Rebel Up! has teamed up with the Lowup crew to organize a Brussels show for the Frikstailers 2014 European tour at Salle Rogier.
We kick off early at 18:00 with BBQ (veg + meat) and cold drinks on the terrace out front and showing the world cup quarter final between Belgium – Argentina, just the perfect game for our Belgian-Argentinian party!!!
At 23:00 we move inside for a concert by the “indisputable galactic emperors of tropical futurism” followed by a steaming global bass party with all the local heroes. Have a peek at our FACEBOOK event for details and more music.
The rhythms and textures of traditional Latin American music infused with hip hop and dancehall beats, dramatic synth leads and krauty electro noodlings: Argentinian duo the Frikstailers boldly go where no band has gone before and they do it with verve and gusto.
With one album, two ep’s and some sizzling hot remixes to their name this Mexico City based duo have established themselves as a first class electronic live act at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and are now bathing in the favourable attention of reputable institutions such as XLR8R, The Fader, Boiler Room and Modeselektor.
The dj’s of the Rebel Up! & Lowup crew will surround their live set with cumbia bass, dancehall, urban electronic and many other spicy tropical dance styles.
18:00 outdoor on terrace: FOOT (BEL-ARG) + BBQ + APERO > free in Come round early for food & drinks, enjoy one of DJ Mellow’s big kefta & Leblanc’s chickpea sandwiches (5€) with homemade dressing and salad out on our rainproof terrace. Join us for the pre-party quarter final BBQ and hang outside for a relaxed summer feel.
23:00 Party! timings > 23:00 – 0:00 Rebel Up! cumbia set 0:00 – 1:00 Mr Orange 1:00 – 2:00 Frikstailers live set 2:00 – 3:00 Rebel Up! bass set 3:00 – 4:00 Max le Daron 4:00 – 5:00 Excyta 5:00 – 6:00 DJ Mellow
@ Salle Rogier (Passage Rogier, metro Rogier) 5€ in < 00h > 8€
This new mixtape focusses on lesser known global electronic dance music and folk pop styles from around the world. A celebration of the creativity and originality in global music production; the result of the clash between local and global forces, between tradition and modernity. A feast of surprises, of dynamic musical undercurrents and the ever shifting, hybrid nature of cultural identities. More than a regular dj-mix, this mix is meant as a sample of the music that we want to promote and its extreme eclecticism. It’s our mission to give a loud voice to the sounds of the global underground, of the disadvantaged and despised, the proud and furious. In short, the voice and music of the people. Hopping from region to region, from style to style, you’ll hear cumbia, dembow, tecno melody, persian bass, choubi, guesba chaoui, mahragan, dancehall, pandza, shangaan disco, kologo, coupé décalé, angolan house, balani, bouyon gwada and digital funana. Also up for download, see in comment field on mixcloud.
Brussels finest global bass and world beats collectives unite to invite Uproot Andy (Brooklyn/NY) to Brussels for a serious night of cumbia & bass!
As a co-founder of the monthly tropical clubnight Que Bajo and the Que Bajo Label, UPROOT ANDY is a pioneer dj producer of the global bass movement. His productions and remixes of cumbia and global bass are always top quality and played by many global dj’s with good taste. Get ready for his fast mixing, tropical bounce and a serious dance fever! 🙂
Rebel Up! Soundclash & Lowup will provide the wildest contemporary global dance hits from the Caribbean to Latin America, Africa and beyond! DJ’s representing Rebel Up! are SebCat & Leblanc and Max Le Daron & dj Mellow will be showcasing the bouncy LowUp sound.
and ofcourse as always at Bonnefooi > FREE IN! FB event here.
from 22:00 till………
Steenstraat 8 Rue des Pierres,
Our very first radio show session, “emission 0” on Radio Campus Bxl, broadcasted on 11th of january and to be repeated several times during the month. The show was actually recorded in late august and we had to wait a while before it was accepted into the Campus programme schedule. We kick off with 2 songs, followed by a label focus about the Sahel Sounds label that mostly releases current folk & electronic music from the sub Saharan region. Then we played our albums of the month, which were Hailu Mergia (on Awesome Tapes From Africa) and Grand Kallé & l’Orchestre Jazz (on Planet Ilunga), followed by a global style focus on Pandza music from the south of Mozambique, a new electronic Marrabenta Shangaan style. In the nightshop segment we interview local Afghani shop owner Raza Wasiq of the Economat shop on Av Stalingrad and he chooses 2 ‘Hazzari’ songs to play. To end, a freestyle mix of Rebel Up! sounds. download here > http://www.mediafire.com/download/mrt…
Bouyon is a kind of soca music from the Lesser Antilles island of Dominica, which originated in the late 80’s and is said to be invented by the band Windward Carribean Kulture.
