Axelle Red

Axelle Red, whose real name is Fabienne Demal, born in Hasselt (East of Belgium) on February 15th, 1968, is a Belgian singer and songwritter, a committed artist and a militant humanist.

Axelle graduated in 1993 as a lawyer from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the same year her first album Sans Plus Attendre was released, which resulted in her artistic break out in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Canada, with more than 200,000 albums sold.

Her second album, A Tâtons, recorded in 1996 in Memphis with musicians from the Stax label, was a first international recognition: Axelle received an International Federation of the Phonographic Industry platinum award for sales of more than 1 million albums and a year later, she sold out the Paris Olympia for the first time.

Since 1997, Axelle has been an ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) standing up for the rights of children and women in war-torn regions and developing countries.

Since then, Axelle Red has released many albums, all commercial as well as critical success. She has also win many prizes and among them the prestigious Victoire de la Musique; she sang with Youssou N'Dour the official hymn of the Football World Cup La Cour des Grands in front of a few billion television viewers at the opening ceremony in the Stade de France in Paris in 1998.

In 2007, King Albert II presented her with the medal of Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne for her social commitment. And in 2008, the Universiteit of Hasselt awarded Axelle the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa for her social commitment as an artist and human rights' activist.

Her last album, Rouge Ardent, was released in 2013.

Axelle Red - Sensualité

Axelle Red first hit single Sensualité back in 1993

Axelle Red - Rouge Ardent

First single, Rouge Ardent, from her last eponymous album released in 2013.

Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel was born in Schaerbeek (Brussels Capital Region) on April 8th 1929 and died, less than 50 years later, on October 9th, 1978. He has sold worldwide over 25 million albums and is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist ever.

Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate and thoughtful, sometimes theatrical, songs, which generated a large, devoted following, initially in Belgium and France, later worlwide. He is considered as a master of the modern chanson.

Although Brel recorded most of his songs in French, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Rod McKuen and Alex Harvey. His songs were translated in English and recorded by the best performers in the United States, such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Nina Simone and John Denver.

Brel was also a good actor and appeared in ten films. He directed two movies as well and one of them, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

Jacques Brel - Le Port d'Amsterdam

Arno

Arno, whose real name is Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, is a Belgian artist born in Ostend on May 21st 1949. He was the frontman of TC Matic, one of the best-know 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 and his Ostend dialect. For TC Matic, a band which achieved moderate artistic success throughout Europe, he wrote or co-wrote all the band's 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 (Knight in the Arts and Literature) of the French government. One of his most known song is Les yeux de ma mère.

Arno - Les yeux de ma mère (Live)

Arno's Live concert performance in Ancienne Belgique, Brussels.