Babylon Trio – Habibi > Out now on Rebel Up Records as vinyl LP + digital!

the debut album ‘Habibi‘ by Babylon Trio is out now on Rebel Up Records (RUP006)

The current political state of Iraq is a far cry from what the Iraqi people envisioned. While the western media have largely stopped reporting about Iraq, in the past few months many protests have flared up in the capital Baghdad, Basra and cities allover the country. Persistent water shortages, power cuts, the lack of work and political corruption have angered the Iraqi population and protests have been the general order of the day and increasing by the month. The political elite has dug themselves in, protected and comfortable in governmental compounds, ordering police and the armed forces to crack down on protests with a shoot to kill on sight policy. In 2015, this ignited the first big emigration wave of young people and families leaving Iraq for neighbouring countries and the west and continues to do so. For many, returning seems very unlikely for the time being.

The three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium in 2015 as refugees of this political and social unrest. Arkan Mushtak is the composer and pinnacle of the band. Like the other members he hails from Baghdad, where from a young age onwards he has been shaped into a talented keyboard and piano player by Iraqi master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (digital percussion, djarbouka and backing vocals) and singer Walaa Saad (vocals) and occasionally joined by Mohammed Algareb (guest percussion).

Babylon Trio plays an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi and Arabic music styles, such as choubi choubi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. The trio’s debut album “Habibi” features songs about their old life in Iraq and new life in Brussels, Belgium, with topics such as separation from loved ones, love, beauty, honour and pure Arabic party bangers. This year will mark the power of the contemporary Iraqi street sound of Babylon Trio throughout Europe and beyond. Get ready for fire!

Tracklisting:
A
1. Bye Bye My Love ( وداعا يا حبيبي )
2. Iraqi Dabka Choubi
( چوبي عراقي )
3. Spoiled For Your Eyes
( لاجل عيونك / مدلل )
B
4. Difficult Separation ( فركتك صعبة )
5. Iraqi Prestige ( المعزوفة )
6. My Crazy Lover (
حبيبتي المجنونة )
7. The Euro Syrian Dabka (
الدبكة السورية الاوربية )
8. Habibi Trio Mix (Rebel Up Duckfood remix) ( مزيج حبيبي الثلاثي )

Released by Rebel Up Records on 26 september 2018.

Out on vinyl LP in coated cover design, buy on the Rebel Up webshop or via Bandcamp
buy digital album via Bandcamp.
distribution worldwide: N.E.W.S

This album has been made with the support of NGHE Mediatheque, cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus, Angstrom studio and Soylent Green studio in Brussels and everyone who has supported Babylon Trio in the past year, promoting, motivating and organising concerts for them.

produced by Seb Bassleer for Rebel Up Records
recorded at Angstrom Studio by Aymeric de Tapol & Nicolus Ripitus
mixed at Soylent Green Studio by Aymeric de Tapol
mastered by Frederic Alstadt at Angstrom Studio
cover design ‘Tapis’ by Kalām Collectif
(facebook.com/kalamshift)
photo (backcover) by Robert Kroos (flickr.com/mentalyouth)

graphic design by Vanessa Verbeiren

weekend 14 + 15 july > Rebel Up @ Gentse Feesten, Huna Hut + Trefpunt festival,Gent

Starting on saturday night, we will play @ Huna Hut in the small Plek venue >

Unmasking eclectic sounds from around the globe. We ask musicians & dj’s we like to travel the planet (and beyond) in search for cosmic sounds & halal beats that can make you dance or just fall in love with.

Lineup >

Cairo Liberation Front (live)
/The new wave of Egyptian wedding rave/
One Man Party (dj-set)
/Open minded music/
Rebel Up
/Forever sounds from the global underground/
MoustacheMusic Soundsystem
/Fascinated by Moustaches, Unibrows & Facial Hair/

FB event
3€ in > FULL = FULL

@ Plek
Kammerstraat 10, Gent

and on sunday, Rebel Up and Babylon Trio will be playing together with Chouk Bwa Libete at Trefpunt Festival Day 3 in the Baudelopark.

this sunday will be ‘Vosdag’ a day in honour of Flemish songwriter Luc de Vos.
Programme rolls like this >

Walter de Buckplein:
Chiringuito Paradise circusvoorstelling – Polariteits tangosalon – The TubsBrihangTjens Matic met ArnoMarcel Vanthilt – DJ Iris
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Baudelohof:
Chouk Bwa LibèteBabylon Trio –  Rebel Up DJ’s
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Spiegeltent:
Albert’s BastardsDe HavillandBed RugsFuture Old People Are WizardsSwampBirds – DJ Stompin’ Stoff

More info > FB event or website.
free in
@ Baudelohof
Baudelokaai 8, Gent

Fri 9 Dec @ Botanique, Afterparty Festival Cinema Méditerranéen > hosted by Rebel Up! with guests Gal Kadan & El Gato Callejero

festival-cinema-mediterraneenThis Friday, Rebel Up! is hosting the afterparty for Festival Cinema Méditeranéen @ Botanique.

