Rebel Up Records, established in March 2018!
It is time to move to the next level and start releasing artists and music styles that we love. The goal of our label is to release artists who have a strong global sound & message, as well as social political contexts. A big focus on contemporary ‘global’ traditional and electronic music to give various street cultures and movements a voice. We will also focus on diaspora artists & musicians who are based in Belgium & Europe, who can not easily be placed in a box in the current ‘world music’ setup. Sounds from the global underground is our motto! This year you can expect releases from these countries; Ghana, Mexico via Brussels, Tunisia, Iraq via Brussels, Peru, Cabo Verde via Lisboa and much more. 🙂
1st release on 23 March 2018 > > >
Ayuune Sule – We Have One Destiny (RUP001 / MR23)
traditional kologo songs and urban hybrid styles such as azonto and hiplife
available on vinyl, digital and cd, released in collaboration with Makkum Records.
Ayuune Sule is a Ghanaian musician of the kologo scene in the Kumasi region, Northern Ghana. As a right hand man to King Ayisoba (Glitterbeat Records), he is a vital part of his band and often opens up solo during their international tours. On this album Ayuune Sule brings traditional kologo songs with contemporary urban electronic productions of azonto and hiplife. It’s an album that is rooted in tradition but at the same time breathes the forward pushing hybrid sounds of Ghana, with lyrics about daily life, struggles, equality, happiness, spiritualism and injustice.
Memo Pimiento – A Todo Dar (RUP002) released on 13 April 2018
Electro cumbia wave via Mexico from Brussels!
Guillermo ‘Memo’ Pimiento grew up in the capital Mexico D.F. and lives in Brussels since 2012. He is joined by 2 band members, the Belgian Manon Amen (nicknamed Man.on) who is the female MC and dancer of the band to fire up the crowd and by Cuban percussionist Victor Hugo for some extra percussive power.“A Todo Dar“ is a personal soundtrack of Memo’s life between Belgium and Mexico and the extremes of these different worlds, sometimes complete opposites. He created a tripping context with human emotions, bringing the sun and heat of Mexico to Belgium as well as the cerebral creativity of popular Mexican music into an electronic tropical wave sound.
Nuri – Drup (RUP003 / SHK002) released on 1 april 2018
Our 3rd release is a LP vinyl release in collaboration with Tunisian label Shouka.
limited to 200 copies!
Nuri is the alter ego of Amine Ennouri, born in 1987 in Tunis, where he started his musical career. As a drummer and a composer, he was at the origin of the Tunisian alternative scene, joining ephocal and experimental projects such as Gultrah Sound System and Chabbouba. Collaborating with independant artists such as Haydar Hamdi, Wael Jegham (Ghoula) and Gato Preto is an important part of his work today.
His debut album “Drup” is a tribute to Tunisian’s African heritage, and a bridge to other traditions, replete with percussions and vocals from all over the mother continent, but also from Asia, combined with digital work to constitute an amalgam of then and now. It was composed mostly on the island of Bornholm, in Denmark, where Nuri regularly retreats for creative introspection since 2015.
also available digital on via the Bandcamp page of Shouka.
soon to follow May / June >
RUP004 Iraq release
RUP005 collaboration with Shouka