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Thu 25 May @ Bonnefooi Bxl > Rebel Up Cumbia Soundclash w/ Q-Richi (Eck Echo Berlin / PE) & Gaetano Dub

Thursday 25 May Rebel Up night @ Bonnefooi!
★ ★ ★ Roots, Latin, Bass & Bounce! ★ ★ ★

special guest:

❂❁❂ Q-RICHI (Eck Echo Berlin / Peru) ❂❁❂
Since 2007 in Berlin where he discovered his passion for music from his distant home country Peru. With his collective Eck Echo Berlin he set up the foundation of an eclectic scene of avant-garde Latin-American rhythms and party nights. He has played with artists such as Dengue Dengue Dengue (Peru), NAAFI (Mexico) and Los Pirañas (Colombia). He also works for NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, where last year he made a documentary in Peru with Dengue Dengue Dengue and Los Wemblers about the quest of amazonian cumbia. As a DJ, Q-RICHI makes us discover the roots of contemporary dance music exclusively in vinyl format. A journey to rich traditions through styles such as psychedelic cumbia, chicha, mapalé and champeta. Sounds of the past for today’s dancefloor!

❂❁❂ REBEL UP SEBCAT (Bxl) ❂❁❂ (host)
The infamous Rebel Up parties are no secret to the Brussels global underground, for over 10 years promoting new sounds where possible. From the freshest and bounciest global tunes, to ethnic electronic bass and digital folklore, it’s all there to hear and feel in their tapes, remixes and the monthly radio show Rebel Up Nightshop on Radio Campus Bruxelles & Groovalizacion Radio. This year will also mark the birth of Rebel Up! Records, a vinyl & digital label for special global sounds. Expect urban folk & electronic tunes from the global south and diaspora. Select global, play local!

❂❁❂ GAETANO DUB (Liege) ❂❁❂
For many years Gaetano Dub is one of the main DJ’s of the Liege DIY roots & latin scene, organising and supporting nights for bands and electronic artists from around the globe such as Fauna, Frikstailers and many more. A true whirlwind and versatile DJ who mixes reggae, dub, cumbia and global bass together in a spicy cocktail. He also hosts the TamaRitmo radio show on Liege radio 48FM, for all sounds Caribbean & Afro Latin. More and more he brings his sound to Brussels and rightly so. Music is the best high!!

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Sun 21 May > Rebel Up! @ Ancienne Belgique, Latin Day w/ Systema Solar (CO), La Chiva Gantiva (CO/Bxl), Orkesta Mendoza (MX) and La Negra Albina (ES/Bxl)

This sunday @ Ancienne Belgique > cumbia, mambo, rocknroll, countrytwang, champeta, etceterarara

SYSTEMA SOLAR is a crazy Colombian collective ‘from near the Caribbean’ and you might already know them from other nights & festivals? Apparently they will be bringing ‘berbenautika’ and that is then a cross between the champeta ‘pikos’ soundsystems and the ‘verbena’ parties!? Or, as they say: ‘Whatever. Party!’

LA CHIVA GANTIVA is also of Colombian origin but is known to dancing music-lovers as international, diverse, from Brussels, and even as ‘neighbour to AB’. In 2017, they finally release a 3rd album. We’re happy to repeat it too: with their extra tambore, alegre, llamador and maracones they are sure to get you back on the champeta, chirimia and mapalé!

ORKESTA MENDOZA gathers in Tucson, Arizona, and is linked to Calexico via their frontman Sergio Mendoza. Here is a phenomenally infectious mix of texmex, cumbia, mambo, merengue, ranchero, rock‘n’roll, country-twang, psychedelica & Perez Prado… The whole hot hog, wittily played with class, passion, and pleasure (and released on the brilliant Glitterbeat label!)

LA NEGRA ALBINA, our friend Paula Leon lead this group: as homebase Brussels – on the street or in parks if need be – but most definitely with Latin or Hispanic or South America roots, and what they present is quite simply extra-territorially enjoyable.

