sun 27 aug > Rebel Up @ Fiesta Latina Festival, Bxl

more Rebel Up latino action in Brussels!

on sunday evening, Rebel Up will play @ Fiesta Latino festival in Bois de la Cambre (Ixelles).

The festival starts on friday 25th and runs until 27th, where we will play at the closing night alongside the band Forro Mior, DJ Odilonn & Vincent Thekal and our buddy Rafael Aragon. on friday & saturday, our friends of Memo Pimiento, Kumbia Boruka, Arumbo and DJ Funky Bompa will play too!

for all info & tickets, see website or FB event.
see you around

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Rebel Up! promotes > concert Sonido Gallo Negro (Mexico) @ Recyclart, Bxl

Sonido Gallo Negro is a nine-piece combo from Mexico City. With Farfisa organ, theremin and a pack of percussion, they combine cumbia sonidera, huayno, boogaloo and chicha with psychedelics and spaghetti western soundtracks, garagerock and 60’s surf. The collective signed in 2011 as the first latino band at Glitterbeat Records (Bombino, Tamikrest, …) and has two wonderful albums in the meanwhile. Exotic, psychedelic, but not to be missed. The black cock will crow! Spooky & hot!

with support by Mexican-Bruxellois Memo Pimiento and cumbialista Gaetano Dub.

21:00 Doors + DJ Gaetano Dub
21:30 Memo Pimiento (Mex)
22:15 Sonido Gallo Nero (Mex)
23:30 DJ Gaetano Dub

5 € only!
FB event
Recyclart site

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Sat 8 Oct > Rebel Up! & friends @ PsychoCumbia, BokalRoyal, Bxl


Saturday, time to go loco with cumbia again! 🙂
with a lineup of friends.

Memo Pimiento (MX / Bxl)
Memo Pimiento Electric Orchestra is a fusion of electro music with the cumbia culture root, analog and digital modified machines supported by an acoustic percussionist, live singer and visuals. Let’s get inside a Mexican Barrio atmosphere!

Rebel Up! SebCat (Bxl)
Cumbia cumbia cumbia in all sounds possible, from vintage to heavy bass from allover Latin America.

Pedrolito (AR/Bxl)
Our Argentinian partner in crime who just moved to Bxl, part of the amazing Muevelo crew from Paris. Expect all Latin American dancefloor cumbia & beats.

Barrt is an independant dj with a huge selection of music played old school style, turn tables. Genres include electric, acid, house and more to keep your mind wandering untill the sun comes up.

FB event

21h til late….
prix libre / free donation
@ Bokal Royal
Rue Royale 123BXL

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Fri 8 July > Rebel Up! @ Saint Gilles LOVES Cumbia, Parvis St Gilles, *FREE IN*


This friday, a special night of STRICLY CUMBIA in St Gilles!

18:00: Apero – Tropical cocktail & Music crafts for the little ones.

18:00: Play it Loud CUMBIA: TURIKUMWE
The winner of the Play it Loud battle will surprise you with freshly cut tunes. Memo Pimiento Electric Orchestra, El Felino Macabro y los de la Cava, Turikumwe, Los Demonios de la Cumbia & Quantum Café battled for your love and approval in Pianofabriek. The winner: Turikumwe!

19:30 & 21:30: Rebel Up! Dj Sebcat
Party with tropical sounds from the global underground. It’s all about baking a musical cake outside styled borders covered with cumbia sprinkles!

20:30: Patasola
Colombian roots music from the members of ‘La Chiva Gantiva’.
One of the best kept musical secrets in ‘Bruselas’.

@Parvis St Gilles (metro Parvis / Voorplein)

All info > FB Event / Pianofabriek site

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and another mixtape, getting tropical cumbia, Mexican barrio style!

This is the 2nd installment of Rebel Up! LeBlanc’s obsession with Mexican cumbia sonidera. Special attention goes to the position and role of the sonidero in Mexican popular cumbia sonidera. He’s the DJ/MC/entertainer with cult status, permanently on the voice over, close to the laser sounds, jingles and effects… pitched voices, heavy rhythm n bass, endless shifting loops, cheap synth sounds, accordeons galore: welcome to any good old block party in Monterrey, Puebla, DF or LA, *Nueva* York or New Jersey.

Cumbia Sonidera mixtape – Con Sabor vol 2 by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud

PURA MUSICA DEL BARRIO! perfect for listening while BBQ in the sun with a crate of chilled beers.

