This tuesday evening Rebel Up & Les Ateliers Claus present: Etran de l’Aïr!
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the western named “desert blues” music. In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Aïr is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit since 1995. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.
Etran de L’Aïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. It’s electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: “We play our own folklore, not like the other artists in Agadez. Our music is based around traditional Takamba…and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré.” Etran de L’Aïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective.
Another Rebel Up & Friends session at Bonnefooi, all nighter on a wednesday night? Sure deal, as thurday is armistice day / wapenstilstand / jour d’armistice, so you have the day off!
Hosted by SebCat, with special guest Cami Layé Okún (Havana, Cuba) who is almost at the end of her European tour before she returns to Cuba. Check out her latest Insolar show on NTS radio. Here is SebCat’s latest Kiosk radio session from last week.
Vinyls & tunes from all swinging corners of the globe, from the tropics to the discotheques
SebCat did a Rebel Up & Friends session (solo, without friends this time) at Kiosk Radio, coming in late straight from Lisbon. Selections from Lisboa vinyls (Travadinha, Trapiche, Frank Mimita, Bana, new Principe releases by PT Musik, Lycox and much more) and selections from Womex and beyond via Quantic & Nidia Gongora, La Perla, Aquafaba, Susobrino and more… Listen here.
Our latest Rebel Up Nightshop show for October is uploaded! +3 hours of new global albums & sounds. 3 songs of the day via India, La Reunion and Berlin. Our albums of the month take us to Egypt (Juju Sounds) via Zimbabwe mbira sounds (Awesome Tapes From Africa), Balimaya Project mandé trad funk from UK (Jazz ReFreshed), the tamashek rock by the band TisDass from Niger and Brussels experimental duo Trance Plantations (WERF). Upping the tempo with global groove beats by Stereo Utopia (Melting Records), psychedelic vallenato cumbia by Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna (Bongo Joe), warm south american electronics by Biomigrant, thumb piano electronics by blind Sierra Leone singer Sorie Kondi with his electronic Kondi Band (Strut) and uptempo afrotronics by ONIPA band. Dancehall bass producer The Bug launches a bass molotov cocktail with ‘Fire’ (Ninja tune) and closing off with spanish asturian bass by Llevólu’l Sumiciu (Samain Music).
This friday 15.10 at the closing party of Festival Resistencia Indigena at Casa Nicaragua in Liege! Organised by Indentité Amerique Indienne asbl with a focus on indigenous cultures in Latin America.
From 16h onwards there are workshops and expositions zapatista, dinner at 18h and at 20h concerts by the bands Tropicant and Tambor Caraibe.From 23h the afterparty will kick off with Dj sets by Baylena Selektah, Rebel Up SebCat and Le Grand Mechant Loop.
All info here or here. @ La Casa Nicaragua Rue Pierreuse 23 – 4000 Liège
On saturday 16.10 Rebel Up SebCat& Fresh Nunas will play global sounds at Antidote from 22h to 2h30 Before there is a concert next door at Volta by The Oneironauts x Roselien, good combo! Plus there is food at Antidote, from pasta to pizza.
In the evening, the closing festival night of Africa Is In The Future at Cinema Nova, about African Club Culture, with short movie screenings, panel talk, concert & afterparty.
at 20h Rebel Up SebCat & Guillaume Maupin will moderate a panel talk with visual artist, photographer and filmmaker 𝙈𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙢 𝙈𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙪 𝙈𝙪𝙙𝙞 𝙔𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙮𝙖 (Nigeria) the 𝙉𝙮𝙚𝙜𝙚 𝙉𝙮𝙚𝙜𝙚 label, festival & collective (Uganda) and journalist 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙎𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨 (Ten Cities, Germany)