Fri 20 Jan > Rebel Up! @ Muevelo, Universal Club, Bxl

Muevelo has finally landed in Brussels, this is their 1st party and surely not the last! 

The party originally hails from Paris, with monthly residences in venues such as l’Alimentation Générale or l’International and always a flurry of special guests from Latin America & elsewhere. The parties specialise in furious *tropical* music, the biggest shakers from Latin America, the Caribbean & beyond.

Rebel Up!, Max le Daron, Grandpamini, Pedrolito et MC C-Imperatriz will put the dancefloor on fire with Reggaeton, Merengue, Moombahton, Cumbia, Dancehall, Tropical Bass and more.
Heat allover, that’s MUEVELO mami ! Ya tu sabes.

The Muevelo triple crew  >

(Muevelo / Pigalle Paris Radio)
French-Chilean producer & DJ, his soundculture started with salsa and hiphop, but quickly changed into new African & Latin-American sounds which he puts in his all out party mix. Former DJ resident of the legendary “Ghetto Tiers Monde” parties, famous for his mashup blends of rough sounds with unknown tunes of cumbia, kuduro, merengue and coupé décalé.

(Muevelo / Groovalizacion Radio)
Recent Brussels resident & instigator of Muevelo here, Argentinian DJ/selector Pedrolito is what we call a real digger of tropical beats and cumbias. He has mixed with Sergent Garcia, Fauna, Uproot Andy, Miss Bolivia, El Hijo de la Cumbia, the Soul Jazz Orchestra, RKK de Radio Nova, Alika, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Chancha Via Circuito, Geko Jones and many more. Hosting his radio shows and mixtapes on various radio’s and podcasts, he always brings the best latino vibes. This “pibe” will make you shake in pure urban latino style.

MC C-Imperatriz
(Muevelo / Pigalle Paris Radio)
Secret legend of the tropical scene of Paris with perhaps the most absurd pseudonym to boot, MC C-Imperatriz is always connecto to the Caribbean, South America & Africa through his wildest musical finds of the moment. His slogan for the night? Dale duro!

Max le Daron
(Lowup Records)
Young Brussels producer & DJ Max le Daron specialises in electronic global & tropical music, heavily influenced by UK bass music. Since 2008 he plays in clubs and festivals allover the city & country and his played with the likes of Diplo, Buraka Som Sistema, Steve Aoki, Toddla T, Daniel Haaksman, Djedjotronic, Noisia, Schlachthofbronx, to name a few. Expect an electronic trip from Afrika up to Latin America!

Rebel Up! SebCat (BE/ Bxl)
Expect a storm of digital cumbia, tribal guarachero,
Attendez-vous à une rafale de cumbia digitale, de tribal guarachero, sonidera, rebajada, chicha, latin bass, roots mashups, reggaeton, dembow, speedmambo, bachata trap & more. Latino overdrive time !

5 € with a free shot of rum  🙂

FB Event
23h – 6h
@ Universal Club
Rue de Malines 38
1000 BXL

Fri 22 July > Rebel Up! @ Recyclart Holidays party w/ Mabiisi, DJ Tetris, Munchi & Godwonder

13432219_10153850951005345_225271404206347998_nAkwaaba! hello Brussels!

This Friday 22 July, a seriously amazing party at Recyclart Holidays festival which Rebel Up! helps organising.
A Special lineup with artists from various southern countries > Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mexico, Dominican Republic & exotic Belgium.

Mabiisi (GH/ BF)
Mabiisi means “brothers of the same mother” both Frafra of northern Ghana and in Mooré language of the Mossi people of central Burkina Faso. The association of rural and urban music from both cultures (Ghanaian kologo music and African hip hop) was the desire of the Burkinabe social critical rapper Art Melody, which has now been fulfilled. He went into the studio with famous Ghanaian kologospeler Stevo Atambire and the catchy result testifies to natural intuition and chemistry between these two experienced musicians. The Akwaaba Music label from Ghana released the record and arranged a first tour of this duo with steamy stop at Recyclart!

