We hope you doing fine during this ‘deconfinement’ stage, slowly getting back to normal life. Artists worldwide are still in serious limbo, with no concerts, parties and festivals happening this summer up to september, meaning many of them will continue to have no income from their art for the next few months.
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Cheb Runner – Tagnawit EP (RUP015) spiritual Gnawa meets Electronic music, limited vinyl edition! official release on 11 March digital & limited editon vinyl (black/colour)
The latest project by belgo-moroccan producer Reda Senhaji, alias Cheb Runner, focuses on breeding a new style of music between electronics and Gnawa. Taking inspiration from New Beat to Techno, Acid House and Gabber, the grooves are relentless, stiff and club oriented, relying heavily on analog synths and drum-machines. The sound is darker, more experimental and mature than his previous Gan Gah project.
In a world of dematerialized culture, we tend to forget where we come from: by putting Gnawa music at the center of his production, Cheb Runner creates a bridge with the past. The young producer is a son of Gnawa himself, this is the music he grew up with and played as a kid.
Cheb Runner digs into the acoustic sounds of his youth, for an organic feeling of warmth and celebration. The syncopation of the classic Gnawa percussions, known as the “Tagnawit”, its groove is undeniable. Featuring two traditional Gnawa singers based in Brussels, Mâalem Driss and Mâalem Hicham, the EP is a reunion for the belgian Gnawa scene, keeping the vibe alive.
Available as limited edition 12″ vinyl with hand silk screened cover > black or marbled red. Listen & (pre)order via Bandcamp.
Also on 11.03, double release concert at Botanique by Ozferti and Cheb Runner > an audiovisual evening fusing electronics, jazz and hiphop with African and North African influences
Ozferti & live band Ozferti is a character created by the French beatmaker / musician / illustrator Florian Doucet, is the embodiment of this universe. Call it Afrogrime, Ethiohop or Nubian bass, the Ozferti’s music is a rich melting pot of ethiopian/eritrean /nigerian vibes mixed with elements of electronica, jazz, hip hop and bass music. This is the debut of the Ozferti live band, one that will travel far and long!
Cheb Runner From Morocco to Iraq, he carries the fresh beats to quench your dancing thirst. Whether you need your fix of old 4 to the floor disco beat, or crave for some complex arabic polyrythms, Cheb Runner (known from his previous artist name Gan Gah) is your guide to this electronic oasis. Combining grooves from North Africa & the Middle east, moroccan wedding music, and the deepest Club Music, he will make you dance with his warmup set!
FB event tickets here 19:30-22:30 @ Botanique, (salleRotonde)
To celebrate the International Women’s Rights Day, Rrita Jashari (VK) and Diana Barreto (Tropical DJipsies) programme & curate a special ALL FEMALE night in VK Vaartkapoen.
20:00 – Doors open! come early and enjoy dinner and magic… African dinner by Cafe Congo, massages by the hands of Angélique , caravan MeditativeMakeup, Le Pornomatic!, creative photo activities by Oiseaux Sans Tête, documentaries by 40Braids,activist concer & stand by Collecti.e.f 8 maars …
21:30 – 22:00 TSouKina (live concert of Brussels female Gnawa group) 22:00 – 23:30 Tropical DJipsies (Giraffes & Penguins / Rebel Up / Festa Afro Tuga) 23:30 – 00:30 La Sirocco(Radio Panik) 00:30 – 02:30 M I M I ( Lait de Coco / The Word) b2b Rrita Jashari (54kolaktiv / Kiosk Radio / VK) 02:30 – 04:00 Nidia Minaj (PT / Príncipe Discos)
Incredible video mapping by Maria Ilia and live dancers on stage throughout the night!
