Walter Mets

On June 3rd 2017 Walter died peacefully at the Wilrijk hospital.

Ha was a  professional musician since ‘81 (recording sessions with Plastic Bertrand, Telex, Scooter…).
He lived in London and worked with Mannfred Mann Band, Jeff Wayne (“producer War of the worlds”), BBC Radio and Television.
He toured the London club circuit with Glass Museum and later with his own band Sansavana, with Tim Wheater (flute) and Beverly Craven (keyboards).
After his return to Belgium, he toured Belgium, Holland, America and Africa as drummer with The Radios, Soulsister (support act Sting on his European tour), and Clouseau (in Benelux and Germany).
Apart from this he was active as session and live musician for several international artists such as Tom Robinson, Katrina from the Waves, Adamo, Indochine, Aereda (ft Branford Marsalis) and Toots Tielemans.
And as leader of his television band he worked with Black, Spandau Ballet, Leo Sayer, Johnny Logan, the Passadenas,…
 
In 2002 he atributed to the Eurovision songcontest in Tallin, Estonia as drummer with Sergio and the ladies.
(klick here for video)
 
Session and live work includes Nathalia, Joeri and Kate Ryan.
All along Walter has had a special love for world music.  During his stays in Africa, he was introduced to musicians in Congo
and the national ballet of Senegal, from whom he learned the basics of African percussion.
He played at Youssou N’Dour’s annual "Festival of the African Child" at the stadium of Dakar and visited the isle of Gorée, home to Doudou N’Diay Rose.

The colaboration with Rifi Kythouka (Congo) resulted in forming his own band Sansavana, with Beverly Craven, Dave Foster (ex-Style Coucil) and Tim Wheater (ex-Eurythmics).
Sansavana released 3 CD’s on the London KDF label.
 
Also visit the Muziekarchief for a fully detailed discography.
 

We shall miss you, Walter.

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