DJ Tetris (MX)
from Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca state, Tetris has been around for quite some time in the national Mexican ‘tribal Guarachero and electro tribal’ scene originated in the northern city of Monterrey and characterized by a mix of cumbia, pre-Columbian rhythms and electronic beats and melodies of flute, accordion, guitar and later, synthesizers. With his distinct style, which exercised a mix of tribal Guarachero and Mexican fanfare, mariachi and nortena, Tetris found shelter at the N.A.A.F.I collective and label (alongside Lao, Siete Catorce, Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahia …) from the capital DF, famous for their special events and situations that celebrate street and club culture. Tetris’ eclectic and ultradanceable first album ‘Costeno’ came out on N.A.A.F.I in 2014.

Munchi & Godwonder (DO/NL)
From Mexico we fly through the US, over the Dominican Republic to Rotterdam and Amsterdam for two party creators and producers of big format: Munchi and Godwonder. Munchi harvested much success a few years ago with genre-defining productions and DJ sets in its own typical style, stairs, moombahton, reggaeton, cumbia and baile funk fusions to solid dancefloor bombs. At its peak, which brought him to Diplo and Azalea Banks whose money he turned down, as he retired disillusioned from “the music business” to continue working in silence to his mission: continue to make music and help other young people with musical talent from the Dutch-Caribbean diaspora to develop their musical talents. He founded his own label Selegna records and now releases steady new work of himself and of others, such as Godwonder, who for the occasion joined the ranks for the presentation of a Dominican-Dutch sound that mixes gabba and bubbling with tarraxo, reggaeton and dembow. Munchi will undoubtedly surprise you with a whole new set of dirty latino trap, hypnotic merengue, sensual bachata and heavy moombahton.

Rebel Up! (Bxl)
The Brussels Rebel Up! DJs Sebcat & Leblanc will play outside on the square and inside to introduce the evening with folkpop and global bass party bashers from various rural and urban corners of Latin America and Africa. Ya tu sabe!

FB event
Recyclart site

Timings > > >
21:00 – 23:00 outside Rebel Up DJ’s
23:00 – 00:00 inside Rebel Up DJ’s
00:00 – 01:00 Mabiisi (Live)
01:00 – 02:30 DJ Tetris
02:30 – 03:45 Munchi
03:45 – 05:00 Godwonder

@ Recyclart
Rue d Ursulines 25
1000 BXL

Fri 20 Nov > Rebel Up! LeBlanc @ Pantropical, WORM, Rotterdam w/ Oscilador Bass (MX), Sonido Martines (AR), No Munchi (NL/DO)+ live percussion

Pantropical: tropical party night in Rotterdam with cumbia, latin bass, & more!

On the back of our Pan-Afro futuristic October edition, we turn our focus on chunky Latin American sounds; Cumbia (vintage/nu, Chicha, Sonidera, Villera), Latin Bass, and a pinch of bachata and merengue.

OSCILADOR BASS (MX | latin bass mexico)
This friendly Cumbia-bot has housewives and washing machines alike obsessing over him all across Latin America. Now his mission is to make crowds in the rest of the world follow suit during its upcoming EU / Asia trek. Oscilador Bass is all about creating the hottest Latin Bass, expertly mixing güiro rasps, cowbells and congas with the best spatial sound, all assembled with mucho amor in Mexico!

Sonido Martines is the Argentine figurehead of the South American cumbia scenes. In his dj mixes, Argentine and Colombian Cumbia meet vintage Vallenato and Chicha, and Dub hits upon electronic music. He is a tireless seeker of lost vinyl records and remixer of Cumbia classics, shaking up the dancefloors with a wide selection of tropical music from all over Latin America. His DJ sets feature a wide array of vintage psychedelic cumbia and other tropical beat music, almost doubling as history lessons.

