Fri 9 Feb > Rebel Up & NGHE present: Tropicoulos #2, Barlok, Bxl with Sisso Sounds, Jhonny Haway + more…

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NGHE Mediatheque & Rebel Up present Tropicoulos #2, a burning hot night of ancestral folklore, global psicotropicalia, African mashup beats and other experiments. Better get ready!

Nyege Nyege Tapes is a label based in Kampala, Uganda,
exploring, producing and releasing contemporary electronic & outsider music from central & eastern Africa. In February Tanzanian duo Sisso Sounds will tour and are playing a showcase at the Berlin CTM festival, afterwards to pass by Bxl.

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Sisso Sounds *live set* (Tanzania)
For the past 15 years the Tanzanian megalopolis of Dar Es Salaam has had one of the most exciting underground electronic music scenes in East Africa. A constellation of micro-scenes from Mchiriku, Sebene and Segere all the way to its latest mutation of Singeli that after years of lurking in the underground finally has exploded into the mainstream and taken over Bongo Flava as the music of choice amongst Tanzania’s youth. Born in the sprawling working class neighborhoods of Tandale and Manzese, Singeli’s signature sound consists of fast paced frantic loops interlocking with each other, with influences from Zanzibars Tarab music all the way to South African afro-house coupled with mc’s who often spit satirical lyrics about the challenges facing Tanzania’s youth, from police corruption to the complications of dating girls when you are broke. If there is one studio that stands out amongst the hundreds that dot Dar es Salaam’s musical landscape it is SISSO RECORDS. Sisso have remained uncompromising in their sound, always raw, fast with a punk DIY aesthetic that can at times verge on noise and gabber, to produce a spell binding music that is like no other soundsystem culture in the region. Expect a live set dancehall horns, sirens and heavy MC rapping. For lovers of ravey Afro sounds such as balani, shangaan and gqom.

Johnny Haway *live set *
Johnny is a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette. Using electronics, modified samples from sundry source and environmental sounds, he make music that rides on boundaries of the genres and styles.

Aymeric de Tapol *live set + DJ set*
“RON RON DES ESPRITS” residents dans les cassettes et machine électronique.

Moroto Hvy Indstr (Nyege Nyege DJ)
Head of the Nyege Nyege label and resident at Boutiq Electroniq Sound System, Moroto plays some deep grooves and slamming African bass-tech-house mutations.

Rebel Up SebCat
Resident of Tropicoulos & Afro Tuga, Rebel Up has become a household name in Bxl. SebCat hosts the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl, runs a global vinyl distro and curates countless nights & parties. Soon Rebel Up Records will be kickstarted, with releases from Ghana, Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Iraq, Mexico and Peru coming up! Expect the freshest African sounds.

Drache Musicale (Radio Panik meteo)
Tropicul grave, african disco + bombastick + séga + gnawa + cumbia +kamba + zoukbass + serveurs efficaces …

from 20h til 6am

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Prix Libre: 5€ conseillé
Beers : 1,50€
Special cheap tropical cocktails by NGHE mishmash crew!

Place : Barlok, Av du Port 53bis
1080 Molenbeek, Bruxelles

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Sat 20 Jan > Giraffes & Penguins #4, w/ Nuri (TN) @ Au Quai, Bxl


Our 4th edition of Giraffes & Penguins already, we’re super happy to announce a live set by Tunisian percussionist, DJ and producer Nuri, coming from Copenhagen to share his ethnic & colorful (there will be visuals too) musical universe with us in Brussels!

He will also join Rebel Up SebCat & Le Grand Méchant Loop behind the decks to spin global underground tunes that will take control of your body and soul!

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〰🔅〰 Nuri 〰🔅〰
Nuri is an established name on the Tunisian underground scene, where, as drummer, he has been a part of numerous alternative music projects. Also DJ, he is an impeccable selector and a skilled navigator in the universe of beats and sounds, wrapping traditional and world rhythms in a club house clothing.
Nuri has released his first album “Drup” on Shouka in August 2017.

〰🔅〰 Rebel Up SebCat 〰🔅〰
In the Brussels global scene, Rebel Up has become a household name through their party nights of contemporary *world* music and electronic ethnic sounds in Recyclart, Bonnefooi, BSB, La Tentation, Les Ateliers Claus and many other places. SebCat is a fulltime musical nexus: he hosts the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl, curator of countless Bxl parties & nights and he runs a DIY vinyl distro with the better global sounds. Soon he will kickstart the Rebel Up label (with releases from Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Iraq, Mexico and Peru coming up!). Expect a wild set of the freshest African, Latino & global sounds.

