fresh Rebel Up! mixtape > Bouyon Hardcore 2k13; rough Creole dancehall-soca from the French Caribbean isles
Be prepared for 70 minutes of fast Carribean party beats at 155BPM, it’s time for ‘Bouyon Hardcore’!
Bouyon is a kind of soca music from the Lesser Antilles island of Dominica, which originated in the late 80′s and is said to be invented by the band Windward Carribean Kulture.
Also, ‘bouyon’ is creole for the French word ‘bouillon’, which means ‘stock’ or ‘soup’ as a metaphor for the music which is a blend of different local (Carribean) styles, a musical ‘soup’.
According to Wikipedia: “Bouyon in effect represents a fusion of zouk and soca music but also draws upon cadence-lypso, jing ping and lapo kabwit elements in term of rhythms. Bouyon music is very dependent on the drum machine, cowbell and keyboards with guitars receding into the background. As such, it has a very strident rhythm and is aptly referred to as jump up music by the population in Guadeloupe and Martinique.”
some examples of these fusion styles >
An article at Cakafete Family elaborates further; “Like the other Francophone musics of the Lesser Antilles, Dominican folk music is a hybrid of African and European elements. The quadrille is an important symbol of French Antillean culture, and is, on Dominica, typically accompanied by a kind of ensemble called a Jing Ping band. In addition, Dominica’s folk tradition includes folk songs called bélé, traditional storytelling called kont, masquerade, children’s and work songs, and Carnival music.”
some Jing Ping sounds:
From the start, bouyon bands and producers mixed up acoustic, electric and electronic sounds and instruments like accordeon, synth, organ, guitar, bass, brass, drums, steel pans etc.
A mix by dj Easy of old skool bouyon:
But under the influence of a global dj-culture – the emergence of dj’s, mc’s, producers, clubs and new music production technologies – the bouyon sound has evolved into rough digital club music. In the Carribean, in terms of music output, probably the most dense and diverse region of this planet, it’s of no surprise that ragga dancehall from Jamaica or Martinique and soca from St Lucia, Grenada or Trinidad, were a big influence on the evolution of bouyon.
Reketeng or bouyon dancehall (muffin):
Bouyon soca from St Lucia:
Power soca from Grenada:
“On pourrait même faire un deuxième volume du kamasutra en regardant les différents « main a tè…, fess en lè ».”. (“Looking at the different “hands on yer…, booty in the air”, one could even make a second volume of the Kamasutra”)
A recent new substyle – from the last 3 years or so- is called ‘hardcore‘, with ‘bouyon gwada‘ as its Guadeloupean equivalent. It is bouyon with raw, often explicit sexual or violent lyrics, either in English, French or Creole, on heavy percussive riddims while melodies sound cheap, simplified and stripped down. Often one succesful riddim has, in a true reggae dancehall style, different versions. The accompanying dance moves are a mix of booty shaking and dynamic adult sex positions, kind of similar to American twerking, Ivorian mapouka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IbJZ23yrUA) or Brasilian ‘popozuda’ shaking in baile funk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnnApv5940A).
This new bouyon from the French Antilles is gaining popularity all over the Carribean, competing with the local dancehall scene for the attention of the audience, although the lines between the two scenes are blurred. With dancehall singers doing bouyon and vice versa, playing for the same kind of audience.
Internationally, it took until december 2012 before the first dominican and guadeloupean mc’s and dj’s came to Paris, home to a large part of the antillian diaspora in France. There’s a 50 min documentary in French & creole of the first and impressive performance in Paris of Suppa, Gaza Girls, Dj Joe and others, although the questions of the interviewer are not necessarily more interesting than the answers of the interviewees, which we don’t fully understand neither, because it’s in Creole.
And another docu:
Unfortunately, bouyon is also ‘hardcore’ because of an associated context of violence, drugs, alcohol and weapons, which relates to the state of global poverty as experienced in the ‘banlieues’, ‘favela’s', ‘musseques’, ‘townships’, in short, the ‘slums’ of this world. And it can go pretty fast sometimes, with the featured singer General Suppa been stabbed to death in May 2013 and more recently, with Miky Ding La, who has been shot during a show, but survived with only light injuries.
