Early 2019, MikMâäk was resident band at the W:Halll in Woluwe Saint-Pierre (Brussels). Jazz trumpeteer Laurent Blondiau and his fellow musicians have benefited from the occasion to record a new live album and perform on Friday the 1st of February. MikMâäk is anything but your average bigband: 16 top musicians with astonishing personalities, a repertoire […]
On January 24 we invited all participants and partners of MegafoniX for a massive jam session. Through this participatory musical project, driven by the district development contract Jonction, we connected residents from the Brussels neighbourhood Les Marolles with professional artists. At this jam event, we shared some highlights of MegafoniX and presented our other participatory […]
Early December, the original partners in crime of Mâäk played four exclusive concerts. This exceptional Mâäk Five reunion concluded the 20th anniversary of the renowned jazz collective. Throughout 2018, Mâäk Quintet, MikMâäk and Mâäk KOJO also displayed the collective’s tireless spirit. An overview of this anniversary year’s highlights … and a preview of the best […]
During the autumn leave, celebrations of the Mexican Day of the Dead took place in the Marolles. Featuring workshops for children, dance initiations, an exhibition and a festive parade on Saturday 3 November. For this parade, the MetX brass band Remork & Karkaba performed together with the Mexican group Sonosfera. ‘Dia de Muertos’ is also […]
On November 8 a new jam took place at Pianocktail. We invited musicians to join Quintette Diminué, a quintet of four musicians playing five instruments. And trying out countless different genres: from a puertorican “Bomba” to a Duke Ellington Blues. Every second Thursday of the month we organise a jam session in Pianocktail, a bar […]
There it is! Marockin’ Brass has released a new album. For ‘Beats and Pieces’ the gnawa-jazz band of Luc Mishalle worked together with Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef and Roel Poriau (Think of One/Antwerp Gipsy Ska Orkestra). The release took place during a free concert at MetX and at Podium Mozaïek in Amsterdam. You may […]
Every second Thursday of the month we focus on a different style of music during a jam at the Pianocktail in Les Marolles. On September 13 we invited the Renaud Dardenne trio. « Trois amis, trois amoureux du son, des musiques acoustiques et de celle de Django en particulier vous invitent à se retrouver pour […]
Mâäk KOJO is back on tour and this doesn’t go unnoticed! True Blue took some images of their opening concert in Belgium. You can still check them at one of the following dates: Mâäk KOJO concerts 02.09.2018 – Les Inattendues, Tournai 14.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels 15.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels (In cooperation with ‘la fanfare Babelouze’ de […]
Laurent Blondiau,the co-artistic director of MetX and leader of the jazz collective Mâäk, gets a ‘Carte Blanche’ for the Jazz Festival at Théâtre Marni this year! As an artist with no limits and a passionate innovator, he grabs the ‘carte blanche’ offered to him with both hands and initiates new encounters.He is joined by Gabor […]
We are delighted to announce you that Marockin’ Brass is releasing a new album ‘Beats & Pieces’ on October 19, 2018. The gnawa-jazz band invited the talented producer Sofyann Ben Youssef to contribute to their new sound. You are more than welcome to discover this during an in-house concert at MetX! You can expect some […]
The pounding drums of VelotroniX are going international this summer. From 18 to 20 July, they are travelling to Lake Balaton for the Babel Sound festival in Hungary. In August they are celebrating street and carnival music at the Encontro Street Band Festival in Glasgow (04-05/08)!
Mâäk KOJO is coming back to Belgium in september! This is where you can find them: Mâäk KOJO concerts 02.09.2018 – Les Inattendues, Tournai 14.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels 15.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels (In cooperation with ‘la fanfare Babelouze’ de l’Académie Jean Absil d’Etterbeek) 16.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels (In cooperation with ‘le chœur les Estourdions’ […]
La Monnaie / De Munt presents Orfeo & Majnun. It blends the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with the well-known Middle Eastern love story of Layla and Majnun. On June 30, they’re doing a big parade, with performances from Remork & Karkaba, BRU(i)TAL and MegafoniX (doing a comeback!).
On June 21, the Marollen distict transforms into a big musical ring, during Fête de la Musique. Fanfares, choirs, rappers, breakdancers and majoretten are confronting each other on the ‘Place du jeu de battle’. We’re eager to see how BRU(i)TAL, Stemagnifique & Karkaba will stand their ground. On June 24, the closing day of Fête […]
The cultural center of Etterbeek Le Senghor invites KOJO to give workshops to kids between 6 and 12 years old. The workshops will take place between 20 and 24 august 2018. The percussionist-dancers-singers of KOJO team up with Mâäk players Laurent Blondiau and Michel Massot to let the kids discover African rhythms through the Vodun-culture from […]
Join the MegafoniX Jams every second Thursday of the month! Every jam we’ll focus on a different style of music. We’re very excited to announce this month’s First collaboration with Jam in Brussels and for this Special event we will take place in CAFE BÉBO (near Place Rouppe) !!! Genre: Groove, Impro, Folk Hosts: Kammak (Jo Zanders + Rémi […]
Mâäk continues celebrating their 20th anniversary and will have a ‘Carte Blanche’ at Jazz Middelheim, Antwerp, this summer! On Sunday, August 12, there are no less than 4 Mâäk projects playing on the Club Stage: Mâäk Quintet, Mâäk Five, Mâäk 4tet and their ‘Big Ensemble’ They are joining some big names on the line-up like […]
After a successful concert at the Brussels Jazz Festival in Flagey, MikMâäk prepares itself for their second big date this year. The bigband of 16 jazzmen will play at the impressive ‘De Roma’, Antwerp on May 4. Check their website for info & tickets.
Fanfakids Go Strange again! The percussion group from Molenbeek is ready for their trip to Togo and Benin this summer. They gathered 104 % (or €4,150) of the desired amount for their journey where they will play, rehearse and perform together with young musicians from there. A big thanks to Growfunding BXL and the 185 growfunders, […]
Zinneke & MetX unite forces for a brand new, ambitious project: BRU(i)TAL. Click on the video for a preview, you can see the result of their work at the Zinneke Parade on May 12 Want to join this bunch of lunatics and play on one of their handmade totems?! Contact Jo Zanders More info on the […]
On the april 19, the renown B–Classic festival starts in Genk. Marockin’ Brass will play there three times: on’ B-Classic barst los’, ‘ B-Classic betovert ‘ and ‘ B-Classic cycles ‘ (19, 20 and 22 April). The Gnawa–Jazz band is working on a new album and may be trying out some new stuff!
In 2018, the jazz collective Mâäk is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a nice series of concerts with: 21.04.2018 – Mâäk Quintet: Journée de propreté, Brussels 04.05.2018 – MikMâäk: De Roma, Antwerp 26.05.2018 – Mâäk Quintet: L’An Vert – Liège 24.06.2018 – MikMâäk: Parc Cinquantenaire, Brussels 12.08.2018 – Carte Blanche Mâäk: Jazz Middelheim 23.08.2018 – Kojo: Bar du Matin, Brussels 02.09.2018 […]
The Fanfakids are in the final phase of their growfunding. Just like the previous generations of Fanfakids, the current group also wants to go on a musical adventure in West Africa in the summer of 2018 and for this they collect money. On March 2nd they will be holding a charity event at the Community […]