Fri 7 April > Rebel Up! @ Pan-Amafropeans party, Sexyland, A’dam

this Friday afternoon / evening & night in Amsterdam
Rebel Up playing @ Pan-Amafropean party in a new place > Sexyland

First, from 13:00 til 14:00 a session at Red Light Radio, tune into the live stream.

We wished our parties were sexy, but somehow our guests often get disgustingly sweaty from dancing, or end up too drunk to look any good.. But not this time! This time we’ll be in SEXYLAND, and it’ll be slick, smooth and sensual..

✫pan-amafropeans in SEXYLAND✶ will be:
• a défilé of our favourite (and sexy) DJs
• a selection of sleazy, dirty and exotic musics
• cheap & stale (and maybe cold..) beer
• fresh food by sensuous Silvia (De Bakbrommer)
• (oh.. and an intimate little party for our 4 yrs avec une surprise)

Pole dancing marathon (starts 16:00 vrijmibo stylee):
░ ✫ PÅL/SECAM (pan-amafropeans)
✶ ░ SebCat (Rebel Up Soundclash! | Brussels)
░ ✫ Rem Gow (All Around The Globe | Red Light Radio)
✶ ░ DEKS (Sexyland All Stars)
░ ✫ L-Dopa (BAM BAM Amsterdam | Paradiso)
✶ ░ GNOE (Stranded FM | Utrecht)
░ ✫ Selecta Mano (Ticket to the Tropics | Angola)
.. more tba

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@ Sexyland
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 39,
1033 RC Amsterdam
boat from Central Station: NDSM-Werfveer – pont 906

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24/25/26 March: Festa Afro Tuga #2 weekend in Antwerp & Brussels

Afro Tuga time again!  After our 1st super successful party in Brussels last June, it is time for Afro Tuga #2 and this time 2 nights in 2 cities: Antwerp & Brussels.
Amazing artwork for both made events by Bichel Editions.

Friday 24 March in Het Bos in Antwerp >
With 2 special guests from Lisboa, Portugal, for a night of true Afro Portuguese music styles from vintage styles to urban afro tech & beats >

Celeste Mariposa (Lisboa / PT) /
Wilson Vilares started out as techno dj but the powerful music of the African ex-Portuguese colonies lured him in and he became a true connoisseur of the Luso-African music diaspora from Angola & Cabo Verde, Guinee Bissau, Sao Tomé and further. Last year a label under the same name, releasing talented Luso-African artists living in Lisboa such as Chalo Correia, Julinho da Concertina (both in Recyclart last 2 years). Expect wild funana, funky coladeira, shaking semba, rebita and much much more!

DJ Noronha – BlackSea Não Maya crew- (Principe, Lisboa / PT)
Only 24 years old, DJ Noronha aka Fabio d’Alva Noronha is a young and talented producer / dj of the Lisbon southside Bairro da Jamaica area, across the river Tejo river. Part of the Blacksea Não Maya crew together with Dj Kolt, Dj Perigoso & Dj Joker who have released 2 LP’s already on Principe Discos. The Blacksea Não Maya sound is an urban blend of Afro Portuguese ghetto beats, spanking percussion and electronic tones, like slower funaná crossed with the rudiments of kuduro. Alien rumba for ballroom dance matinées. Puxa pa!

Rebel Up! SebCat (Bxl)
The only non-Portuguese dj on the bill as local support. Part of the Brussels global crew Rebel Up!, which needs no introduction for those who come to their underground global nights. Expect some hot warming up in Luso African spheres, from vintage sounds to modern beats.

Calacas DJ’s (Mechelen)
Driven by their love for the analog sound, DJ duo Calacas explores the world of tropical grooves as cadencelypso, cumbia, guaguanco, afro disco and more. Their ultra-danceable sets leave no dance floor unmoved! Immerse yourself in a heavy sweaty trip through the Creole univers.

23:00 – late….
het Bos,
Ankerrui 5-7, Antwerp
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Next day, Saturday 25 March > Brussels time!
Festa Afro Tuga #2, organised together with NGHE Mediatheque.

same lineup as above!

In a sweaty basement + upstairs bar in the Kuumba venue, Flemish-African house in the heart of the Matongé area, Ixelles. Expect all the wonder of the Afro Portuguese music, from vintage funaná & semba from Cabo Verde, Angola & diaspora to the contemporary Afrotech of Lisboa’s suburbs via Principe Discos label.

23:00 – 5:00
@ Kuumba
Chaussee de Wavre 78, Matongé, IXL
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On Sunday, *afterparty* chill style in Brussels.

We will end the Festa Afro Tuga in the NGHE mediatheque in Molenbeek with a presentation & label talk by Celeste Mariposa & a special documentary about music in Cabo Verde (1hr).

Open door & mediatheque from 14:00
Label talk & Cabo Verdian docu from 19:00

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@ NGHE Mediatheque
Rue des Mariniers 6
1080 Molem
tram 51 (Porte de Flandre / Ch de Gand)
metro Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen

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Sat 28 Jan > Rebel Up! @ Orfee & Pal’s Pxychotropical party, De Ruimte, Amsterdam

Paul and Orfee celebrate their birthdays together on the 28th of January. Bring your loving heart, soul and ditto dance moves!