LEBLANC (BE | Rebel Up! / Pantropical)
Last seen & heard in February deconstructing the dancefloor at Pantropical with Pinchado and DØG. LeBlanc is one of the most pleasantly obsessed and knowledgeable purveyors of Non-western, tropical music for the Benelux. Together with Rebel Up! / Nightshop’s Sebcat he’s the co-curator for many great tropical events in Brussels (Recyclart, Beursschouwburg, Les Ateliers Claus, Bonnefooi etc.), and co-hosts the Nightshop radioshow on Radio Campus. Despite the dizzying number of subgenres LeBlanc uses for his DJ mixes, they’re always focused and highly dancable. Tonight’s set will include digital cumbia, dancehall, reggaeton and other global bass.

Spins his fave vintage Dominican tunes, including Bachata, Merengue, and Palo; reverb and effect drenched, to make things a bit more compatible with the other sounds on offer on this night.

CHRIS BRUINING (NL) & NIQUE QUENTIN (DE) – live percussion
The DJ sets will be spiced up with skilful live percussion played by Rotterdam based percussionists Chris Bruining (Gallowstreet, La Banda Fantastica), and Nique Quentin (Los Paja Brava / Doktor Schnitt). Chris recently played live with Dick El Demasiado at Pantropical in September.

@ Worm – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
23:00 – 05:00 | presale: 7€ / door: 8€

FB event here + WORM site.

fresh Rebel Up! mixtape > Bouyon Hardcore 2k13; rough Creole dancehall-soca from the French Caribbean isles

Be prepared for 70 minutes of fast Carribean party beats at 155BPM, it’s time for ‘Bouyon Hardcore’!

Bouyon Hardcore 2k13 mixtape by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud

Bouyon is a kind of soca music from the Lesser Antilles island of Dominica, which originated in the late 80’s and is said to be invented by the band Windward Carribean Kulture.

Also, ‘bouyon’ is creole for the French word ‘bouillon’, which means ‘stock’ or ‘soup’ as a metaphor for the music which is a blend of different local (Carribean) styles, a musical ‘soup’.

According to Wikipedia: “Bouyon in effect represents a fusion of zouk and soca music but also draws upon cadence-lypso, jing ping and lapo kabwit elements in term of rhythms. Bouyon music is very dependent on the drum machine, cowbell and keyboards with guitars receding into the background. As such, it has a very strident rhythm and is aptly referred to as jump up music by the population in Guadeloupe and Martinique.”
some examples of these fusion styles >

Lapo kabwit


An article at Cakafete Family elaborates further; “Like the other Francophone musics of the Lesser Antilles, Dominican folk music is a hybrid of African and European elements. The quadrille is an important symbol of French Antillean culture, and is, on Dominica, typically accompanied by a kind of ensemble called a Jing Ping band. In addition, Dominica’s folk tradition includes folk songs called bélé, traditional storytelling called kont, masquerade, children’s and work songs, and Carnival music.”

some Jing Ping sounds:

From the start, bouyon bands and producers mixed up acoustic, electric and electronic sounds and instruments like accordeon, synth, organ, guitar, bass, brass, drums, steel pans etc.
A mix by dj Easy of old skool bouyon:

But under the influence of a global dj-culture – the emergence of dj’s, mc’s, producers, clubs and new music production technologies – the bouyon sound has evolved into rough digital club music. In the Carribean, in terms of music output, probably the most dense and diverse region of this planet, it’s of no surprise that ragga dancehall from Jamaica or Martinique and soca from St Lucia, Grenada or Trinidad, were a big influence on the evolution of bouyon.

Reketeng or bouyon dancehall (muffin)

Bouyon soca from St Lucia:

Power soca from Grenada:

“On pourrait même faire un deuxième volume du kamasutra en regardant les différents « main a tè…, fess en lè ».”. (“Looking at the different “hands on yer…, booty in the air”, one could even make a second volume of the Kamasutra”)

A recent new substyle – from the last 3 years or so- is called ‘hardcore‘, with ‘bouyon gwada‘ as its Guadeloupean equivalent. It is bouyon with raw, often explicit sexual or violent lyrics, either in English, French or Creole, on heavy percussive riddims while melodies sound cheap, simplified and stripped down. Often one succesful riddim has, in a true reggae dancehall style, different versions. The accompanying dance moves are a mix of booty shaking and dynamic adult sex positions, kind of similar to American twerking, Ivorian mapouka ( or Brasilian ‘popozuda’ shaking in baile funk (

This new bouyon from the French Antilles is gaining popularity all over the Carribean, competing with the local dancehall scene for the attention of the audience, although the lines between the two scenes are blurred. With dancehall singers doing bouyon and vice versa, playing for the same kind of audience.

