Rebel Up’s Best-Of-2018 music lists

It’s that time of the year again, the best-of-the-year lists! It has been an amazing year for Rebel Up, the start of our record label, all the wild parties & events in Brussels, allover Europe and even down into Morocco. Big up to everyone who supported us in any way possible this year, at our nights, with our releases and actions. Best wishes for the end of the year and up to an even better 2019!

Here our lists of favorite albums, compilations and EP’s, according to the Rebel Up Nightshop radio show, our dj sets and other influences.

* Albums of 2019 *

AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United (Glitterbeat Records)
BCUC – Emakhosini (Buda Musique / NYAMI NYAMI records)
Ayuune Suley – We Have One Destiny (Rebel Up / Makkum Records)
Babylon Trio – Habibi (Rebel Up

Moulay Ahmed El Hassani – Atlas Electric (Hive Mind Records)
Damily – Valimbilo (Bongo Joe Records)
Samba Coco Raízes de Arcoverde – Maga Bo apresenta: Coco Raízes de Arcoverde (Kafundó Records)
Zanmari Baré – Voun (Buda Musique

Susobrino – Mapajo EP (Global Hybrid Records)
Malphino – Visit Malphino (Lex Records)
Fanna-Fi-Allah – Muraqaba (Buda Musique)
Deena Abdelwahed – Khonnar (InFiné)

and many more > > >
Gaye Su Akyol – Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)
Phoenician Drive – Phoenician Drive (SK Records)
Ekuka Moriss Sirikiti – Ekuka (Nyege Tapes)
Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles (Glitterbeat)
Capitol K – Goatherder (Faith And Industry)
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – El Ndjoum (Carton Records / Airfono)
Bégayer – Terrain A Mire, Une Maison Rétive, Contrainte Par Le Toit (Bongo Joe)
Baloji – 137 Avenue Kaniama (Bella Union)
Docteur Nico – Dieu de la Guitarre (Planet Ilunga)
Baba Commandant – Siri Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies)
Memo Pimiento Electric Orchestra – A Todo Dar (Rebel Up)
Luc Mishalle & Marockin’ Brass – Beats & Pieces (Rebel Up)
Mubashira Mataali Group – Mubashira Mataali Group (Blip Discs)
Bernard Orchestar – Le Futur du Passé (Coucou Label)
Cyril Cyril – Certaine Ruines (Born Bad Records)
Novalima – Ch’usay (Wonderwheel Recordings)
Chancha Via Circuito – Bienaventuranza (Wonderwheel)
Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital)
Pierre Sandwidi – Le Troubadour De La Savane 1976-1980 (Born Bad Records)
Saint Abdullah – Ta Tash (Boomarm Nation)
Khalab – Black Noise (On the Corner)
Fofoulah – Daega Rek (Glitterbeat)
Senyawa – Sujud (Sublime Frequencies)
Ahmoudou Madassane – Zerzura OST (Sahel Sounds)
Etran de l’Aïr – No1 (Sahel Sounds)
Sons of Kemet ‎– Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse! Records)
Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
Mdou Moctar & Elite Beat – Mdou Moctar meets Elite Beat In a Budget Dancehall (Boomarm Nation)
Indianizer ‎– Zenith (Edison Box)
Guy One – #1 (Philophon)
Zuli – Terminal (UIQ)
Formation Boyz – Ukuvuka (GQOM OH)
Kwi Bamba & l’Orchestre de Gama Berema (Ouch Records)
Alasdair Robert, Neil McDermott & Tartine de Clous – Au Cube (Okraina Records)
Basa Basa – Homowo (Vintage Voudou)
Hany Mehanna – The Miracles of the Seven Dances (Radio Martiko)
Jowaa – Asokpor 1​.​0 (Akwaaba Music)
Bamba Pana – Poaa (Nyege Tapes)
Merope – Naktes (Granvat)
MISS RED – K.O. (Pressure)
Dur-Dur Band – Dur Dur of Somalia – Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks (Analog Africa)
Tallawit Timbouctou – Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)
Troupe Ecole Tudu – Oyiwane (Sahel Sounds)
Liraz – Naz (Dead Sea Records)
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
Altin Gun – On (Bongo Joe
Feeling Kréyol – Las Palé (Strut)
Tasos Stamou – Musique Con Crete (Discrepant)
Sugai Ken – てれんてくだ – tele​-​n​-​tech​-​da (Discrepant)
Muqata’a – Inkanakuntu (Souk Records)
The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers (Akuphone)
Jungle By Night – Livingstone (New Dawn)
Qhizzo – Gqom Plug (Akwaaba Music)
Tonga Boys – Vindodo (1000HZ)
Ericamour Yovogan & Quentin Nicolaï – Wututu (Tanuki Records)
Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 1 (Radio Khiyaban)
John Johanna – I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes (Faith and Industry)
Kaba – Kaba (Chouette)

