Folk group of the late sixties.
Group that was initially called "The Campground Singers". Under this
name they released an EP "Annabel Lee" in 1966 and a self-titled album
"The Campground Singers" one year later.
In 1968 they changed their name to "De Elegasten" and joined the
record company of Rocco Granata. They also changed their
material from from negro spirituals to folk songs and their own poetic and politically
Their song "Wat heb je vandaag op school geleerd" (what did you learn
at school today?") is the one of the rare occasions where social themes (in
this case struggle for a Flemish University at Leuven) were incorporated into
popular music in the tradition of the American protest singers. This song is their
most release, although it was only released as a B-side for the single "De
In 1973 they caused some upheaval with the song "Kathmandou", a song
that was 45-minutes long, based on a text of Hugo Verhulst. The song was released
as an album and received gold status two years later.
In 1976, they stopped touring live, mainly due to professional reasons. Three
of the original members (Herman, Paul, Ivan) released an LP "Madrigals"
Herman van Caekenberghe, better known as Herman Elegast, has toured and recorded
solo afterwards. He and some of the other members were also involved in a poetry
project and in a cd with Byzantine chants.
Ivan Poppe has written a children's musical named "Locotof" (Wistik
- Herman van Caekenberghe ("Herman Elegast")
- Riet Bracke
- Paul Poppe
- Ray Poppe
- Ivan Poppe
- The campground singers (1967)
- De Elegasten (Cardinal, 1969)
- De wereld van De Elegasten (Cardinal, 1970)
- Kathmandou (Cardinal, 1971)
- Praten, zingen, dansen (Cardinal, 1973)
- Kerstmis (Cardinal, 1974)
- 'n ogenblikje (Cardinal, 1975)
- Madrigals - Herman, Ivan & Paul (Cardinal, 1977)
- Verzameld (Kleinkunst Reeks - 1993)
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