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.
In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests in June allover the globe, followed by a summer with or without holidays, it’s important to keep the flame burning and the discussion going. The road is still long, but united we stand, moving forward together.
The aim of this compilation is to raise funds for various (inter)national NGO’s, anti-rasicm advocacy groups and organisations of black initiative, with all proceedings to be donated to these causes. (Look in press info for full list of carefully selected organiations)
The artists donated their music as a collaboration between Rebel Up Records, the artists and the international labels Nyege Tapes, Syrphe, Bongo Joe Records, Sdban Records, Galletas Calientes, Blanc Manioc, Indigenous Underground, Strut, Earconditioning and 1000Hz Records. On this compilation we brought together mostly electronic African or Afro descendant artists from the worldwide diaspora and artists based in their homelands, from motherland Africa to Latin America to the Caribbean and back to Europe. It’s a vibrant combination of contemporary sounds that showcases the current talent of the artists and producers, combined with awareness for black lives & art and serving as a fundraiser. You can find a list of the supported organisations on the last page. Also info on each of the artists and their Bandcamp pages are included in the notes.
As this compilation is an ongoing process, it’s possible that the tracklist can still grow with a few extra songs in the next weeks. Please support & buy this compilation, let the internal fire burn on.
Afterwards from midnight onwards til late, Rebel Up SebCat will play at Bonnefooi for the BRDCST festival afterparty, together with Kornelia Binicewicz (of Ladies on Records / Turkish Ladies compilation). Expect a flurry of heavy global sounds. Also with a mystery African DJ guest. Curious? come.