About Sarah Gommers

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Toto Boroto

Toto Boroto is the lo-fi psychedelic project of Efrem Angela, born in Aruba in 1990 who moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 2009. After some punk bands, he found himself a permanent place in the bands The Sasters and Nancy Acid. Under the name Gypsy Lemm, he created little projects and last year one of these projects popped out as Toto Boroto.

Toto Boroto

Toto Boroto

With thanks to Sarah Gommers for this introduction.




I discovered this band via the five track EP Lama which is available on bandcamp. Especially the second song Albino got my attention. It’s a typically lo-fi sound with some easy chords and riffs, but… there is chemistry in the air.

Toto Boroto creates simple songs with a special atmosphere. Like the last song Blue Sunday, it has a bluesy riff as an underlying driver, looping during the track. On top of that, there are these strange high diatonic sounds.

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Vagabundos

Adam Wilson (Vocals), Chilli Bundo (Guitar), Saulo Soneghet (Guitar),  Woodie Bundo (Bass), Simon Zweers (Drums) and Luna Boone (Saxophone), based in Ghent in Belgium form the world-rock band Vagabundos.

Vagabundos - world rock based in Belgium

Vagabundos

Gypsy, blues, Reggae, ska and jazz-funk. Find yourself the stamp clap and jump for the road ahead with Vagabundos.




With thanks again to Sarah for her thoughts.

These six people are like family, the way a band should be, doing everything for the band, seeing it as a profession. No other bands involved, no mother in law coming by, no excuses for not being there all the time. The music that Vagabundos plays, according to Adam, is street music. Every song is a mixture of reggae, funk, jazz and blues, even hip-hop rhythms.

In one year they have gathered 1900 followers on Facebook, released an EP, played all over Belgium and they’re preparing a full album with 11 songs. Their main strength is the live-performance. The public already knows that an evening with the Vagabundos is like dirty dancing in a Turkish steam bath.

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Blondblackblonde

Blondblackblonde is a musical trio based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Band members Micah Kessel, Matīss Čudars and Lennart Heyndels are active musicians in different musical scenes of various genres, namely jazz and free impro, classical music and opera, folk rock and singer-songwriter music, thus the sound of blondblackblonde has elements of all the above mentioned musical genres, but music labelling is the last thing they wanna do.

Blondblackblonde

Blondblackblonde

Vocalist Micah comes from NYC where he has been active as a classical singer in various classical music chamber ensembles and operas, while regularly stretching his abilities is poem writing and song writing. For the last decade he’s living in Europe, making musical, visual and dance artworks.

Guitar player Matīss comes from Latvia and has been involving himself in the jazz and free impro music. Graduate of Amsterdam Conservatory, Matīss has released his solo album “Melancholia“, touring Europe as a solo artist, sideman of various improvised music projects and the leader of his own “Matīss Čudars Quartet“.




Belgian bassist Lennart is a various award winning bass player with a strong root in experimental jazz music. He is most notable for his leadership of the rapidly thriving three female voice and bass band “How Town“, where Lennart challenges his compositional abilities and combines them with somewhat simple singer-songwriter spirit.

Blondblackblonde is the combination of these 3 elements. They’re interested in stretching the boundaries of instant songwriting, often taking a song just as a framework for lots of musical surprises and spontaneous interactions yet to come.

Blondblackblonde was one of the finalists of the BOS-showcase-contest in Belgium and will be on the BOS-vinyl that has its release on Record Store Day April the 16th 2016.

My thanks again to Sarah for making the time for her weekly view of musical prowess in The Benelux.

From the LP 37. which is available on bandcamp Erotica 8×8.

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Whocat – Fishy Five – Video

Whocat – a funk-groove outfit – is the fruit given rise from the musical vibes of the Brussels (Belgium) vocalist and musician Sara Moonen in a solid band with Joris Lindemans (Double Bass), Benoit Minon (Guitar) and Davy Palumbo (Drums / Percussion).

Whocat

Whocat

With thanks again to Sarah Gommers for her weekly article –  Fishy Five is the third of the six tracks on the LP Blueprints.




Whocat is like a turning globe on the writing desk, each country is another view and that’s the same for Whocat. Each song is another view, another experience, another tone. A description of the Whocat-sound: groovy, full of contrast, catching, sometimes strangling but always surprising from different angles.

Sara Moonen: “These impressions are certainly coming from the Fishy Five. This song is built up in two styles, with a high contrast between the two of them. These things aren’t my cup of tea. This is the territory of the guys who are all three skilled pros. They explained me about the strange technical things in our music.”

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Blueprints – EP – Whocat is available on iTunes.*

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Candle Bags

Candle Bags is the avant-garde-garage duo of Dirk Henrotay and Inge Henrotay from Hasselt in Belgium.

Candle Bags - avant-garde-garage from Belgium

Candle Bags

My thanks to Sarah for another review of a band with much to add to the world of music.




They have a raw sound, not in the way of death metal or hardcore, it’s a combination of 70’s, post-punk, garage-rock, stoner and so much more. One thing is sure, everything about Candle Bags is strange, alternative and experimental.

Dirk plays the guitar and combines it with an extended pedal-board, the bass drum, the hi-hats and the snare.  He’s like the Indian god, Shiva, with 6 arms. And Inge is the singer, playing the flute and crashing the cymbals. She’s more like Kali.

Essentially, it’s an energetic duo with a realistic view on the society, giving the listener comfort with solutions coming from deep sources.

A Candle Bags concert is unforgettable, it will be anchored in your sub conscience. I loved the hard, rough punk and also the lively, sensitive, groovy soul. If someone would say: “this combination isn’t possible”, I disagree. These contradictions create vibrations based on real-life experiences, where the hard realities of every day are covered with love and hope.

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Love Kills – EP – Candlebags is available on iTunes.*

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