François Semay – The published columns in WeekUp Gent.

It is with heavy heart that we received the news of the passing of Ghent poet, Swa (François Semay, 27 July 1969). Swa was not just a poet, but a dear friend to many of us. His vibrant and colorful presence brought life to the brewery, and his absence is deeply felt.

In 2005/2006, Swa wrote a series of columns in WeekUp titled “Innige deelneming,” which were eagerly anticipated by his fans every week. These columns were a reflection of Swa’s unique perspective on life, and his witty, insightful writing style captured the hearts of many readers.

To keep Swa’s memory alive, we have compiled his columns into a booklet as a memento for his friends and family. Thanks to the support of the editor-in-chief Wendy Vercauteren of WeekUP, cultural weekly magazine of Ghent, we were able to retrieve the texts and present them in this composition.

Although the texts are not in any particular order, they reflect Swa’s unique voice and perspective on life. The booklet is available in the book section of our website, and if you want leave a message and i’ll send you the pdf too read the columns once again.

Rest in peace, dear Swa. You will be missed, but your words and spirit will live on forever.

Artwork and logo for Gaïsha – L’Amour Digital

Gaïsha, the new project of Belgian-Moroccan singer Aicha Haskal and Les Cerveaux Lents, has just released their new single ‘L’Amour Digital’ based on the traditional Muwashah ‘Sihtou Wajdan’. The Muwashah is a poetic form that originated in Al-Andalus in the 11th century, and Aicha Haskal has added a reply in French to the poem, giving the song a universal and interconnecting flair.

Les Cerveaux Lents was founded in 2002 by musicians from Absynthe Minded and Va Fan Fahre, and from 2007 to 2013, Aicha Haskal was a member of Va Fan Fahre. In 2010, she released the album ‘Al Wa’Debt’ with the band, resulting in a natural fusion between Balkan brass band and Arabic music.

With their new project, Gaïsha, they continue to bring unique and eclectic sounds to their music, blending oriental and psychedelic grooves with a Brussels twist. The collaboration seamlessly switches between Arabic chants, psychedelic rock, and even rap, resulting in a brilliant melting pot of styles.

‘L’Amour Digital’ is just the latest release from Gaïsha, and fans can expect more exciting music from this project in the future.