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New Rock rally finalists make the scène like Fat’s Garden and Red Scarf. But the nineties also see the return of the more traditional Flemish song of which Clouseau grow out to be the most popular. An important role in revitalising the genre is the TV program 'Tien Om Te Zien' who also spawns artists like Dana Winner, Luc Steeno, Wendy Van Wanten and Mama's Jasje. Also popular are Bart Peeters and Ronny Mosuse with their band The Radios. Singer Will Tura get;s honoured by the Flemish rock groups with the project 'TuraLura, rockers sing Tura'. Humo-journalist Frank Vanderlinden tries the stage himself with the project De Mens. Musically he fits himself between the Dutch Scène and The Smiths. More traditional pop and rock is made by the Dinky Toys and Pop In Wonderland.

In Wallonie it’s the ladies that make their mark with the French market to back them up. Singers like Isabelle Antena, Viktor Lazlo and Axelle Red grow popular in the nineties. TC Matic's Arno also turns more to the French market with his blues projects. Under british influence Triphop is made in Belgium by Lowpass (with members from Jason Rawhead) Ozark henry and Airlock. Moste succesfull triphop is the band Hooverphonic. But also more traditional Belgian folk returns in the nineties with Singer/songwriter Neeka, Laïs, Orion, OllaVogala and Urban Trad. The folk revival is initially stirred by temporary collective Bouquet Garni.

In 1998, Crammed created Ziriguiboom Records, in association with Brazilian A&R/Producer Béco Dranoff, a subsidiary dedicated to "new Brazilian sounds". Ziriguiboom is now widely recognized as one of the major sources of new Brazilian music; for instance, they released Bebel Gilberto's debut album Tanto Tempo, which sold one million units worldwide. Ziriguiboom has also signed and released albums by such artists as: Celso Fonseca, Cibelle, Zuco 103, Trio Mocotó, DJ Dolores, Apollo Nove and the late Suba (Mitar Subotic).

However, the biggest impact on the nineties music scène is coming from Antwerp with dEUS. Entering the Rock rally in 1992 they quickly make a European impact with their English sung music. Consequently, they incorporate a wide variety of styles, including Pop, Folk, Free Jazz, Neo-Prog, Punk and Heavy Metal into their work. The group is so essential for the Belgian pop scene that people often refer to a pré and post-dEUS era. Bassplayer Stef Kamil Carlens would leave the band in 1996 to form Zita Swoon. And many other bands follow like Evil Superstars, Nemo, Ashbury Faith, Metal Molly and Die Anarchistische Abendunterhaltung. Singing in Flemish but with the same alternative character was band Gorki (starting as Gorky) For a true second dEUS the public has to wait until the end of the nineties for a group called Soulwax.



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