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verdinterview / pas de deux over brussels

Sunday nigth 2014-01-26 at 22 o’locco Pas de Deux will reform and perform at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels as closing cat of “The Sound of the Belgian Underground 2014”, a festival with mostly young & new acts, e.g. Hantrax and Miaux. Links below.

To celebrate the occasion there’s lots of interviews in Belgian media today & earlier this month. Here’s an interview we did with Walter Verdin in 2001: taken 2001-04-18, e-mailed 2001-05-04 as part of [uzine 01.07]. The 2001-06-28 erratum of [uzine 01.09] has been processed in the text below.


Walter Verdin is one of Belgium’s finest artists, especially as a videast (see also his website – cf. the URL below), but ironically Verdin is still best-known for his appearance at the Eurovision Songfestival with Pas de Deux, who represented Belgium in München anno 1983. Backed by the big band of Freddy Sunder (another Belgian legend), a trio consisting of Walter Verdin, Dett Peyskens and Hilde Van Roy (now a journalist for VRT-tv, who interviews royalty a.o. people) danced their way onto the stage to give a maximalist ((the big band’s belting “baaa-waaa baaa-waaa ba-bààà”)), almost dadaist performance ((the lyrics “Rendez-vous / Maar de maat is vol / En m’n kop is toe” were delivered by two brilliantly coiffured women dancing metronomically)) that would earn Belgium little or no points. Thus, it was a performance that was up to a par with Telex’s minimalist meta-pun on the songfestival in 1980 (Den Haag), which had already ranked Belgium among the most surreal countries Eurosongwise and other…  Later on the band would split (with the Parsley record label going broke at about the same time).

The following interview was conducted around April 18th & mailed out May 4th 2001. Readers who have access to the free weekly newspaper “Brussel Deze Week” might also want to read Michaël Bellon’s elaborate interview with Mr. Verdin in 2001’s June 20th issue (no.793, p.7), in which it is revealed that Verdin even designed record sleeves, e.g. for the Neon Judgement.

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lemi ghariokwu’s art

Seminal: Fela Anikulapo (Ransome) Kuti’s music. As important: the sleeve art provided by Lemi Ghariokwu! (And is that an Afro Unknown Pleasuresin the background of the YT clip above?)
http://www.wrasserecords.com/Fela_Anikulapo_Kuti_9/Complete_Boxset_276.html  [bargain!]

urgent reminder: go buy


Totally da bomb I tells ya! Do go and buy Francis Bebey’s “African Electronic Music 1975-1982” 2lp / cd … full info & lotsa links via http://uzine.posterous.com/francis-bebey … merci Born Bad – quelle découverte!

Update: Bebey tribute in Paris on 2012-07-05 … with Patrick Bebey (oui lùi c’est son fils), Pilooski & Victor Kiswell!

francis bebey

Downright sensational … Francis Bebey = Cameroon’s own Timmy Thomas … and so much more … just check Super jingleaka “Super jungle” … IM Francis Bebey (1929-2001) …

http://www.afrisson.com/Wedoo-Music-1224.html  [warning: features rerecordings!]

nigeria 70 sweet times

Highlight: the full fifteen minutes’ worth of Admiral Dele Abiodun & his Top Hitters International! And check the link below for a free mp3:

2011-01-20: ebo taylor

On 2011-01-20 Mr. Ebo Taylor will play a gig at the Antwerp Zuiderpershuis. These two tracks – “African woman” and “Victory (instrumental)” – are off the “Love And Death” album, out on Strut (UK sublabel of the German !K7 group) since 2010-10-25.

funky skyways


Afro comp overload! But Afro-Beat Airways (West African Shock Waves – Ghana & Togo 1972-1979)v/a (Analog Africa No. 8, cat. no. AA-068, rel. 2010-08-03) is one of the best of the current batch … do check!