Sat 16 March > Rebel Up & HAPE Collective present: FOKN Bois (Ghana / live) + Nickodemus (Wonderwheel / NYC) & DJ Buosis (Chad / IT) @ Au Quai Bxl

Rebel Up and HAPE Collective join forces to organise a night of fresh afrobeats & tropical dancefloor madness, with a heavy international cast, presenting two new albums! A Belgian première, don’t miss it!

FOKN BOIS (GH – live)
The Ghanaian duo FOKN Bois is made up of singer/songwriter and producer M3NSA & pidgin rapper Wanlov the Kubolor who have been building a solid reputation as progressive and controversial musicians over the last 8 years. Celebrated for their entertaining performances, they throw sarcastic albeit funny shock lyrics that deal with social-political issues over a unique blend of hip hop, afro beats and Ghanaian hip life and azonto. They’re touring Europe to present their recent 5th (!) album, “Afrobeats LOL”, backed by the Hungarian producer/dj András Weil, and are most happy to put the Brussels crowd on fire! First show in Belgium!
https://foknbois.bandcamp.com/album/afrobeats-lol
https://youtu.be/zsmM4PXMANk

Nickodemus (US) & DJ BUOSIS (IT) presenting the album “Pulo NDJ – Desert to Douala” (Wonderwheel Recordings)
Nickodemus can be easily called one of the ‘world beat’ pioneers, ever since he started organising the “Turntables on the Hudson” parties in New York in the late 90s. Early 2000 he started producing and set up his own label, Wonderwheel Recordings, to release his music and that of like minded producers (Zeb, The Spy from Cairo…), mixing hip hop, funk and house with African, Latin, Brasilian, Arab and Balkan flavours. By signing a new wave of global artists like Chancha Via Circuito, Populous, Thornato, Tremor and Alsarah & The Nubatones, his label stays on top of the international scene.
Invited by the international Hape Collective, he went to Chad to work on a new album with local talented musicians, which resulted in the ecletic-versatile album “Pulo NDJ – Desert to Douala”, a fusion of afrobeat, hip hop, electro and traditional rhythms and instruments, to be released March 29 on Wonderwheel. In avant-première, he’ll present the album (and much more) together with DJ Buosis from Hape!
https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/desert-to-douala
https://soundcloud.com/nickodemusnyc

REBEL UP! (Bxl – everywhere)
SebCat & LeBlanc have been active for more than 10 years now, spreading their love for new and less known dance music from all corners of the world, whether it be more traditional folk, global urban club music or fusion experiments in between. They host radio programs on Radio Campus, Bruzz, Kiosk Radio and The Word Radio, organise parties and concerts in different venues in Brussels and deejay all over Belgium and abroad. With an eponymous new record label, the mission to promote new world music and adventurous artists, still continues…

HAPE Collective (Havana – Chad – Brussels – the world)
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, HAPE is a collective of djs and musicians spread around Latin America, Africa and Europe. Lead by an unquenchable thirst for modernizing roots, HAPE has established itself as a major catalyst for Cuban underground musical talents (Yasek Manzano, Dj Jigüe and El Menor, Yissy & Bandancha, El Individuo, Eric Cimafunk, Niño Fony…) while multiplying its collaborations with artists from Chad, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, United States, Belgium, Mexico, Italy and the UK.
https://hapecollective.org
https://soundcloud.com/hapecollective

TIMETABLE:
23-00h: SebCat & LeBlanc – dj
00-01h: FOKN Bois – live
01-03h: Nickodemus solo dj set + B2B dj Buosis
03-04h30: Sebcat & LeBlanc – dj


ALL INFO > FB EVENT

Entrance 8€ (CASH ONLY) /// Doors 23h (come early!)

Au Quai
Quai du Hainaut 23
Molenbeek Bxl

Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA
Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort



Sat 16 March > Rebel Up SebCat @ Norouz Persian new year market, La Serre

** Norouz ** – Persian New Year at La Serre! ** عید نوروز *

Feel, taste, listen to Iran and celebrate with us the new year and the beginning of spring! “Norouz” is the name given to the Iranian new year (but also Afghan, Tajik, Azeri, Kurdish, Yezidi) that begins every spring. We will be soon entering the year 1398!

– Concert, DJ, poetry, projection, workshops, calligraphy and Persian video art.
– Handicraft market made in Iran
– You can also taste Iranian and Afghan dishes, drink a scented tea or enjoy cocktails like those served in Tehran cafes …

from 12h onwards, food, bar & Persian handicrafts market (jewels, bags, accessories, slippers, books, illustrations …) made in Iran.

17h : CONCERTS de musique iranienne
Ehsan Yadollahi (Târ), Pooyan Ramezani (poésie improvisée) / Rohab Ashourlou (Setâr)

——- 18h30 : PROJECTION de films d’animation (court-métrages) d’avant et après la révolution

From 19h30 to 21h30 Rebel Up SebCat will serve Persian sounds from Azerbaijan to Iran, Kurdistan and all neighbouring countries.

