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29/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 47 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Tshaje Tshaje”, a Roma traditional, performed by Piet Maris

Mec Yek 'Tshaje Tshaje' from the album SuperDiverCity (2015). One of the first songs Piet learned from Laci, the Rom singer white whom the whole Gipsy adventure begun, mid '90s...
James-Joyce-stream-of-conciousness-wise: misty woods - smokey tiny block huts - the tiny house Piet lived in at the lakes near an abbey in Leuven - discovery of/concerts in Brasserie De L'union - endless travelling in an R4's, busses, planes - taking musicians, photographers, journalists, radio makers on a stroll - stubborn policeman at the checkpoints - passport problems - la chaconne (Bach) full force on a blaster while travelling - dancing in the snow at midnight at minus 20 - discotek in a small Roma living room - discovery of/concerts in Bazaar Brussels - passing midnight at new year's eve with a bunch of Roma musicians in a small van while driving passed the Brussels Royal Palace in Laeken while fireworks burst out everywhere... But most important of all, the music, always taking the lead...

Listen to the original studio version from the album SuperDiverCity by Mec Yek  on Bandcamp 

28/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 46 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“King of Bongo”, by Mano Negra and Manu Chao, performed by Piet Maris

Piet has some realy fond memories of this album and Manu Chao:

"'King of Bongo', a solo version... Youth heroes, you know the phenomenon? :) I remember the release of 'King of Bongo' the album by Mano Negra as it was yesterday... What a blast: Bring the Fire! King of Bongo! Don't Want You No More! Le bruit du frigo! Letter To The Censors (concurrency for Ace of Spades!) El Jako! It's My Heart! Mad Man's Dead! Out of Time Man! Madam Oscar! Welcome In Occident! Furious Fiesta! The Fool! Paris la nuit! (when I think of it, I could cover quite some more from this album!)... Good Times... Happily revived afterwards with Manu Chao (he made a new version of King of Bongo), of whom I was so honoured to play as support act with Jaune Toujours in 2003 at Les Halles de Schaerbeek for the protest movement Nunca Mais (against the reign of the Spanish government then, who mismanaged the catastrophe with an oli tanker which polluted the Gallician coast) to go out with him afterwards in Brussels... "

27/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 45 of the Covid19 quarantine: Jaune Toujours 'Voor Wat Het Is', from the album Brusk (2000).
Long time, this one... Such a long time ago, that we can even remember Radio 1 playing it, in rotation! :) The lyrics were inspired on a friend of Piet, a guitar player from a Belgian band, who were really making it at the time he wrote the song, but whom he visited in his last days, before he lost his battle against cancer... Musically Piet was inspired by some of his musical heroes back then, Lo'Jo Triban & Les Négresses Vertes... Long time...❤️

Listen to the original studio version from the album BRUSK (2000) on Bandcamp

26/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 44 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Superheld // Super-héro”, by Ik en den Theo / Moi et le Theo, performed by Piet Maris.

Ik zonder/sans den Theo: ’Superheld / Superhéro' from the album Ik en den Theo / Moi et le Theo (2011). Here mixed up in both Dutch and French, as they often do on their live (and pretty wild :) ) kids concerts (on the album, we have a version in Dutch and one in French). For all superheroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Listen to the original studio version
-> in DUTCH
-> in FRENCH

25/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 43 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Question Réponse”, by Jaune Toujours from the album EUROPEANA (2018), performed by Piet Maris

Listen to the original studio version from the album Europeana on Bandcamp

"Si on se saluait comme les motards, peut-être ça aiderait les grognards / Et si on reparait nos rêves cassés, on pourrait continuer à les rêver / Et si on vivait sans papiers, on n’aurait pas besoin de les montrer

24/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 42 of the Covid19 quarantine:
Jaune Toujours ‘C’est parti’ (à la rencontre des gens perdus) from the album ROUTES (2013).

The original recording has a nice trombone solo on it, played by Martial from the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin. This is socially committed feelgood New Orleans.
Jaune Toujours used the song to support “Time To Go” one of the actions by Vrede vzw to get nuclear weapons (imposed by the Nato) out of Belgium and we made a clip out of it to show the world what really happened at the Belgian national anti austerity manifestation of november ’14 (hundreds of thousands of protesters, that was what mattered instead of those handful of provocateurs who made it to the world news)
C’est Parti, the clip on Youtube
Time to Go on Youtube

Listen to the original studio version from the album Routes on Bandcamp 

23/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 41 of the Covid19 quarantine:
“Kaskere ola duj tshavore”, a Roma traditional, performed by Piet Maris from the album Antikrisis (2008).

The Roma traditional repertoire where this song comes from is pretty straightforward, most of the songs are in 4/4 actually (or without rythm in the “halgads” the slow ballads, very slow and sad) - Piet even remembers from his first visits mid 90’s to the small village of Rakusy, at the feet of the high Tatra mountains, at the Slowakian-Polish border, when he played a waltz, 3/4, it was perceived as pretty exotic… For this song, to open up the borders a bit more, we turned its 4/4 into 7/8, kind of moving over to the balkans...

Listen to the original studio version from the album Antikrisis by Mec Yek  on Bandcamp 
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What are those two children doing
at the riverside
without a mother or a father
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23/04/2020 - 16:45

What can a band possibly do during this Covid-19 lockdown period, when all concerts are canceled, to make themselves useful?
Play a concert where social distancing can be respected and where the audience is really in need of some diversion.

The residents with disabilities at Zonnelied vzw can not receive visitors just yet, so in order to cheer them up a little, their caretakers asked Jaune Toujours if they would consider playing a concert in their front yard.
The members of Jaune Toujours jumped at the opportunity to play live together again and thus everyone had as pleasant an afternoon as possible in these times of restrictions.

23/04/2020 - 16:00

What can a band possibly do during this Covid-19 lockdown period, when all concerts are canceled, to make themselves useful?
Play a concert where social distancing can be respected and where the audience is really in need of some diversion.

The residents with disabilities at Zonnelied vzw can not receive visitors just yet, so in order to cheer them up a little, their caretakers asked Jaune Toujours if they would consider playing a concert in their front yard.
The members of Jaune Toujours jumped at the opportunity to play live together again and thus everyone had as pleasant an afternoon as possible in these times of restrictions.

22/04/2020 - 20:00

Day 40 of the Covid19 quarantine:
Jaune Toujours ‘Réfugiés sans Frontières’ from the album Barricade (2004).
These days, the lobby is on, putting pressure to start up the schools, the economy etc. (Arts coming in the last place, I guess). But if we have to bring in one reality in the first place, it’s this one: refugees, asylum seekers, newcomers, people without a roof above their head, these are the people who ar probably hit the hardest in this crisis.
Let’s put things right at last: Niemand is illegaal . No one is illegal . Personne n'est illegal

Listen to the studio version from the album Barricade on Bandcamp