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.