DJ support by
Rebel Up & Sugamix

15:00 doors
16:00 La Negra Albina
17:30 Orkesta Mendoza
19:00 La Chiva Gantiva
21:00 Systema Solar
22:30 end

15 € presale / door

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Fri + Sat 19/20 May > Africa Is / In The Future Festival, Bxl

This friday & saturday >
From the initiative of Point Culture and in collaboration with Goethe Institute Bxl and Cinema Nova, an exploration of African futuristic visions during a two-day festival Africa is / in the future. During the day there are ateliers and presentations in Point Culture, in the evening movies and concerts in Nova > > >

Friday @ Pointculture Botanique > lectures, presentations, concert >
15h00 – 16h00 Lecture > African future urban challenges: Luanda and Nairobi by Fabio Vanin.
16h30 – 17h30 Presentation > “Afrika Sound ” by Rebel Up & NGHE Médiathèque.
Expect a passionate audio-visual session about the ever changing energies of modern African music
18h00 – 19h00 Performance > Ozferti

Saturday afternoon programme @ Pointculture >
14h00 – 15h00 lecture > Afrofuturism with Pascale Obolo and Gato Preto
15h30 – 16h30 Lecture > African Science-Fiction by Oulimata Gueye
17h00 – 18h00 Lecture > Africa between future and hope by Jean-Christophe Servant (Monde Diplomatique)

evening progamme @ Cinema Nova

20h Kin Kiesse + Kingelez > short movies by Mweze Ngangura & Dirk Dumon
4€ / 3€ members)
22h The Tower by Filip de Boeck & Sammy Baloji, with the presence of Sammy Baloji
6€ / 4€ members

Saturday evening programme @ Cinema Nova >

Documentaries curated by Rebel Up!  >
20h I Love Kuduro (Angola) by Mario Patrocinio + Woza Taxi (South Africa) by Tommaso Cassinis

22h Concert > Gato Preto & AWA Rap Queen (MZ/GH/DE/ZW)
0h Afterparty > Rebel Up & Ill Syll

10€ / 8 members

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Rebel Up! promotes > concert Sonido Gallo Negro (Mexico) @ Recyclart, Bxl

Sonido Gallo Negro is a nine-piece combo from Mexico City. With Farfisa organ, theremin and a pack of percussion, they combine cumbia sonidera, huayno, boogaloo and chicha with psychedelics and spaghetti western soundtracks, garagerock and 60’s surf. The collective signed in 2011 as the first latino band at Glitterbeat Records (Bombino, Tamikrest, …) and has two wonderful albums in the meanwhile. Exotic, psychedelic, but not to be missed. The black cock will crow! Spooky & hot!

with support by Mexican-Bruxellois Memo Pimiento and cumbialista Gaetano Dub.

21:00 Doors + DJ Gaetano Dub
21:30 Memo Pimiento (Mex)
22:15 Sonido Gallo Nero (Mex)
23:30 DJ Gaetano Dub

5 € only!
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Sat 13 May > Oyé Cumbia Dancehall with special guests Equiknoxx (Jamaica) @ All In One Bar, Bxl

Equiknoxx are one of the weirdest, most innovative dancehall squads from Jamaica right now.
Easily identified by the squawking bird idents peppering their cuts, Equiknoxx productions have been big in the dance since Gavin Blair a.k.a. Gavsborg produced Busy Signal’s billboard hit Step Out in 2005, followed by key instrumentals for Beenie Man, Aidonia, Masicka, and T.O.K.
Their new album Bird Sound Power arguably marks up the most striking riddim album you’ll hear in 2017, weighted with the potential to open up perceptions of current dancehall thanks to the mad character and broad reference points of its producers, encompassing King Jammy’s foundational digi-dub and Dave Kelly’s Mad House sound as much as rugged New York hip hop and the wigged-out, feminine pressure of Virginia Beach’s Timbaland or The Neptunes.

hosted by :
SebCat (Rebel Up)
Mr. Orange (Low Up)
Mr. Beyond (Silver Canary)

Limited capacity, come early > Full = Full

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@ All In One Bar
Rue Haute 9

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Fri 12 May > Afterparty Jam’in Jette Festival @ Café Excelsior, Bxl

Official Afterparty of the Jam’In Jette festival, a free festival in north of Brussels with an amazing lineup of global bands and artists.

DJ sets by Rebel Up! & Le Grand Mechant Loop.

