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Wannes Van de Velde
born in Antwerp
as Willy Cecile Johannes Van de Velde was a Flemish
The Flemings or Flemish are the Dutch-speaking inhabitants of Belgium, where they are mostly found in the northern region of Flanders. They are one of two principal cultural-linguistic groups in Belgium, the other being the French-speaking Walloons...
singer, musician, poet and artist.
His father, Jaak Van de Velde, was a metal worker and talented singer, his mother a housewife and singer. He grew up in the Zirkstraat, near the Antwerp Red Light district. At home the young boy was always surrounded by music.
Van de Velde died at Antwerp on 10 November 2008, aged 71.