This tuesday evening Rebel Up & Les Ateliers Claus present: Etran de l’Aïr!
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the western named “desert blues” music. In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Aïr is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit since 1995. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.
Etran de L’Aïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. It’s electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: “We play our own folklore, not like the other artists in Agadez. Our music is based around traditional Takamba…and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré.” Etran de L’Aïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective.
Last tuesday was our Rebel Up show at BRUZZ radio. We had special guest Susobrino in the studio, the young electro-organic musician who talked about his new EP Pocualeito, out on the Kebrada label of Dengue Dengue Dengue. Also tunes by KOKOKO!, Biomigrant, TisDass and Les Freres Jackfruit.
Listen or watch the recorded videostream below >>>
Our latest Nightshop show for June 2021 is online. 3 hours of new global sounds and releases for the worldwide scene. 4 songs of the day from Colombia to Martinique and Colombia-meets-Brazil and a Palestinian song. Our albums of the month first take us to Africa with folk sounds from the Comores islands on Glitterbeat, southern Moroccan Amazigh blues music by Hassan Wargui (Hive Mind), Mdou Moctar’s tamashek rock album (Matador), Les Pythons de la Fournaise and their maloya & sega sounds (Catapulte) and Brussels female duo Mazima and their modern afropop children songs. Some strong jazz, afrobeat & afro cuban funk by Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble (Rebel Up) and a Jamie Branch live album in fiery jazz mood (International Anthem) In a more tropical mood with the roots-dub-cumbia by Krak In Dub (Galletas Calientes) and the compilation Club Coco selected by Coco Maria with lots of new latin artists and EP by Cameroon producer Nkom Bivoué in afrohouse and bass sounds. Tune in via mixcloud, all info & tracklisting can be found there 🙂
Here our latest 2 weekly Rebel Up radio show on BRUZZ.
In this show we had interviews with British-Trinidadian artist Coreysan about his new album “Deeper Than Skin” on Blind Colour and with Tunisian producer & percussionist Nuri about his new album “Irun” on Shouka. Hosted by Rebel Up SebCat and Omar Hobo.
TRACKLISTING: Bounaly – Takamba (Music from Saharan WhatsApp 10) INTERVIEW WITH COREYSAN Coreysan – Deeper Than Skin Coreysan – Treasure Ink Project – Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes – Plantains Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes – Remix by Madam Data INTERVIEW WITH NURI Nuri – AK7EL Nuri – MOSR
Jam’in Jette, Rebel Up & Giraffes & Penguins present: Jam’in Rebel Penguins! a global Brussels party night in 2 rooms with local & international live bands, live acts and deejays in La Bodega!
Live acts >
KEL ASSOUF – Tamashek rock, BXL 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. 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, about life in exile and about freedom, peace and respect for all peoples in the world. After their first album ‘Tin Hinane’ (in 2010) and second album ‘Tikounen’ (2016), Kel Assouf evolved into a new sound on their new album ‘Black Tenere’, released earlier this month on Glitterbeat Records. Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef immersed the band in a surprisingly contemporary production and sound, which expresses a cry of impotence against violence, injustice and pollution in the world. The result? Desert rock with stirring drums, mesmerizing guitar riffs, psychedelic melodies and Tamasheg vocals. African rhythms played by rock musicians, bring Kel Assouf to the dance floor, somewhere between Brussels and Niamey. https://kel-assouf.bandcamp.com/album/black-tenere https://www.kelassouf.com
Ibaaku – electronic Senegal sounds, Dakar Born in Dakar, originally from Casamance, Ibaaku is a prolific artist; not only a producer but also a multi-instrumentalist, author, composer & radio host. Hip hop, beat, afro-futurism & experimental electronic music are blended with Senegalese references & remixed local sounds to represent the major influences of his first opus album ‘Alien Cartoon’. Let yourself go on the Seneg-Alien’s space shift to feel the unique power of cosmic Dakar nights! He will be joined by his Brussels VJ sidekick Ben Richard on live visuals. https://ibaaku.bandcamp.com/releases https://soundcloud.com/ibaaku https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJt7dds5lXo&t=27s