Category:Belgian male singers
Pages in category "Belgian male singers"
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The following 116 pages are in this category, out of 116 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Jacques Brel – He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson. In French-speaking countries, Brel was also an actor, appearing in ten films. He also directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973, having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time. Brel married Thérèse Miche Michielsen in 1950 and the couple had three children and he also had a romantic relationship with actress and dancer Maddly Bamy from 1972 until his death in 1978. Jacques Romain Georges Brel was born on 8 April 1929 in Schaerbeek, Brussels, to Élisabeth Lisette and he came from a family of Flemish descent, who had adopted the French language, part of his family originated in Zandvoorde, near Ypres. His father worked for Cominex, a firm, and later became co-director of a company that manufactured cardboard. Jacques and his older brother Pierre grew up in an austere household, in Brussels, the family lived at 138 Avenue du Diamant in Schaerbeek, then moved to 26 Boulevard Belgica–Belgicalaan in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, and finally settled at 7 Rue Jacques-Manne in Anderlecht. Jacques was close to his mother, fascinated by her generosity and sense of humour, in September 1941, his parents enrolled Jacques at the Institut Saint-Louis at rue du Marais near the Botanical Garden of Brussels. Although he did poorly in many subjects, he did well in history and French and he helped set up the schools drama club, taking on his first stage roles with great enthusiasm. He wrote short stories, poems, and essays, in 1944, at the age of 15, Jacques began playing the guitar. The following year he formed his own group with friends. In the spring of 1947, during his year at Saint-Louis. Published pseudonymously, the story is about a man on his death bed who encourages his grandson to run away while the rest of the family makes arrangements for his funeral. Despite his growing talent for writing, Jacques was never a good student, with an academic career not in his future, the 18-year-old Jacques went to work at his fathers cardboard factory in August 1947. His job at Vanneste and Brel was predictable and uninspiring—a routine that involved fixing prices, apart from joining the company football team, he showed little interest in the companys social activities and events. Perhaps to offset the boredom of his office routine, he joined a local Catholic youth organisation La Franche Cordée. Dedicated to philanthropic work, the group organised religious retreats, fundraising events, Jacques supported these activities with great enthusiasm and believed strongly in FCs mission. His parents were pleased with their sons dedication, and provided him with the company van and family car to support his FC activities
2. Kamagurka – Luc Zeebroek, better known as Kamagurka, is a Belgian cartoonist, playwright, comic strip artist, painter, comedian, comedic singer and television producer, known for the absurd nature of his work. He created various comic characters, but Bert is the most well known. He also writes the scenarios for Herr Seeles comic strip, Cowboy Henk, Luc Zeebroek was born on 5 May 1956 in Nieuwpoort in Belgium. Kamagurka studied Art in Bruges and later performed studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, however, he quit school before he would graduate. During a schooltrip in Paris Kamagurka decided to visit to the building of the magazine Hara Kiri on his own. Only twenty years old, he ended up going there every two weeks to stay there for three days, Kamagurka still believes this to be his true education and the foundation of the rest of his career. In 1972 he made his debut as cartoonist in De Zeewacht, in those first years the magazine received dozens of angry readers letters from people who didnt understand or enjoy his work, which they deemed too vulgar. This transformed him into a cult artist and he remains the house cartoonist of Humo to this day, despite other cartoonists being published as well. Since the 1980s he also made a few cartoons with Herr Seele, with whom he made several radio. Since 1981 they also make the comic Cowboy Henk, with Kamagurka writing the jokes, Kamagurka also paints and performs theater throughout Flanders and The Netherlands. He has made music since the beginning of the 80s with singles as Constant Degoutant, Marjoleintje, Een klein leger, maar een dik leger and they called themselves Kamagurka en de Vlaamse Primitieven. In 2000 he released a new album called, Oh Sabrina, wat heb je met mijn snor gedaan. with singles like the song and Nee, mijn lief. He has also designed covers for Raymond van het Groenewoud. In 1985 he received the Geuzenprijs for his entire oeuvre, since from 2002 he made weekly guest contributions to De Laatste Show. In 2005 he also created a production with Jules Deelder. Since 2006 he has been making segments for the TV show Man bijt Hond with the weekly shorts De grens, during the Kamalmanak project he started to make short movies for the digital Dutch site NRC TV. While filming one of short films he invented a new art movement called Accidentalism. He created a portrait of a person, as he saw him/her with his own eye