Khosh âmadid ! (welcome!) > FREE IN!

See full info in FB event.
@ La Serre,
Rue Gray 171
1050, IXL

Mon 11 March > Rebel Up SebCat @ Kel Assouf concert, Het Depot, Leuven

Out of nostalgia and the loneliness of the desert, Brussels based band Kel Assouf builds music around the Touareg Tamashek culture and the fight against discrimination. Kel Assouf brings songs about life in exile and about freedom, peace and respect for all peoples in the world.

Key figure Aboubacar ‘Anana’ Harouna, a fledged tamasheq from Niger, speaks with his guitar, and uses it as a means to claim his rights without bloodshed. With one foot in the desert and the other in the urban jungle, Anana writes about events from the Sahara to here.

After their first album ‘Tin Hinane’ (which appeared on IglooMondo in 2010) and their second album ‘Tikounen’ (on Igloo/Zephyrus), Kel Assouf evolved into a new sound. Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef immersed the band in a surprisingly contemporary production and sound on ‘Black Tenere’, ust released on the international Glitterbeat label, which expresses a cry of impotence against violence, injustice and pollution in the world.

The result? Desert rock with stirring drums, mesmerizing guitar riffs and Tamasheg vocals. African rhythms, played by rock musicians, bring Kel Assouf to a dance floor, somewhere between London and Niamey.

https://kel-assouf.bandcamp.com/album/black-tenere

Warm-up + afterparty: Rebel Up SebCat

FB event / website

Het Depot | Martelarenplein 12
20u | €12 – €15
Cultuurkaart KU Leuven: €10 – €12

Tue 5 March > Rebel Up support @ Kokoko! concert, Het Bos, Antwerpen

this tuesday 5 march, a special concert of KOKOKO! in Het Bos, the best underground venue in Antwerp or even Flanders!

Rebel Up SebCat takes care of the support in Afro spheres via vinyl to the newest digital tunes.

KOKOKO! is a collective born in Kinshasa, a creative collision of different artists which fused at a block party. The collective consists of musical instrument inventors from the Ngwaka neighbourhood, electronic producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil) and his dancers bursting forth from the Lingwala neighbourhood.

They’re best known for creating a contemporary aesthetic all their own by re-wiring and up-cycling materials such as metal, cans, engine parts and plastic containers found in Kinshasa’s streets into vital sculptural resonant dance music. Their distorted fast rhythms and spontaneous lo-fi electric sounds provide the chaotic soundtrack for the city’s harsh yet abundantly creative realities. It’s a brand new scene – radical, dangerous and thriving in a country whose political instability is felt first and most urgently on the streets of Kinshasa, an urban patchwork stretching further than the eye can see in Africa’s 3rd largest capital city. KOKOKO! is the spectacular sonic backdrop, the new, no holds barred aesthetic emanating from the downtown clubs (in between the government-imposed power cuts).

Sadly the concert is already SOLD OUT for some weeks now, but check the FB event to see if there are some tickets flowing around.

doors 20h – midnight
@ Het Bos
Ankerrui 5-7
2000, Antwerpen



Fri 22 Feb > Rebel Up @ Studio Shap Shap *Sahel night* @ Recyclart, Bxl

a special *Sahel night* with with Studio Shap Shap (Niger)

6 musicians in the sand, under a straw roof. It is in the open air where Studio Shap Shap recorded their live album amidst bird cries and sounds from the capital city of Niamey, Niger. Traditional instruments (douma, talking drums, kindé, molo, komsa), electronic machines, bass, and piano intertwine with their sounds.

The band started off in 2015 as a project that was inspired by a new radio station in Niamey, which was searching for local musicians who could create 27 songs in three days for its broadcast programme. Studio Shap Shap are Oumarou Adamou (Niger), Boubacar Siddo Diallo (Niger), Seyni Halidou (Niger), Haruna Abdou (Niger), Christian Koulnodji (Chad) and Laetitia Cecile (Reunion Island). The six-piece ensemble is known for fusing traditional and contemporary beats, inspired by nature, the communities they live in and the band members’ historical backgrounds. Mixing nature and city, traditional and electro, speech and singing magnify the traditional instruments. Ancient knowledge to rely on and go beyond modernity for a true contemporary African sound. Despite the challenges, the group managed to independently release their debut album ‘Chateau I’. They have been busy recording their 2nd album which soon will be released. Travel with them into the modern sound of the Sahel!
listen here > https://studioshapshap.bandcamp.com

with support by Rebel Up DJ’s SebCat & Leblanc in true Sahel spheres.

programme >
20:30
Rebel Up DJ’s
21:30 Studio Shap Shap
22:30 Rebel Up DJ’s


FB event

6€
doors 20:30

@ Recyclart
Rue de Manchester 13-15
Molenbeek