In 2005 six Belgian singers
and musicians, all friends, decided to gather around their greatest shared
passion for a cappella jazz and pop in the form of a small ensemble.
They all cherish celebrated ensembles such as "The Real Group", "Take
6", "Rajaton", "The Swingle Singers", and "The Singers Unlimited".
They set off in this adventure, they began rehearsing with existing scores,
then writing their own arrangements, and working on a sound and style that
is to be all their own. The repertoire focuses mainly on French and
Anglo-Saxon songs (à la The Real group, The Beatles, William Sheller,
Henri Salvador, Michel Fugain, Laurent Voulzy...).
With members coming from the three Belgian regions, the group fully
possesses its own "Belgitude", and proudly goes for a name with a touch
of that typical Belgian self-mockery: Witloof Bay, "witloof" being the
Flemish word for the walloon "chicon" or French "endive". The group's
uniqueness partly lies in the fact that all five singers have professional
classical training, to which we add the unusual, exceptional and unbeatable
(you bet! --or beat?) know-how of the sixth member, Vice-Champion of the
Beatboxing world: the overall sounds of the drums (and many other instruments),
produced exclusively by -not just the voice- but the mouth!
Witloof Bay recorded its first album in the fall of 2007 (ready for
release at the end of Spring 2008). The repertoire is slowly evolving
from existing scores into personal arrangements by group members.
The goal for a very near future is to move on to unique compositions.