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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Sat 31 Oct > Rebel Up! @ Café Quartier XXL Tuareg rock night, VK, Molenbeek w/ Terakaft & Mdou Moctar

dear Brussels lovers of desert blues!
This saturday a nice double concert by Tuareg bands Terakaft & Mdou Moctar!

12015097_933056410102814_9192639241464048125_oMolenbeek! A cultural and artistic melting pot, a young and dynamic neighborhood filled with action and movement. Café Quartier is a meeting place where a stage is presented to (young) talent, ideas and initiatives.

Café Quartier XXL is a new concept: an expansion of the profile of the VK. Its main idea is to offer a true cross-over, in music, on stage and in the crowd. The bands on the stage will provide a mix between underground and Maghrebi music and will offer an experience which represents the spirit of Molenbeek!

terakaftTERAKAFT (ML)
Hailing from Mali the Tuareg band Terakaft (meaning “The Caravan”) are regarded as the pioneers of desert rock. No other band from the desert is closer to Tinariwen than Terakaft.
‘Alone’ is the fifth album of Terakaft. Recorded partly at the famous Real World Studios, the album was produced by Justin Adams, the British musician/ producer who has delved deep into Tuareg music, and is known through his work with Robert Plant, Tinariwen and Juldeh Camara. In these troubled times, they have made an album together, that presents the deep Saharan rhythms as a vital contemporary heartbeat. Standing on the ruins of their people’s dreams they sing to their brothers and sisters about true friendship and tolerance.

11-06-mdou-moctar-3-by-jerome-fino-2014-loresMDOU MOCTAR (NG)
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger.
In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane”, rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger and earlier this year his fictional biography movie “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai”, an amazing rockfilm in the Tamasheq language.

Rebel Up! DJ’s SebCat & LeBlanc will warm the café with traditional & modern sounds from the Sahel, Sahara, Maghreb and beyond, like a scorching hot sirocco wind.

@ VK Concerts
Schoolstraat 76 Rue de l’Ecole 1080 Molem Bxl

12 euro presale / 15 at door

Doors: 19:30
Mdou Moctar: 20:15
Terakaft: 21:30

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Fri 19 June @ OCCII, Amsterdam > Rebel Up! Soundclash / OK IN KO OUT present: Akounak movie premiere (tuareg music film) + Mdou Moctar concert + djs

19 juni mdou moctar

This friday another special Rebel Up! Soundclash & OK IN KO OUT collab night in OCCII.
Showing the movie ‘Akounak’, followed by a concert of Niger tuareg band Mdou Moctar and the Rebel Up! & Sahel Sounds dj’s

Mdou Moctar  – concert
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.” In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. He is currently in production in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez.

Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazouhai Trailer from sahelsounds on Vimeo.

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai)
Feature | NR | 75 | DIRECTOR: Christopher Kirkley

Prince goes Sahel in this colorful homage to Purple Rain. Set among the sub-Saharan Tuareg people, and reputedly the first feature film in their Tamashek language (which has no word for “purple,” hence the title). Resplendent in a purple robe and matching chopper, smoking hot guitarist Mdou Moctar arrives in a music-mad Niger town and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father, and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene (Kader Tanoutanoute, as wily and dapper as Morris Day) until their climactic six-string shootout.

Starring guitarist Mdou Moctar, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai) is a feature length fiction film, shot entirely in Agadez, Niger. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself.

Both a homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come, Akounak is based on the universal hero, the struggle of a musician to overcome a series of conflicts. In execution, many techniques have been adapted from Poverty Row, Italian Neo-Realism, and the experimental films of Jean Rouch. While there are a plethora of films concerning the Tuareg guitar, all are documentaries. Akounak is the first fiction film to explore the scene in this format, and the first film in the Tuareg language of Niger.
DJ sets by Rebel Up! & Sahel Sounds dj’s.

Doors open: 20:30
Movie to start around 21:00

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monday 24 november > Rebel Up! presents: Mdou Moctar in OCCII, Amsterdam

mdou occii 24 nov

Hello Amsterdam!

on monday 24th, we have tuareg rocker Mdou Moctar & his band playing in OCCII, Amsterdam!
Spaced out tuareg rock from Niger! (Sahel Sounds)

In 2013, legendary Tuareg shredder Mdou Moctar released his first international album, ‘Afelan’, a collection of rocking raw sessions recorded live in his hometown of Abalak, Niger and earlier 2008 album ‘Anar’ has just been reissued too. After his debut European tour last July, he returns again to Europe and for the first time in Amsterdam!  Not to be missed, away with a quiet monday so come down!