Special intra-europeannal pxychotropical line-up:
░ ✫ Francisco (Lisbon)
✶ ░ SebCat (Rebel Up! Soundclash | Brussels)
░ ✫ Calacas Soundsystem (Mechelen)
✶ ░ DEKS (Mokum)

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21H – 3AM
@ De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031HD Amsterdam Noord

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Thu 30 June > Rebel Up! LeBlanc @ Café Congé goes Caribbean, Elzenhof, Ixelles Bxl *FREE IN!*


Café Congé again! that means the garden of Elzenhof will be changed into a summer bar with party in a certain theme. On this 1st night, they will go Caribbean. With loungegarden, kid activities, concerts and DJ’s in the garden, cocktailbar and food, dance workshop, visuals and more. In collaboration with Rebel Up! DJ’s, MI-Casting, Brede School and Bib Sans Souci. *FREE IN!*

Programme >

15:00-18:00 Loungegarden & kids animation & Silver Canary Soundsystem
15:30-17u30 Latino kids animation by Multicolor ASBL
17u30 Latino dance initiation for kids
18:30 Modeshow MI-Casting + dansinitiatie
18u50 Dance initiation for adults by Yamilet (Cuba)
19:30 concert Turikumwe (traditionele cumbia)
20:30 concert The Concrete Coconuts (calypso)
22:00 DJ’s Rebel Up! & Drache Musicale (Radio Panik)

++ Visuals, Caribbean food & cocktailbar ++

more info > FB event or Elzenhof site.

@ Elzenhof
kroonlaan 12 Av. Couronne
1050, Ixelles

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Thu 21 Jan > Rebel Up! DJ’s @ Nieuwjaars Blend Café, Bimhuis, A’dam


hey folks,

This thursday evening, the World Music Forum NL is organising a new year’s World Blend Café, and asked us to come and DJ. It’s a dinner, network session, time to pitch your global music project, enjoy a live concert & global tunes by Rebel Up! SebCat & Duckfood!

Also a showcase by Shishani & the Afro Namibian Tales.
African harmonies with voice, guitar, cello, kora, mbira and percussion. check their video here.

See here for all details, or FB event.

from 18h til midnight
@ Bimhuis, Amsterdam

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Sat 19 Dec > Rebel Up! Soundclash @ OCCII A’dam > Refugees Welcome Benefit w/ Eritrean Refugee band (ER), Shaghaf Band (SY) & Rocky Marsiano (PT/A’dam))

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After their horror-trip to Europe the Eritrean refugees from the Havenstraat centre get a chance to listening and playing Eritrean music, dancing and enjoying their home food at OCCII together with Rebel Up!

The Eritrean Refugee Band has members Krar player Gerrie with on keyboard Mebrie and will play a special trad-modern live set.

Shaghaf Band is the band of Syrian musicians Nezar (guitar), Kenan (clarinet) and Shadi (percussion). In Syria, the members formed the band Passion and played in the professional circuit  until they had to flee their country. Recently they met again in Amsterdam and revived the band.

At the afterparty > Live/dj set by Portuguese Amsterdam producer Rocky Marsiano who makes heavy beat remixes of vintage African grooves from Angola to Cabo Verde, Kenya and beyond! His debut album ‘Meu Kamba‘ on international African label Akwaaba Music is one for the sweaty dancefloors!

Also the Greek crew of Melting Records are in town and will join us for a special live/dj set of roots, dub, tropical & hiphop.

Rebel Up! dj’s SebCat & Duckfood are always ready to play their global tunes all night between the bands & during the afterparty

With the help of RefugeesWelcome Amsterdam & WijZijnHier. Please like & share!
If you can, please also bring instruments/cloths/donations for all refugees that are housed at the old prison Havenstraat here at Amstelveenseweg.

FB event here.

Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud-Zuid
from 22h til 4h

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Thu 19 Nov > Rebel Up! Soundclash & OCCII presents Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band + DJ Alex Figueira @ OCCII, Amsterdam


Yo folks!

This thursday 19 nov Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band in OCCII, Amsterdam! His shows in Gent and Brussels were simply amazing, so we can recommend you to see them and get wild!

Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band
are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the Koule Dafourou troupe as a dancer. Later, he embarked on his current musical direction as a singer first in Dounia and then in the Afromandingo Band. His current band — when he’s not playing with the now-famous Burkinabé musician Victor Démé — is the Mandingo Band. At present, he is a practitioner of the Afrobeat style, drawing inspiration from the golden era of Nigerian music. Fela Kuti/Africa 70 and King Sunny Adé are big influences, as is the legendary Malian growler Moussa Doumbia. Baba plays the ngoni, the instrument of the Donso (the traditional hunters in this region of Burkina Faso and Mali). His audience comprises multiple generations and strata of Burkinabé society; he accordingly adapts his repertoire to his surroundings, which range from cabaret Sundays in Bobo-Dioulasso to the sound systems of Ouagadougou and are a formidable force steeped in Ouagadougou’s DIY underground musical culture. Juguya is their sound. Listen here >


DJ Alex Figuira (Vintage Voudou shop / Fumaça Preta)
Amsterdam dj Alex Figueira, born in Venezuala with Brazilian roots, has a BIG passion for vinyl; he is the co owner of the Vintage Voudou vinyl shop in A’dam’s Red Light district, a grand collector of vintage African and Latin vinyls, runs the Music With Soul label and plays in the bands Fumaça Preta & Conjunto Papa Upa. For sure he’ll make you bounce & swing with his delicious selections from Africa & around.

More info > FB event or OCCII site

Doors; 20:30

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