Footage from Suppa’s funeral in bouyon style:
With Miky Ding La (weed, tou lè jou!) we’re in the heart of a ‘worried parents’ storm. A Guadeloupean article for example, first neutrally discusses its origins, then turns into rejecting bouyon for being ‘pornophonie’ to finally call for a ban. One of the comments:
“Si on devait se mettre à la place d’un cerveau pour imaginer toutes ces paroles, la première chose qui vous viendrait à l’esprit c’est un film porno ! Alors si un film porno est interdit au moins de 18 ans… le Bouyon Gwada devrait l’être aussi ! Logique non ? … Ben non !”
translation > “If we had to put ourselves in the place of a brain in order to imagine all these words, the first thing that would come to mind is a porn movie! So if porn movies are forbidden for -18 years, then the Bouyon Gwada should also be forbidden! Logical, no? Apparently not!”
This is probably the nightmare they’re thinking of:
and this recent blogpost shows Dominican complaints about the new Triple Kay song ‘Pum Pum Getting Big’
From a local point of view we can’t tell how popular or how marginal it is in Guadeloupe. Although, looking at the relative high numbers of hits on youtube ranging in average from 5.000-50.000+, for clips from bouyon artists coming from such small islands (70.000+ people), you can imagine that the battle for censorship will be tough to continue.
On the other hand, the bouyon club music is also an example of how cheap computers, midi interfaces, internet access, Fruity Loops and other free or cracked music software, have become global catalysts for creating new music styles in a DIY fashion, which are, unlike most euro-anglo-american pop, firmly rooted in local, transnational and diasporic music traditions. The Fruity Loops generation makes tribal guarachero, baile funk, kwaito house, coupé décalé, azonto, kuduro, pandza, digital cumbia and bouyon is certainly no exception to this.
After making this mixtape, we found out that earlier this year, the great German dj and selector Marflix had already made an excellent podcast of bouyon. His mix features some of the riddims we also picked up, but in different versions and it is more soca influenced: http://marflix.me/2013/03/riddims-tropicale-29-bouyon-edition/
disclaimer to our Bouyon Hardcore mixtape:
Ghetto music may sound offensive, stupid or dumb to some people but Rebel Up! does not necessarily agree with the content of the lyrics of the songs featured in this mixtape nor glorifies their message here.
about the island of Dominica (from wikipedia)
“Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), 3 November 1493. (…) France had a colony for several years, importing African slaves to work on its plantations. In this period, the Antillean Creole language developed. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. Great Britain established a small colony on the island in 1805. Britain emancipated slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834. By 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an ethnic African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom took governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. On 3 November 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.”
this Saturday we´ll be playing at the special FREE Koepé Dekalé festival in Sint Joost/St Josse with African contemporary, vintage and dance tunes between all the bands & groups. This festival is organised by Kuumba & commune/gemeente St Josse/Sint Joost
here´s the timeschedule >
15:30 – 16:00 – Wills Tengaishy;
16:30 – 17:00 – 400 crew;
17:30 – 18:00 – Pitcho;
18:30 – 19:00 – Kibal;
19:30 – 20:30 – Valeurs sûres de Bruxelles;
21:00 – 22:00 – Tchaknatural & Sogué Band
Lycée Guy Cudell – rue de Liedekerke 66 – 1210 Bruxelles
check the Kuumba site
A very very special Rebel Up! Soundclash night in OCCII on Sinterklaas evening 5 december.
Rebel Up! Soundclash & OCCII present: Sahel Sounds showcase, hosted by label boss Christopher Kirkley.
Is a more than special label of field and studio recordings of tradional and modern popular music straight from the African Sahel, headed by American musicologist Christoper Kirkley. It all started as a cultblog named *Music From Saharan Cell Phones* where local folk and pop music was collected on sim cards and USB sticks, which is the main source of hand-to-ear music distribution in the Sub Saharan region. Since then the Sahel Sounds project has unfolded as a label that has steadily been releasing unknown artistis and bands from the Sahel region with a website that goes far beyond any typical label with road trip stories, free musical uploads and background info. Christopher Kirkley will play a dj set with selections from his own label and other special finds.