This event is part of ‘Intersections’, presented by Psst Mlle in various venues allover Brussels on 7 + 8 March. Intersections, as in the circuit between six venues. Intersections, as in the intersectionality feminism needs so bad. Intersections, as in the mix between music genres. Intersections, as in the connection between female programmers.
from 20h til 4am @ VK Vaartkapoen Rue de Manchester 13-15 Molenbeek
Saturday 8 Feb > Rebel Up Soundclash! present: FARIDA AMADOU& FRIENDS (ex-Cocaine Piss) | SPIRITCZUALIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER (Akuphone) | REBEL UP! DJ’S OCCII do-it-yourself mysticism | musical ritualism | €8 in before 22:00 / €10 after! No presale,
FARIDA AMADOU& Friends (BE, ex-Cocaine Piss) Farida Amadou is a Liège, Belgium based bass player, most well known for being part of the punk band Cocaine Piss and for her free improv sets with Steve Noble. Since 2014, she has performed with many musicians all over Europe, including Linda Sharrock, Balasz Pandi, Jasper Stadhouders, Peter Brötzmann, Mette Rasmussen and Thurston Moore, TONiGHTS FRiENDS Include; Terrie Hessels (The Ex) on Guitar & Frank Rosaly (US) on Drums. Listen here and here.
SPIRITCZUALIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER (Akuphone) Giving birth via impromptu instrumentals to glimpses of synchronistic magic, these Spiritczualics remain agnostic: are they magicians, or merely charlatans? Spiritczualic Enhancement Center is an outernational movement. A traveling nexus collecting dozens of participants to explore alchemical realms of sonic ritualism. Fusing DIY electronics with experimental improvisation and traditional instruments, recurring collaborators have studied under masters of Andalusian music, ethno-music research as well as important underground venues in Berlin and Hamburg’s musical scenes. Visual artist Dima Rabik contributes his miniature ink drawing style to all Spiritczualic releases – as well as a live-drawing projection during performances.
Spiritczualic (“cz” borrowed from the Polish / tʂ / hard “tch”) – a word-melange of “ritczualic” and spiritual, reflects upon the ancient practice of musical ritualism. As an idea, it greatly predates the physical occurrence of the Enhancement Center – on Christmas 2017, when an Ottoman building below the Gates of Jerusalem provided itself for a remarkable meeting. The trespassing people who happened to be there – admittingly bizarre participants synchronized by state-of-mind rather than tune or scale – began exploring sonic sessions of do-it-yourself mysticism. Witnesses of its ritualistic gatherings have indeed reported moments of divination – and possibly sorcery. This raises the question, will the audience once again behold the allurement of Higher Sources – or rather testify to trickery.“ Listen here and here.
Rebel Up DJ’s Before, inbetween & after, DJ’s Duckfood & Spliff will take you on a trip through the global underground
Nikanor – Bajo El Sol (RUP015) releases 15 january on vinyl, CD & digital Chicha cumbia, cumbia Amazonica and psychedelic rock from Peru via Brussels.
Nikanor is a Peruvian band based in Brussels, fronted by vocalist Marx Sánchez Sosa and guitarist Angel Loaiza. Together they play Chicha cumbia, a unique genre based on Andean melodies blended with tropical percussion and psychedelic rock.
The first Chicha cumbia bands appeared in Peru during the mid-1960’s and was very popular until the mid-1980’s. In recent years, ‘la Chicha’ is experiencing a renaissance, with bands and audiences from around the world (re)discovering its power and sound. Taking the big names and bands from the Chicha cumbia era as a reference, Nikanor started in 2016 as a cover band, to play the most remarkable and strongest songs to gain recognition in the Belgian scene. Since then the band has evolved into a group that writes their own music and songs.
Nikanor’s songs are a mix of rock, Chicha cumbia, tropical cumbia and Andean folk. Songs like ‘La Bajada del Kuraka’, with its Afro-Peruvian rhythms, or ‘Cóndor Blanco’, with its Quenas (Andean panpipes), make this album a trip in sound into Peru. Listening to the songs you feel like flying through landscapes and rhythms from all around the country. All of this in a rock structured format that invites to dancing and partying in a live setting.
Fiesta CUMBIA with the Brussels band Kumbélé ! To complete the evening, el Tacomobil will be there from 19h to propose us their delicious tacos. After the concert Rebel Up SebCat will take control of the sound! to make you dance and dream to the sounds of its tropical turntables …
Kumbelé is a band with musicians from Brussels, France, El Salvador and Colombia that pay tribute to the afro-colombian folklore and it’s tropical orchestra by playing classicals from Lizandro Meza, Toto la Momposina, Petrona Martinez, Juaneco y su Combo, and others. A mix of musical knowledge joined together to create a festive atmosphere with the rhythm of the drums. https://soundcloud.com/kumbele-belgique