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Jaune Toujours

Rock 'n roll without guitars, but with an accordeon! / 20 years of experience and success / 7 albums released / Collaboration with Gangbé Brass Band / Urban mix of music genres / Kick Ass Roots band / Engaged lyrics / Choux de Bruxelles

About Jaune Toujours

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Here’s a cult band that – with its explosive, urban mix of music genres, rhythms, languages and cultures – has evolved into a high quality brand, appreciated by both the international press and audiences all over. Add to that the typically Belgian pinch of self-derision and understatement and the result is a band with the energy of rock (without guitars!), the improvised twist of jazz, the open-minded approach of world music and the eagerness of a street band.

 

Well-rooted in their home town Brussels the band’s unique identity is yet enforced by their poetic and socially committed lyrics, celebrating the cultural melting pot of our modern day world. The optimistic undertone convincingly states that another world is possible, raising a fist rather than the middle finger. And it is the kind of music you can dance to ’till you drop at a gig, but also enjoy as you listen more closely at home. Jaune Toujours gigs are lively and festive, but avoid clichés and never lose musicality.

 

Jaune Toujours’ sound is so natural that it can give the casual listener the impression of simplicity, when it’s really their musicianship and the particular humanist angle from which they approach cross cultural composing, that makes their music sound as if it’s been around forever. Respect for content rather than form, for long term development and for collaboration rather than preservation, has enabled them to create a musical universe that is rich, diverse, honest, modern and unique.

 

Setting up multiple collaborations Jaune Toujours has proved to be anything but opportunist. With Radio Transit they grouped artists of great talent, whose only handicap was the lack (at that moment) of the right documents. Together with the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin (West-Africa) they toured in 2011 and 2012 as Afrobelbeat (Be/Nin), which is also the title of a 4 track EP, commonly recorded and released in april 2012. And with the band Mec Yek, they invite two Roma girls to their mics to sing their Balkan Motown to the audience, without the usual gypsy clichés.

“Grieving for the exiled thousands stranded in an inhospitable tract of Western Sahara, whose only escape is “music and imagination”. Potent stuff.”—The Guardian

 

“Don’t hesitate to love this Belgian band: explosive, engaged, funky and eclectic! Quality first!”—Keys and Chords

 

“Jaune Toujours a 20 ans. Le combo, installé à Bruxelles, puise dans la diversité culturelle et sociale de la capitale belge des textes engagés. (...) Prônant le mélange des genres, Jaune Toujours mêle rock, gipsy, ska, brass band, musique latine et des Balkans.”—La Libre Culture

 

“Genre-busting accordion and brass-led brew of rock, chanson, ska, gypsy, latin and Balkan ingredients served up by a high-class posse of the most active musicians on the Brussels music scene.”—the Womex-Guide

 

Visit www.jaunetoujours.com for more information. Gri Gri Music represents Jaune Toujours in Belgium.

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