3. The Voice Belgique – The Voice Belgique is a francophone Belgian reality television singing competition. The TV show is part of the international Voice franchise that started in the Netherlands as The Voice of Holland and it kicked-off on December 20,2011, one month after its Flemish Belgian counterpart, The Voice van Vlaanderen went on air. It is currently airing on La Une from RTBF network, one of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group, talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the auditioner. Winners are in bold, eliminated contestants in small font, – 3rd and 4th Place Coach/Contestant. The series consists of three phases, an audition, a battle phase, and live performance shows. Four judges/coaches, all noteworthy recording artists, choose teams of contestants through an audition process. Each team of singers is mentored and developed by its respective coach, in the final phase, the remaining contestants compete against each other in live broadcasts. The television audience and the coaches have equal say 50/50 in deciding who moves on to the final 4 phase, with one team member remaining for each coach, the contestants compete against each other in the finale with the outcome decided solely by public vote. Color Key The Voice Belgique Official website The Voice
4. Gotye – Wouter Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name Gotye is a respelling of Gauthier, the French cognate of Gotyes given Dutch name Wouter. Gotye has released three albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. He is a member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics. His voice has been compared to those of Peter Gabriel and Sting, Gotyes 2011 single Somebody That I Used to Know reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second born in Belgium. He has won five ARIA Awards and received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia, Gotye has said he sometimes feels less of a musician, more of a tinkerer. Born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1980, two years later De Backer emigrated to Australia with his family and they first resided in Sydney before settling in Montmorency, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. His parents chose to use the English equivalent of his name, Walter, as a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In his teens, De Backer formed the band Downstares with three of his school friends, including Lucas Taranto. After high school, the members of Downstares went their separate ways, in 2001, his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency, so he could continue his studies at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Two friends moved in him and the house became affectionately known as The Frat House. The first seeds of Gotye were planted when De Backer was given a collection of old records. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, in 2001, De Backer recorded his first tracks primarily using samples. He put together a four-track CD which included the song Out Here in the Cold and he made approximately 50 copies of this first collection, handwriting the track list and colouring in the cover sleeve in pencil. He drew on his history for inspiration when naming his new project, Wouter translates into French as Gaultier. He chose his own spelling of this variation and named the project Gotye and he sent the CDs out to every radio station and recording industry contact he could find in the phonebook, then followed each up with phone calls to ensure they were delivered. Around this time, Gotye met fellow singer-songwriter Kris Schroeder at a party in Mt Eliza, and they formed an enduring songwriting and performing partnership and became regulars on the live music scene, giving De Backer an outlet for his passion for live performance. The Basics have continued to tour and record alongside Gotye, releasing four albums between 2004 and 2010, De Backer went on to produce two more four-track Gotye collections which were met with positive reviews, with several tracks getting onto the rotation at youth radio station Triple J
5. Salvatore Adamo – Salvatore, Knight Adamo, known commonly as Adamo, is a musician and singer known for his romantic ballads. Adamo was born in Italy and his familys ancestry is Italian and he first gained popularity throughout Europe and later in the Middle East, Latin America, Japan, and the United States. He has sold more than 80 million albums and 20 million singles making him one of the most commercially successful musicians in the world and he mainly performs in French but has also sung in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish. Tombe la neige, La nuit, and InchAllah remain his best known songs and he is currently the best selling Belgian musician of all time. Adamos father Antonio, a digger, emigrated to Belgium in February 1947 to work in the mines of