Tag Archives: city

Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin


① memo 20171120 ~ Afghan Sans Papiers in Kazerne Dossin ~ Some 30 young Afghans , undocumented (‘sans papiers’) , and Belgians together* went to the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen – note : some Afghans were not able to stay because of trauma’s experienced in their homeland – communiqué in french in this video at the finish of the silent solidarity march for the Afghan community of “Sans Papier” in Belgium, by Belgians and Afghan refugees in Brussels , Nov 20th 2013 – in front of the Federal Justice Building (FPS) in Brussels , Belgium

* Organized by the UPJB and the ‘comité de soutien aux 450 Afghans sans statuts’ , and supported by Solidarcité , and SCI – visit saturday Nov 16th 2013 in Kazerne Dossin , Mechelen , Belgium ( SCI “Des rencontres qui questionnent)

More video work on the Belgian Afghan community here :

Beguinage project

Afghans & Belgians « We want justice »

The Last Witnesses


① memo 20170520 ~ The Last Witnesses ~ Closing ceremony at the presentation of the dutch book “De Laatste Getuigen” telling the stories of over 80 survivors ( ISBN 9789054877370 ) with a panel discussion with the survivors Staf Schaerlackens , Max De Vries , Elisabeth ‘Lieske’ Vossen , and Evrard Voorpijls , and presentations by Marc Van Roosbroeck (chairman of vzw “De werkgroep 10 december 2008”) , Gert De Nutte (publisher ASP) Rudi Beken , Herman Vandormael, and Patrick Dewael (mayor of Tongeren) on 20 May 2011 , Tongeren , Belgium

The City – Frappant

The City (“De Stad”) by the Frappant Solidarity Chorus (from Wilrijk, Belgium) on January 30, 2010 in Antwerp (Belgium) near the Cathedral of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe-Kathedraal).

Film clip of the first two couplets of ”De stad” (words and music by the conductor Bob De Pooter) ~ It was freezing cold that saturday afternoon, and with only dead batteries left for my camera , I had to warm a battery in my hands to bring it back to life for a moment, and put it in the little camera , to be able to record part of their songs.

Here my translation of the 1st couplet of this Flemish text :

When the city will close its gate
with curtains for the windows
the sun will no longer shine
colors will fade quickly
when the city will close its gate
many people remain outside
and those who waited inside
with terror in their minds
watch with a sigh all life go down into silence (2x)
… If the fears reign / …

Film : Michel van der Burg | 1-memo.com

NL (full text The City) – volledige tekst “De stad” van Bob De Pooter :

Al de stad heur poort ga sluiten
met gordijnen veur de ruiten
gaat de zon niet langer schijnen
zullen kleuren rap verdwijnen
als de stad heur poort ga sluiten
blijven er veel mensen buiten
en die binnen bleven wachten
met de schrik in hun gedachten
zien alt leven stil verzinken met ne zucht (2x)
Als de angsten gaan regeren
ons gelijk hier gaat primeren
eigen bloed en volk gaan wegen
gade dander buiten vegen
als de angsten gaan regeren
gade schoonheid rap negeren
en de nachten worden langer
en de mensen worden banger
en ge hoort alleen gejammer en gezucht (2x)
Als de winter is vergangen
komt de lente van t verlangen
schijnt de zon op de gezichten
op de dromen en gedichten
als de winter is vergangen
voor wie int donker was gevangen
en die binnen bleven wachten
met nog hoop in hun gedachten
zien het leven trug ontluiken met ne zucht (2x)
en waar eens de lammen kropen
vliegen na de poorten open
stom en blind die zijn genezen
en het leven is verrezen
en waar eens de lammen kropen
kunnen mensen na weer hopen
en gaan dansen op de straten
en de leegte achter laten
want de toekomst neemt na trug een nieuwe vlucht. (2x)

Note

Also published as part of “Haiti — solidarity street performance by Frappant in Antwerp (Belgium)”  on February 04, 2010 via the site iMichel.com

Here a link to the Frappant site

Papirosn – yiddish song – “Inejnem” klezmer band

Papirosn – a yiddish song – played May 26th, 2012 by the klezmer music band “INEJNEM” (in English “Together”) in front of Restaurant Ester on Szeroka street in the heart of Kazimierz – the old Jewish district of Kraków (Poland).
Iryna Stefanyuk is singing – the first part in Yiddish and the second part in Russian – with Myroslav Bandrivskyy playing the clarinet, Jurij Bejchuk on guitar, and Jarosław Filipiak on contrabass. The song is also well-known as “Papirosen”. See Inejnem’s facebook for other concert info.

Story – The song “Papirosn” (in English “Cigarettes”) is about a little boy all alone trying to survive: Wet, hungry, standing in the rain on a cold, foggy, night, a little boy is standing on the corner of a street begging: Please, buy my cigarettes, buy my matches! Help an orphan, save me from hunger! With no father or mother, and after a year roaming the streets together with his little sister, she also died, and he is now all alone, trying to survive.

Lyrics Yiddish and Russian  Continue reading

Cracow cello #1

Thanks to a cellist on a saturday afternoon in May playing Bach Cello Suite #1 – sitting in the Cloth Hall at Kraków Central Market Square. Video by Michel van der Burg, september 2012. License: Creative Commons Attribution

Recorded May 26, 2012. Poland. Kraków. Kraków Central Market Square (Rynek Glowny). Cloth Hall (Sukiennice). Cellist playing Bach Cello Suite #1

“Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude”, composition by Johann Sebastian Bach

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