Posts Tagged ‘Eurosong 2002’

Charley says ARTICLE! Life After Jameerah

July 13, 2011

Tanja Dexters had been trying to make it in the music business for years.

While her early noughties dance cover of ‘Born To Be Wild’ is still her highest charting single to date, she’d never really recovered from a disastrous attempt at Eurovision glory in 2002.

That is until 2008 when this Belgian blonde wanted to prove once and for all that she could sing. The Thomas G:Son penned ‘Addicted To You‘ got her a place in the Eurosong 2008 final and finally kickstarted her musical plans.

Tanja decided to form Jameerah, an international celebrity girl group. Originally called Models & Misses, the group consisted of Tanja, herself Miss Belgium 1998, Belgian Topmodel contestant Elisa Guarraci, Dutch actress Jasmine Sendar and former Miss Germany Nelly Marie Bojahr.

The summer of 2009 saw the release of Jameerah’s first hit. Catchy pop tune ‘All Eyes On Me‘ had previously been recorded by boyband MaddHouse, but with Bill Padley on production duties Tanja & co. were the first to take it to the charts.


Jameerah – All Eyes On Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MCD6eGXmas

After their first single peaked at 25 the girls got themselves another top 50 hit with ‘Stickup‘. Two versions of their sophomore video were made, one for the Les BoyZ remix and one for the main radio edit.

This is where things started falling apart for the foursome. Promotion for ‘Stickup‘ was interrupted by Tanja’s pregnancy. Rather than get on with a third Jameerah single after her maternity leave, their manager got Tanja her own post-baby reality show.

In the end she and manager Dany Peleman could no longer agree on their plans for the future. The two parted ways after eleven years of working together.

Tanja’s first project without a manager was B-A-B-E, somehow short for Blonde Ambition Babes. She was joined by model Griet Vanhees and Lesley-Ann Poppe, best known for her prominent cleavage on the Belgian version of Come Dine With Me. The trio recorded the cheeky ‘(Itsie Bitsie Boe) Geef Maar Lekker Toe!‘. Naughty lyrics, a (literally) homemade choreography and a 2011 beat with some Luv’ influences thrown in for good measure got B-A-B-E a whole lot of press. Sales however were less than stellar and the trio got dropped by their label shortly after.



B-A-B-E – (Itsie Bitsie Boe) Geef Maar Lekker Toe!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDYL1ccfv8

Still keen on a proper pop career, Tanja was hoping to pick things up with Jameerah where they left them in the summer of 2010. However, since their former manager owns the group name, the four girls were forced to reinvent theirselves.

Tanja, Jasmine, Elisa and Nelly finally decided on the name Fourlicious. New music from the band formerly known as Jameerah isn’t online yet, but their Twitter and Facebook accounts will keep you updated on their progress.

If, however, one fourth of the group is enough to tide you over until the first Fourlicious release then you’re in luck. Elisa Guarraci is making a third foray into solo stardom, having previously been a contestant on Topmodel and Eurosong. On ‘The Last Goodbye‘ the Belgian/Italian singer has teamed up with Philip D, producer of ‘Stickup‘ and the ‘All Eyes On Me’ video edit. Together with David Vervoort, formerly behind Lasgo, he wrote Elisa her own trance anthem.

Elisa really delivers on this ‘When Love Takes Over’ inspired track. I wouldn’t have minded ‘The Last Goodbye‘ being a Fourlicious song one bit. In fact, let’s just edit in some shots of the other girls and BAM, you’ve got your big Fourlicious hit!

Charley says ARTIST! Yasmina Karraz aka Yazzmin

May 24, 2010

As far as wasted opportunities in Belgian pop go, Yasmina Karraz is a prime example.

Aged 19 Yasmina entered Eurosong 2002 in a bid to represent Belgium in Tallinn. ‘Take This Heart‘ took Flanders by storm. Yasmina was hailed as a new Alicia Keys and despite ending third behind Sergio & The Ladies and Spark her Eurovision entry climbed its way up to number 8 in the charts.

The ballad isn’t up on YouTube, but you can hear a sample of it on the Ultratop website or listen to the full thing on Grooveshark.


Yasmina Karraz – Take This Heart
http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/artist/Yasmina+Karraz/706372

Big things were expected from this young singer. An album was planned and it looked like Yasmina would kickstart the Flemish R&B scene, but then… nothing.

After a couple of years wheels were finally getting set into motion. In 2004 Yasmina provided backing vocals on ‘Same Tears‘, an indie album track by rapper Krewcial. The laidback hiphop tune was an ode to his grandfather who had passed away. Yasmina was also involved with The Incredible Time Machine, singing on their charity single ‘People Have The Power‘.


Krewcial ft. Yasmina Karraz – Same Tears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFfrDua0G8k

2005 saw the rise of Chocolate Nation, a Flemish R&B collective fronted by Leki, Hadise and record label Mostiko. A new Yasmina song, ‘Song 4 You‘, can be found on a compilation themed around this. The Chocolate Nation album must be nearly impossibe to find these days, but you can hear the song online.

That year also saw the first appearence of the new moniker under which she would be releasing music. As Yazzmin she sang the chorus on ‘No Matter What‘ from Leki’s ‘Warrior Girl‘ album.


Leki ft. Yazzmin – No Matter What
http://tinyurl.com/3xlccow

A full-on Yazzmin launch was planned for 2006, with even a rumoured return to the Eurosong stage. Unfortunately, Yasmina decided to pull the plug on the project for personal reasons.

She hasn’t been in the public eye since.

Shame.

2012 edit: Since posting this blog, some links are no longer working. “Take This Heart” has however been uploaded onto YouTube by some kind soul. Enjoy it while it’s still there!