Jaune Toujours

Line up

  • Bart Maris (trumpet)
  • Dirk Timmermans (trumpet)
  • Mathieu Verkaeren (upright bass)
  • Mattias Laga (sax soprano, clarinet, bass clarinet)
  • Piet Maris (lead vocal, accordion)
  • Theophane Raballand (drums)

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.

"Here's a band to break down Euro stereotypes. They mix ska with chanson and jazzy balladry, sing about political failure and race, and come from Belgium. This is the first studio album from Jaune Toujours in four years, and it's an entertaining set that succeeds largely because of their infectious energy and enthusiasm. The band have no guitars but instead feature a lead singer who plays accordion and is backed by bass, drums and a brass contingent. There are also appearances by the Gangbé Brass Band from Benin, a krar player from Eritrea and the two Roma singers. The lyrics switch between French and English, and the best songs are the brassy political disillusion of All Eyes and Azadi, based on lyrics by an Iranian activist who died in prison. Elsewhere, with Hop On, they ease into a less distinctive, rumbling singalong, but they are both thoughtful and fun."
R. Denselow in The Guardian, 2013

"A pumping rythm section of drums and upright bass, fiery brass, stomping accordeon and a gravelly voice at once passionate and sardonic, elements of folk, rock, ska, Balkan, chanson and jazz. The sound of Brussels octet Jaune Toujours is one of the most instantly recognisable on the roots music scene and all of the expected elements are present and pretty darn correct on this their sixth album. In all, this sounds like their best album yet."
Jamie Renton In fROOTS, 2009

"Bravura hotchpotch, complete with 'funny English'. Anyone who has seen this outfit live knows that their sheer musicianship ensures these sounds go together like moules et frites. This is party music for playing loud. Jaune Toujours prove once again that far from being boring, Brussels is hot, hot, hot." (4 stars)
James Attlee in Songlines, 2009



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Jaune Toujours Portrait © Stephan VanfleterenJaune Toujours live, Francofollies Spa, photo by Face EventJaune Toujours live 2, Francofollies Spa, photo by Face EventJaune Toujours live ©2008 Sebastian Hanlon/Calgary Folk Music Festival


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La Rue


Ici Bxl


Camping del Mundo


Hop On


Si J'étais Toi

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