Helmut Lotti

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Helmut Lotti
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Background information
Birth name Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers
Born (1969-10-22) 22 October 1969 (age 45)
Origin Ghent, Belgium
Genres Classical, Pop, Rock & Roll, Easy Listening
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1988–present
Labels Piet Roelen Productions
Website www.helmutlotti.be

Helmut Lotti (born Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers on 22 October 1969), is a Flemish Belgian tenor[1] and singer-songwriter. Lotti performs in several styles and languages. Once an Elvis impersonator, he has sung African and Latino hit records, and he crossed over into classical music in the 1990s.[1]

Life and music[edit]

The son of Luc and Rita (née Lagrou) Lotigiers, Lotti was born Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers in Ghent, Belgium, and began his singing career with a visual and singing style in an obvious imitation of Elvis Presley, and was described as "De Nieuwe Elvis" (in Dutch) or "The New Elvis". His first two albums were Vlaamse Nachten ("Flemish Nights", 1990) and Alles Wat Ik Voel ("All That I Feel", 1992). After a few more albums, he changed direction in 1995 with the first of what became a long series of "Helmut Lotti Goes Classic" albums, which proved to increase his popularity. Since 2000 he has also made successful recordings in traditional Latino, African and Russian-style music.

Helmut Lotti sings fluently in his mother language Dutch, as well as Afrikaans, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. He has sold over 13 million albums worldwide and received over 90 platinum and 70 gold albums.[citation needed]

Lotti does volunteer work as an ambassador for UNICEF. Lotti took part in the 0110 concerts against racism, organised by Tom Barman.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Title Date of
release
Vlaamse Nachten / Flemish Nights 1990
Alles Wat Ik Voel / All That I Feel 1992
Memories 1993
Just For You 1994
Helmut Lotti goes Classic 1995
Helmut Lotti goes Classic II 1996
Helmut Lotti goes Classic III 1997
Romantic 1998
Helmut Lotti goes Classic Final Edition 1998
Romantic 2 1999
Out of Africa 1999
Vlaamse hits / Flemish hits 2000
Latino Classics 2000
Latino Love Songs 2001
My Tribute To The King 2002
Pop Classics in Symphony 2003
From Russia With Love 2004
Meine geliebte Klassik / My Favorite Classics 2006
The Crooners 2006
Time To Swing 2008
Mijn Hart & Mijn Lijf 2013

Out of Africa (Helmut Lotti)[edit]

In his 'Out of Africa' album, African and African themed songs are arranged for symphony orchestra, choir, and soloist. It was recorded with the Golden Symphonic Orchestra at the Bosotho Cultural Village in the Maluti Mountains in South Africa.

Track Listing:

  1. Out of Africa
  2. Asimbonanga
  3. Malaika
  4. Circle Of Life
  5. Qongqothwane
  6. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  7. Shosholoza
  8. Umakoti
  9. Jikela Emaweni Hamba
  10. Tula Tula
  11. Sarie Marais
  12. Kumbaya My Lord
  13. Pata Pata
  14. African Sunrise
  15. Minapendawe
  16. My Angel
  17. Nkosi Sikelele Africa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Goldsmith B (2009). Belgian tenor Helmut Lotti wants to find his own style. WDEZ. Retrieved 23 April 2010.

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