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8 rue église St Pierre,

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Sat 6 May > Rebel Up! & NGHE present: T R O P I C O U L O S @ Barlok Bxl

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ! ! ! ! T R O P I C O U L O S ! ! ! ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

▬▬▬▬▬▬ sweat til you drip drip drop ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

NGHE Mediatheque & Rebel Up present a burning hot night of cumbia, afrolatin, dub, ancestral folklore, tropical beats and global bass > Fiesta!

▷▷▷ LINEUP > > > > > > >

Guacamayo Tropical (CO / Madrid)
The Colombian duo Guacamayo have been taking all the afrolatin flavour in their suitcase, spreading the sweaty love in their wild Guacamayo Tropical parties in Madrid and their Festival Guacamayo in the mountains near Madrid. Their sessions are characterized by the integration of organic musical instruments such as Colombian gaita, tamboras and djembe, and even typical and native dances switched up with digital beats. Also, they explore new sounds created from traditional roots with a slightly digital edge. Hearty, lively rhythms and flood the crowd with a colorful wave of love, joy and Cumbia! Inspired by earthly ancestral trips, they show us a path, an idea and a project aimed at challenging the senses on all fronts, shooting out sounds explosively charged with good vibes, light and hope.

The Silly Tang (UK/FR – Madrid)
The Silly Tang has been ripping parties for the last 5 years all accross the UK channel and into latino spheres. Playing alongside names such and Randall and J-Man in the Jungle music scene and rocking up some Gypsy Folk next to names such as Balkan Hotsteppers or Innamorati. He has now settled to live tangly in Madrid, Spain to start continue producing more delightful tangoloid sounds, between dub, cumbia and ancestral latino folklore. He has released dubby cumbia tunes on Andalucian label Caballito and on Chilean label Regional. Also he’s part of the La Selva crew known for their tropical sweaty sounds.

Rebel Up SebCat (Bxl)
The infamous Rebel Up! parties are no secret to the Brussels global underground, for over 10 years promoting new sounds where possible. From the freshest and bounciest global tunes, to ethnic electronic bass and digital folklore, it’s all there to hear and feel in their tapes, remixes and the monthly radio show Rebel Up Nightshop on Radio Campus Bxl & Radio Groovalizacion. This year will also mark the birth of Rebel Up! Records, a vinyl & digital label for special global sounds. Expect urban folk & electronic tunes from the global south and diaspora. Select global, play local!

Mr Orange (Lowup, Bxl)
a Brussels based music aficionado and founder of both the infamous Los Hermanos Brothers and Lowup. His musical universe is broader then broadway and he’s also active as a sound designer for theater and film. In his more informal playing moments he’s also known as Carrot or El sñr Naranja. Groovy tropicalism with a pinch of the unexpected and some tongue-in-cheek humour. Good music is timeless.

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▷▷▷ ENTRY: 23h…
Prix Libre (minimum 3€)
Beers : 1,50€
Special cheap cocktails by NGHE mishmash loca crew!

Place : Barlok, Av du Port 53bis
1080 Molenbeek, Bruxelles

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Sat 22 April > Festival des Cultures Urbaines *Peru Benefit*, Baraque a Brique, Bxl

Saturday 22 April > Festival des Cultures Urbaines in Schaarbeek at the Baraque a Brique cultural squat.

An event created by artists from allover the world who come together to show their solidarity with the Peruvian families in Yangas, a small mountain town in Santa Rosa de Quives District, which got severely hit by the floods.


13h Peruvian kitchen open!
15h – 16h Storytelling for kids
16h – 19h Circus & cabaret
19h30 – 00h00 Live music & party!

Le grand présentateur!   Loko Cirkea (clowning), Alessandro Carocci (juggling),  The MM Project, Daniele Contino (unicycle), Jan Slangen (hat juggling), Lyapunov (tightrope waling), Alessandro Carocci (clown), El Duende (juggling), Manon (theater), Pon Pon (fire sticks) & more

from 19h30 onwards > >
Duo Characato (trad folk)
Pura Sangre con Grupo Shamans (folk fusion)
Karamoja (roots reggae)
Pachamanka (chicha)
Arumbo (acoustic set)
afterparty with Rebel Up! SebCat

Come & share!
Prix Libre / Donation!