* Compilations *
Arabstazy – Under Frustration Vol 1 (Shouka / Rebel Up)
V/A – Nouvelle Ambiance (Nouvelle Ambiance)
V/A – Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records)
V/A – Zamaan Ya Sukkar (Radio Martiko)
V/A – Music of Southern Laos (Akuphone)
V/A – Music of Northern Laos (Akuphone)
V/A – Saz Power (Ironhand Records)
V/A – Disques Debs International vol. 1 (Strut)
V/A – Hystereofônica Vol. 3 (Tropical Twista Records)
V/A – Diatribes (University of Tropical Sound)
V/A – 10 YRS LATER: A Global Club Compilation (Lowup)
V/A – Discophilia Belgium: Next​-​door​-​disco & Local Spacemusic from Belgium 1975​-​1987 (Sdban Records)
V/A – Kafundó Apresenta Coco Raízes de Arcoverde REMIXED (Kafundo Records)
Uproot Andy – Bumper to Bumper (Studio 189)

* Singles & EP’s *
Apichat Pakwan – Leh Dub (Animist Records)
Chouk Bwa & The Angstromers – Electric Mambo (Angstrom Records)
Cigarra – Ato EP (Tropical Twista Records)
Conjuntos Jovens Africanos – Nhu Djon / Volta Pa Terra EP (Ostinato)
Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raï ‎– Lights Of Khonvoum (HARD FIST)
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Son de los Diablos (ENCHUFADA)
Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek – Oy Oy Ermine EP (Bongo Joe)
ESINAM – Esinam (Sdban Records)
Go Dugong – Vidita EP (Global Hybrid Records)
Hava Bektesi & Love-Songs ‎– Bukuroshja e Lales / Delay EP (Hans E. Platte)
KOKOKO! – Liboso EP (Transgressive)
Lee Dodou & The Polyversal Souls – Basa Basa EP (Philophon)
The Mauskovic Dance Band – Down in the Basement EP (Soundway)
Miss Red – Dagga / One Shot Killer EP (Pressure)
mUnO – Coplas Teluricas EP (self released)
OK Jazz / KO Jazz – Luvumbu Ndoki / Ludiata Nangwi EP (Planet Ilunga)
ONIPA – Open My Eyes EP (Wormfood)
Qwasa Qwasa – C’est quoi ça? EP (Lowup)
Sheitan Brothers ‎– Breaking Trad EP (Zelaian Disco Club)
V/A – Princes Of Abzu موالي أبزو (Hard Fist)
YĪN YĪN – Dion Ysiusk EP (Bongo Joe)

weekend 30/08 – 02/09 > Rebel Up @ Atlas Electronica, Marrakesh (MA)

yes habibi, Rebel Up in Maroc!
We will be playing at the Atlas Electronic festival near Marrakesh.

This is the 3rd edition of the Atlas Electronica festival, talking place in the Villa Janna Ecolodge, as an eco friendly and low impact festival.

We will spin several dj sets on thursday 30 august, a full set at the start of the evening and inbetween several Moroccan live bands such as Amazigh Blues, Generation Taragalte, Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou, Kareem Lofty and Ninos du Brasil.

