Tu 26 May > Rebel Up! Duckfood @ PANTROPICAL: HAILU MERGIA with TONY BUCK & MIKE MAJKOWSKI (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
■ HAILU MERGIA with TONY BUCK & MIKE MAJKOWSKI (et/au)
Hailu Mergia’s return to the world of music is one of the most unlikely comebacks of the recent years: The keyboardist / accordeon player was a major star in 1970’s Ethiopia, presiding over the country’s leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band. In 1981, a good part of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian band to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Enter Awesome Tape From Africa. Brian Shimkovitz, operator of the acclaimed blog-turned-record label, came across the 1985 cassette “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument” in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: this tape has both a nostalgic feel (in its attempt to revive the accordion, once East Africa’s leading instrument before electrified “western” rock style instrumentation took over) as well as a futuristic dimension (recorded by the exiled Hailu all by himself, it features a host of synthesizers and drum machines). On the back this reissue in 2013, Hailu started to play live again with a rhythm section made up from two leading Australian improvisors: Tony Buck (THE NECKS, drums), and Mike Majkowski (double bass). Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia’s music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk.
■ DJ’s DUCKFOOD & SAXIXA (nl/de | rebel up!, pantropical)
Tonight’s party music supply will be in the hands of these two. Duckfood defies categorization. His selections are too colourful to be hampered by any preoccupation about wether it fits this or that genre. Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, his massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. This evening he will take us to the shoulder-shaking / hip breaking grooves of Ethiopia (Practice your moves with this: https://youtu.be/wJxAI8pfrj4), and much more! This description generally applies to Saxixa as well. Get ready for a ride!
■ VJ ALERTA (cl/nl)
Geometric Folklore visualized by Chilean / Dutch artist Vj Alerta aka Alejandra Huerta.
doors 20:00 | presale: 7€ / door: 8€
Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam
another special Rebel Up! Soundclash night at Bonnefooi and this time we go to the eastern mediterranean for some arabic spheres!
with special guest Tropikal Camel (ISR / Berlin)
Hailing from Jerusalem, currently living in Berlin, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Austria, Iraq and Kurdistan and growing up with hearing hebrew, arabic, french and german around him, Roi ‘Rocky’ Asayag is a true mix of Jewish and Arab bloodlines. His Tropikal Camel project is a musical mirror of a seminal journey into his Arabic roots. Soul-searching through his intricate identity, he takes us from Kurdistan and Iraq to Morocco. This is how Tropikal Camel is born; an Arab Jew chasing the lost connection to his Arab culture. Dressed in a Moroccon Kaftan cloak, he becomes a witch doctor, a master of ceremony of a musical journey that tries to raise questions and purify the spirit. His vibrant sound is a maze of dense arabic spheres from the past and present, heavy dancehall bass and tropical electro.
His new single at Shouka records from Tunis:
some action vids >
Hosted by your local Rebel Up! dj residents SebCat & LeBlanc
As always expect a diverse and eclectic mix of tunes from around the world and afro-latin-arab communities. Global bass, digital folk pop, any good beats from the global south, rooted in local traditions… Select global, play local!
This sunday it will get hot n rough in the VK venue in Molenbeek with industrial hiphop, heavy underground beats and powerful lyrics.
◢◤ DÄLEK (US – IPECAC)
Dälek’s music is dark, noisy and atmospheric, equally inspired by industrial music like Einstürzende Neubauten, the layered noise of My Bloody Valentine and the dense sound collages of Public Enemy. Their sound is often constructed through sampling and a musical base atypical of most hip hop, making it difficult for people to classify their sound. They have been described as trip-hop, glitch-hop, metal, shoegaze, and hip-hop, as well as being criticized for their broad range of sound. This recent video is about the American police agression against black Americans.
◢◤ LORN (US – NINJA TUNE, BRAINFEEDER)
Marcos Ortega, better known by his stage name Lorn, is an American electronic musician. The name also means lonely and abandoned, which best describes the music from this artist. Lorn signed with Flying Lotus’ label, Brainfeeder, in 2009 and released his debut album, Nothing Else, in June 2010. He released his second album, Ask The Dust, on Ninja Tune in 2012. He recently released three series of “The Maze To Nowhere”, a dozen songs collection, between 2014 and 2015.
◢◤ MOODIE BLACK (US – JARRING EFFECTS)
Nestling snugly in the annals of contemporary rap history between Anticon’s reinvention of hip-hop and Kanye’s postscript to the genre lies the formation of Arizona’s noise rap duo Moodie Black!
◢◤ our very own Rebel Up! SebCat will play between the groups with a special selection of underground beats & Arabic mutant hiphop from Lebanon, Palestina, Jordania, Egypt, Turkey, Libya, Algeria and further….
to hear some of these sounds, check this Rebel Up! Nightshop radio show below, or this episode >