Also, ‘bouyon’ is creole for the French word ‘bouillon’, which means ‘stock’ or ‘soup’ as a metaphor for the music which is a blend of different local (Carribean) styles, a musical ‘soup’.
According to Wikipedia: “Bouyon in effect represents a fusion of zouk and soca music but also draws upon cadence-lypso, jing ping and lapo kabwit elements in term of rhythms. Bouyon music is very dependent on the drum machine, cowbell and keyboards with guitars receding into the background. As such, it has a very strident rhythm and is aptly referred to as jump up music by the population in Guadeloupe and Martinique.”
some examples of these fusion styles >
An article at Cakafete Family elaborates further; “Like the other Francophone musics of the Lesser Antilles, Dominican folk music is a hybrid of African and European elements. The quadrille is an important symbol of French Antillean culture, and is, on Dominica, typically accompanied by a kind of ensemble called a Jing Ping band. In addition, Dominica’s folk tradition includes folk songs called bélé, traditional storytelling called kont, masquerade, children’s and work songs, and Carnival music.”
some Jing Ping sounds:
From the start, bouyon bands and producers mixed up acoustic, electric and electronic sounds and instruments like accordeon, synth, organ, guitar, bass, brass, drums, steel pans etc.
A mix by dj Easy of old skool bouyon:
But under the influence of a global dj-culture – the emergence of dj’s, mc’s, producers, clubs and new music production technologies – the bouyon sound has evolved into rough digital club music. In the Carribean, in terms of music output, probably the most dense and diverse region of this planet, it’s of no surprise that ragga dancehall from Jamaica or Martinique and soca from St Lucia, Grenada or Trinidad, were a big influence on the evolution of bouyon.
Reketeng or bouyon dancehall (muffin):
Bouyon soca from St Lucia:
Power soca from Grenada:
“On pourrait même faire un deuxième volume du kamasutra en regardant les différents « main a tè…, fess en lè ».”. (“Looking at the different “hands on yer…, booty in the air”, one could even make a second volume of the Kamasutra”)
A recent new substyle – from the last 3 years or so- is called ‘hardcore‘, with ‘bouyon gwada‘ as its Guadeloupean equivalent. It is bouyon with raw, often explicit sexual or violent lyrics, either in English, French or Creole, on heavy percussive riddims while melodies sound cheap, simplified and stripped down. Often one succesful riddim has, in a true reggae dancehall style, different versions. The accompanying dance moves are a mix of booty shaking and dynamic adult sex positions, kind of similar to American twerking, Ivorian mapouka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IbJZ23yrUA) or Brasilian ‘popozuda’ shaking in baile funk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnnApv5940A).
This new bouyon from the French Antilles is gaining popularity all over the Carribean, competing with the local dancehall scene for the attention of the audience, although the lines between the two scenes are blurred. With dancehall singers doing bouyon and vice versa, playing for the same kind of audience.
Internationally, it took until december 2012 before the first dominican and guadeloupean mc’s and dj’s came to Paris, home to a large part of the antillian diaspora in France. There’s a 50 min documentary in French & creole of the first and impressive performance in Paris of Suppa, Gaza Girls, Dj Joe and others, although the questions of the interviewer are not necessarily more interesting than the answers of the interviewees, which we don’t fully understand neither, because it’s in Creole.
And another docu:
Unfortunately, bouyon is also ‘hardcore’ because of an associated context of violence, drugs, alcohol and weapons, which relates to the state of global poverty as experienced in the ‘banlieues’, ‘favela’s’, ‘musseques’, ‘townships’, in short, the ‘slums’ of this world. And it can go pretty fast sometimes, with the featured singer General Suppa been stabbed to death in May 2013 and more recently, with Miky Ding La, who has been shot during a show, but survived with only light injuries.
Footage from Suppa’s funeral in bouyon style:
With Miky Ding La (weed, tou lè jou!) we’re in the heart of a ‘worried parents’ storm. A Guadeloupean article for example, first neutrally discusses its origins, then turns into rejecting bouyon for being ‘pornophonie’ to finally call for a ban. One of the comments: “Si on devait se mettre à la place d’un cerveau pour imaginer toutes ces paroles, la première chose qui vous viendrait à l’esprit c’est un film porno ! Alors si un film porno est interdit au moins de 18 ans… le Bouyon Gwada devrait l’être aussi ! Logique non ? … Ben non !”
translation > “If we had to put ourselves in the place of a brain in order to imagine all these words, the first thing that would come to mind is a porn movie! So if porn movies are forbidden for -18 years, then the Bouyon Gwada should also be forbidden! Logical, no? Apparently not!”