Marcinelle. Four months later his wife, Concetta, and their son, Salvatore, in 1950, Salvatore was bedridden for a year with meningitis. Salvatores parents did not want their son to become a miner, by 1960, the family of Antonio and Concetta Adamo had seven children overall. Salvatore grew up in Jemappes, where he was a student at school and distinguished himself in music. Adamos early influences were the poetry of Victor Hugo and Jacques Prévert, the music of French singer-songwriters like Georges Brassens, and he started singing and composing his own songs from an early age. His debut was in a Radio Luxembourg competition, where he participated as singer and composer of the song Si josais, Adamos first hit was Sans toi, ma mie, in 1963, from his debut album 63/64. He followed this with a series of hits, the most famous being Tombe la neige in 1963, La nuit in 1964, the self-penned Petit bonheur sold over one million copies by April 1970, and was awarded a gold disc. Adamo has sold over 100 million copies of recordings worldwide and he has recorded in many languages and, besides France and Belgium, had hits in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and also in Japan, where he toured repeatedly. He has had hits and toured also in Latin America and throughout the Middle East, in the 1980s, Adamos career faltered, as the style of his music was no longer fashionable. Adamo briefly attempted movie acting when he was cast in the film Les Arnaud, amália Rodrigues recorded InchAllah in French. Tombe la neige, one of his international hits, has been covered in Bulgarian, Turkish, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian. In 2001, Adamo was raised into the Belgian nobility by King Albert II and given for life the Belgian noble title Ridder and he was appointed an Officer of the Belgian Order of the Crown in 2002. In 2014, Adamo was honoured at Victoires de la Musique in France, in 1984, Adamo had heart problems which necessitated a heart bypass operation and a temporary though total withdrawal from work. Since 1993, he has been an honorary UNICEF ambassador from Belgium and, in capacity, has visited countries such as Vietnam, Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan
6. Brahim Attaeb – Brahim Attaeb better known by his stage name and mononym Brahim, is a Belgian R&B singer and presenter of Moroccan descent. Brahim became famous when he participated in Belgian first inaugural season of the Idool series, the Belgian Flanders version of the Idol series. Despite this loss, he still got a deal as his song Turn the Music Up hit the top of the Ultratop 50 Flanders Singles Chart. He gained fame in Morocco through a cover of Didi, an English language remake of Cheb Khaleds song, the single was successful in Belgium reaching #10 on Ultratop 50 charts. A French language added rap segment featured Nessa, Eurosong / Eurovision Brahim has tried twice to represent Belgium in Eurovision Song Contest. In 2006, he took part in Eurosong 06, the Belgian selection process for Eurovision, passing the semi-finals he earned a wildcard to the finals, but finished only fourth. In 2008, he tried yet again for Eurovision by taking part in Eurosong 08 with What I Like About You, coming second in the initial round, he reached the finals finishing fourth overall. Brahim has also been a radio and television personality. In March 2011, he started the programme I-CLiPS as presenter, the show was on VRT children channel Ketnet. He also presented the 2-hour radio show MNM Dance 50 VRT radio station known as MNM, in 2012, he returned to Ketnet with I-fan. He also spearheaded a campaign with the song Move in collaboration with Charlotte Leysen. It was picked as Radio 2 Zomerhit 2012 for the Best children pop category, in late 2012, he stopped presenting MNM Dance 50, but coming back with a similar format show called Urban 50 again on MNM radio station. The program broadcast on Eén Belgian Flemish station is an adaptation of a series of shows by Moroccan-Dutch artist Ali B on TROS entitled Ali B op volle toeren
7. Luc De Vos – Luc De Vos was a Belgian musician and writer, best known as the lead singer of the Dutch-language alternative rock formation Gorki and as a guest in multiple television shows. He also voiced VW bus in the Flemish version of the Disney movie Cars and he died of acute organ failure on the 29 November 2014 in his working apartment in Ghent. De Vos was born in 1962 in the village of Wippelgem near Ghent as the youngest of 7 children and he had his secondary education at the Sint-Lievenscollege in Ghent. As a toddler, he knew that he wanted to become a rockstar, with his original band Gorky, De Vos ended third in Humos Rock Rally in 1990. Together with Noordkaap, who won the same Rock Rally, he brought the genre of Dutch language rock music to the peoples attention, after Gorky disbanded in 1993, Luc De Vos continued under the name Gorki. Stijn Meuris described the genre of Gorkis songs and De Voss lyrics as Flemish poetry with the boots in the clay and I have no clue what this guy was talking about, but I understood him. Temporary side projects of De Vos include English language rock