We invited some special guests for a true Mediterranean flavour.

Rebel Up! SebCat will be accompanied by Israelian dj/producer Gal Kadan, who is specialised in music from the Levant (Libanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Jordan) and also by Spanish Brussels DJ’s El Gato Callejero and I Am Sardina, who will spin Iberian sounds from rumba Catalana to flamenco & mestizo + live percussion.

Expect a wild mix with dance music from the Mediterranean and the Levant > Latino Euro-Arab-Andalus connection!

@ Botanique Witloof bar
From 23h till very late!
FREE IN!

Info here

Sat 19 Dec > Rebel Up! Soundclash @ OCCII A’dam > Refugees Welcome Benefit w/ Eritrean Refugee band (ER), Shaghaf Band (SY) & Rocky Marsiano (PT/A’dam))

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After their horror-trip to Europe the Eritrean refugees from the Havenstraat centre get a chance to listening and playing Eritrean music, dancing and enjoying their home food at OCCII together with Rebel Up!

The Eritrean Refugee Band has members Krar player Gerrie with on keyboard Mebrie and will play a special trad-modern live set.

Shaghaf Band is the band of Syrian musicians Nezar (guitar), Kenan (clarinet) and Shadi (percussion). In Syria, the members formed the band Passion and played in the professional circuit  until they had to flee their country. Recently they met again in Amsterdam and revived the band.

At the afterparty > Live/dj set by Portuguese Amsterdam producer Rocky Marsiano who makes heavy beat remixes of vintage African grooves from Angola to Cabo Verde, Kenya and beyond! His debut album ‘Meu Kamba‘ on international African label Akwaaba Music is one for the sweaty dancefloors!

Also the Greek crew of Melting Records are in town and will join us for a special live/dj set of roots, dub, tropical & hiphop.

Rebel Up! dj’s SebCat & Duckfood are always ready to play their global tunes all night between the bands & during the afterparty

With the help of RefugeesWelcome Amsterdam & WijZijnHier. Please like & share!
If you can, please also bring instruments/cloths/donations for all refugees that are housed at the old prison Havenstraat here at Amstelveenseweg.

FB event here.

@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud-Zuid
from 22h til 4h

Thu 13 Nov > Rebel Up! Soundclash @ Bonnefooi, Bxl w/ DJ Panko (ES – Ojos de Brujo) & DJ Kumbia Beats (BO)

Time for another Rebel Up! late thursday night in Bonnefooi bar, and with 2 special guests!

panko

DJ PANKO (Barcelona, ES)
The beatmaking DJ of the famous Spanish nu-flamenco hiphop mestizo band Ojos de Brujo, has produced many of their albums and remixes, toured the world allover. Nowadays he also works on musical projects like Lenacay and Electrorumbaiao and is quite busy spinning ethnic tunes from all over the world with loops and electronics. Expect a fine selection of flamenco, rumba, psychedelia, northern african sounds, indian spheres, colombian tropicalism and much more. Remezcla mundial! Check out all his special remixes here >

http://www.djpanko.es/


dj kumbia beats
DJ KUMBIA BEATS (BO / Antwerp)

is the dj alter ego of Marco Bustamante born in Beni, Bolivia, descendant from the Quechua culture and plays all the native Bolivian folk music instruments like quena, charango, pinkillos, tarkas, zampoñas, etc. In 2010 he started his own concept about Colombian cumbia combined with electro, drums and bass, funk, Bolivian folk, global bass and rock. He’s also the leader of cumbia band ‘Los Demonios de la Cumbia’ a live group playing traditional cumbia combined with beats and synth samples by Dj Kumbia Beats. Cumbia for life!
http://www.kumbiabeats.com/DjKumbiaBeats/


sebcat rebel up
DJ SEBCAT (Rebel Up! Bxl)

On his own tonight as LeBlanc is away on business… Bonnefooi says > This guy is one of Brussels’ most underestimated Global Groove Dj’s, with a musical network from Rajasthan to New Yorkistan and a musical selection that goes even farther and deeper into tropicalism and obscure global dance music. Sebcat is also a fulltime musical nexus, the way he blends his global grooves together in a party he also re-arranges, feeds and stimulates musical culture. Whatever you will get from him, in sound or food, it will be filled with specials spices and hotness. Caliente!
http://www.mixcloud.com/Rebel_Uppa/https://soundcloud.com/rebeluppa

As always free in. FB event here
from 22:00 till early morning….
@ Bonnefooi
Steenstraat 8 Rue des Pierres
1000, BXL