He was one of the greatest singers of Wallonia. The Belgian finder Julos Beaucarne died on Saturday at the age of 85, announced Sunday the municipality of Beauvechain (Walloon Brabant), near which the singer had settled. Born in 1936, this humanist and benevolent bard, great lover of nature, was considered the most venerable and the sweetest storyteller of the Walloon region. Marked for life by the murder of his wife in 1975, the musician with 49 albums and more than 500 songs had reacted by writing poignant words of humanity, in an open letter which has remained famous:
"It is society that is sick. . We have to put it back on its feet and square, through love, and friendship, and persuasion ”
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The disappearance of Julos Beaucarne has moved part of the Belgian French-speaking politicians, like Bénédicte Linard, Minister for Children, Health, Culture, Media and women's rights:
"" Pretend to cry, my friends, since poets only pretend to be dead, ”he told us. Julos Beaucarne, Walloon poet or perhaps Walloon poet, begins a new journey no longer at the edge but at the heart of the infinite ... We will therefore pretend to cry ... "
. The Liege European Commissioner Didier Reynders also shared his sadness on Twitter:
"A voice, a poetry, another look at people and the world, Julos is gone and my thoughts go out to his loved ones as to those and those who will always keep it in their memories… ”
A lover of the verb
A prolific singer, Julos Beaucarne has retained throughout his life, pegged to the body, a deep love for the Walloon language and for literature.
A time student in Roman philology, the artist with long hair readily described himself as a
peddled his values in the simplest way: by fair and wise words wrapped in musical silk"
, also mentioned, Sunday, a press release from the town hall of Beauvechain.
“Walloon, this continual champagne of language, this spirit which never takes itself seriously and which service snobbishers look down on from the height of their grandeur with their sharp and pharmaceutical language of academic discourse.
If Louis XIV had settled in Namur, all of France would speak Namur's Walloon ”
, wrote the songwriter in 1975, according to a quote from the RTBF taken from his first collection of poems
Julos written for you
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The bard's early commitment to the environmental cause and to the protection of biodiversity was another fad of the Belgian artist. Composed in reaction to European measures which he considered to go against the environment, his sixth album - eloquently entitled
Front de liberation des trees fruitiers
- had won a gold record after its release in 1974. Julos Beaucarne defended, however, to be an environmental precursor.
“When I started all of this, I didn't even know it existed. I have never found myself in the baba cool style ”
, he confided to the newspaper
, in 2007. Lover of the living, the mischievous singer was finally a character of boundless tolerance. His best-known aphorism sums it up well:
"Your Christ is Jewish, your pizza is Italian, your coffee is Brazilian, your car is Japanese, your writing is Latin, your holidays are Turkish, your numbers are Arabic and ... you reproach to your neighbor to be a foreigner! "