Sat 14 Oct > Rebel Up Duckfood @ Pantropical x Arab Film Festival

‘Pantropical x Arab Film Festival’ is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [11 – 15 Oct]. We proudly present a line up that is all-embracing and engaging, ranging from virtuoso oud playing, experimental electronica, to old and new Arab dance tunes and futurist Nubian beats. This event will take place at Roodkapje, literally a 3 min. walk from Rotterdam CS.

Sufyvn is a Khartoum based Sudanese music producer who explores the diverse sounds of traditional Sudanese music. He uses vintage Sudanese instruments and merges them with modern textures and a strong rhythmic backbone similar to those found in electronic IDM and Hip-Hop contexts. Sufyvn’s signature sound is highlighted on the “Ascension EP” (2017), his most detailed work to date. This EP does not westernize Sudanese music, but instead takes it to new territories. “Ascension” is a visionary accomplishment that enabled Sufyvn to define his voice as a producer.

Jawa Manla is a talented oud player from Syria who was born in Aleppo and grew up in Damascus. She started playing music at the age of eleven. Inspired by her father playing the oud, she decided to commit to the instrument. She went on to study music in Egypt in 2012 at the Beit El Oud institute under the supervision of the Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma. In 2014 she received lessons in Istanbul by the Turkish oud player Nacati Celik. Since June 2015 she is based in the Netherlands which enables her to perform with many international musicians, not in the last place because of her studies at Codarts in Rotterdam.

DIRAR KALASH (Palestine)
Dirar Kalash is a sound artist whose uncompromising work spans a wide range of sonic practices. Dirar will perform with the oud combined with electronica, approaching the lute-type string instrument with different techniques in order to achieve a music that transcends the common notions of traditional oud playing. His approach repositions the oud within a context where it is considered not only as an instrument with a deep history, but also as a vehicle for further explorations of musical and sonic languages.

DUCKFOOD (NL | Rebel Up! / Pantropical)
Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre.

CHRISTIAN BAAS (NL | Pantropical)
Rotterdam based DJ with a fine eclectic taste. He played pantropical sets at a diverse range of events; with Mdou Moctar, DJ Tetris, DJ Bebedera, Gaye Su Akyol, Altin Gün, etc.

All info > FB event or website

presale: €7 / door: €8
doors 21:00
@ Roodkapje
Delftseplein 39, Rotterdam

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Sun 9 July > Rebel Up! @ Georgie’s Wundergarten festival, Ruigoord (Amsterdam)

On sunday 9 July, freshly arrived from a heavy Exit festival weekend in Serbia, we’ll be playing a duo Rebel Up! set at Georgie’s Wundergarten festival in the alternative Ruigoord village (Amsterdam).

We are invited by our amazing friends of the Umoja DJ’s & INI Movement, playing together with our buddy Rafael Aragon (straight back from Serbia with us). Catch us between 16h30 and 22h, followed by a b2b clash between all DJ’s til 23h. Either way, it will be an awesome day with great decorations in a natural setting 🙂

For all info & tickets, see FB event or website.

@ Ruigoord village
(just outside Amsterdam)

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Fri 30 Sept > Rebel Up’s Duckfood @ Pantropical‎ x Arab Film Festival: Gan Gah ≈ Deena Abdelwahed ≈ Tropikal Camel



–– GAN GAH (ma)
–– DUCKFOOD (nl)

♒ Arab dance / electronica, Morrocan bass ♒

Pantropical x Arab Film Festival is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [ / 29 Sept – Oct 02]. A celebration of forward-looking, bass-ridden Arab dance music with GAN GAH, Deena Abdelwahed,Rocky B-The Tropikal Camel, and Duckfood. Venue = Roodkapje Rotterdam, within walking distance from Rotterdam CS.

≈ GAN GAH (ma | low up)
He’s on the rise; Gan Gah is a young, DJ / producer fed by traditional Gnawa and Berber rythms since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir. Now based in Brussels, he knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a clever combination of club music and traditional North-African music, Gan Gah’s first EP “Souktronics” shows his love for both his Moroccan roots and modern electronic music. Moroccan Bass, you said?