Internationally, it took until december 2012 before the first dominican and guadeloupean mc’s and dj’s came to Paris, home to a large part of the antillian diaspora in France. There’s a 50 min documentary in French & creole of the first and impressive performance in Paris of Suppa, Gaza Girls, Dj Joe and others, although the questions of the interviewer are not necessarily more interesting than the answers of the interviewees, which we don’t fully understand neither, because it’s in Creole.

And another docu:

Unfortunately, bouyon is also ‘hardcore’ because of an associated context of violence, drugs, alcohol and weapons, which relates to the state of global poverty as experienced in the ‘banlieues’, ‘favela’s’, ‘musseques’, ‘townships’, in short, the ‘slums’ of this world. And it can go pretty fast sometimes, with the featured singer General Suppa been stabbed to death in May 2013 and more recently, with Miky Ding La, who has been shot during a show, but survived with only light injuries.

Footage from Suppa’s funeral in bouyon style:

With Miky Ding La (weed, tou lè jou!) we’re in the heart of a ‘worried parents’ storm. A Guadeloupean article for example, first neutrally discusses its origins, then turns into rejecting bouyon for being ‘pornophonie’ to finally call for a ban. One of the comments:
“Si on devait se mettre à la place d’un cerveau pour imaginer toutes ces paroles, la première chose qui vous viendrait à l’esprit c’est un film porno ! Alors si un film porno est interdit au moins de 18 ans… le Bouyon Gwada devrait l’être aussi ! Logique non ? … Ben non !”
translation > “If we had to put ourselves in the place of a brain in order to imagine all these words, the first thing that would come to mind is a porn movie! So if porn movies are forbidden for -18 years, then the Bouyon Gwada should also be forbidden! Logical, no? Apparently not!”

This is probably the nightmare they’re thinking of:

and this recent blogpost shows Dominican complaints about the new Triple Kay song ‘Pum Pum Getting Big’

From a local point of view we can’t tell how popular or how marginal it is in Guadeloupe. Although, looking at the relative high numbers of hits on youtube ranging in average from 5.000-50.000+, for clips from bouyon artists coming from such small islands (70.000+ people), you can imagine that the battle for censorship will be tough to continue.


On the other hand, the bouyon club music is also an example of how cheap computers, midi interfaces, internet access, Fruity Loops and other free or cracked music software, have become global catalysts for creating new music styles in a DIY fashion, which are, unlike most euro-anglo-american pop, firmly rooted in local, transnational and diasporic music traditions. The Fruity Loops generation makes tribal guarachero, baile funk, kwaito house, coupé décalé, azonto, kuduro, pandza, digital cumbia and bouyon is certainly no exception to this.

After making this mixtape, we found out that earlier this year, the great German dj and selector Marflix had already made an excellent podcast of bouyon. His mix features some of the riddims we also picked up, but in different versions and it is more soca influenced:

disclaimer to our Bouyon Hardcore mixtape:
Ghetto music may sound offensive, stupid or dumb to some people but Rebel Up! does not necessarily agree with the content of the lyrics of the songs featured in this mixtape nor glorifies their message here.

about the island of Dominica (from wikipedia)
“Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), 3 November 1493. (…) France had a colony for several years, importing African slaves to work on its plantations. In this period, the Antillean Creole language developed. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. Great Britain established a small colony on the island in 1805. Britain emancipated slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834. By 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by an ethnic African majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom took governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. On 3 November 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.”