Name: Mulatu. Age: 66
Mulatu Astatke. Mu laaa tuu. As. Tat. Ke. It took me a while to pronounce it. For the people who know the man: great. For the ones who don’t, let me be so kind to introduce you. Mulatu Astatke is the Godfather of what people call Ethio-Jazz. Word is that Ethio-Jazz is created by Mulatu Astatke and therefore […]
The Groupie Trick
Feest In Het Park, 15/08/2009 While taking a bath I was thinking about the lessons I’ve learned with N.E.R.D. 1. A backstage pass isn’t necessarily a one way ticket to Polaroid heaven. 2. You have to be bold but polite, persistant but not pushy. 3. Groupies get inside. Or at least girls who carry that […]
One for All, All for one Polaroid.
Lokerse Feesten, 07/08/2009. It doesn’t hàve to be difficult. Sometimes the hustle isn’t necessary. Sometimes, you just have to depend on your instincts. Simple. Baloji for example. Baloji is a Belgian artist and just released his first solo album, an autobiography called ‘Hotel Impala’. He was scheduled to perform right before N.E.R.D. and I hoped I could […]
When the MC came, to live out his name.
Ancien Belgique (Brussels), DATE. My first gig in the AB. In my humble opinion the coolest concert venue in Belgium. Especially for anything in an urban atmosphere. If you are a true artist, I believe you can create magic in that place. I saw Jay-Z performing there once and it was brilliant. The iron balconies on both the left […]
D-O-double-G = N.O.P.E.
Vorst Nationaal (Brussels), date. Where do I start? It was a freakin’ disaster. Here’s the story. Connection wise things started already on the wrong foot. Nobody could get me in. Nobody could get me backstage. Universal wasn’t really co-operative either. They basically told me that the only backstage passes they have, were for their own use. I contacted someone […]
Diane, Diane, Die-An?
Trix (Antwerp), date. Rahzel is coming. Yes, Rahzel the Human Beatbox aka The Godfather of Noize. After missing out on Snoop Dogg ànd Kanye West I wasn’t really confident anymore… (Yes I failed on Kanye so hard and fast I couldn’t even write a story about it) Rahzel wasn’t alone. He came with JSONE, DJ MUGGS (Cypress […]
NERD VS JVT
Two of my favorite ‘boys-bands’ in the same room. Haha. Just kidding. N.E.R.D. in the AB? I bought my tickets faster than a Busta Rhymes song. The concert was sold out in a blink of an eye. Blink! My raincheck on N.E.R.D. Finally. With the experience I had so far, I was hoping for a […]
My first time – N.E.R.D
Lokerse Feesten, 7/08/2009. The day of my birthday ànd the day I decided to begin this project. I was nervous. I waited while hanging backstage. I managed to get a backstage pass through a friend of mine. But only for me. My other friends had to wait for me in the crowd. I clearly felt out of my […]