special live show by Mammane Sani (NG)
*his very first European tour*
Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all. Mammane first found the organ in 1974 as at the time he worked as a UN representative in Africa and bought it from a Rwandese colleague. Mammane’s composes in technique that can only be called minimal, relying on the simplicity and space. It is a remarkable manipulation of sound that uses the silence to invoke the emptiness – a metaphoric desert soundscape. Unsurprisingly, his source material is folkloric Nigerien music, and many of the compositions on this record are reproductions of ancient songs brought into the modern age. Interpreting this rich and varied history of Niger’s dance and song for the first time in contemporary musics, Mammane electrifies the nomadic drum of the tende, the polyphonic ballads of the Woddaabe, and the pastoral hymns of the Sahelian herders. Accompany this repertoire are a few compositions, such as Salamatu, the deeply personal love letter to an unrequited romance. His sound can very much be compared to the contemporary works of fellow African composers Francis Bebey and William Onyeabor, and on a western level Terry Riley and Kraftwerk are never far away.
His first and only album was recorded in 1978. Mammane stepped into the studio of the National Radio with his organ, where it was transposed and overdubbed in two takes. In coordination with the Minister of Culture, the album was released in a limited series of cassettes showcasing modern Niger music. The cassette project unfortunately did not progress as planned, and merely a handful were released. Today his cassettes are rare objects, highly sought by fine art connoisseurs and experimental music collectors in Niamey.
The Rebel Up! dj’s will be supporting this showcase with their own personal selections of Saharan, Sahel and other African sounds.
This first European tour by Mammane Sani has been made possible by the support of Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht.
(tram 1 or 2)
Thu 28 Nov > Rebel Up! Soundclash @ Contrabanda w/ special guest AJ Holmes solo set (Hackney Empire, London) > FREE IN!!!!
Ready for some live one-man soukous action?
the Contrabanda world night offers an excellent live band and dj’s to keep the party going the whole night. Live band of the night: East London musician A.J. Holmes (Hackney Empire) plays a marriage of afro-pop and soukous paired with traditional pop sensibilities and will play a special solo set in Bonnefooi on guitar, voice and dj decks at the same time for a unique approach to the swinging African sound. Curious? Do come and check it out and swing into the night with us.
Afterparty with global dance sounds from Rebel Up! Sondclash Dj’s and AJ Holmes!
As always, FREE IN!
See FB event here.
@ BonnefooiSteenstraat 9 Rue des Pierres, Bruksels centre
This saturday all day > Moussem Sounds: twelve hours of non-stop modern Maghreb/Arabic music on three stages in BOZAR.
The Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre has always taken a keen interest in alternative, excellent music from all over the world. We keep up with the latest developments and invite new young bands which emerge in our cities as well as in other countries. Whatever is simmering in the world sooner or later finds its ways to the stage, in innovative sounds and moving texts.
Moussem Sounds is a special mix of rock, hip hop, jazz, electro, blues, oriental and funk. Moussem Sounds is music full of cross-overs from France, Morocco, Greece, Algeria, Belgium, Jordan or Egypt.
We’ll be playing short Rebel Up! sets in the Foyer next to Henry le Boeuf hall, from 15:00 – 15:30, 16:30-17:00, 18:00-18:30 and 19:30-20:00, expect a wild variety of Maghreb and Middle Eastern sounds.
Here’s the roll down all the artists/groups playing >
3.30 pm Andalus
Andalus, a group of musicians from the Iraqi diaspora in Europe, takes you on a poetic musical journey through maqams and traditional and festive music from Iraq.
5 pm Hijaz
The Tunisian master of the oud Moufadhel Adhoum and the Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman discovered they shared a passion for improvisation and music with Mediterranean influences. Hijaz is an instrumental dialogue between East and West. Jazz, for these multifaceted musicians, is far more than just a genre: it means a free approach to diverse musical worlds, whatever their origins.
6.30 pm El Morabba3
El Morabba3 translates the bustle of Amman into pure rock. The group sings about the frustrations of life in the big city and about the hopelessness of the world around them, but also about their own determination to change things.
8 pm Imarhan N’Tinezraf
The spiritual and artistic roots of this young group of Tuareg musicians lie in the most arid, rocky area of the Sahara, in the endless plains the Tuaregs call Tinezraf. Their music expresses what it means to be a Tuareg today in poetic compositions that take you by the throat right from the first bars.
