For several years now, Italia Music Export and Belgium Booms (WBM and VI.BE) have been putting the spotlight on Italian and Belgian artists, while helping those around them to expand their international professional networks. This year they joined forces once again to present the second edition of Ciao Voisins, an unmissable showcase at MaMA Festival that will give you a glimpse of some of the hottest artists on the Italian and Belgian scenes, from Colombre and his dreamy synths to Loverman’s dusky guitar all the way to the colorful electro-pop of COLT.
Join us on October 12 from 11.30 am to discover the new Italian-Belgian pop scene and enjoy the best of both worlds!
COLT is the new Belgian musical phenomenon. The Brussels-based duo have made a name for themselves with their creativity and energy, becoming one of the most promising bands on the French pop scene. Formerly known as Coline & Toitoine, their story is rooted in friendship. A harmonious fusion in which Coline’s voice and raw emotion blend with Toitoine’s singular, bewitching, almost lunar universe. At just 23 years of age, COLT have been playing a series of concerts and festivals, from Brussels to Paris and as far afield as New York. Following the success of their single “Insomnies”, which has already racked up millions of listens, and a first Parisian date sold out in just a few days, COLT are set to unveil “Mille Vies”, a second EP in September 2023.
Loverman is the solo project of Belgian artist James de Graef, a former member of the wacky rock band Shht. For this new venture, the deep-voiced songwriter from Brussels reveals himself in a minimalist formula, where the guitar accompanies his dusky poetry. Following in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave, Loverman evolves in a world of chiaroscuro, delivering songs that are inhabited by an ideal of timelessness.
Colombre is Giovanni Imparato. Like the sea monster in Italian writer Buzzati’s tale, from which he takes his name, he emerged from the waters with the release of the album ‘Pulviscolo’ in 2017. The album, anticipated by the single ‘Blatte’ – enriched by the precious contribution of IOSONOUNCANE – attracted public and critical attention, earning a nomination for Premio Tenco as best debut work. This enabled him to embark on an Italian tour, opening for Mac DeMarco and Francesco De Gregori. In 2019, Italian chart-topping singer Calcutta invited him to join his tour as his guitarist. In 2020, he released his second album, “Corallo”. In 2023, “Durerebbe un’ora” and “Io e te certamente”, featuring Italian singer-songwriter Maria Antonietta, anticipated his third LP “Realismo magico in Adriatico”, released last March by Bomba Dischi.
But that’s not all! Italian artist Claudym will be performing on October 13 from 1.20 am at La Machine du Moulin Rouge.
Claudia Maccechini, aka Claudym, is an Italian singer and illustrator, among the most interesting names on the emerging Italian pop scene. With her first self-produced songs in English, she quickly caught the attention of Island Records/Universal and in 2021, she officially entered their catalog and began writing in Italian. She writes and composes all her songs, and oversees every visual aspect of her project. After the first singles, in 2022 her first EP “UN-POPULAR” was released, a heterogeneous record that reflected her creative personality, and was enthusiastically received by the press, Amazon Music, Tidal and VEVO. In 2022, she toured for the first time, opening for Italian artists such as Pinguini Tattici Nucleari and Willie Peyote. She is particularly active on IG and TikTok, where she posts funny, backstage videos almost daily, showing snippets of her creative process. Her latest single “Cose che si dicono” was released in June 2023.