Sat 11 May > Giraffes & Penguins #17 @ Studio CityGate, Bxl!

Let’s shake our bellies on wild arabic & middle-eastern grooves, from traditional reggada and psychedelic bellydance to electro-chaabi, dabke and arab bass!

A massive team of DJ’s is just waiting to take control of your feet: DJ Plead (AU), GAN GAH (MA/BE), Drache Musicale, Rebel Up LeBlanc, Le Grand Méchant Loop and the Tropical DJipsies.
And our video mapping penguin Maria Ilia is ready to confuse your eyes 🤩
Nice food cooked with love will be available to give you all energy you’ll need through the night, as well as a shisha corner for a relaxing break 🙂

with special guest: DJ Plead (AU/LB)
Melbourne/Naarm based producer who makes unique club music. Drawing on his Lebanese background, he makes tough, functional, and percussive tracks. His unique style references the rhythms, scales and timbres of Lebanese pop and traditional Lebanese wedding music, blending them with contemporary RnB, Club and other dance styles. DJ Plead released his debut EP ‘Get in Circle’ through air max 97’s DECISIONS label in March 2018 and has since toured Europe and China. DJ Plead is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a member of high-energy trio BV, and founder of the SUMAC label.
https://soundcloud.com/1djplead

aided by Brussels locals >
Le Grand Mechant Loop
Gan Gah
Rebel Up LeBlanc
Drache Musicale
& The Tropical Djipsies

FB event

doors 22h til 6am
5€ (CASH ONLY) /// Doors 10pm /// End 6am
Entrance via Grondelstraat 154 Rue des Goujons
Anderlecht, Bxl
10min walk from Gare du Midi >
https://goo.gl/maps/PmLsDerDubo

5-13 May, Northern Europe > Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla duo tour x Rebel Up

from 5 to 13 May, Rebel Up SebCat will be touring along Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla duo from Mauritania and Sahel Sounds label allover Northern Europe and ending in Bucharest.

In Amsterdam (6th), Rotterdam (7th) and Berlin (9th), expect some Rebel Up warmup dj sets, and perhaps more.

Give us a shout if you are in town on one of those nights! 🙂
View the full tour with FB events via the Sahel Sounds page.




weekend 27/28 April > Rebel Up @ Lenteluypaard #2 vinyl & clothing market, Allee du Kaai (Luypaard site) + Medex TDM183 Assiestes, Dancing Babylon evening, Schaarbeek + Brussels Soring Record Fair @ Kanal

hello all!

We hope you enjoyed the hot weather last weekend, big up thanks for coming to our wild global sounds evening at Listen Festival in VK Concerts, what a blast!

This weekend however, fresher times again, but also a good moment to get cosy inside and share the love for music, food and more.

First up, saturday afternoon til the late evening (or beyond) > De Toestand organises the Lenteluypaard #2 market, spring sale of vinyls & clothes + afterparty in the Luypaard building (next to Zinzinerie). Rebel Up label & distro will be there with 2 crates of good tunes, come and check it out!

from 14h till ?
Found out more in the FB event

Then in the evening, over to Schaarbeek in La Petite Maison close the Schaarbeek train station, the Dancing Babylon evening, part of the MEDEX Tour du Monde en 183 Assietes. A special Iraqi evening with food, concerts, dj’s, short movies, poetry, stories, expo, afterparty and more.

with concert by Iraqi musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (percussions) and Hussein Rassim (oud).

See full timeschedule in the FB event

Prix libre
Where? La Petite Maison, from 18h til 1am.
Rue Jan Blockx 22-24
1030 Schaarbeek

and on sunday afternoon, the Rebel Up disto will be at the Brussels Spring Record Fair in Kanal.