≈ DEENA ABDELWAHED (tn | infiné)
As the main female representative of this generation of Tunisian DJs and producers, Deena Abdelwahed is not one to pander to commercial trends. She explores the urban rythms in the aftermath of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution, where social conservatism has been on the rise and only a few clubs adapt to innovation. Deena caters to those who seek alternatives to electronic music parties that either serve as lazy entertainment or an excuse to blow off steam and vent social frustration. In the past few years, since moving to Toulouse, Deena has made herself heard at music festivals all around Europe winning over crowds with her energetic music.

≈ TROPIKAL CAMEL (il | arabstazy, shouka)
The Afro-haired electronica/beats/global bass shaman from Jerusalem; Tropikal Camel aka Rocky B Assayag is a musical explorer traversing genres, creating an original musical language; a journey into Jerusalem’s unique sound and a fusion of Bass, Techno, Hip-Hop and the raw rhythms of tribal Middle- Eastern and North-African music.

≈ DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up, pantropical)
Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance, so who else to ask for this Pantropical x Arab Camera special? His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Just dig in!


location: Roodkapje SUB
Teilingerstraat 110-130, Rotterdam
22:00 – 03:00 | entrance: 8 euro / 7 euro presale
Pantropical • 
Arab Film Festival  •  FB-Link



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Fri 5 August > Pantropical: ATA KAK (Awesome Tapes From Afrika) > Afrobot > Rebel Up’s Duckfood.

Ata Kaka

≈ ATA KAK (GH) | Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Pantropical is super thrilled to introduce the Ghanaian electronic/rap/hiplife–highlife sensation ATA KAK, the man who kick-started the whole Awesome Tapes From Africa phenomenon!
Ata Kak’s cassette “Obaa Sima” was almost completely ignored upon its release in Ghana back in 1994. But when musicologist Brian Shimkovitz stumbled upon the tape at a street stall in Cape Coast, Ghana eight years later, it formed the catalyst for his new venture, the Awesome Tapes from Africa blog. Shimkovitz wrote of Ata Kak’s music in his inaugural post: “This is it. The song is called ‘Moma Yendodo’. You may never hear anything like this elsewhere. No one I know in Ghana listens to this frenetic leftfield rap madness.” The music on the recording – a mix of highlife, Twi-language rap, funk, hip-hop and electronica – traverses a rich and varied (international) pop music landscape, while also reflecting contemporary Ghanaian music of the period. Presented with the sweaty passion of a Prince record and the lo-fi recording charm of early Chicago house music, Obaa Sima’s joyous soul and casual brilliance made the enigmatic Ata Kak an underground internet sensation and a party-starter the world over. After more than a decade of searching Brian finally tracked down the singer.

Pre&after party will be in the hands of R’dam homeboys:

≈ AFROBOT (nl | Salamanca Label)
Afrobot is an avid collector and versatile selector of all kinds of pantropical craziness. For this one he’ll be slaving away through his crates to dig up some (quote)  and other afrodelic tastes.

≈ REBEL UP! DUCKFOOD (nl | Rebel Up! Soundclash)

FB event

@ WORM Rotterdam
Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam

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Thu 28 July; Rebel Up! @ Pantropical > DJ Tetris (MX), Duckfood & Chris Baas

First time ever introduction to tribal guarachero in NL?!

DJ TETRIS (mx | n.a.a.f.i., guaracha)
DJ Tetris, from the southern state of Oaxaca, has been a key part of the Mexican tribal guarachero scene for quite some time now. The origins of this particular style of dance music are from Monterrey and is characterized by the use of pre-hispanic rhythms, cumbia, and electronic beats, mixed with flute melodies, accordeon and synthesizers. With his signature style (a mix of tribal guarachero, Mexican fanfare, Mariachi en musica norteña Tetris quickly found a home with the N.A.A.F.I. collective (Lao, Siete Catorce, Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahia). N.A.A.F.I. are famed for their special events and their unconventional ways of celebrating street/subculture. Tetris’ ultra-danceable ‘Costeño’ came out on N.A.A.F.I. in 2014.

DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up!, pantropical)
Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, Duckfood’s massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Duckfood is connected to both Rebel Up! and Pantropical.

CHRISTIAN BAAS (nl | meanwhile in manolya, pantropical)
We threw him in the deep end with his maiden Pantropical set at the MDOU MOCTAR / ChupameElDedo double bill (14.07.16), but this young man unequivally impressed with his skilful set, that even ended up as a live jam with Mdou’s 2nd guitarist.


From 21.00 till 2.00

FB event
LOCATION: Paviljoen aan het Water – Brielselaan 157, R’dam
entrance 5 euro [Subbacultcha members: free]



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Fri 13 May > Rebel Up’s Duckfood @ EURABIA V @ INCUBATE,Tilburg


Eurabia V poster

Presented by ∆ Cairo Liberation Front ∆, with performances of:
Rebel Up! Soundclash

This dj-crew from Bruxelles/Rotterdam is well known for selecting the best global sounds from the underground; from African beats to Middle-Eastern house and from Turkish disco to Latino bass. Next to playing shows they’re pushing the best music from all over the globe by organizing parties in RecycleArt & OCCII, where they invite artists from all over the world.

Ramses3000 b2b Ray Fields

You might know Ramses3000 as the dj of Cairo Liberation Front, who started playing solo to show the audience what the world has got the offer besides electro-cha3bi. For this Eurabia night he invited friend and fellow towny Ray Fields to join him for an exclusive b2b-set. Expect a pumpin’ mix with the finest electronics combined with world music and Middle-Eastern jams.


These brothers from Eindhoven are the residents of Het Wild, their own club night where they invited artists like Flako, Kutmah & DJ Nigga-Fox. Next to organizing parties you could have seen them behind the decks at festivals like Mysteryland, BungalUp & Paaspop. After they played the last edition of Eurabia in EKKO, we know for sure; we had to ask them back.

Hosted by MC Holy Joseph

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31 Jan – 3 Feb > Scopitone IFFR

During the International Film Festival Rotterdam the love for film and music comes together in de Schouwburg. A different music documentary and musical experience every day. Sandwich Island / Pantropical takes care for the following evenings, in collaboration with IFFR:

Sunday 31 januari – w/ ‘Roaring Abyss’:


Rotterdam based Afework Nigussie is a versatile musician / singer from Gondar (north of Ethiopia). His solo set emulates his personal allegorical history of that of an ‘Azmari’, a type of Ethiopian bard who embodies the freedom of speech in Ethiopia by singing provocative, humoristic and often improvised verses set to music. He frequently collaborates with Dutch post-punk mainstays THE EX.

Monday 1 February – w/ ‘Waiting for B’:


MelodyMelody (aka DJ DØG) mixes the most diverse styles, often pushing in styles known for its “bad taste”. He plays music produced in the global peripheries, with a focus on the Latin American context and extending to other Portuguese/Spanish speaking countries. Despite the love for raw northern Brazilian rythms such as Lambada, and Carimbo, Calypso and Cumbia will also be there to meet Tecnomelody, Dembow, Pagotek, Afro House, Tarraxa, Kuduro and, eventually, Funk Carioca, Juke and Ghetto House. Just don’t call it all Global Bass.


dinsdag 2 februari – w/ ‘The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith’:


Costa Ernsting is a jazz/improvisation duo that operates from Rotterdam. Hugo Costa and Philipp Ensting’s music is created in and from the moment, resulting in a fine blend that can be both slightly noisy, sometimes melodic and subtle. Both musicians are skilled and very empathetic players who enjoy exploring the interplay and space between pure rhythm, lyricism and harmony. The music is intended to always move forward and surprise.

woensdag 3 februari:

DJ’s DUCKFOOD & SAXIXA (nl/de | rebel up!, pantropical)

Tonight’s party music supply will be in the hands of these two. Duckfood defies categorization. His selections are too colourful to be hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, his massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. This description also roughly applies to Saxixa; initator of the renowned Pantropical party series for non-western, pantropical music galore, and promoter of various music related events in Rotterdam and beyond.

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