Gergedan Müzik

Zita Swoon Group

ZITA SWOON GROUP's brilliant Wait For Me album wonderfully combines raw acoustic blues with traditional Mandinka music, and results from the encounter between the band and Burkina Fasso musicians Awa Démé & Mamadou Diabaté Kibié.

Zita Swoon has been one of Belgium's most popular rock bands, ever since Stef Kamil Carlens left dEUS (which he co-founded with Tom Barman) and started the group around the mid-'90s, under the name Moondog Jr. (soon rechristened Zita Swoon, at the request of Louis Hardin, the original Moondog).  

After releasing a string of successful albums and touring around Europe, Stef Kamil began to feel restricted by the commonly-accepted notions of how a 'rock band' should operate, and gradually turned Zita Swoon into a polymorphous collective, which works on a range of specific projects, often combining different media.  

Zita Swoon Group's most recent project is Dancing with the Sound Hobbyist, a collaboration with the acclaimed choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, which involves one dancer and the band's seven musicians. This piece has been performed in a number of theatres and arts centers around Europe, and several further performances are scheduled for 2012.  
Meanwhile, Stef Kamil Carlens is already working on several future projects for the coming couple of years: a show at the Singel in Antwerp, entitled New Old World (featuring instrumental music and videos), another one, commissioned by Brussels' Kaaitheater (involving dance and visual arts), as well as the follow-up to this new album.