〰🔅〰 Le Grand Méchant Loop 〰🔅〰
“I prefer to make little pigs dance rather than eat them!”
Philippe Nullens aka Le Grand Méchant Loop is world beats DJ and percussionist. He will take us on a surprising journey, spiced up with live percussions, where the genuine sounds of kologo, zurna, ferrinho and gwoka blend to create the kind of groove that can only be explained on a dancefloor!

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Entrance 5€ /// Doors 10pm
Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA
Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort

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Fri 24 Nov, Rebel Up @ Bruxellongo, Candance Bar, Bxl

New global dance party in Brussels > Bruxellongo!!!

Tomorrow, friday 24 nov, at Candance bar.
every first and last friday of the month you will have an alternative option to listen the new of the worldwide global underground music in the heart of Brussels.

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·.¸¸.·♩♪♫ First Dance Session ♫♪♩·.¸¸.·


KuraqAbe (PE/Bxl) *host*
Rebel Up SebCat (Bxl)
Sudakah (CO/Bxl)
Le Grand Mechant Loop (Bxl)

Expect everthing from Peruvian bass, chicha, Colombian cumbia & champeta, Latino styles, African beats, Caribbean tropicalism, Arabic sounds and much more!

Free in! + special beer promotions
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22h – 5am
@ Candance Bar
Plattesteen 18,
1000 Bruxelles (3 blocks from “La Bourse”)

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Sat 18 Nov > El Pulpo Collective goes Afro Latino @ La Tentation, w/ Ussu N’djai + Pigmaliao

On saturday, the return of El Pulpo collective with Rebel Up in La Tentation.
A very special Afro Latino concert & party night with an Afro Portuguese touch, with the band Ussu N’Djai & The New Balansa from Guinee Bissau/Senegal/Amsterdam and producer/DJ Pigmaliao from Brasil and more surprises.

Ussu N’djai & The New Balansa
the Amsterdam-based group of Ussumane ‘Balansa’ N’djai brings an exciting mix of different West-African music styles (m’balax, m’gumbeh, Afro-Mandingo, Carribean reggae, salsa and funk.) Balansa composed the songs with texts in different West-African languages such as Wolof, Mandingo, Creole, French, English and Portugese, a true afro latin mixture with cultural roots.

Pigmalião (BR)
Pigmalião is the materialization of the reference from the label Frente Bolivarista and remains in constant transformation alongside the label release narrative. Frente Bolivarista has made a stellar rise over the past year to be one of the labels to watch for the future of Latin America music.  Brazilian musical legacy has always seemed somewhat set apart from the rest of the continent but the label, alongside the growing links between booming São Paulo and Buenos Aires, Quito or Lima shows that the tide is changing. It is indeed the becoming, and going even further than, the musical version of Bolivar’s dream: a global collaboration of new, inter infected, border hopping sounds shaping the future of Latin American music.

+ support & host, Rebel Up SebCat

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Presale tickets available, cheaper than at the door!
Presale: 10€ / 13€ at door
La Tentation members: 8€
Afterparty from midnight: 5€

21h – 2am
@ La Tentation / Centro Galego de Bruxelas
Rue de Laeken 28
1000 Bxl

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Tue 31 Oct > Rebel Up desert night @ Les Ateliers Claus, Bxl, with Ifriqiyya Electrique & Les Filles de Illighadad

Rebel Up! and Les Ateliers Claus present: a special night of spiritual desert spheres with Ifriqiyya Electrique, Les Filles de Illighadad & Gernas Haj Shekhmous.

Ifriqiyya Electrique (TN/FR/IT)
More than a concert, Ifriqiyya Electrique is the real adorcist rite of Sidi Marzûq practised by the Banga community in Djerid, between the salt desert and the oases of the Tunisian South. The Banga is a key annual event in the lives of the black communities of the oasis towns of southern Tunisia, descendants of the Hausa slaves transported from sub-Saharan Africa. It is a ritual of adorcism not of exorcism: of accommodating the possessing spirit rather than expelling it. The invitation has been issued by the rûwâhîne themselves, the spirits from whom the record borrows its title, and is taken up primarily in the streets and in private houses.
The band is fronted by 3 Tunisian musicians, Tarek Sultan, Yahia Chouchen and Youssef Ghazala on vocals, krakeb handcymbals and drums. French avant-garde guitarist François Cambuzat and Italian bass player Gianna Greco, both of Putan Club and Lydia Lunch fame.

“The devils are communicating with computers & electric guitars to recompose this ancient adorcist rite of possession and trance. No music note and no tempo were changed, for a transcendental now postindustrial ceremony.”  The spirits possess bodies, asking to be fed through a music of obvious modernity. Their debut album ‘Rûwâhîne‘ on the Glitterbeat label is a powerhouse of deep dark sound.

