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Radio Transit is the header for Choux de Bruxelles' collaborations with musician
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Radio Transit Lab - Wednesday Music Jam - Radio Transit '06-'07

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RADIO TRANSIT was a cooperation of Jaune Toujours with musicians from different countries - now newcomers in Belgium - most of them having arrived as refugees in 2006 and 2007. With Radio Transit, Jaune Toujours wanted to show the public the important (musical) contribution refugees can pay to our society, also drawing the attention to the status that refugees have been reduced to in our countries. At the same time, it was the introduction of some very talented musicians to the professional musical scene. You might call it a musical welcome...
Radio Transit is also the title of a fresh, variated compilation CD, with music by refugees. It was released on 19/05/06 on the label Choux de Bruxelles and distributied by Play It Again Sam and Oxfam. Go to the shop for more info

THE ARTISTS:

JAUNE TOUJOURS which is commonly known for its explosive cultural mix and widely appreciated in world music and other musical circuits, regularly takes position for those who are not heard, like refugees and sans-papiers. With Radio Transit, they let the refugees speak.
(www.jaunetoujours.com)

AFROZQUAD presents mc's JSP and SL (originally from Angola) and DJ Goofstarr; hip hop with original lyrics in Lingala and Portugese.

HEARTWASH is a band of African and Belgian musicians, formed by Ishaga Sillah. His reggae songs deal with African issues and the need for justice in the world.
(www.heartwash.be)

JUPITER DIOP (Lamp Fall Sarafina): Reggae blues from Senegal. Singer Jupiter started with the success of the Senegalese hiphop formation Jef. J (album Ben Bennal sold 25.000 copies). However, he searched for a more spiritual form of music, fitting in with his Bayefal belief. (www.jupiterdiop.com)

MEC YEK are two young Romani singer, backed up by musicians of Jaune Toujours, making a fairly fresh approach of the repertoire of the Roma (gipsy people).(www.mecyek.be)

SAMBA DJANGO: Desert blues in the tradition of the Peul. Already when he was six he drummed on empty barrels to accompany his voice. His uncle, the famous Baaba Maal, made him familiar with the stage and at the age of 12 he danced with Youssou n’Dour at a concert in Matam. Samba has learned guitar on his own, has an authentic, moving voice and composes his own music. He sings also about less obvious themes like racism and domestic violence.

SAMSON & SAMUEL: Ethnic music from Eritrea. Samson, originating Eritrea, started in Belgium to cooperate with the Ethiopian (!) Samuel, playing compositions in the Eritrean tradition. His voice is being accompanied by a "krar" (= traditional string instrument), which they build themselves from Belgian apostasy wood.

CHARLES BLACKMAN brings west-African calypso reggae, singing about freedom for the people, about Jah Almighty and sometimes about love, which is the key to life.

KINCH: Congolese party music. Rather than playing safe with Congolese stereotypes (soukouss, rumba, ndombolo), Kinch worked on a style of his own, which he calls Kibuyu. He mixes traditional rhythms and melodies from central Congo with blues and jazz elements. His music not only invites to dance and party, but also talks about violence, hope and freedom, calling for tolerance. (kinch.site.voila.fr)