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
site / FB event

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
FB eventsite

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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Rebel Up! weekender > in Düsseldorf (DE) w/ Gato Preto & Antwerp 54K Feest in Het Bos

Big thanks for all your support over the weekend at our 10 years of Rebel Up events in Gent, Brussels and Amsterdam! We sure will go on for at least another 10 years 🙂

This coming weekend, Rebel Up! will play in 2 different cities > > >

Friday 17 March @ KIT Café in Düsseldorf (Germany)
Gato Preto album release party
Album release party of our friends Gato Preto, to celebrate their new album ‘Tempo’ out on Kudos Records. Check it out here. At our latest Rebel Up nightshop show we played it as our album of the month.
Gato Preto’s sound is Afro bass & kuduro via Mozambique & Ghana. With Gata Misteriosa on vocals for some pure Afro female power and producer Lee Bass behind the machines. Also they will be aided by female rapper AWA from Zimbabwe.
Here a video on them on Arte’s Tracks.

DJ support by Rebel Up! SebCat. Expect some heavy fire from all these cats!

21h @ Kit Cafe
8€ presale, 10€ at door

more info >
KIT site / FB event

next day
Saturday 18th March @ 54K Feest in Het Bos, Antwerp
Party in Antwerp with our Bxl friends of 54 Kollektiv with a full & eclectic lineup:










Doors: 21:00

More info:
Het Bos site / FB event

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Rebel Up! @ El Dia de los Muertos party, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp

14310321_1179687095433239_2622647158892493393_oHola Antwerp!

Tomorrow special EL DIA  DE LOS MUERTOS party in the nice Zuiderpershuis venue, organised by Sonico Productions vzw.

With a full programme that starts in the afternoon already (for kids, and well, adults too). From 20h the party will start! and oh, make sure you come dressed up in the most special, bloody or creepy way 🙂

Programme >

14h >  Kids workshops by Wilde Raven vzw, theater & more.
18h > Short movies & dinner

20h > Poets & music
22h > Selva Style (BR/CO/BE)
23h > Rebel Up! SebCat (Tropical)
0h > ‘EXu’ ritual (Afro Brazilian)
0h15 > Rebel Up! SebCat (Brazilian Bass & Cumbia)
2h > Dj Kumbia Beats (BO)

4h end….

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FREE DONATION (minimum 2€)
Waalsekaai 14, Antwerp

☼ƒ☼ With support of the Provincie Antwerpen ☼ƒ☼

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Thu 13 Nov > Rebel Up! Soundclash @ Bonnefooi, Bxl w/ DJ Panko (ES – Ojos de Brujo) & DJ Kumbia Beats (BO)

Time for another Rebel Up! late thursday night in Bonnefooi bar, and with 2 special guests!


DJ PANKO (Barcelona, ES)
The beatmaking DJ of the famous Spanish nu-flamenco hiphop mestizo band Ojos de Brujo, has produced many of their albums and remixes, toured the world allover. Nowadays he also works on musical projects like Lenacay and Electrorumbaiao and is quite busy spinning ethnic tunes from all over the world with loops and electronics. Expect a fine selection of flamenco, rumba, psychedelia, northern african sounds, indian spheres, colombian tropicalism and much more. Remezcla mundial! Check out all his special remixes here >


dj kumbia beats

is the dj alter ego of Marco Bustamante born in Beni, Bolivia, descendant from the Quechua culture and plays all the native Bolivian folk music instruments like quena, charango, pinkillos, tarkas, zampoñas, etc. In 2010 he started his own concept about Colombian cumbia combined with electro, drums and bass, funk, Bolivian folk, global bass and rock. He’s also the leader of cumbia band ‘Los Demonios de la Cumbia’ a live group playing traditional cumbia combined with beats and synth samples by Dj Kumbia Beats. Cumbia for life!

sebcat rebel up
DJ SEBCAT (Rebel Up! Bxl)

On his own tonight as LeBlanc is away on business… Bonnefooi says > This guy is one of Brussels’ most underestimated Global Groove Dj’s, with a musical network from Rajasthan to New Yorkistan and a musical selection that goes even farther and deeper into tropicalism and obscure global dance music. Sebcat is also a fulltime musical nexus, the way he blends his global grooves together in a party he also re-arranges, feeds and stimulates musical culture. Whatever you will get from him, in sound or food, it will be filled with specials spices and hotness. Caliente!

As always free in. FB event here
from 22:00 till early morning….
@ Bonnefooi
Steenstraat 8 Rue des Pierres
1000, BXL

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Sat. 21 July; Rebel Up! Sebcat @ Babaca global bass party, Noordkasteel, Antwerp

hello folks,

This Saturday 21st, a new global bass party is born in Antwerp; BABACA!

Hosted by the Tsigani guys, the night will be in the Magiq Spiegeltent at Noordkasteel, kicking off at 21:00 til the 6:00 morning light. The lineup consists of Belgian global bass dj’s, specialised in different parts of the world; Max Le Daron (Low Up recs), Kobe Louis Charles (Tsigani), Captain Steel (Tsigani/(Low Up recs), LeBlanc (Brussels Up!) and ofcourse your very own Rebel Up! Sebcat. Expect everything bass from digital dancehall to bashment,  reggaeton, electrocumbia, sonidero, tecnobrega, swingeira, baile funk,  3bal guarachero, moombahton, kuduro, juke, dakbe, halparke and many other bass styles.

Before 23:00, it’s cheaper to get in > roll the dice and the number is what you pay. a 6 gets you in for FREE! After 23:00 it’s 5€ in

more info? see here for FB event

See you around!

Sat. 21 july
Magiq Spiegeltent,
Noordkasteel Oost,
2030 Antwerp

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Cassette Connection Belgium tour 11-12 may; Antwerp, Brussels & 13 may extra set in A´dam


poster design by Ness Verbeiren

On Friday the 11th o´may, the super special Cassette Connection tour kicks off in Belgium (Antwerp & Brussels) and followed by Amsterdam on Sunday with a limited set by Rebel Up! through the magical Indian tape collection of Sebcat.

Cassette Connection is a pure cassette tour with 3 specialised cassette dj`s playing their collections of colourful lo-fi tapes of (un)popular, vintage and folkloric music from different regions of the world; lo-fi folkpop, ethnic jewels & disco sounds from AFRICA – MIDDLE EAST and the INDIAN SUBCONTINENT.

Awesome Tapes from Africa (US)
After a stint in Ghana researching the local hip-hop movement, Brian Shimkovitz, a trained ethnomusicologist, has accumulated hundreds of cassette tapes of rare african music from Zimbabwe to Ethiopia to Senegal. He has been sharing his bounty through his popular blog Awesome Tapes From Africa, which he takes on the road as a DJ. His dj sets bring old and new music styles of the African continent together in one pure sound that will make you swing till you drop. Awesome Tapes From Africa is now also a label; the first release is a classic 1982 recording by Mali’s legendary diva, Nâ Hawa Doumbia

DJ Cinnamoon (ES)
Since 2005, the DJ Cinnamoon project has been compiling the best popular music from the Middle East. For this special lo-fi meeting we will enjoy a dense audio-retrospective with original cassettes of Googoosh, Erkin Koray, Omar Souleyman, Haifa Wahbe and many other Turkish, Kurdish, Persian & Arabic extraordinary artists still unreleased for western audiences.
downloadable minimix;

Sebcat’s Maj Tahal
Brussels dj Sebcat will open up his mysterious Maj Tahal cassette grotto to unveil many musical gems from allover the Indian subcontinent. Expect a fine selection of folkloric and disco pop from different Indian states, cinema songs from beyond Bollywood, sufi synthpop from Pakistan and digital folklore from the Nepali mountains.


Fri 11 may @ Scheldapen, Antwerp > Layla Raqsa III night with Basketball (CA) and more
fingerfood, cinema and outerworldly music!
fb event; https://www.facebook.com/events/383986991622295/

Sat 12 may @ Recyclart, Brussels > Cassette Connection night with Velotronix band & dj Bongoman
the Recyclart will be transformed into a lo-fi lounge with sofa’s, outerworldly projections and tv’s with youtube video’s!
fb event; https://www.facebook.com/events/286204771468919/

Sun 13 may @ SOTU fest, OCCII, Amsterdam  > supporting US Girls (US) and Hayvanlar Alemi (TR) (without Awesome Tapes From Africa, joint set by Cinnamoon & Sebcat’s Maj Tahal)
fb event; https://www.facebook.com/events/386488968047382/


the Cassette Connection tour has been made possible with the support of Gonzo (circus), Recyclart and Scheldapen.

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Sat. 30 july > Rebel Up! crew at Sfinks festival, Boechout (Antwerp)

hello hello,

this weekend (29th-31st) it’s time for Sfinks festival again in the green village of Boechout (Antwerp) and we’re invited to perform on the saturday! We’ll be playing our global mashed dance set in the main Concert Tent from 1:00 til 2:30 at night, right after our Colombian friends of Systema Solar and warming up for our buddy Munchi, yeah! Expect a heavy DJ & VJ set of cumbia bass, swinging soukous, unheard shangaan, krazy kuduro, kurdish hiphop, and other electro-folk styles together with colourful visuals.

We’ve made a promo mix for Sfinks, you can check & download it here!

With the heavy famine that is waging in the horn of Africa right now, we would like to raise emergency funds at the end of our Rebel Up! set. We will walk around with a donation box and we hope that everyone can donate whatever they can spare. All the proceedings will go to the NGO Seed Sambura in Kenya.

The Sfinks festival programme promises 3 days of good world music. On the Friday it’s a balkan theme with the music of movie director Emir Kusturica & The no smoking Orchestra and Robert Soko. Saturday has a fine lineup with Ayfer Düzdas (Kurdish folk), Lëk Sèn (Senegalese dancehall), Rubén Blades (spicy Panamese salsa), Alpha Blondy (African roots), Systema Solar (Colombian cumbia fusion), Munchi (fresh moombahton) and ofcourse our set to make you swing and dance, no doubt 😉 On the Sunday we can highly recommend Dikanda (Polish folk), Mamer (central asian folkpunk), Khaira Arby (Malinese desert funk, best show at recent All Tomorrow’s Parties!), Bomba Estéreo (more cumbia!), Hindi Zahra (Moroccan folk fusion) and Faiz ali Faiz (Pakistani qawwali). Also check out the Cabaña on sunday, where dj’s Polyesta and MPS Pilot will be spinning.

Weekendtickets are just 50€, 40€ for sat+sun or 25€ for one day. Buy your tickets in presale though, otherwise they cost 15-20€ more at the gate!

See you there,
Rebel Up! crew

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