Les Filles de Illighadad (NG)
Added last minute to this lineup, Les Filles will make a surprise warmup appearance for the start of their Euro & Moroccan tour. The superb Sahel Sounds label (see too: Mdou Moctar, Mamman Sani and the excellent compilation ‘Music For Saharan Cellphones’) released the acclaimed debut album of guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali and singer Alamnou Akrouni, together: Les Filles de Illighadad. Side A of that album is full of dreamy, minimalistic desert blues; on Side B you can hear a recording on which all the women from their village of birth – in the Nigerian countryside – combine polyphonic vocals with repetitive percussion. They have just released their follow-up album ‘Eghass Malan’, which takes their traditional sound into a more powerful guitar driven direction. Les Filles send a breath of fresh air through the male dominated genre of Tuareg guitar bands. They return to the essence of the genre, armed only with voice and guitar – complemented live by two extra musicians (including Mdou Moctar guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane).

Gernas Haj Shekhmous (Kurdistan/Bxl)
traditional Kurdish and sufi percussion with floating visuals

DJ support by Rebel Up & BP

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Doors 20h
@ Les Ateliers Claus
Rue Crickx 13
St Gilles / Bxl

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Sat 21 Oct > African electronic night @ Au Quai Brussels, with Nyege Nyege Label, Otim Alpha, 808Bantou, Gan Gah & Rebel Up

Rebel Up + NGHE Mediatheque + Edgeryders NGO present:
★ ★ African electronic night with Nyege Nyege Tapes label: Acholitronix ★ ★

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Otim Alpha (UG)
Nyege tape DJ’s (UG/EU)
808Bantou (RDC/Bxl)
Gan Gah (MA/Bxl)
Rebel Up (Bxl)

Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng (UG) *live*
Hailing from the sweltering city of Gulu in Northern Uganda, both Alpha—an ex bare-knuckle boxer and master harp player—and Palayeng are considered pioneers of what’s become a veritable hyper-local electronic scene among the Acholi community. In 2001, Otim Alpha together with his early producer Leo Palayeng began taking traditional Acholi ‘Larakaraka’ wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers.

Due to the influence of missionaries who thought of them as non-Christian, Acholi traditions were for many years pushed to the periphery, and only preserved and passed down thanks to traditional musicians like Alpha. “When I recorded his traditional folk songs and added my electronic elements, local people loved the sound and it spread like wildfire,” says Palayeng. In his studio, the producer combined the adungu, nanga (both harps), fiddle and flute with synths and electronic drum-kit beats to create sounds that are equally nostalgic and forward-looking. The results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic Acholitronix ready for dance floor madness.

Most of the songs on the Gulu City Anthems are electronic re-interpretations of Larakaraka folk songs that are traditionally performed at weddings. The lyrics were different for each occasion, and would weave the long histories of the clans being united in marriage. “But people were not always able to afford the whole troop of musicians and dancers, so we started recreating the sounds with computers and singing the lyrics over the top—like karaoke,” Palayeng explains.

Released on the Nyege Nyege Tapes label, a Kampala based label exploring, producing and releasing outsider music from around the region and beyond.

808 Bantou (RDC/Bxl) *live*
Eric Mbuyamba aka Dr Kwest provides you with the best medicine. The doctor is influenced by Sun Ra and many others. He started sampling in 2006, has released several Beat Tapes and remixes and also hosts a radio show called Quest For The Beat on Radio Panik. 808Bantou is his project based on traditional and also contemporary Congolese music fused with 808 drums, a lot of percussion and Brussels footwork beats.

DJ support by:

Nyege Nyege Tapes DJ’s Moroto Hvy Indstr + 1at0

Fed by traditional « Gnawa » and Berber rythms ever since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir, young DJ and producer Gan Gah is now based in Brussels.This accomplished musician, who has been performing for many years as a beatmaker under various pseudonyms, knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats.

+ Rebel Up SebCat & LeBlanc

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This night is part of the OpenVillage Festival, organised by NGO Edgeryders.

Rebel Up is a Brussels cultural organisation that promotes contemporary *world* music through active parties & concerts.

NGHE Mediatheque is a *sportive* media library in the Molenbeek canal zone, which also promotes contemporary culture through lectures, conferences, presentations, concerts and happenings

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doors: 23h
@ Collectif AuQuai
Quai du Hainaut 23

Metro Comte de Flandre
Tram 51 Porte de Flandre

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Fri 13 Oct > Rebel Up SebCat global vinyl set @ Walvis café, Bxl

a night with global vinyl selections in Walvis café by:

Rebel Up SebCat
Expect a wild vinyl set with 7″ & LP’s of the freshest tropical, African, Latino, Arab, Eastern & global sounds, from Congolese rumba to Kenyan benga & kikuya music to Peruvian chicha and Colombian cumbia, to Turkish psychedelic folk to Thai molam and psyche rock.


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@ 22h
Walvis café
Rue Antoine Dansaert 209

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