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.
Free The System!’ is the new single EP by the band Dandana, to be released on Friday 19 June on Rebel Up Records. Including an ancestral afrofuturist remix by Afro-Dutch producer Philou Louzolo.
‘Free The System!’ is about the gap between the older generation and the younger generation. The old system can’t easily deal with young or new idea’s. The current global pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement clearly show us that the system needs to be changed, we have to free ourselves from it.
and also international UK blog The Ransom Note did an article about the remix by Afro Dutch producer Philou Louzolo and the videoclip. see here >
DANDANA is a collective band of musicians from the Netherlands, Senegal and The Gambia with members Bas Ackermann, Ebou Gaye Mada, Filly Dioma, Jackson Loman, Joop de Graaf and Modou Joof. Together they chose to let go of the past and take a new musical path. Their sound pays tribute to traditional West African rhythm & grooves, with instruments from Senegal and The Gambia such as sabar, xalam and balafon with live drums, electronic drum pads and a range of vintage synthesizers. Inspired by West African psychedelic mandingue pioneers Guelewar, Ifang Bondi & Touré Kunda to the synth-driven vibes of bands like Air & Tame Impala. “Free the System” will take you on a journey through a new universe.
This wednesday we’ll be dj-ing purely modern & vintage African sounds @ Kuumba cafe (the Flemish-African house) in the Matongé area for Festival Matongé Europe. We’ll be playing from around 20:00 til 23ish and it’s the afterparty of the parade, which starts at Kuumba at 18:00 and returns back around 20:00, check the festival website for more info.
It’s free in, so drop by and take in some couleur locale!
Vredestraat 35 Rue de la Paix
The temperature in the city is rising so we also are heating up our Thursday nights, inviting some real hot acts from Ghana!
It’s Hemelvaart/Ascension, so hope you’re having a bridge weekend for another fine late night out 🙂
Rebel Up! dj’s will open the night around 22:00, followed by a live set of King Ayisoba around 23h/midnight, one of the leading kologo lute players when it comes to reinventing Northern Ghana’s traditional music. Distinctly original but keeping a more roots and universal approach to his music which gives it the power to touch both young and old. Deep and beautiful. He will be accompagnied by 2 Ghanese brass players from a highlife band and perhaps a talking drum too!
Moving on we have the Rebel Up! crew (do they really need introduction as the Nr.1 Tropical Bass soundsystem in Bxl?!) and their special guest from Ghana: Dj BBrave! Bbrave is the man behind Akwaaba Music – THE label to promote all kinds of new African electronic dance music. There will be Coupé Décalé! Hiplife! Azonto! Kuduro! Naija! Don’t know any?! Don’t worry come and let the rhythm take you! www.akwaabamusic.com/category/artists/bbrave-artists/