@ FOYERS ADJOINING THE HENRY LE BOEUF HALL
DJ sets: Rebel Up ! Soundclash & DJ Chahinaz
@ HENRY LE BOEUF HALL
8.30 pm Hommage à Warda – Samia Sabri & Ensemble Al Boughaz
The Al Boughaz ensemble is a group of Belgian-Arab musicians brought together specially for the occasion. Together with the talented singer Samia Sabri, they present a tribute to “the Rose of Algeria”, Warda El Djazaïria, who died in 2012.
10 pm Houda Saad
The Moroccan superstar Houda Saad was made famous by the Arabic version of the X-Factor TV programme. Her first album, released in 2008, contains songs sung in the dialects of Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf states. At the Centre for Fine Arts, as part of Moussem Sounds, she will present her second album and a selection of the best of modern Moroccan chanson.
@ TERARKEN ROOMS
9 pm Smadj – Fuck the DJ
The versatile musical all-rounder Smadj brings his latest project, Fuck the DJ, to Moussem Sounds. He takes an ironic look at DJs, who so often take the place of live musicians wherever people dance all over the world. Smadj shows us a different way of doing things as he immerses us in his musical world, from Balkan disco to hip hop and from minimal techno to Middle Eastern dubstep. Welcome to the baroque electro world of Smadj!
10 pm NoMoBS
No More Bullshit. Four young rappers, born and bred in the Kiel district of Antwerp. Youngsters who have become wildly popular in their own neighbourhood through their hip hop in a mixture of Antwerp dialect, English, French, and Arabic to world-class beats – with lyrics that mean something.
10.30 pm H-Kayne
Six years ago, H-Kayne gave Moroccan hip hop a shot in the arm. The group is made up of four young guys from Meknès who grew up with the music of Biggie and Tupac, before developing their own style. They combine Western beats with traditional Moroccan instruments and melodies; their lyrics often deal with corruption and individual freedom.
11.30 pm Rim’K
Abdelkarim Brahmi-Benalla, better known as Rim’K, is a French-Algerian rapper who grew up in the banlieue of Vitry-sur-Seine and became known as a member of the rap groups 113 and Mafia K’1 Fry. He has shared a stage with Khaled, Mobb Deep, Sefyu, and Rohff.
12:30 am After-party: DJ Cal (Trill Klan) & DJ Younited
@ WHITEBOX (HORTA HALL)
9 pm meeting and rap session between NoMoBS and H-Kayne
Moderator: Uman (Manu Istace)
Uman is an integral part of the history of Belgian hip hop. A radio entertainment pioneer with a specialization in rap and student of the Saint-Luc art school in Brussels, he quickly joined the Brussels-based trio De Puta Madre, which he left in 1992. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, Uman founded the Bass Sound System Culture and perpetuated the spirit of Jamaican dancehall through incendiary performances in clubs, concerts and festivals accross the realm.
Language: French | Dutch
Programme time schedule:
@ HALL M
18:30 El Morabba3
20:00 Imarhan N’Tinezraf
@ FOYERS ADJOINING THE HENRY LE BŒUF HALL
DJ sets: Rebel Up ! Soundclash & DJ Chahinaz
@ HENRY LE BŒUF HALL
20:30 Hommage à Warda – Samia Sabri & Ensemble Al Boughaz
22:00 Houda Saad
@ TERARKEN ROOMS
21:00 Smadj – Fuck the DJ
00:30 Afterparty: DJ Cal & DJ Younited
@ WHITEBOX (HORTA HALL)
21:00 meeting and rap session between NoMoBS and H-Kayne moderated by Uman
From 15:00 – 2:00
@ Bozar museum
€ 25,00: Day pass
€ 15,00: under 26 years
sat 16 Nov > Rebel Up! Soundclash & In OK/Out KO present @ OCCII, A’dam; Cinema Soloriens (Marshall Allen -Sun Ra-, James Harrar etc) & the films of Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies) + Rebel Up! afterparty w/ Sublime Frequencies
CINEMA SOLORIENS – 20th Anniversary Celebration with special guests, acts and multi sets of electro acoustic and electronic odyssey.
Since beginning this ambitious project 18 years ago with Marshall Allen, leader of The Sun Ra Arkestra, filmmaker/musician James Harrar sees Cinema Soloriens as a constantly evolving creative and spiritual learning center. It is a multi-media performance consisting of James Harrar’s experimental and highly personal film and video images with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each film. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar (tenor sax, flute, bulbul tarang, reeds, voice and effects) with Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, keyboards, EVI and effects) and Rogier Smal (percussion and electronics) plus a stellar changing line-up of gifted musicians such as Anne Laberge, Yedo Gibson, Vasco Trilla and Arvind Ganga.
