Rebel Up Records, up & running since 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 mostly focus on diaspora artists & musicians who are based in Belgium or other countries, whose music can not easily be placed in a box in 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 and to be expected: Morocco, Peru, Cabo Verde/Portugal and much more. 🙂
Our 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
contemporary electro maghreb & west african beats
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.
Babylon Trio – Live @ Nuits Sonores Bxl, BRASS (RUPCS005 / NGHE Mediatheque), released on 15 june. audio cassette & digital.
contemporary electronic dance music from the Iraq diaspora based in Belgium with chobi chobi, dabke and hybrids on synthesizer, percussion and vocals.
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 vinyl LP (RUP004 / Shouka label)
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. Listen to it digitally here.
Coming up in September / October >
RUP006: Babylon Trio – Habibi.be
RUP007: Marockin’Brass & Luc Mishalle – Beats & Pieces (collaboration with Met-X)