This is probably the nightmare they’re thinking of:
and this recent blogpost shows Dominican complaints about the new Triple Kay song ‘Pum Pum Getting Big’
From a local point of view we can’t tell how popular or how marginal it is in Guadeloupe. Although, looking at the relative high numbers of hits on youtube ranging in average from 5.000-50.000+, for clips from bouyon artists coming from such small islands (70.000+ people), you can imagine that the battle for censorship will be tough to continue.
On the other hand, the bouyon club music is also an example of how cheap computers, midi interfaces, internet access, Fruity Loops and other free or cracked music software, have become global catalysts for creating new music styles in a DIY fashion, which are, unlike most euro-anglo-american pop, firmly rooted in local, transnational and diasporic music traditions. The Fruity Loops generation makes tribal guarachero, baile funk, kwaito house, coupé décalé, azonto, kuduro, pandza, digital cumbia and bouyon is certainly no exception to this.
After making this mixtape, we found out that earlier this year, the great German dj and selector Marflix had already made an excellent podcast of bouyon. His mix features some of the riddims we also picked up, but in different versions and it is more soca influenced: http://marflix.me/2013/03/riddims-tropicale-29-bouyon-edition/
disclaimer to our Bouyon Hardcore mixtape: Ghetto music may sound offensive, stupid or dumb to some people but Rebel Up! does not necessarily agree with the content of the lyrics of the songs featured in this mixtape nor glorifies their message here.
about the island of Dominica (from wikipedia)
“Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), 3 November 1493. (…) France had a colony for several years, importing African slaves to work on its plantations. In this period, the Antillean Creole language developed. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. Great Britain established a small colony on the island in 1805. Britain emancipated slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834. By 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an ethnic African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom took governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. On 3 November 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.”
Rebel Up! & Silver Canary crews present: Oyé! *CUMBIA DANCEHALL Fiesta* @ Bouillon Kube
a night of cumbia & dancehall flowing together in one strong Afrolatino sound, connecting the Caribbean isles to the Latin continent without borders.
The Bouillon Kube is an old Galician restaurant which in olden days was also used as a resting place by pilgrims who travelled the Camino de Santiago. Now it has been turned into a global cultural spot for the St Gilles neighbourbood, where the focus is put on southern music, arts, poetry and film. They operate as a non-profit place where prices are fair, with drinks are much cheaper than elsewhere in town and so we make it a cheap night for all!
Silver Canary crew + MC´s > straight up roots
The Silver Canary is a Brussel based Soundsystem consisting of a international crew of dj´s and singers who organise roots nights in Matongé and other venues allover the city. The Canary brings you a deadly cocktail of underground Caribbean-Jamaican music to quench you thirst to dance. Everything from rocksteady up to raggamuffin! http://silvercanary.blogspot.be/
Rebel Up! crew > cumbia, bass & tropical bounce
Since 2010, the Rebel Up! crew organises not-for-profit Soundclash parties in Brussels as fundraisers for small NGO´s. These rebels dive into many different local music styles from all around the world, whether it be ethnic, urban or a fusion of folk, pop and contemporary electronic dance music. On this night the sound will be all things uptempo Caribbean & streetstyle latino bass. https://www.rebelup.org/
Chico Parany (AR) > cumbia & latino bass
our international guest Chico Parany from Córdoba, Argentina is a dj, selektor, remixer and investigator of folkloric rhythms and alternative, rebel and mestiza music from around the world. A trip of sounds that synthetize a rhythmic encounter between South America and Eastern Europe, blending gypsy with cumbia, Latin bases with Arabic melodies, Balkan-Beats, Tarantella, Punk, “Paso Doble”, … a revolution of senses, in search of a revolutionary and universal sound. During May until August he is based in Brussels and doing his “LA TRAMPA – EUROPE TOUR 2013” https://soundcloud.com/dj-chico-parany
FB event here Doors n sound from 22:00 – 5:00h
@ Bouillon Kube
4 Rue Vlogaert
1060, St Gilles
(metro Porte de Halle/Hallepoort, just next to friterie Fontainas)