Tu 26 May > Rebel Up! Duckfood @ PANTROPICAL: HAILU MERGIA with TONY BUCK & MIKE MAJKOWSKI (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

Hailu Mergia’s return to the world of music is one of the most unlikely comebacks of the recent years: The keyboardist / accordeon player was a major star in 1970’s Ethiopia, presiding over the country’s leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band. In 1981, a good part of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian band to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at Dulles Airport and playing only privately. Enter Awesome Tape From Africa. Brian Shimkovitz, operator of the acclaimed blog-turned-record label, came across the 1985 cassette “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument” in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: this tape has both a nostalgic feel (in its attempt to revive the accordion, once East Africa’s leading instrument before electrified “western” rock style instrumentation took over) as well as a futuristic dimension (recorded by the exiled Hailu all by himself, it features a host of synthesizers and drum machines). On the back this reissue in 2013, Hailu started to play live again with a rhythm section made up from two leading Australian improvisors: Tony Buck (THE NECKS, drums), and Mike Majkowski (double bass). Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia’s music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk.


■ 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 wether it fits this or that genre. Always on the search for new sounds from around the globe, his massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. This evening he will take us to the shoulder-shaking / hip breaking grooves of Ethiopia (Practice your moves with this: https://youtu.be/wJxAI8pfrj4), and much more! This description generally applies to Saxixa as well. Get ready for a ride!

■ VJ ALERTA (cl/nl)
Geometric Folklore visualized by Chilean / Dutch artist Vj Alerta aka Alejandra Huerta.

doors 20:00 | presale: 7€ / door: 8€
WORM Rotterdam
Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam

Fri 9 sept > Brussels Up! ZZK Records night @ Les Ateliers Claus, Bxl

hola pibes!

una nocha especial de nueva sonidos y cumbia de Buenos Aires!

Brussels Up! & Les Ateliers Claus present a ZZK Records label night with special guests Tremor, Mati Zundel (aka Lagartijeano) and El G. I’s gonna be a clash between cumbia riddims, electro folklore from the andes region, dub and urban sounds. Argentina 2.0, that’s for sure! Check out the amazing free mixtapes of Tremor & Lagartijeando on the ZZK site for a sweet taste.

Brussels Up! is a dj collective/organisation of 5 Brussels dj’s as a side project of Rebel Up! (including Rebel Up! dj Sebcat)

expected line up & timetable > > > >

23:00 Brussels Up! dj’s
0:30 Mati Zundel aka Lagatijeando (live)
1:30 Tremor (live)
2:30 El G
4:00 Brussels Up! dj’s til end……

Don’t miss this super night with the best experimental dance cumbia label from Argentina! We’re expecting the night to sell out so don’t show up too late, it really wouldn’t be so fashionable…..

6€ < midnight 8€ > midnight. 23:00 – 6:00 (curfew at 5:00)
Fri 9 sept @ Les Ateliers Claus
Passage C. Rogier, (just next to Nord/Noord station), Brusksels

sat. 16 july; Rebel Up! at Le Grand Cirque du Balkan, Maastricht

Coming Saturday we’ll be dj-ing some of our obscure, crooning, kitsch and swinging balkan tunes at the Le Grand Cirque du Balkan festival at Landbouwbelang in Maastricht (Zuid-Limburg!)

Expect to hear our paprika peppered sounds in the afternoon between bands and we’ll also play a more full global set at the end of the night.  The festival has no fixed entry price but just runs on voluntary donations from every visitor, so don’t forget to chip in!

