Thu 8 Feb > Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII Amsterdam w/ UMEME + Nyege Nyege Tapes: Sisso Sounds (TZ)

Yo Amsterdam, this thursday, a special Rebel Up Soundclash night in OCCII with Nyege Nyege Tapes label & UMEME.

Since 2010, Rebel Up has been promoting nights with sounds from the global underground at OCCII and continues to do so with international lineups.

Nyege Nyege Tapes is a label based in Kampala, Uganda,
exploring, producing and releasing contemporary electronic & outsider music from central & eastern Africa. In February they will tour with Tanzanian duo Sisso Sounds, who are playing a showcase at the Berlin CTM festival and afterwards to NL & BE. This will be their only show in NL!

Sisso Sounds *live set* (Tanzania / Nyege Nyege)
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, balani, shangaan and gqom.

UMEME *live set* (Amsterdam)
Live house/techno with African influences. UMEME was founded by Daniele Labbate (synths and bass) and Bas Bouma (drums), two friends and experienced musicians who found themselves falling in love with live electronic and traditional African music. Over the course of countless nocturnal jam sessions, the two found a striking way to fuse these two extremes, with subtle electro, house and techno accents. Yannick van ter Beek (percussion) adds the afro to the rave with his African rhythms as third member of UMEME. Umeme latest ep “Athnan” reflects the focus of Labbate and Bouma on producing a crossover between North African rhythms, analog synths and drummachines. While the previous album “Afrorave” was a dark and flashy mix of different styles and rhythms coming from of Togo, Ghana, Ethiopia “Athnan” instead concentrates exclusively on Maghreb and Sharqi music originally from Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

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

support & hosted by Rebel Up DJ’s
Rebel Up has become a household name through their nights of contemporary global sounds between Brussels & Amsterdam. They host the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl, curate 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 a warmup & cool down set of the freshest African sounds.

info > FB event / website

Doors open: 21:00 – 01:00 | €7

Amstelveenseweg 134, Oud-Zuid
Tram 1 / 5

poster design by Maia Matches

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Thu 9 Nov > Rebel Up Soundclash w/ Luka Productions (Mali / Sahel Sounds) & dj Zé Karlo

This thursday, a last minute Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII with a very special guest from Mali > > >

LUKA PRUDUCTIONS (Mali / Sahel Sounds)
Luka Guindo, rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist and one of the most sought after producers of contemporary Malian Hip Hop. Working from a small bedroom sized studio alongside a busy street in the Malian capital city, Luka has built a reputation as one of the most prodigious beatmakers. Working with artists such as Supreme talent show, Ami Yerewolo, Iba One, van baxy and Sidiki Diabaté, Luka productions officiel is a household name in Bamako’s Hip Hop scene. New age music from West Africa. Lush and hypnotic dreamscapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings, and soothing affirmations. Bamako based composer Luka Productions delves into avant-griot, transforming ancient music into the 21st century. The songs are meditative and sage, as voices guide the listener through ways of living, from the village life to the modern world. Inspired from early electronic music, library records, and new age, this is easily one of the most left field recordings to ever come out of Mali.

RebelUp SebCat says; “amazing subtle album of afro-electronic moods, between the city & the bush. Modern Malian music from the young generation like you never heard…”

Available from Sahel Sounds
and Bandcamp

dj support > > >

Rebel Up DJ’s (hosts)
DJ Zé Karlo (A’dam)

FB event / OCCII website

5€ BEFORE / 7€ AFTER 23:00 , no presale
Amstelveenseweg 134
Tram 1 / 2 (Overtoomsesluis / Amstelveenseweg)

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Thu 19 Oct > Rebel Up Soundclash Nyege Nyege Tapes label night @ OCCII Amsterdam, with Otim Alpha (UG), Bistecchiño (IT) & Nyege Tape dj’s

A very special Rebel Up Soundclash this thursday evening, with special guests from Uganda! This is the very first international tour of the Nyege Nyege Tapes label, bringing Ugandan artist Otim Alpha and producer Leo Palayeng with them for a exciting night of new electronic African music.

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

warm up live set by Bistecchiño (IT/NL)
the brainchild of Stefano Sgarbi, Bistecchiño wears a hat and loves rock ‘n’ roll, punk, disco and transmystical lyrics. A fallen wonder from the sky.

DJ support by:

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

Rebel Up DJ’s

FB event / OCCII site

This night is NOT part of ADE.
7€ at door, no presale
Amstelveenseweg 134
Tram 1 or 2  Overtoomsesluis / Amstelveenseweg

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Fri 14 July Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII, A’dam w/ *live band* Apichat Pakwan (Thailand) + more

What a great vibe in Rotterdam last thursday at Pantropical / Los Mirlos concert and sunday the Wundergarten at Ruigoord. This friday is our final night in OCCII before they close for the holidays.

Special 10″ EP release party concert of Thai/Dutch group Apichat Pakwan + afterparty.
Apichat Pakwan is a group of musicians from Thailand & The Netherlands. They make what they call Esantronics, a hybrid mix of molam (folk music of the ethnic Lao, of whom the largest population is living in Esan, another name for Northeast-Thailand), dub, hiphop & electro.

The Thai musicians of the group are known as the most talented molam musicians of the new generation: Pongsapon Upani (1991) & Artit Krajangsree (1989). At the same time, they are well-respected innovators of the genre who mix new technologies with the original acoustic instruments of Lao folk music. Furthermore, Pongsapon is the regular kaen-player (mouthorgan that is the main instrument in molam) of legendary artists Chaweewan Dumnern & Angkanang Khunchai, and a gifted molam-singer himself. Named after last-mentioned molam-diva, Apichat Pakwan is completed by Thai percussion-player Angkanang Pimwankum (1992), with her 25 years the youngest member of the group.