The project places attention on Artist collaboration, exploring the moving image with live performance and when combined, an attempt to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems. These presentations also celebrate the early beginnings of cinema, providing live music to support and elevate the silent movie experience. Any musical incarnation of Cinema Soloriens reveals a group possessing a penchant for psychedelic rock, outre ethnological improvisations and Marshall Allen approved jazzy stomps of which these performances deliver in equal measure.
set 01 trio :
James Harrar – tenor, ethnic reeds, EVI, voice and electronics
Marshall Allen – alto, flute, EVI, keyboard and effects
Rogier Smal – Drums, percussion.
set 02 big band :
James Harrar – tenor, ethnic reeds, EVI, voice and electronics
Marshall Allen – alto, flute, EVI, keyboard and effects
Rogier Smal – drums, percussion.
Anne Laberge. flutes.
Yedo Gibson. saxophones.
Vasco Trilla. drums.
Arvind Ganga guitar.
Sublime Frequencies in North and West Africa: The films of Hisham Mayet
Exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing, ecstatic and surreal, Hisham Mayet’s films and audio collections reveal a region’s rituals, rhythm and landscape, with an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience. Employing an unflinching methodology that continues to inspire contemporaries and audience alike, his many documentaries have been redefining the nature of ethnographic film, and continue to provoke and amaze in equal measure.
Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast
A Film By Hisham Mayet
Sublime Frequencies – 50 minutes/2012
Hisham Mayet’s exploration of West African possession ceremonies continues in Benin. The cradle and birthplace of Voodoo, Benin was formerly known as the Slave Coast, and most of the slave industry was exported from its shores. Voodoo worship is integral to the every day lives of the people of Benin. This film, shot in 2010 during the country’s rich Vodoun celebrations, is an impressionistic lens on the myriad ceremonies that this rich and diverse culture has to offer. Showcasing intimate observations of a variety of Voodoo ceremonies: The cult of Sakpata (god of pestilence and healing), Egoun dramas shrouded in magisterial costumes and the secret police of the Zangbeto nightwatchmen, among other highlights. This will be the premiere screening of this visual feast.
Mayet will be premiering this brand new film as well as discussing his methodology and that of Sublime Frequencies, a label he founded with Alan and Richard Bishop in 2003. Highlights will include stories of his experiences with the now legendary clutch of Saharan guitar groups (Group Doueh, Bombino, Inerane) he came upon in the region, as well as sharing his many adventures travelling and documenting possession ceremonies in the Sahel for the last 10 years.
Followed by the AFTERPARTY with Rebel Up! Soundclash dj’s + Hisham Mayet for a rough exploration into global lo-fi rock and pop, unheard ethnographics and exotic dance sounds and other special outerworldly sounds.
door 21:00 – 04:00
Sublime Frequencies film Hisham Mayet + q/a 21:30 – 23:00
Cinema Soloriens (2 x set 30 min) 23:00 – 00:30
Afterparty Rebel Up! Soundclash + Hisham Mayet 00:30 – 04:00
Thu 31 Oct Tropical Halloween > Rebel Up! @ Radio Panik 30 years birthday, Espace Senghor w/ Commandant Cadet & Les Pythons de la Fournaise (FR)!
yes yes folks,
this thursday an awesome tropical Radio Panik anniversary night in Espace Senghor, right on the halloween hour
main band of the night is Commandant Cadet & Les Pythons de la Fournaise, a French band that specializes in the sweet sega and maloya folk styles from La Reunion drenched psychedelic spheres and some afrobeat,
Djiboutik, Moise, Celestin & Rebel Up! dj’s will play before, between and after the band with some fine global warming up sounds
the lineup >
20h > Plateau Radio sur la scène !
20h30 > Dj Rico Da Cool (Djiboutik)
21h > Dj Celestin (Africa Sound)
21h30 > Commandant Cadet et les pythons de la fournaise (set Séga)
22h30 > Rebel Up! Djs
23h15 > Commandant Cadet et les pythons de la fournaise (set Maloya)
00h15 > Rebel Up! Djs
01h15 > Dj HDJ (Djiboutik)
02h > END