If you feel like more, check out the first volume here: cumbia sonidera mix – con sabor!
dj LeBlanc 4 Rebel Up! devilish sounds

image: Mirjam Wirz, from the amazing photo serie “CUMBIA SONIDERA: Soundsystem Culture in Mexico City and Monterrrey, Mexico, 2010-2011”

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Sat. 8 June: Oyé! *CUMBIA DANCEHALL Fiesta* @ Bouillon Kube, Bxl

Rebel Up! & Silver Canary crews present:
Oyé! *CUMBIA DANCEHALL Fiesta* @ Bouillon Kube
a night of cumbia & dancehall flowing together in one strong Afrolatino sound, connecting the Caribbean isles to the Latin continent without borders.


The Bouillon Kube is an old Galician restaurant which in olden days was also used as a resting place by pilgrims who travelled the Camino de Santiago. Now it has been turned into a global cultural spot for the St Gilles neighbourbood, where the focus is put on southern music, arts, poetry and film. They operate as a non-profit place where prices are fair, with drinks are much cheaper than elsewhere in town and so we make it a cheap night for all!

Silver Canary crew + MC´s > straight up roots
The Silver Canary is a Brussel based Soundsystem consisting of a international crew of dj´s and singers who organise roots nights in Matongé and other venues allover the city. The Canary brings you a deadly cocktail of underground Caribbean-Jamaican music to quench you thirst to dance. Everything from rocksteady up to raggamuffin!

Rebel Up! crew > cumbia, bass & tropical bounce
Since 2010, the Rebel Up! crew organises not-for-profit Soundclash parties in Brussels as fundraisers for small NGO´s. These rebels dive into many different local music styles from all around the world, whether it be ethnic, urban or a fusion of folk, pop and contemporary electronic dance music. On this night the sound will be all things uptempo Caribbean & streetstyle latino bass.

Chico Parany (AR) > cumbia & latino bass
our international guest Chico Parany from Córdoba, Argentina is a dj, selektor, remixer and investigator of folkloric rhythms and alternative, rebel and mestiza music from around the world. A trip of sounds that synthetize a rhythmic encounter between South America and Eastern Europe, blending gypsy with cumbia, Latin bases with Arabic melodies, Balkan-Beats, Tarantella, Punk, “Paso Doble”, … a revolution of senses, in search of a revolutionary and universal sound. During May until August he is based in Brussels and doing his “LA TRAMPA – EUROPE TOUR 2013”

FB event here
Doors n sound from 22:00 – 5:00h
Damage: 3€
@ Bouillon Kube
4 Rue Vlogaert
1060, St Gilles
(metro Porte de Halle/Hallepoort, just next to friterie Fontainas)

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Wed 8 May: Nightshop party w/ Meridian Brothers (CO), Capitol K (UK), Hugo Menzes (Sofrito), Funky Bompa & The Wild, support by Rebel Up! Leblanc

RU Meridian

NIGHTSHOP PARTY !MERIDIAN BROTHERS, straight from Colombia, are ready to bring their mischievous blend of Latin rhythms and psychedelic grooves to Belgium for the first time. Straddling the line between new and old, this quintet is the creation of Eblis Álvarez, one of the key figures of the experimental music scene in Bogota. A true avant-garde guitar player and composer he also plays in Mario Galeano’s band Frente Cumbiero and was involved in the recording of Ondatrópica. In September 2012 Soundway Records released his album ‘Desperanza’ that features ‘Guaracha U.F.O’, recently selected by Gilles Peterson as his #1 track of 2012. K aka Kristian Craig Robinson has traversed a spectrum of electronic aesthetics throughout 13 years and 5 albums with releases on Planet Mu, XL & Faith & Industry. His 6th album Andean Dub from 2012 is an experimental cumbia masterpiece, influenced by a long road trip through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

HUGO MENDEZ‘ dj style is a unique blend of African, Caribbean and Latin rhythms – a percussive explosion that includes heavy Afro grooves, old school mambo, tropical disco, bouncing samba, calypso funk and heavy cumbia, bringing vintage styles up to date with exclusive dubplate edits and a contemporary club slant.
After some digging trips across the Caribbean, he has put together several top albums for leading record labels, like Strut, Jazzman, Soundway and Nascente. Hugo also produces the cult Rhythmagic Orchestra project with Nostalgia 77, runs the Sofrito Specials label and makes the tropical selections for 22Tracks in Paris. BOMPA & THE WILD are tropical music heavy weights from Brussels, crate diggers and vinyl collectors of all things funky, groovy and tropical, from Africa, the Carribean and Latin-America. Mostly old, dusty and rare sounds from a variety of styles like boogaloo, cumbia, calypso, afro funk, tipica, merengue etc. resident & Nightshop Party co-programmer DJ LEBLANC (Rebel Up! collective) will throw a special opening set of Mexican cumbia sonidera, so get in early for an immersion in the suburban vibes of Puebla, DF & Monterreyyyyyyy…

5 euro before midnight, 8 euro after!
@ Recyclart, Bxl >

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