THINK OF ONE (BELGIUM)
Although Belgium has been producing bands as notable as Zap Mama and Laïs for some time now, it would be fair to say that Think of One are largely responsible for putting their country on the world music map. That happened when they won this award (then dubbed ‘Boundary Crossing’) three years ago, and the irony is that this event also prompted the cosmopolitan minded Brussels-based label Crammed to get behind them. Who says The Awards for World Music have no impact?
A lot of water has flowed under the proverbial bridge since this Antwerp-based collective named after a Thelonious Monk tune released their rough-and-ready debut Juggernaut (1997), which at the time was a home made thing ‘packed into a coffee filter glued on a cardboard sleeve’. Their eighth and latest effort Tráfico (2005) certainly looks a lot more professional, but the open-minded and free-ranging DIY ethic that powered them from the very beginning still seems very much in evidence. Tráfico is the second instalment in their productive association with a quartet of musicians from Recife in North Eastern Brazil, which began with Chuva em Pó in 2004. But Think Of One are a many-headed hydra of a band that manifests itself in a variety of incarnations, always fronted by founder member singer, guitarist and songwriter David Bovée. There’s the six-piece Balkan flavoured brass outfit called NAFT (‘Fuel’)– the core group – which tours in a converted truck that doubles as a mobile stage. Then there’s the aforementioned Tráfico, a ten-strong version of the band beefed up with four Brazilians. And there’s the Marrakech Emballages Ensemble, which combines their talents with those of B’Net Houaryet and two Gnawa musicians to seriously trancey effect, so far captured on three albums.
Projects in the pipeline include a collaboration with Canadian Inuit musicians, which seem to be talking longer than usual to bear fruit. Perhaps before it does, we’ll hear more from the Moroccan partnership or even one involving musicians from that vast former Belgian colony, The Democratic Republic of Congo. Whatever it is, expect wild Gypsy rhythms, fevered brass, hip hop, reggae, wiggy lounge vibes and lots of humour in the mix.
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ANDRE CLAESSENS BRUSSELS BELGIUM
Filip & Hilde, Blankenberge, Belgium
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Jimmy Demuynck - Ypres Belgium
Andy Whitehouse, The Circle, Worksop, England
Samdrub = Scotand
John Erbuer Recife
Antoine Watoux - Toronto Canada
Vicky - Almeria Spain
Wout Coppens - Berlaar - Belgium
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