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The Starved Peasant is the alter ego of Uwe “Balou” Bartsch, and has been around for over 30 years. Starting as a rather rebellish bunch of punk oriented folkies in the early 1980s in Germany, the political climate in Germany was somewhere in between Red Army Fraction sympathisers and right wing neo nazi splinter groups, Balou stayed on and off in his troubled, but formidable exiled home of Berlin Kreuzberg. Living in squads, these partisan freedom punkers managed to build their own little communities including shops and bakeries, cafes and hang-out pads, all in the multi stories of derelict SO36 (Post Code). In those days, not unlike now, you’d be pushed to find the Peasant performing with the same artists twice. This was not because nobody wanted to, but due to the fact the Bear (Balou a.k.a. The Starved Peasant) just wanted new stuff, change and no acclimatising in his music and/or uncompromising performances. Sometimes Punk, Rock, Blues, sometimes JazzPunk, other times Kraut-Rap (predecessor to Kraut-Hop (German Hip Hop), the Peasant did not repeat himself.

Not much changed. Today Balou still performs with different musicians, painting a picture of poetry using guitars, drums, drum machines, beatbox, bass, often brass and/or woodwind instruments... Since his teens, radio and Balou have always been close friends and the Bear hosts his radio show The Starved Peasant With Balou on Exile FM in the UK.

Tune in to Exile FM every Friday from 9PM (UK time) for a live helping of The Starved Peasant With Balou.


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