February 27, 2000
ZAMU-AWARDS : THE NOMINEES
van zangers en muzikanten) announced the winner of the design contest for the
trophy that the "musical personalities" can win (see poptelex January
9) : the statue on the right was designed by Russian asylum-seeker Victor
Verkhozine, an inhabitant of a refugee-center in Kapellen. These statues will
be handed out for the first time to winners in 14 categories in the 6th Zamu-awards
ceremony, to be held in the Ancienne Belgique on March 7th.
The nominated artists are :
- best singer : Stef Kamil Carlens,
Daulne or An Pierlé.
- best artist/band (dutch language) : Noordkaap,
De Mens, Raymond
van het Groenewoud, Gorki.
- best artist/band (all languages) : Soulwax,
Zita Swoon, dEUS,
- focus (best new artist on the Belgian music scene) : Arid,
Think of one/Marrakech Emballages Ensemble,
- Live act : Soulwax, Arno,
- Best musician : Steven De Bruyn, Bart
Maris, Michel Bisceglia, Wouter Van den Abeele.
- Author/Composer/Arrangements : Piet
Goddaer, Daan Stuyven, Marc Vanhie, Tom
- Best producer : Olivier Adams & Maurice
Engelen, Alex Callier, Jo Francken, Jean-Marie
- Musical happening (festival / concert /project) : De Nachten, Jazz Middelheim
- De nomaden van de muziek (aka Roland
& Wannes van de Velde-tour), Rock Werchter.
- Best recording studio : ICP, Galaxy, The Groove, Motormusic.
- Press (magazine / journalist / radio / tv / website) : Pili Pili, Plastiks,
Belgian Pop & Rock Archives (!!!) - Gonzo Circus.
- Best dance-act : Dj Jan Van Biesen, Buscemi, Dj Geoffroy, Praga
- Best album : this is handed out on the basis of sales figures
- Lifetime Achievement Award (this remains a surprise)
- Best single (voted on by readers/listeners of Radio1, Studio Brussel,
P-Magazine and Tijd/Cultuur from a shortlist of 40) : Novastar "Wrong",
dEUS "Instant Street",
Zita Swoon "My bond with you and your planet:
or Praga Khan "Breakfast in Vegas".
DE CONINCK VERZAMELD.
Eind deze maand wordt er een cd voorgesteld met het werk van Bert
De Coninck, wellicht het bekendst als zanger van de gefluisterde vreemdgaan-song
zegt ze, en ze lacht haar tanden bloot).
Op deze cd zal het grootste deel van de nummers uit de (onvindbare) Parsifal-LP's
"Enfant Terrible" uit 1975 (samen met Jean Rousseau, Firmin Timmermans
en Mich Verbelen) en "Crapule de Luxe" (samen met het zangeresje Fran)
komen te staan. Bruggeling De Coninck maakte nadien nog een Engelstalige LP als
"Crapule de Luxe", en verdween daarna naar Portugal. Het is de bedoeling
dat hij deze zomer voor enkele concerten -met een trio begeleiding- naar België
komt. Er zijn zelfs plannen om dan een nieuwe Nederlandstalige cd op te nemen.
February 23, 2000
RAYMOND IN VERSE
that he has seen Abraham (has become 50), Raymond
van het Groenewoud has been honoured with a book. This luxurious hardback
(with a cover made out of pluch) entitled "Je veux de l'amour"
contains an intro written by Boudewijn de Groot, a story of his career, a complete
discography and more than 139 lyrics to the songs that have made him such a unique
figure. Moreover, the book comes with a cd, that contains 10 songs recorded acoustically
at home. (Btw : it sure are busy times for Raymond-collectors, as there was also
a cd with live-songs on only 2,000 copies that was handed out to those present
at the Valentine's Day-gig at the AB).
The book is part of a series by editor Van Nijgh & Ditmar. In the same series,
there has also just been a release about the lyrics of the dutch Drs.P.
In the double cd accompanying that book, there is another Raymond-related item
: Jean Blaute's "Bananen".
Order "Je veux de l'amour" at Proxis
O BOY, TOUCH OF JOY
news for people who are allergic to Sergio (now that he is omnipresent
on Flemish TV these days), since he is returning to the music.
Bad news for people who thought that Touch of Joy had broken up (both Sergio &
Sandy have had solo-singles in the last 2 years).
Bad news for people with a coronary disease, as Touch of Joy has a new
single, called "I can't let you go (no!)".
As an extra, the single contains the videoclip-for-TMF-purposes. Later on in the
year a full-cd should follow.
More info : Arcade
February 22, 2000
FERRE TOTAL EXHIBITED
Disaster" Ferre Grignard, the bohémien-musician
who put Belgium on the international rock-map in the sixties with "Ring it"
and "What shall we do", has been honoured with an exhitbition in Antwerp.
Place to be to discover rare photographs, album sleeves and paintings of this
wonderful artist and the Antwerp scene in and around "De Muze" in the
sixties is CC Luchtbal, each day between 10 AM and 5 PM until March 19th.
At the opening night of the exhibition Hans Kusters, in those days the producer
of Ferre, presented the cd-re-release of a rare (french) LP of 1972 (Ferré
Grignard), now out on his own label HKM.
February 19, 2000
NATHALIE SORCE IS THE BELGIAN EUROSONG-CANDIDATE
years after Sandra Kim, Belgium has again selected
a singer of italian descent as the representative to the Eurovision
Song Contest, to be held in Stockholm later in the year.