formation Automatic Buffalo which he started with the members of Ashbury Faith, with his bands Gorky/Gorki, he had 3 singles and 12 albums in the Flemish charts. This included 5 top ten albums, Luc De Vos wrote columns for, among others, Flemish radio station Studio Brussel and the Ghent city magazine Zone 09/. He also wrote books, the most recent of which. Luc De Vos was found dead in the evening of 29 November 2014 in his working apartment in Ghent. After an autopsy, both suicide and malicious intent were ruled out, the cause of death was concluded to be acute failure of vital organs. He left a wife and a son, De Vos public funeral at Saint Peters Church in Ghent took place on Saturday 6 December 2014. Around 15,000 people assembled outside on the Saint Peters Square as the church was full and he was buried in the famous Catholic Cementerie of Campo Santo. Luc De Voss most famous song was Mia, the song has given its name to the MIAs, the music awards for Belgian artists. Luc De Vos at the Internet Movie Database
8. Flip Kowlier – Flip Kowlier is a Belgian singer-songwriter. He sings in a distinct West Flemish dialect and he is an MC with the hip hop group, t Hof van Commerce. And in his work he sings and plays guitar, with Karel De Backer and Joost Van den Broeck on drums, Peter Lesage on keyboards. Compilation albums *Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, official website Belgian pop and rock archives
9. Arno (singer) – Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, better known by his stage name Arno, is a Belgian artist born in Oostende. He was the frontman of TC Matic, one of the best-known Belgian bands of the 1980s, since the band split in 1986 he has had a solo career. Arno sings in a mixture of English, French, Dutch, for TC Matic, a band which achieved moderate artistic success throughout Europe, he wrote or co-wrote all the bands material, much of it together with guitarist and producer Jean-Marie Aerts. After going solo he released more than a dozen albums during a successful career, in 2002 he received the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French government. A2004 biography by Gilles Deleux was translated in Dutch as Een lach en een traan, in the Belgian film Camping Cosmos he played the homosexual lifeguard Harry who does not pay attention to Lolo Ferrari who is incarnating a caricature of Pamela Anderson. TC Matic - The Essential Charles Et Les Lulus with Roland Vancampenhout, Adriano Cominotto and Piet Jorens
10. Marc Aryan – Marc Aryan was born to Lebanese Armenian parents. He studied music and piano in Valence, and started writing his own songs, in 1957, he left Valence to Paris for better musical opportunities. In 1963, he went to Belgium where one of his sisters ran a nightclub in Knokke-le-Zoute on the coast and he tried his songs on the dance routines at the club gaining great favor. Marc Aryan decided to settle permanently in Belgium, first in Waterloo, Henri Markarian initially released materials under the personal label Markal. He then changed the name of the label to Malatya where his parents came from and he recorded several songs for an album released in Brussels. With initial success, Henri Markarian decided to adopt the stage name Marc Aryan (derived from pronunciation of his Armenian family name and his singles became very popular in Belgian francophone market and in France. His single Katy that was released in 1964-1965, topped both Wallonia and Flanders Singles Charts becoming one of the top selling singles for 1965 and he made sold-out concerts throughout Belgium. Other successful singles by him included Volage Volage, Un Petit Slow, Angelina, Giorgina, Parce que je taime, Si jetais sur. Quand je te prends dans mes bras, Quun peu damour, Mon petit navire, La chanson du viel aveugle, international success After the successful years 1964 and 1965 locally, the years 1966 and 1969 proved to be his most prosperous years internationally. Marc Aryan enjoyed great popularity in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon and Syria and he had some commercial success in Quebec, Canadas predominantly francophone province. Marc Aryan visited Turkey where his parents originated from and his success was huge after his release of the oriental-themed Istanbul, one of his best known hits that became an instant classic in Turkey. Turkish language versions in his album Istanbulda include 9 songs including Yalancısın, Dünya Dönüyor, Kalbin Yok Mu. the Turkish lyrics were mostly written by Fecri Ebcioğlu. In 1968, he visited the Soviet Union where he sang for tens of thousands of fans in Moscow. Marc Aryan also eventually visited his homeland Armenia for very successful concert tour insisting to sing songs in Armenian including the famous Yerevan dedicated to the Armenian capital. Marc Aryan founded his own label named Markal where he released many of his songs. He also founded a publishing house. Upon his return in 1969, he established a studio he named Katy after his successful single Katy. Anthony Quinn recorded his successful hit I Love You in Marc Aryans studio, marvin Gaye recorded his album Midnight Love in Katy Studios in 1981