@ Baraque a Brique
Rue Gallait 60
1030 Schaerbeek
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Fri 21 Apr > Rebel Up! double Cumbia & Dancehall night @ Walvis (w Memo Pimiento) + All In One bar w/ Silver Canary

double Rebel Up! action this Friday night in Brussels in cumbia & dancehall style!

starting at Café Walvis, free concert of our Mexican friend Memo Pimiento and his always amazing electro cumbia live sound.
concert at 22/ 23h. Before & after cumbia dj set by Rebel Up! SebCat

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22h – 1am

@ Walvis
Rue Antoine Dansaert 209

After that, another party in the new bar All In One, in the Marolles 🙂
Run by sweet Haïtian folks with a love for jazz & tropical sounds.

Time for another Oyé Cumbia Dancehall night by Silver Canary soundsystem & Rebel Up! From 22h til deep into the night we’ll spin the best rocksteady, dancehall, cumbia and other afro-latino bass tunes. Free in. Hope to see you there, come & bump!

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22h – 5am > FREE IN
@ All In One Bar
Rue Haute 9
(around corner of Bowling)

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Sun 2 Apr > *Uproot* book presentation by Jace Clayton / DJ Rupture @ NGHE Mediatheque, Bxl

On Sunday > book presentation & world music 2.0 tunes
*Uproot: Travels in 21st- Century Music and Digital Culture* by Jace Clayton aka DJ Rupture.

In 2001 Jace Clayton was an unknown DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix and put it online to share with friends. Within weeks, Gold Teeth Thief became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to play a nightclub in Zagreb, a gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in Sao Paolo and the American Museum of Natural History. Just as the music world made its fitful, uncertain transition from analog to digital, Clayton found himself on the front lines of creative upheavals of art production in the twenty-first century globalized world, where he coined the term *world music 2.0*.

Uproot is a guided tour of this newly-opened cultural space. With humor, insight, and expertise, Clayton illuminates the connections between a Congolese hotel band and the indie-rock scene, Mexican rodeo teens and Israeli techno, and Whitney Houston and the robotic voices in rural Moroccan song, and offers an unparalleled understanding of music in the digital age. With the help of musical examples and video’s, Clayton will present his book to make your musical world hell of a lot richer.

His book Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture was published in 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Jace Clayton is an artist and writer based in Manhattan, also known for his work as Dj Rupture. Clayton uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on low-income communities and the global South.

As DJ /rupture, he has released several critically acclaimed albums and hosted a weekly radio show on WFMU for five years (which was also broadcasted at Radio Panik Bxl). Clayton’s collaborators include filmmakers Jem Cohen, Joshua Oppenheimer, poet Elizabeth Alexander, singer Norah Jones, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex).

Recent projects include Sufi Plug Ins , a free suite of music software-as-art, based on non-western conceptions of sound and alternative interfaces; Room 21, an evening-length composition for 20 musicians staged at The Barnes Foundation; and The Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, a touring performance piece for grand pianos, electronics, and voice.

14:00 DOORS
♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ MUSICA ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

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There will be some food served as well (veggie)


Schippersstraat 6 Rue des Mariniers
1080 Molem
Metro > Compte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 > Porte de Flandre

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Sat 1 Apr > Rebel Up! distro @ Record Fair Listen Festival, Bxl

2nd Listen! Festival and Record Fair #2 on Saturday 1 April >

The Rebel Up distro will be there again with many special global vinyls, fresh titles in and in a good mood 🙂

Place : Square Brussel, Kunstberg, Mont Des Arts
Doors : 12h00 – 18h00
Free Entrance

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Rebel Up! 10 Year Anniversary > 3 day wild weekender in BE & NL

9, 10 to 11 March > our Rebel Up! 10 Year Anniversary!!!!
a 3 day wild weekender in BE & NL

Thu 9 March, De Vooruit, Gent,  Outer Limits Club & Rebel Up!
with Gato Preto (MZ/GH/DE), Ibaaku (SN) & Octa Push (PT/GW)
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Fri 10 March, Recyclart, Brussels > Nightshop Rebel Up! 10 Years
with Ibaaku (SN) & Octa Push (PT/GW) + Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek (TR/EU)
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Sat 11 March, OCCII, Amsterdam
with Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek (TR/EU) + Zea & Afework Nigussie (NL/ET)
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