broeder Dieleman is the alter ego of Tonnie, a tall man with a very big heart from Middelburg. Het makes a unique type of gospel in Zeeuws-Flemish dialect. Songs full of sin and salvation with the Landscape of Zeeland in the background.
In 2012 he released his debut album "Alles Is IJdelheid", with which he started touring all over the Netherlands and all the way to our southern neighbors as well. Besides his dialect, Zeeland itself plays a very big role in the music of broeder Dieleman. His music takes as long as it lasts, but in the end every song arrives at the intended destination.broeder Dieleman finally released his long-awaited new album ‘Komma’ in September 2018. The album really is something different. It’s a double album and photobook in one. A book with self shot analogue pictures, an instrumental record and a record full of songs. The main theme of this release is ‘Het Krekengebied’ (creek area) that’s located in the land of Axel. broeder Dieleman about the creek area: “Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is a part of me. These creeks as well, there are stories in them. They were sea arms in the past, now they are the last bits of primeval sea. If you want to be alone, you can sit by a creek. There’s something mysterious about these waters”
After 'Komma', broeder Dieleman (NL) and Wannes Cappelle (BE) joined forces for a unique project. Together with Frans Grapperhaus on cello they released 'Dit Is De Bedoeling'. Wannes (Het Zesde Metaal) and Tonnie have more in common than you would think on first sight. Both of them sing rich stories in Flemish, respectively West-Flemish and Zeeuws-Flemish. The two singers use their native language; an Arcadian dialect that normally does not extend beyond the regional border. And yet they tell universal stories and manage to touch people from everywhere. Their language is musical and effective, their songs move and disarm. And ‘dat is de bedoeling’ (that’s the purpose).
Press on latest release 'Komma':
***** "beautiful, impressionistic art" – Volkskrant
**** - NRC
Beautiful - Het Parool
***** - Music Maker
***** - Lust For Life
***** - Written In Music