Rebel Up Records, up & running since March 2018!
It is time to move to the next level and start releasing artists and music 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 music cultures and movements a voice. Our focus is mainly on diaspora artists & musicians who are based in Belgium and other countries, whose music can not easily be placed in a box within the current ‘world music’ setup. Sounds from the global underground is our motto! So far we have released artists from Ghana, Mexico/Belgium, Tunisia/Denmark, Iraq/Belgium, Morocco/Benin/Brussels and to be expected: Portugal, Peru, Cabo Verde and much more.
For wholesale / shops > our worldwide distribution runs via N.E.W.S. Distribution.
For EU orders, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
US/Canada orders, check with Forced Exposure
Japan/Asia, check with Disk Union
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.
released on 23 March 2018
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.
Official video of “What A Man Can Do A Woman Can Do More Better” feat. Louisa.
Memo Pimiento – A Todo Dar (RUP002)
Electro cumbia wave via Mexico from Brussels!
released on 13 April 2018
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.
official video of “Chacahua”
Nuri – Drup (RUP003 / SHK002)
contemporary electro maghreb & west african beats
Our 3rd release is a LP vinyl release in collaboration with Tunisian label Shouka.
Released 1 april 2018 > less than 100 copies left of 500!
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.
Babylon Trio – Live @ Nuits Sonores Bxl, BRASS (RUPCS005 / NGHE Mediatheque)
contemporary electronic dance music from the Iraq diaspora based in Belgium with chobi chobi, dabke and hybrids on synthesizer, percussion and vocals.
Released 15 june. limited edition audio cassette (100 copies) & digital.
In 2015 & 2016, the three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium as refugees of the war in Iraq. keyboard player Arkan Mushtak hails from Baghdad, as well as his fellow musicians Walaa Saad (vocals) and Saif Al-Qaissy (darbouka, percussion and backing vocals). Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi music styles, such as chobi chobi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids.
This is a live set recorded in September 2017 during the 1st edition of the Nuits Sonores festival in Brussels, in the BRASS venue. We thank Nuits Sonores and BRASS for their support! Also the NGHE Mediatheque for their everlasting support of cultural events for refugees and ethnic communities. End of September 2018, the trio will release their debut album ‘Habibi.be’ on Rebel Up Records as vinyl & digital. Limited audio cassette: 110 copies via our webshop.
Arabstazy – Under Frustration volume 1 (RUP004 / Shouka label)
Experimental electronic music from the Arab world
Released 25 may 2018
Under Frustration is a 3 volumes compilation project by Tunisian collective Arabstazy, establishing a picture of the contemporary electronic music scene in the Arab World. This musical journey stands for the diversity of this scene, and deconstructs the occidental perceptions that sees the Arab World as a culturally united and homogeneous entity. It is a manifesto for the burgeoning wave of post-revolution futurism, with artists from Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. Rebel Up is partner for the vinyl release. Get the vinyl here.
Babylon Trio – Habibi (RUP006)
electronic Iraqi & Arab rave sounds from Brussels newest sensation
Released 26 september 2018. Vinyl in spot varnish cover & digital
In the last 3 years, the members of Babylon Trio established themselves as musicians in Belgium, mostly playing to the diaspora community of Iraqi’s, Syrians and other Arab expats. For composer and keys player Arkan Mushtak this started with the music project Sijsele Refugee All Stars in the Bruges area, aided by local cultural organisations. From there Arkan joined the Cinemaximiliaan project, an interdisciplinary cultural organisation in Brussels that brings refugees and locals with different backgrounds together. In this project Arkan again met Walaa Saad and Saif Al-Qiassy who already knew each other from Baghdad. The idea of the Babylon Trio band was created at a night in December 2016 at an Iraqi cultural evening in the NGHE Mediatheque in the Sint-Jans-Molenbeek borough of Brussels.
Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi and Arabic music styles, such as choubi choubi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. The trio’s debut album “Habibi” features songs about their old life in Iraq and new life in Brussels, Belgium, with topics such as separation from loved ones, love, beauty, honour and pure Arabic party bangers.
Listen here on Bandcamp, order via there or our webshop.
Luc Mishalle & Marockin’ Brass – Beats & Pieces (RUP007 / MetX)
atmospheric Afro jazz meets spiritual Moroccan gnawa and chaabi funk
released on 19 october 2018
After years of playing with the Moroccan community of Brussels, jazz musician Luc Mishalle knows every trick of the cross-fertilization between gnawa music, jazz & brass. On ‘Beats & Pieces’ his band Marockin’ Brass adds electronic beats, produced by the Arab-beats master Sofyann Ben Youssef (Ammar808, Kel Assouf) and aided by guest muscians such as Roel Poriau (Think of One, Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra), Maalem Driss Filali and Esinam Dogbatse. The album is a mix of steaming gnaoua, sweaty shaabi-funk accompanied by some redhot brass and free flowing afro jazz that will blow the sand out of your ears!
official video of “Jilali Bouhalam”
Next releases up >
RUPDIGI000 – Rebel Up – Magrebtronics Remixes EP (end of march)
RUP010 V.A – Four Corners of the Globe compilation (mid april)
RUP008 > Octa Push – Linguá (early May)
RUP009 > Tropical Camel – Awakenings Spirits > mid April 2019 (mid May)