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Last weekend the national radio channel "Radio 1" did their annual "top 100 Flemish songs of all times". You'll notice a few non-Dutch songs in that list like "Ne me quitte pas" :-).

I heard some pieces of this and was impressed by a song, browsing iTunes a little later I did the best impulse-buy yet. Hannelore bedert is the nicest singer that I've heard recently. She actually got 'discovered' last year, but I'm not a big watcher of Belgian TV so I missed that.

She sings quite nicely, not only in standard Dutch/Flemish but also in her local dialect West Flemish which is rather difficult to understand for normal 'Dutch' speakers (note to the reader: I mostly hear people talking vaguely Antwerp dialect round me). It has been compared to listening to someone talking while he has a hot potato in his mouth. The reason is mostly that that language suffered a vowel shift (nl long article, en short one) which means it sounds exotic and but really nice to me.

This video gives an interview with her and then she sings the song that landed her on position 10 of that chart. Dutch only I fear...

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