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Belgian Music Today

Prevots, Aaron. Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX. July 2008.

A selective artist A-Z, with links to audio and video.

The following list is inspired by the Conseil de la musique pages and emphasizes artists from 2000-present. Those with a * star * by their name can be heard here on French through Songs. Brief bios are available at the Conseil de la musique website. Francophone artists are featured but some favoring English also appear. For further information, see Wallonie Bruxelles Musiques, The Belgian Pop & Rock Archives, Wikipedia and mediadis.com.

* Adrénaline, “Bornéo,” “La peau des fesses,” “Quand est-ce qu’on y va,” “3 voix de femmes en close harmonie … beaucoup de piquant et un enthousiasme propagateur,” A Cappella
* Alek Boff, “Ki Ki Ki,” video, “Tropical / Pop”
Arno, another bio, Wikipedia, video, one of Belgium’s best-known artists, Pop / Rock / Chanson
Arolde, see “Je n’irai jamais travailler,” Pop / Electro
* AstA, “Elle aime pas, elle préfère,” “La Machine,” “Moins c…,” more audio, “AstA est le projet en français de François Petit, musicien déjà actif dans Adrian Bouldt et The Rocket Ship [et Moladji]. Pop musique décalée ou l’humour cotoie le quotidien mais aussi le rêve et la poésie.”
* Atomic Leaf, “Ecostone,” video, n4records, “Alternative / Ska / Punk,” “Ska-Punk-Guinguette-Reggae”
Attica, interview, “…Rock / alternative moins cadrée…”
Aurelia, audio, “Modern folk”
Austin Lace, hip and upbeat “Pop / Latin / Electro”

Baloji, intense polished multicultural soul and rap grooves, CD Hotel Impala
BD Banx, audio, Rap / Hip Hop
Ben au Banjo, “Musique légère electro-acoustique”
Beretta, Hip Hop / Rap
Bern Li, “Hip Hop / Punk / Electro”
* Bienvenu ‘n Sonar (BnS) video, “Bons baisers de Belgique” audio, Sonar solo, Rap / Hip Hop
Box Story, “Indie / Rock / Minimalist”

* Camping Sauvach, more, single “Au petit bonheur,” “Plantant leurs notes et leur tente là où la fête les emmène…,” “Ska / Folk Rock / Comedy”
Carl, Indie / Alternative
Carton, “Electro alternatif”
Cédric Gervy, “Comedy / Acoustic / Pop”
Christian Merveille, Chansons pour enfants
Claire Goldfarb, “Modern folk”
* Clandestine, “La boîte à souvenirs,” “…un harmonieux mélange entre le rock et la chanson française,” “Rock / Pop / French Pop”
Claude Semal, writer-musician-actor, audio, textes, more, CD Belgik, Chanson / Chanson engagée / Variétés
Cloé du Trèfle, see “Plus qu’une aurore,” Folk / Indie
Cré Tonnerre, “…des rythmes reggae, rock et traditionnels… univers loufoque et surprenant…”

D.Majiria, “Rock… énergique”
Dada-Pâte, “Melodramatic Popular Song”
Daniel Hélin, Nouvelle chanson / Indie / Alternative
* Daphné D, voir “Tes testaments” (de Joachim Jannin), “Rock / Other / Electro”
Dimitri, Trad / Chanson
Djinn Saout, “Rock / Folk Rock / Progressive”

Elvis Black Stars, video, “Powerpop / Rock”
* Été 67, “Tout ce que je veux,” official site also has great bonus songs page and video for the hit “Dis-moi encore,” more audio, live video for “Tout ce que je veux,” Wikipedia, Pop / Rock / Indie / Chanson

Françoiz Breut, a singer whose voice has been compared to Jeanne Moreau’s, fourth album À l’aveuglette October 2008, “Si tu disais” video, bilingual version of same with Calexico, “Surf / Italian Pop / Happy Hardcore”

* Gaetan Vassart, “Annabelle,” winner of various awards, “…un vent frais du nord dans la nouvelle scène française,” “Pop / Rock / French Pop”
Gauff’ (Les), videos, note Spinal Tap outfits, quintet, Pop / Rock / Comedy
Geneviève Laloy, “French Pop / Folk / Jazz”
Gery Lippman, Melodic Pop
* Guillaume Ledent, “Mac Gyver,” more, more, “French Pop / Folk / Fusion”

Isola, “Pop / Rock”
* Ivan & les singes savants, more, “Le bonheur n’arrive pas qu’aux autres,” interview, “French Pop / Latin / Soul”

James Deano, Les blancs ne savent pas danser,” Hip Hop / Rap
Jean-Louis Daulne, numerous albums available, audio, Pop / World Music
Jeff Bodart, an admired artist who passed away in 2008, video, Pop / Nouvelle chanson
Jelly, “Belgian Rock / Pop”
Jennifer Scavuzzo, Pop
* Joachim Jannin, “Tes testaments,” a young singer-songwriter-guitarist steeped in talent, influences include João Gilberto, Benjamin Biolay, Coralie Clément, Jazz / Bossa Nova / Pop

Karin Clercq, audio, many multimedia samples on her site, “Chanson française pop rock folk”
Kris Dane, “Alternative / Hawaiian / Folk Rock”

Lisa Margo, click on pictures for great album excerpts, more audio, “Ambiance pop et jazzy… musique qui se veut fraîche, rythmée, positive…”