New & 2nd hand vinyl, mainly focused around Black Music (Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Afro, Latino, Hip Hop, House) with some detours trough Pop and Rock by some sellers.
Also there will be a bike market. Free in!

all info > FB event

from 11h til 18h
@ Kanal Pompidou
Quai des Peniches

Sat 6 April > Babylon Trio @ Tweetak Festival, Yallah Yallah night, ‘t Neude, Utrecht

Saturday 6 april, Babylon Trio will play on the Yallah Yallah night at Tweetakt festival in Utrecht!

Great lineup with Egyptian hiphop, Moroccan gnawa beats, Pan-Arabic sounds and more.

20h30 > Prace feat. Chaimaa Rochdi
(Morocco/NL)
21h > Disco Arabesquou DJ
21h45 > Babylon Trio (Irak/BE)
22h30 > Yallah Yallah DJ’s
23h15 > Bu Kholtoum (Egypt)

@ Neude square
Tickets: 7,50 €
See full info >
FB event / website






Fri 8 March > Giraffes & Penguins Int. Women’s Day global party @ Au Quai, Bxl

This friday, during International Women’s Day >
Let’s celebrate all Giraffes & Penguins from Venus!

For this special night we’ll have a female DJ line-up with DJ Nadia Rodrigues (NL / Cabo Verde), Rrita Jashari (54KOLAKTIV), La Sirocco (Radio Panik), Rebel Up PussyCat, La Grande Méchante Louve, Tropical DJipsies & Maria Ilia (video mapping).

FB event

〰♀〰 DJ Nadia Rodrigues (NL / Cabo Verde) 〰♀〰
Pantropical resident DJ Nadia Rodrigues has been active in the Rotterdam Afro-scene for about seven years now. She switches effortlessly between sounds related to her Cape Verdean roots, Gqom, Afrohouse, and other styles.
https://soundcloud.com/isa89/amsterdam-meets-afrohouse-dj-nadia-rodrigues-liveset-red-light-radio-06-17-2017

〰♀〰 Rrita Jashari (54KOLAKTIV) 〰♀〰
Rrita Jashari is first and foremost a music-passionate-person. She’s been involved in musical projects and has been collecting vinyl for years now. Rrita is one of the founders of the Brussels based 54KOLAKTIV and 54 Sound, a Jamaican style handcrafted soundsystem. In her sets, she blends sounds from various eras and areas, ranging from experimental, ethnical and underground music to dancefloor hits or even more poppy music – all of this depending on her mood, the context, place, public and the things she’s been listening to in that specific phase of her life. As long as the music touches us and makes us groove… No music purism here!
https://soundcloud.com/marla-j

〰♀〰 La Sirocco 〰♀〰
Chroniqueuse et programmatrice musicale à Radio Grenouille à Marseille puis Radio Panik à Bruxelles depuis une dizaine d’années, les sélections de La Sirocco naviguent entre afro, disco, hip-hop et bass music. Déhanchés assurés!
www.chloedespax.com

〰♀〰 Tropical DJipsies〰♀〰
The Tropical DJipsies are las chicas of Giraffes & Penguins – the Bulgarian, the Greek and the Portuguese that are always busy at the entrance, at the video mapping, on the dancefloor and more. Passionate about music, life, world and love, these party animals will kick off the party with a warm-up set that will take you through traditional and contemporary sounds from the four corners of the earth!.Get ready for oriental-gypsy-balkan-afro belly button shaking vibes!

〰♀〰 Maria Ilia (video mapping) 〰♀〰
Maria Ilia is a Greek Brussels-based freelance architect and visual artist.
Her experience in architecture came together with her passion for visuals to develop sophisticated and colorful video mapping on handmade structures for events and festivals. Over the last year she’s been a close and frequent collaborators of both Giraffes & Penguins and Global Hybrid Records.
https://www.maria-ilia.com/videomapping

your hosts: Rebel Up PussyCat & Le Grand Mechant Louve.

FB event

22h – 4h30
@ Au Quai
Quai du Hainaut 23


Entrance 5€ (CASH ONLY) /// Doors 10pm
Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA
Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort