In these times of occupied financial centers, where humans turn into amplifiers for subversive thought, you’re probably out on the tramway dancing to the bongos of liberation. We too are dancing there until the last goatskin drum is serenely strung up with the guts of the last banker. Meanwhile, we’re overjoyed to announce it’s also time for the next edition of Rebel Up! Soundclash with a special guest from San Francisco.
Having torn up dancefloors across continents since 1995, DJ Ripley unleashes bass frequencies at revolutionary volume in town squares, warehouses, ships, clubs, squats, universities, community centers and activist spaces. Her wide-ranging sets unseat musical and social preconceptions with a mind-blowing conversation between kuduro, juke, dubstep, cumbia, booty bass, dancehall, soca, 3bal, jungle, baile funk, garage, breakcore, bhangra and dub.
As usual the Rebel Up! DJs will trigger their latest surprises and will accompany you through the night to unleash their musical encyclopedia of finest global tunes, from Angolan semba to Zanzibari taarab.
We never do it for the single reason of partying at the OCCII. The entrance fee is as usual reserved for a good cause which this time is the “Boats 4 People” project of the activist network Migreurop. As thousands of people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in the Mediterranean Sea this summer, they are organizing a solidarity flotilla in early 2012 to raise awareness of this tragedy and denounce the criminalization of migration. “We have come to the conclusion that it is essential now to move to direct action in the light of the excessive number of shipwrecks taking place in the Mediterranean and the reluctance of Europe to concede entry to refugees. We call for a Mediterranean which is in solidarity with migrants and in opposition to repressive policies which seek to criminalise migration towards Europe more and more each day.”
So come along and embrace the idea of dancing and sweating for a good reason.
— RebUp crew