M. Charivari, mellow catchy “French pop in Belgium”
* “Mahel’M, La rue deci-delà,” French Pop / Folk
Major Deluxe, Soul / Pop / Neo-Folk
Malibu Stacy, “Zouk / Spanish Pop / Crunk
Mamémo, Children’s Music / Cartoons
Manou Gallo, more, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter-bassist, originally from the Côte d’Ivoire, World Music
Marc Moulin, Modern Jazz
* Marie-Noire, “Théma éthylique,” “…des histoires, des points de vue, des bouts de quotidien et des témoignages, sur un ton drôle ou lucide, toujours ludique !,” “French Pop / Acoustic”
* Marie Warnant, “Bruxelles,” video for “Bruxelles,” “voix douce et mélodieuse,” “Rock / Pop / Electronica”
Marka, singer-songwriter and self-styled “Aktion Man,” a “Chevalier de l’Ordre de Léopold II” since 2005 (a high cultural honor), video, Pop / Chanson
Marlène Dorcena, a singer originally from Haïti, hear her songs “Colibri” and “Métissé”
Maurane, international star, another bio, video, Pop / Chanson
Maxime Blésin, guitarist, Trad / Jazz
Me and My Machines, “Pop / Rock / Electro”
Mehdi Kane, “R&B / Soul / Pop”
* Melon Galia, “L’occasion de me taire,” “On s’est réveillé tôt,” French Pop
MessBass, “Hip Hop / Rap / Lyrical”
Miam Monster Miam, “The madcap from Belgium”
Moladji, “French Pop”
Monsoon, Pop / Indie
Moon Invaders, The, “Ska / Reggae / Soul”
Mud Flow, new album out and accompanying video, Pop / Indie
My Little Cheap Dictaphone, new album Small Town Boy, Pop / Indie / Alternative

N Faly Kouyaté, “Le groupe Dunyakan (qui signifie ‘la voix du monde’) a été créé en mars 1996 par le chanteur, compositeur et arrangeur, N’Faly Kouyaté de Guinée-Conakry… Leur musique, qui allie les instruments africains et occidentaux, est largement inspirée de la culture traditionnelle mandingue de Guinée-Conakry.”
* Nell, 2008 album Dans mon appartement, more, “Ma Tour Eiffel,” “Rock / Pop”

Orchestre du Mouvement perpétuel, Pop / Orchestral / Ambient / Experimental

Perrine et Jeanmi, more audio, “Perrine et Jeanmi offrent une chanson épurée à caractère unique… une configuration minimaliste et acoustique…”
Philippe Lafontaine, video, author-composer since the 1970s, Pop / Chanson
Piano Club, Indie / Pop / Alternative
Pierre Rapsat, author-composer-interpreter and cultural icon, recently passed away, the Quai Pierre Rapsat, in Verviers, Liège bears his name, video, Pop
Pitcho, “le skinfologue,” video, single “C’est encore moi,” Rap / Hip Hop
Plastic Bertrand, musician and TV personality known especially for his 1977 international hit “Ça plane pour moi,” video with lyrics to same, Pop

Raymondo, including Aurélie Muller of Melon Galia and Soy un caballo, “Indie / Pop / Down-tempo”

Saint-André, video, popular recent band, Pop / Nouvelle chanson
Salvatore Adamo, more, video, iconic balladeer, Pop / Variétés
Samir Barris, ex-Melon Galia, seasoned singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a first solo album out, “Acoustic / Folk / Pop”
Sandrine Collard, Eurobeat / Techno / Pop
Saule, bio, Acoustic / Folk / Pop
Sébastien Duthoit, “Acoustic / Folk / French Pop”
Sharko, Alternative / Indie / Pop
Showstar, info at anorak supersport, Rock / Pop / Indie
Silvano, smooth hits, “Pop / Electroacoustic / Rock”
Skarbone 14, “Sa seule envie : être sur scène et faire bouger le public ! … transformer leur énergie en pur condensé de fiesta…,” Ska / Pop / Eclectic
* Soy un caballo, “Robin,” more audio, live video, amazon US link, highly acclaimed duo from Brussels, “Pop / Indie”
Starflam, a well-known group that has existed in various formations since the 1990s, Hip Hop / Rap
Stéphanie Blanchoud, “des textes bouleversants et une voix prenante,” audio, Pop / Chanson
Stromae, Rap / Hip-Hop
Sttellla, formed in 1975, “le plus grand groupe belge calembouriste,” bio with commentary from founder Jean-Luc Fonck, irreverent songs and videos (samples on official site), Variété / Chanson / Comedy
Superlux, popular on the festival circuit, Electro
Sweek, Ambient / Experimental

Tam Echo Tam, A Cappella
Thurmann, Rock
Tom Goldschmidt, Blues
Tom Sweetlove, “Indie / Pop / Experimental”
Toots Thielemans, famous harmonica player, Jazz
Tout est joli / All is pretty, often brash, sometimes with an intriguing Tom Waits kind of twist, some songs in French, Pop / Rock / Experimental
Tricycle, Trad Trio

Urban Trad, Urban Trad

V.O., “Indie / Folk Rock / Pop”
Veence Hanao, Rap / Hip Hop
Versus Club, strong hooks, “Pop / Rock / Acoustic”
Vincent Delbushaye, Chanson / Trad / Pop
Vincent Venet, more, catchy singles, “Pop / Electronica / French Pop”

Wendy Nazaré, video, see the single “Mon pays,” “Pop / Acoustic / Folk”

Yel, a highly regarded rock group, video, “Groupe rock scène belge”
* Yéti, Le, “Projet solo de l’ancien leader de Melon Galia,” “En ville,” “Là d’où je viens,” “French Pop / Indie / Folk”

Zap Mama, a group that has traveled and recorded extensively and appeared on movie soundtracks, Wikipedia, video, World Music