Last thursday we had another Rebel Up & Friends session at Kiosk Radio, with SebCat and special guest Ibaaku from Dakar, Senegal. Global sounds on a deep afro vibe, from melodic moods to heavy bass. Ibaaku also played some tunes from his new album Neo Dakar vol.1.
Nkom Bivoué is a young Cameroon DJ/Producer based in the capital Yaoundé. After obtaining his master’s degree in Financial Management and Accounting, he decided to focus on music production. In 2016 he effectively started to learn computer assisted music. Six months later he produced his first demos (beats). It is only in January 2019 that he publishes his very first professional single, “Akelekui Tche” which in his native Beti language (one of the main languages of Cameroon) means “Until Morning”. He then released a second single, “Interstellar Anthem” with Austrian label Leisure Music Production in August 2019. After the release of several remixes in late 2019 and early 2020, he released his very first EP, “From The Stars” (6 tracks). hn august 2020 he released a track on the African Electronic Diaspora compilation on Rebel Up and he ended that year with a new EP, “Processus” and a single “No Lele”, in collaboration with the Ghanaian vocal artist Sizeless.
His new EP “Before Zeun Ya Yop” serves as a taste to his forthcoming album Zeun Ya Yop, which is filled with afrohouse, gqom, bass and afro EDM, to be released in July on his own Bandcamp artist page, follow him here >> nkombivoue.bandcamp.com
Nkom Bivoué’s style is singular and new, which consists of mixing the rhythms and grooves of various African cultures with the sounds of EDM. But it is much more than Afro EDM, in fact it is his own unique Afro Euphoric Dance Music. He does not follow the trend, but listens to his heart and soul to generate unique emotions, through beautiful melodies. These oscillate well between festive,dancing moods and those inspiring or even meditative. As he likes to say, he is a “free thinker” and is even more so when it comes to creating and editing music. He often adds to this by saying “I don’t follow the trend but I do what I feel”. It is in this order of ideas, that he created a whole rather intriguing persona, where he represents a being, Extraterrestrial native of a distant planet called Sirún. He considers his fans as Sirúnians.
and last thursday a Rebel Up & Friends session with SebCat & Didi at Kiosk Radio. 2 hours of eclectic music, from global sounds to jazz, electronics and more. also a Festa Afro Tuga moment in the 2nd hour. Listen below >>>
On 4 May we did a live videochat interview with Congolese musician Jupier Bokondji of band Jupiter & Okwess in Kinshasa about their new album ‘Na Kozonga’ (Everloving Records) and an interview with Lebanon producer Chahine (Out Of Nations) and filmmaker Hassan El Khatib about a critical political song/video. Also tunes by Malian blues master Samba Touré and a new ecological EP by German jazz band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble, a fundraiser for a reforestation project in Bahia, Brazil.
It is #bandcampfriday again today 7 May, where Bandcamp waives their fees for 24 hours to fully support artists & labels.
In case you like to support Rebel Up, we also offer 15% discount on all items today! from digital albums, vinyls, cassette, CD’s, tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and even our super fresh limited edition ceramic mug. Use discount code ‘bcmay’ at checkout
Ghana artist Ayuune Sule has his new album out since last friday. The Frafra title ‘Putoo Katare Yire’ translates as ‘Wickedness has no home’ and is released in a 3 label collaboration by Rebel Up, Makkum Records and Red Wig.
Pure kologo soul and Frafra afropop power from Northern Ghana, recorded at Francis Ayamga’s Top Link Studio, featuring guest vocals by Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah (African Head Charge), Prince Buju, Florence Adone, Fausty Amoa Mabile, Kwame Sko and DK. It’s a catchy and energetic album about education, good advice, spirituality and against evil doing.
You can now order the album digitally, on vinyl or CD via our Bandcamp.
Also available on all streaming platforms and our Soundcloud.