Also we will play an ethnic ambient listening set on the saturday or sunday afternoon, maybe even with some local traditional Moroccan musicians.

See the almost full lineup here below! so happy to be playing with our friends of Akuphone label, Ko Shin Moon, Nyege Nyege Tapes, Deena Abdelwahed, Abdellah M. Hassak, Kampire, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Anadolu Ekspres and much more!
All info, tickets and programme >
see FB event + website.

For those wanting to come last minute > there are still cheap enough return flights for 150€ to Marrakech from Netherlands (Amsterdam/Eindhoven). From Belgium it is more pricey.

Fri 13 Nov > *Arabstazy* Nightshop party @ Recyclart, Bxl

oh yeah, Friday the 13th!
Black cats and all… and a very good underground party @ Recyclart too!

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*Arabstazy*
Far from the current Ayatollah Oriental fashion, which flood us with Orientalist and post-colonial clichés, Arabstazy is the action that created its own movement. The c
ollective was founded in 2013 by a handful of artists spread across Tunis, Paris and Berlin, they organize their independence by starting to organise their own parties and edit their tracks on their home label Shouka (*thorn* in Arabic). They establish unthinkable links between different pieces of the puzzle of the North African identity, moving smoothly to esoteric Sufi Stambeli possessions … Thus, in the hands of this young Franco-Tunisian collective the united spirit of North African trance is fully expressed.
At their parties, eclectic artists such as SKNDR, Tropikal Camel, Wetrobots N3rdistan were all part of the amazing Project Chaos made in Tunis. True to their taste for dark superstitions, Friday the 13th they will tread the soil of BXL for the first time. They are missioned by their guru Mettani 滅, producer Deena Abdelwahed, female VJ Waf and shaman Tropikal Camel, who just released his 11th album on Shouka in K7 format.

A night for musical visionaries who want to explore Arabic electronic sounds, beyond Acid Arab.

Mettani
the guru of the Arabstazy collective. His live performances are inspired by North African healing rituals, and make the link between mystical and animist possession trance. His sound is dark and organic, mixing odd polyrhythms with vibrant melodies. He invites you to explore the flip side of your soul. Coming from the noise rock scene, he uses his voice as raw material with which he sculpts his sound aided by various electronic and analogue instruments.

Deena Abdelwahed
Works hard to inject a dose of innovation and experimentation into electronic music in Tunisia. Part of the Tunisian alternative scene, she combines urban rhythms to her personal taste and brings highly energetic avant-garde music that is regarded as the future of Tunisian electronic music. In 2014, she was discovered by the collective Arabstazy and ever since she has become the prophetess.

Tropikal Camel
Born in Jerusalem and where he grew up, Roi Assayag has lived in Berlin since 2013. His new project is the musical exploration of his own Arab roots. From Kurdistan to Iraq, passing through Morocco, he takes us on the journey of conscience, through the limbo of his fragmented identity. Performer and MC extraordinary, his live sets are an experience that will leave you deeply transformed.

Wafa Benromdhan aka VJ WAF
Uses videos and photos to embody her thoughts, emotions and to translate questions. Driven by a desire to treat the idleness of sensible beings to create chronic heterotopias at her disposal, she gradually opens a creative future that puts the scenography at the center of her research. The visual soul of Arabstazy since its creation, she is also part of other projects such as Wafolyv and Planningtorock.

Rebel Up! DJ’s
resident DJ’s of the Nightshop parties. Tonite they will explore the past & future of the Northern African & Arab world in full sound, warming up & closing down.

TIMETABLE
23:00 > 00:30 Rebel Up
https://www.mixcloud.com/rebel_uppa/
00:30 > 01:30 Deena Abdelwahed
https://soundcloud.com/deenaabdelwahed
01:30 > 02:30 Mettani
https://soundcloud.com/mettani
02:30 > 03:30 Tropikal Camel (Rocky B.)
https://soundcloud.com/rocky-b
03:30 > 05:00 Rebel Up
visuals > WAF

FB event + Recyclart site