Nathalie Sorce's "Envie de vivre"
(longing for life) received more votes from the tele-voting public than Frédéric
Reynaerts (pop with oriental influences), Sabrina Klinkenberg (redhaired singer
from Verviers) and Mezzo Mezzo ("The Belgicanos" - à la Gypsy Kings).
Nathalie Sorce (blessed with an organ that Barbra Streisand would envy) is a 21-year
old student history & french from La Louvière. She was discovered 2 years
ago in the tv-show "Pour La Gloire" (a talent-contest on RTBf which she won in
the category "Chanteuse"). Since then, she has recorded a cd with gospel-songs
and has sung at the "SOS Kosovo"-benefit and the Paralympics.
February 17, 2000
LIFE SUCKS ACCORDING TO ZAKFORMAAT XL
de Bruyne (one of the founding fathers of quality songs sung in Dutch), Wigbert
Van Lierde (laid-back backing guitarist for the entire scene, and an on/off
solo-career as well) and Patrick Riguelle (singer of Kadril
or with Jan Hautekiet in Riguelle &
Hautekiet, now to be seen on TV as the singer of "De
Laatste Show-band") have teamed up to form "Zakformaat XL".
On February 26 (during the festivities of the opening weekend of Brussels 2000),
the group will present their first album (out on Arcade-records) "n°1"
to the press and public. For the moment, there is already a promotional single,
provocingly called "Het leven is kut"
(which translated would be something like "life's a cunt", or "life
sucks!", despite the agressive title a gentle country-song.
The band will start a tour in selected theaters in Flanders, starting on March
17 in St-Genesius-Rode. More info at Garifuna.
STARFLAM IN VORST NATIONAAL
Due to the fact that Asian Dub Foundation cannot make it to Brussels this Saturday,
the rapcrew from Liège Starflam
has been asked to open for Rage Against The Machine, in Belgium's biggest
This means that Starflam will play three gigs in two days this weekend, because
they had already scheduled two gigs at the AB, in promotion of their current maxi
On Saturday, they will first do the gig at Forêt, and then come swiftly
to the center of Brussels to do their solo-gig.
LUC ALLOO & HERMAN SCHUEREMANS JOIN BID FOR NEW RADIO-STATION
Since the Flemish minister for media has declared that there has to be room for
three more frequencies for nation-wide radio-stations, a number of initiatives
have been popping up : a relatively new player on the cable-radio (S&Si
- essentie, the station of eighties radio-icon Gust De Coster) has now changed
course to get a hold on one of the coveted broadcast-permits : S&Si will become
a pop & rock radio station, and change it's name to Roxy.
Luc Alloo (enfant terrible of TV) and Herman Schueremans ("Hermans Sherman",
concert-promotor with as main accomplishment the internationally acclaimed Werchter-festival),
have now given their full support to the new radio station.
S&Si had a website, where you can find
the press-releases of this project.
THOU SIGNS WITH PIAS
The strategy of playing at "de Nachten" in order to get some attention
from A&R people for the album Thou
had recorded with John Parish in Bristol has now been proved worthwile : the band
has signed a deal with record firm Play It Again Sam, who will release
a first single "Weak Lady" in March, and the cd "Put Us In Tune"
in April. The band was previously on the Dutch label Brinkman (as Metal
Molly, Nemo ..), which stopped all activities
Now that that problem is solved, the band has lost it's drummer and is urgently
looking for a new one (preferably in the region of Ghent, and with enough time
on his hands to do a lot of rehearsing and touring). Contact : +32/(0)9/226.51.01.
MORE BRUSSELS 2000
Our message of last Monday with the musical programme of the opening-weekend of
Brussels 2000 (European cultural capital) turns out not to be very complete. At
least one major musical event had been overlooked.
The Ancienne Belgique has set up a mini-festival
"Het huis van La Chanson" (the house of the song, but bilingual),
which you can enter with the same ticket as all other cultural activities that
day. The artists performing will be :
- Peter Van Laet (of Mama's Jasje), presenting his solo-cd "Autrement"
- Zakformaat XL (see above), the new band of Kris
De Bruyne, Wigbert & Patrick
- Vera Coomans (Rum, Madou) & Tom Theuns (Ambrozijn, Olla Vogala)
- Marc Lelangue
- Koen De Cauter with his show "Chante Brassens"
- Wannes Van De Velde &
Roland "De nomaden van de muziek"
- Johan Verminnen with songs about "Brussel, mijn stad"
- Philmarie, Zoé & Daniel Hélin
- Willem Vermandere & Julos Beaucarne "Où deux chanteurs du
terroir se rencontrent"
- Philippe Lafontaine "Jusqu'à maintenant"
February 14, 2000
THE SEATSNIFFERS GO GOSPEL
Seatsniffers, the bluesy rock'n'roll
band from Antwerp, will be releaseing their third cd "Born Again"
on Rowyna Records, later on this week. The inspiration for this album came from
high in the sky, as it's full of gospel-songs, such as "Jubilee".
The album was produced by Thomas Yearsley (formerly in one of their examples The
Paladins), and (re)mixed by Stef Kamil Carlens (of Zita Swoon). There are even
more Zita Swoon links, as Bjorn Erickson
plays dobro on some of the tracks, and both bands appeared recently on the Dutch
As usual, the Seatsniffers will start a tour of the clubs after the release of
the cd, this time called "Born Again (Free From Sin)". One of the first
concerts will be at the Ancienne Belgique on the 10th of March. Tickets are still
available. Praise the Lord.