Read this interview here in the online English OCCII Knik magazine
Listen to his albums here >
Mdou Moctar – Afelan
Mdou Moctar – Anar
Saharan & Sahelian tunes before & after by Rebel Up dj’s & friends.

doors 20:30
@ OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134
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5 & 6 Nov > supporting Mdou Moctar in Ghent (Vooruit) & Brussels (Recyclart)

Our favorite young tuareg rocker Mdou Moctar and his band from Niger are touring Europe again, and we had a little hand in getting them these 2 Belgium shows. Sahel sounds in the house!


We’ll be dj-ing sahelian sound support in Ghent, hopefully with Chris from Sahel sounds too >

on wednesday 5 nov in the café of De Vooruit venue (Ghent), and it’s a free show! FB event

and next day on thursday 6 nov Mdou plays in Recyclart (Brussels), with Belgian-Congolese band Shengen Shege of David Bovee (Think Of One). doors 20:30, 5€ in. FB event.

To get the full spectrum on Mdou, read the Sahel Sounds website, for those who read Dutch , check the interview I did with him for Gonzo (circus) magazine, or just check this video recap of his last tour

Listen to Mdou’s amazing sound here!

and oh, soon Mdou will be a music movie star, when his movie Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai  (*Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It*) will be premiered. check the awesome trailer here 🙂

Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazouhai Trailer from plastic shaman on Vimeo.

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Thu 5 Dec > Sahel Sounds showcase w/ Mammani Sani (NG)!!!!!

Hey Amsterdam,

A very very special Rebel Up! Soundclash night in OCCII on Sinterklaas evening 5 december.

Rebel Up! Soundclash & OCCII present: Sahel Sounds showcase, hosted by label boss Christopher Kirkley.

Sahel Sounds
Is a more than special label of field and studio recordings of tradional and modern popular music straight from the African Sahel, headed by American musicologist Christoper Kirkley. It all started as a cultblog named *Music From Saharan Cell Phones* where local folk and pop music was collected on sim cards and USB sticks, which is the main source of hand-to-ear music distribution in the Sub Saharan region. Since then the Sahel Sounds project has unfolded as a label that has steadily been releasing unknown artistis and bands from the Sahel region with a website that goes far beyond any typical label with road trip stories, free musical uploads and background info. Christopher Kirkley will play a dj set with selections from his own label and other special finds.

special live show by Mammane Sani (NG)
*his very first European tour*
Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all. Mammane first found the organ in 1974 as at the time he worked as a UN representative in Africa and bought it from a Rwandese colleague. Mammane’s composes in technique that can only be called minimal, relying on the simplicity and space. It is a remarkable manipulation of sound that uses the silence to invoke the emptiness – a metaphoric desert soundscape. Unsurprisingly, his source material is folkloric Nigerien music, and many of the compositions on this record are reproductions of ancient songs brought into the modern age. Interpreting this rich and varied history of Niger’s dance and song for the first time in contemporary musics, Mammane electrifies the nomadic drum of the tende, the polyphonic ballads of the Woddaabe, and the pastoral hymns of the Sahelian herders. Accompany this repertoire are a few compositions, such as Salamatu, the deeply personal love letter to an unrequited romance. His sound can very much be compared to the contemporary works of fellow African composers Francis Bebey and William Onyeabor, and on a western level Terry Riley and Kraftwerk are never far away.

His first and only album was recorded in 1978. Mammane stepped into the studio of the National Radio with his organ, where it was transposed and overdubbed in two takes. In coordination with the Minister of Culture, the album was released in a limited series of cassettes showcasing modern Niger music. The cassette project unfortunately did not progress as planned, and merely a handful were released. Today his cassettes are rare objects, highly sought by fine art connoisseurs and experimental music collectors in Niamey.

The Rebel Up! dj’s will be supporting this showcase with their own personal selections of Saharan, Sahel and other African sounds.

This first European tour by Mammane Sani has been made possible by the support of Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht.


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A’dam Oud-Zuid

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Sat 23 Nov > Rebel Up! @ Moussem Sounds, Bozar museum, Bxl


This saturday all day > Moussem Sounds: twelve hours of non-stop modern Maghreb/Arabic music on three stages in BOZAR.

The Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre has always taken a keen interest in alternative, excellent music from all over the world. We keep up with the latest developments and invite new young bands which emerge in our cities as well as in other countries. Whatever is simmering in the world sooner or later finds its ways to the stage, in innovative sounds and moving texts.
Moussem Sounds is a special mix of rock, hip hop, jazz, electro, blues, oriental and funk. Moussem Sounds is music full of cross-overs from France, Morocco, Greece, Algeria, Belgium, Jordan or Egypt.

