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CQMD (Ceux Qui Marchent Debout)
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CQMD in front of the HiHo lounge New Orleans, Louisiana
Background information
Origin Paris, France.
Genres Funk, brass band
Years active 1992–present
Labels Independent
Website cqmd.net

CQMD Is a heavy funk band from France using amplified 1930s brass band instruments. CQMD are the initials for Ceux Qui Marchent Debout and is the band's name outside its national territory.


Created in 1992 by Superclark, producer of Malka Family and founder of Patate Records, "Bart" and "Androuze", trumpet and trombone player of "La Marabunta", and Roufi, sousaphone player in Boula Matari. The band was originally called Les Fils de Crao playing mostly in alternative venues and bars of the Paris area. Because another band has the same name they switched to "Ceux qui marchent debout", a name that makes direct reference to the comic's character Rahan.

In July 1995 at the Bataclan de Paris, they shared their first big stage with American bass player and singer Bootsy Collins. A few months later they were asked by French film director Cédric Klapisch to compose the music of his next movie, Chacun cherche son chat ("When The Cat's Away"). The band has played much since, opening or contributing with composers and musicians Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, The Neville Brothers, Galactic or David Byrne who featured their song "Horses" on The Cuisine Non-Stop compilation on his label Luaka Bop.

This band, which was briefly signed on the major EMI for its second album, is independent.

Line up[edit]

  • Ounsa – lead singer
  • Bruno – trumpet, vocals
  • Bart – trombone, vocals
  • Arno Laouiche – saxophone
  • Roufi – sousaphone, vocals
  • Fab – snare drum. vocals
  • Rico – bass drum, percussions
  • Superclark – banjo, vocals


  • Nageant dans le brouillard (1993 – k7 under the name Les Fils de Crao)
  • Debout (1996)
  • Your Boddy (1998)
  • Lalalalalala (2000)
  • Funky Stuff in a Reggae Style (2001)
  • CQMD (2003)
  • DVD Live + Bonus (2005)
  • The Jackpot (2007)
  • Check That Funk (2008)
  • Shoot The Freak (2011) featuring Angelo Moore, Femi Kuti, Yellowman.
  • Don't Be Shy (2016) featuring Rosemary Standley.

Official site[edit]

Outside links[edit]

Cqmd entry on David Byrne's personal blog [1]