There is also a facebook event, surf here;

Fri 18-02 > Rebel Up! Soundclash #3 in Brussels @ Bar Recyclart

*sounds from the global underground*

Fri 18 february @ Bar Recyclart
from 22:00 till 3:00
Ursulinenstraat 25 Rue des Ursulines, Bxl

It’s about time for a steamy third Rebel Up! Soundclash night to give this Brussels winter some deserved sunshine! Expect a fully packed world trip in music where all borders are strictly taboo and in which the spirit of the global diaspora lives. A bit of acoustic ethnographics, a dose of innovative lo-fi & hi-fi electronics and a heavy dash of worldly kitsch. Or for the purists; Soukous, Afro funk, Soca, Roots, Balkan, Mestizo, Chaabi, Funana, Asiatic funk, Indian folkpop, Arabian techofolk, Global Bass & much more.

DJ Sebcat & Palm M of the nomadic Rebel Up! collective will serve up a tasty mishmash of sunny sound, while guest dj’s Brian Hainaut & Jean Mikili (Bal du Canal/BXL) will bring tropical tunes from the Brussels brousse that will make you shake, chouffé chouffé!

Rebel Up! is a not-for-profit collective that organises fundraiser nights for small charity organisations. Tonight’s funds will go to the Belgian/Rwandese humanitarian organisation Igitego Inyange ASBL who support education and healthcare projects in Rwandese villages.

During the night they will be selling specially prepared Rwandese snacks, yum yum! Come dance, taste & donate!

Download here the special promotional Rebel Up! Brussels warm-up set.
25 songs in a roundtripping mix of 80 minutes. Enjoy!


Saturday 19th of december @ OCCII; Rebel Up! versus Bomb Diggy *global clash* night, w/ Timeblind (US) & Sonido del Principe

webflyer 21nov 19decIt’s december and almost the end of this lovely crisis year. Well, not for Rebel Up! and 2009 has been an excellent year for us with almost every time a nicely filled OCCII. Time for another special Rebel Up! party! We have teamed up with the good folks of A’dam global bass crew
Bomb Diggy
and made tasty global lineup for ya!

Tonight’s special guest is Timeblind, aka Chris Sattinger from the States, who travels on many musical roads such as dancehall, jungle, hip-hop, proto-dubstep,global dub and tropical tunes. He has been part of the New York illbient scene in the early 00’s,trotted around India for a while and is currently living & working in Berlin, the hotspot for experimental music. His set will be a combination of a live PA set with a dj set in heavy global and tropical spheres! Do check out his site or myspace for sounds & mixes.

We will also be joined by mystery man Sonido del Principe, honcho of the excellent Generation Bass blog. Expect some chewed up cumbia, mashed up with some serious bass and latino & caribbean sounds. It will be impossible not to shake 😉

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Friday 27th nov; Rebel Up! dj/vj @ Party 4 Peace Indian fundraiser night in Villa Lila, Nijmegen


Friday 27th of november VJ M and SebCat will be playing at an Indian fundraiser night, organisised by the good folks of Party 4 Peace. The night is in aid of Belgian organisation Telluris, which we know and support by heart. VJ M will show his Telluris documentary about the Munda tribe and projects. See here a version of it:

Telluris and the Munda from IndiVisuals on Vimeo.

VJ M & SebCat will be doing their Rajasthani live cinema set, a live musical-cinematic experience in which images of the big camel fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan will be mixed with sound recordings. In 2007 we made a trip to India and stayed 2 months in Rajasthan where we composed a roadmovie;  a story without words, but with vivid Rajasthani music and colourfull images as a narrative for an intimate experience.  Here a short version of it:

Live Cinema: Pushkar Camel Fair V 1 from IndiVisuals on Vimeo.

After this SebCat will play a dance set with his own Rajasthani recordings and some special, bizarre and modern folkpop from allover India. Because there is more to musical India than Bollywood & Raga’s!

and more performances too:

*DJ Arne van Funk-A-Flex
*Namasté (psychedelische mantra band from Eindhoven)
*Tula Yoga door Jaap Bresser
*Indian food provided by restaurant Maharaja

The night will start @ 20:00 and goes on till 2:00. Entry is free, though a nice donation is ofcourse much appreciated.
Villa Lila, In de Betouwstraat 9, very close to the station

more info:  www.partyforpeace.nl & Villa Lila