Wed 7 June > Africa Negra concert @ Muziekpublique, Bxl > Sao Tomé Afro funk

Africa Negra in Brussels!
The legendary Sao Tomé band, only show in Belgium @ Muziekpublique.

The band is extremely renowned in the lusophone African countries and its worldwide diaspora, be it Europe or North and South America (Colombia especially!), and are loved for their own inimitably guitar based style of heavenly mellowed São Tomé Rumba, Soukous or Socopé, with blissful hints of Highlife. Their first three records are highly sought after by record collectors and unsung gems of african insular music. If you are not familiar with it, here are a few of their classics of our own choice > Carambola, Que Santomé, Nao Nao Senhor.

They have undergone through several different formations; but never really stopped and their current formations includes three members from the early days  (the charismatic lead singer João Seria, lead guitar player Leonildo Barros and bass guitarist Albertino). In 2014 they celebrated their 40th anniversary and that brought  the band back to their brother country of Portugal for a few performances (Lisbon at Club B’leza and FMM Festival in Sines), something which hadn’t happened since the early 80’s as well as a historical first appearance at in Berlin at the Weltmusik Festival. They had never played outside of Portugal before; even if they kept busy in their home country. Here the video of their performance on national television.

We made a special Rebel Up edit for this concert, check it here and free to download! 🙂

warmup tunes + afterparty in the foyer by Rebel Up & Le Grand Mechant Loop.

doors @ 20h
concert Africa Negra @ 21h

Best get your tickets before,
7 € members or 9 € presale non-members
12 € at door.

info >
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Fri + Sat 19/20 May > Africa Is / In The Future Festival, Bxl

This friday & saturday >
From the initiative of Point Culture and in collaboration with Goethe Institute Bxl and Cinema Nova, an exploration of African futuristic visions during a two-day festival Africa is / in the future. During the day there are ateliers and presentations in Point Culture, in the evening movies and concerts in Nova > > >

Friday @ Pointculture Botanique > lectures, presentations, concert >
FREE IN
15h00 – 16h00 Lecture > African future urban challenges: Luanda and Nairobi by Fabio Vanin.
16h30 – 17h30 Presentation > “Afrika Sound ” by Rebel Up & NGHE Médiathèque.
Expect a passionate audio-visual session about the ever changing energies of modern African music
18h00 – 19h00 Performance > Ozferti

Saturday afternoon programme @ Pointculture >
FREE IN
14h00 – 15h00 lecture > Afrofuturism with Pascale Obolo and Gato Preto
15h30 – 16h30 Lecture > African Science-Fiction by Oulimata Gueye
17h00 – 18h00 Lecture > Africa between future and hope by Jean-Christophe Servant (Monde Diplomatique)

evening progamme @ Cinema Nova

20h Kin Kiesse + Kingelez > short movies by Mweze Ngangura & Dirk Dumon
4€ / 3€ members)
22h The Tower by Filip de Boeck & Sammy Baloji, with the presence of Sammy Baloji
6€ / 4€ members

Saturday evening programme @ Cinema Nova >

Documentaries curated by Rebel Up!  >
20h I Love Kuduro (Angola) by Mario Patrocinio + Woza Taxi (South Africa) by Tommaso Cassinis

22h Concert > Gato Preto & AWA Rap Queen (MZ/GH/DE/ZW)
0h Afterparty > Rebel Up & Ill Syll

10€ / 8 members

Full info & programme >
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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!
https://soundcloud.com/celestemariposa

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!
https://soundcloud.com/black-ea-n-o-maya

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.
https://www.rebelup.org/

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.
https://www.mixcloud.com/Calacasdjs/islands/

7€
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.

6€
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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prix libre
@ 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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