Lafertin was born in Courtraie (Belgium) into the
Manouche gypsy community. From a very young age he played all
kinds of instruments. He really started playing Hot Club de
France repertoire with the Piotto orchestra. In the
seventies and early eighties he starred in the group WASO
with Coen de Cauter, which was so succesful it
popularized Django's Hot Club Jazz worldwide.
After leaving the group he embarked on a solo career, playing with big bands and well-known jazzmen in England. In this period he co-starred with Charlie Byrd, Scott Hamilton, Al Casey, Benny Waters and Milt Hinton. He also teamed up with Stéphane Grappelli in Glasgow.
Since then he is regarded as an authority in the jazz world. In 1985 he started his own Quintet in The Netherlands, inspired on the sound of Django Reinhardt's famous 1930s group. The Lafertin Quintet featured various well-known Dutch artists such as Rudi Brink and Joop Hendrickx. Since 2001, Fapy has taken up his old love: the Portugese 12-string guitarra.
The press about Fapy:
Fleur d'Ennui (Timeless Records, The Netherlands, 2001)
Star Eyes (String Jazz, England, 2000)
Hungaria feat. Bob Wilber (Le Jazz, England, 1996)
Swing Guitars (Le Jazz, England, 1995)
Aurore (Studio 88, The Netherlands, 1993)
Fleur de Lavende (Hot Club Records, Norway, 1990)