cd by Zap Mama that will see the light
of day at the end of this month.
- "Sex verandert Alles",
the second single from the new CD by De Mens.
Voting can still probably be done by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- although this is hard to discover on the unpleasantly chaotic new website
April 8 1999
ANNA DOMINO emerges with SNAKEFARM
Folk-funk? Troubadour trip-hop?" : the American music-press is trying to
invent some new terms to describe the music on "Songs From My Funeral"
by Snakefarm, a new group with a high proportion of Belgium-ness.
The performers on the record are none other than Anna
Domino (admittedly not Belgian, but she worked in our country all through
the 80's, and songs like "Rhythm" and
"Zanna" didn't get much attention
in other countries) and Michel Delory (Belgian guitar-player who teamed up with
AD in the 1996 in Brussels). These two thought of this new project, Snakefarm,
while wandering trough the USA : bringing old-American folk-songs (such as "John
Henry", "Saint James Infirmary",
"Tom Dooley" ...) in a contemporary wrapper.
The CD (released March 22 on Kleeling Elephant Records) is already for sale in
American shops such as Amazon, CDNow ... More Snakefarm info, audio, video ...
: Kneeling Elephant, Bugjuice.
CLOUSEAU breaks with MAMA LINDA. MAMA LINDA breaks with the
day before yesterday, there was a little note on the discussion
forum on the Clouseau-website posted by Linda Van Waesberghe, aka their manager
Mama Linda : "Nothing lasts forever, not even the cooperation between
Koen & Kris & their manager. I worked with love for Koen & Clouseau
and have greatly enjoyed your feedback ... I will retire from the world of entertainment.
Lost of Clouseau-fun! Linda".
The quarrel (apparently there is one) not only ends a professional relationship
of over 6 years between the group & it's management, it also puts an end to
a 30-year long career in the world of Belgian pop & rock. Linda van Waesberge
has been counseling, supervising, managing & supporting musicians, also with
her music publishing company Universal songs, since 1970. From Kris
de Bruyne (whose "Amsterdam" was
the first success of Universal) to Peter Hoogland (Qui??), they all loose their
More info on "the divorce" : de Showbiss-site,
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