Philippe Mobers


Passionate about music from a very young age, Philippe Mobers teaches percussion at the academy and is responsible, within the provincial cultural space Le Delta in Namur, for the music sector of which he is one of the programmers. He has to his credit the organization of more than three hundred concerts in very diverse styles. He also co-organizes annually in his village an intergenerational workshop for amateur musicians.
Born on January 9, 1959 in Brussels, he began learning the guitar at the age of eight. An academic and self-taught career followed, where the attraction for drums and percussion took precedence over his initial choice. At the same time, he felt the need to play in a group at a very early age. Curious, he started playing in various small bands where he developed his ability to interact with his environment. This particular point, among others, will be part of his preoccupations as a teacher.
At the end of the seventies, he enriched his knowledge of drums with Marcel De Cauwer. During the eighties, he broadened his musical horizon with Pierre Van Dormael's contacts in a jazz-funk band but also with G.T. More and Seven Roots who introduced him to reggae and Feso Trombone who introduced him to afro-beat. He also met Arnould Massart and joined his Latin jazz project Three to Get Ready. He also took advantage of an exceptional opportunity to travel the roads of Europe alongside soul music legends from the Stax label in Memphis, Eddie Floyd, Rufus Thomas and Carla Thomas.
Feeling the need to take a step forward, he leaves for the United States for a study trip. There, he receives the teachings of masters David Garibaldi and Alex Acuna. On his return, he participates in Antibes in a jazz workshop given by Joe Diorio and Joey Baron. Always with the intention of completing and perfecting his training, he registers at the beginning of the nineties at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, jazz section. During these years, he will have the opportunity and the privilege to be introduced to Afro-Cuban rhythms by the master Horacio Hernandez.
This was followed by a journey rich in decisive encounters and a complicity with Maurane, whom he accompanied on numerous occasions both on stage and in the studio. Philippe Lafontaine will also be a faithful travel companion with whom he will record seven albums. It is also at his side that he will develop a hybrid drum/percussion set, a precursor for the time.
During the two thousand years he was hired by Franco Dragone to introduce to percussion the sixty dancers of Celine Dion's show A brand new day, to whom he also gave several private lessons.
Philippe Mobers has also accompanied Marcia Maria, Axelle Red, Sttellla, Khadja Nin, Kadril, Nono Garcia and Salvatore Adamo on tour and/or in the studio, as well as Francis Cabrel, Michel Jonasz, Deborah Brown, La Grande Sophie, Bénabar and Michel Fugain at exceptional events.
He has, among others, also played with Jean-Marc Jaffet, Gino Lattuca, Paolo Radoni, Olivier Louvel, Charles Loos, Bob Malach, Richard Rousselet, Erwin Vann, Manuel Hermia, Nicolas Fiszman, Philippe Aerts, Habib Faye, Ivan Paduart, Nic Thys, Hervé Samb, Chris Joris, Barry Mc Neese, Bo Waterschoot, Patrick Deltenre, Théo De Jong, Hein Van de Geyn, Quentin Dujardin Frank Michiels.