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FOUNDER’S BLOG: Multicultural Belgian Music Sensation “Strome” takes Cochella by Storm

Stromae is a celebrated singer, rapper and songwriter hailing from Brussels, Belgium. A huge hit in Europe, this year he took the U.S. by storm during a West Coast tour and appearance at Cochella. Hearing just a few notes of any of his songs and the source of his popularity is obvious.

According to Wikipedia, Stromae was born in Belgium to a Rwandan architect father and a Flemish mother. His father,was killed during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. He formed a small rap group with friends while still in school, and was inspired Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, Cuban son, and Congolese rumba.

“I am, I was, and will remain, myself: neither one nor the other.”

As with many of us with liminal identity, Stromae  did not always feel that he was from Belgium, even though he was raised as a Belgian. Some say Screenshot 2015-04-29 01.52.54this “outsider” image became part of his appeal:[2] the chorus of one of his songs runs, “I am, I was, and will remain, myself: neither one nor the other.”

“He did not always feel that he was from Belgium, even though he was raised as a Belgian. This “outsider” image became part of his appeal, as it is with many TCKs and Culturally Mobile people.  One of his songs proclaims:  “I am, I was, and will remain, myself: neither one nor the other.”

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By: CULTURS

CULTURS.guru is a global, multi-cultural lifestyle magazine for Global Nomads, Third Culture Kids and ethnically- and culturally-blended people. CULTURS includes topics of interest to these culturally mobile populations, highlighting items that affect or topics that include members of this population. This article was contributed to CULTURS magazine. Our special thanks to the author!