We’ll be playing short Rebel Up! sets in the Foyer next to Henry le Boeuf hall, from 15:00 – 15:30, 16:30-17:00, 18:00-18:30 and 19:30-20:00, expect a wild variety of Maghreb and Middle Eastern sounds.

Here’s the roll down all the artists/groups playing >

3.30 pm Andalus
Andalus, a group of musicians from the Iraqi diaspora in Europe, takes you on a poetic musical journey through maqams and traditional and festive music from Iraq.

5 pm Hijaz
The Tunisian master of the oud Moufadhel Adhoum and the Greek-Belgian pianist Niko Deman discovered they shared a passion for improvisation and music with Mediterranean influences. Hijaz is an instrumental dialogue between East and West. Jazz, for these multifaceted musicians, is far more than just a genre: it means a free approach to diverse musical worlds, whatever their origins.

6.30 pm El Morabba3
El Morabba3 translates the bustle of Amman into pure rock. The group sings about the frustrations of life in the big city and about the hopelessness of the world around them, but also about their own determination to change things.

8 pm Imarhan N’Tinezraf
The spiritual and artistic roots of this young group of Tuareg musicians lie in the most arid, rocky area of the Sahara, in the endless plains the Tuaregs call Tinezraf. Their music expresses what it means to be a Tuareg today in poetic compositions that take you by the throat right from the first bars.
DJ sets: Rebel Up ! Soundclash & DJ Chahinaz

8.30 pm Hommage à Warda – Samia Sabri & Ensemble Al Boughaz
The Al Boughaz ensemble is a group of Belgian-Arab musicians brought together specially for the occasion. Together with the talented singer Samia Sabri, they present a tribute to “the Rose of Algeria”, Warda El Djazaïria, who died in 2012.

10 pm Houda Saad
The Moroccan superstar Houda Saad was made famous by the Arabic version of the X-Factor TV programme. Her first album, released in 2008, contains songs sung in the dialects of Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Gulf states. At the Centre for Fine Arts, as part of Moussem Sounds, she will present her second album and a selection of the best of modern Moroccan chanson.

9 pm Smadj – Fuck the DJ
The versatile musical all-rounder Smadj brings his latest project, Fuck the DJ, to Moussem Sounds. He takes an ironic look at DJs, who so often take the place of live musicians wherever people dance all over the world. Smadj shows us a different way of doing things as he immerses us in his musical world, from Balkan disco to hip hop and from minimal techno to Middle Eastern dubstep. Welcome to the baroque electro world of Smadj!

10 pm NoMoBS
No More Bullshit. Four young rappers, born and bred in the Kiel district of Antwerp. Youngsters who have become wildly popular in their own neighbourhood through their hip hop in a mixture of Antwerp dialect, English, French, and Arabic to world-class beats – with lyrics that mean something.

10.30 pm H-Kayne
Six years ago, H-Kayne gave Moroccan hip hop a shot in the arm. The group is made up of four young guys from Meknès who grew up with the music of Biggie and Tupac, before developing their own style. They combine Western beats with traditional Moroccan instruments and melodies; their lyrics often deal with corruption and individual freedom.

11.30 pm Rim’K
Abdelkarim Brahmi-Benalla, better known as Rim’K, is a French-Algerian rapper who grew up in the banlieue of Vitry-sur-Seine and became known as a member of the rap groups 113 and Mafia K’1 Fry. He has shared a stage with Khaled, Mobb Deep, Sefyu, and Rohff.

12:30 am After-party: DJ Cal (Trill Klan) & DJ Younited

9 pm meeting and rap session between NoMoBS and H-Kayne
Uman (Manu Istace) 
is an integral part of the history of Belgian hip hop. A radio entertainment pioneer with a specialization in rap and student of the Saint-Luc art school in Brussels, he quickly joined the Brussels-based trio De Puta Madre, which he left in 1992. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, Uman founded the Bass Sound System Culture and perpetuated the spirit of Jamaican dancehall through incendiary performances in clubs, concerts and festivals accross the realm.
Language: French | Dutch

Programme time schedule:

15:30 Andalus
17:00 Hijaz
18:30 El Morabba3
20:00 Imarhan N’Tinezraf

DJ sets: Rebel Up ! Soundclash & DJ Chahinaz

20:30 Hommage à Warda – Samia Sabri & Ensemble Al Boughaz
22:00 Houda Saad

21:00 Smadj – Fuck the DJ
22:00 NoMoBS
22:30 H-Kayne
23:30 Rim’K
00:30 Afterparty: DJ Cal & DJ Younited

21:00 meeting and rap session between NoMoBS and H-Kayne moderated by Uman

From 15:00 – 2:00

@ Bozar museum

Rue Ravenstein
€ 25,00: Day pass
€ 15,00: under 26 years

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