Apichat Pakwan released their first vinyl single ‘Angkanang’ in 2016 on Animist Records, a record label founded by Olivier Schreuder. Their second 10” single ‘E-Ong Muan Sun’ (meaning ‘Delicious Nutritious Banana’) will be presented on this night in OCCII and will be for sale during the night!
Red Light Radio session
DJ support by Rebel Up! + Dj Pinchado (AR)
Pinchado is a specialist excavator of the finest cumbia and other tropical gems from the vaults of half-molten record jungles across Latin America as well as gamelan music from Indonesia. He edits these into fun lo-fi mixes, or leaves them lovingly intact on 7″, to be played in clubs around the globe.

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doors 21h > 8€ in
Amstelveenseweg 134

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Thu 13 April > Rebel Up! & SOTU festival present: Les Filles de Illighadad, OCCII, A’dam

Rebel Up! & SOTU festival present: Les Filles de Illighadad

SOTU (Sounds of the Underground) is an annual alternative music festival in Amsterdam. SOTU has a passion for genre bending sound and performances – you can listen to noise, punk, folk, improv, rave, avant-garde and electronics.

DJ warmup  21:00 – 22:30
LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD (NE, Sahel Sounds) 22:30 – 23:30
 DJ afterparty 23:30 – 01:00

Les Filles d’Illighadad
Fatou Seidi Ghali, Alamnou Akrouni and Mariama Salah Aswan come from the region of Illighadad, in the heartland of the Niger bush. Rarely have we heard sounds that resonate with as much emotion as those of Les Filles d’Illighadad. Fatou Seidi Ghali directs the band on guitar and vocals with her measured and calm play. In a world dominated by the masculine gender, she is one of the only female guitarists of Tuareg music. Together with her cousins ​​Alamnou and Mariame on vocals, they go right into the essence of the “ishumars” music, mixing it on stage with the tradition of “Tende”, recording their pieces in the large open studio of the desert. Its music is minimalist, poetic and feminine where the trance and ancestral rhythms of the “Tendes” come to support a throbbing and melodious blues. Love, religion, the difficulties of life, the joy of the community, the glorification of nature and the Tuareg culture are themes distilled from the grains of their songs.

DJ Diego Armando
Xavier Riembau aka Diego Armando is a DJ from Barcelona who plays an eclectic mix of groovy tunes from around the world for the last 20 years. A 24-h digger who knows his way around from Jamaica to Cuba to New Orleans music. His specialty is dance floor killers from Afro-American music, exotic tunes from Brazil to Africa, disco and acid house anthems. He has played in festivals like Sónar, Piknic Electronik, Faraday, Black Music Festival, and venues like Razzmatazz, Apolo, Marula, Lolita, Powder Room, La 2 de Nitsa in Barcelona and beyond. His name is a hommage to the best football player in the planet, aka Diego Armando aka the Hand of God. Mani, bass player from the Stone Roses and Primal Scream, gave him his moniker name after a big party in La Costa Brava.

Rebel Up! SebCat
expect lots of Tuareg, griot and berber tunes as warm up & afterparty…

Doors: 21:00
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Amstelveensweg 134

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Rebel Up! 10 Year Anniversary > 3 day wild weekender in BE & NL

9, 10 to 11 March > our Rebel Up! 10 Year Anniversary!!!!
a 3 day wild weekender in BE & NL

Thu 9 March, De Vooruit, Gent,  Outer Limits Club & Rebel Up!
with Gato Preto (MZ/GH/DE), Ibaaku (SN) & Octa Push (PT/GW)
site + FB event

Fri 10 March, Recyclart, Brussels > Nightshop Rebel Up! 10 Years
with Ibaaku (SN) & Octa Push (PT/GW) + Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek (TR/EU)
site + FB event

Sat 11 March, OCCII, Amsterdam
with Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek (TR/EU) + Zea & Afework Nigussie (NL/ET)
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Wedn 4 May: Egyptian / Turkish concert night @ OCCII, Amsterdam


a special Egyptian / Turkish concert night of friends @ OCCII supported by Rebel Up, even though we won t be there due to travel (Peru) and work.

The Invisible Hands (EG)

is the English translation of the band’s original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El Khafeyya. A band created amidst an unusual backdrop by Alan Bishop (AKA Alvarius B., member of legendary US band Sun City Girls and co-owner of the world famous Sublime Frequencies label), with Cairo-based musicians Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda, Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. Songs – sung in Arabic, English, or whichever language they channel – are drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses with a nod to what could have potentially been music that surfaced decades ago but instead found its way into the future. The group was established during the summer of 2011. Their debut was recorded in Cairo in May 2012, and two versions were released, one in Arabic and another in English, with both on a limited edition double LP. Their second album, Teslam, is currently out on CD with the LP being released in December.
Hayvanlar Alemi (TR)

is a psychedelic folk rock band founded in Ankara. They got together in secondary school in 1999, when they were 14. Classical rock and heavy metal were big influences on teenagers in Ankara then, and they started their musical venture playing hard-and-heavy covers, but very soon self-discovered free improvisation and moved into a more avant-garde approach, and later on occasionally deployed traditional instruments, found-sound elements like live radio, and colorful stage theatrics. They were influenced by the new folk-infused experimental rock scene of the late 90s Istanbul, but isolated from any music scene in Ankara, their sound and song-structure diverged from their contemporaries as they incorporated elements from the findings of their musical research into their sound, which included folk, pop and hybrid sounds of South East Asia, East and West Africa, South America and Russia, as well as Jamaican dub reggae and Californian surf.

info here or FB event

Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud-Zuid

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