The 2010 Rapsat-Lelièvre award, which pays tribute this year to an artist from Wallonia-Brussels, has been presented to the Brussels-based folk-rock group BaliMurphy for its album Poussière (Dust). The group will officially receive the award at a ceremony in Montreal on November 8 in conjunction with the Coup de Cœur Francophone festival.
BaliMurphy is made up of six musicians. The Brussels-based group is known for its festive and high-energy live performances. Poussière—its second album—features 11 rhythm-based songs. The group’s influences include Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg, together with Têtes Raides, Louise Attaque and Les Ogres de Barback.
The Rapsat-Lelièvre award is named after two renowned artists, Québec musician Sylvain Lelièvre and Belgian singer-songwriter Pierre Rapsat. The award is presented annually on an alternating basis to an artist from Wallonia-Brussels during the Coup de Cœur Francophone Festival in Montreal and a Québec artist during the FrancoFolies Festival in Spa, Belgium; the winners are determined by an international jury of music specialists from Québec and the Wallonia-Brussels French Community. Last year’s recipient was Ariane Moffatt, who was nominated for her album Tous les sens.
The Rapsat-Lelièvre award is co-administered by the Québec Department of International Relations (MRI), the Québec Department of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women (MCCCF) and Wallonia-Brussels International. It stems from a cooperation agreement involving the governments of Québec and the Wallonia-Brussels French Community.
Rapsat-Lelièvre award (in French)