hello! on tuesday night we did our weekly Rebel Up radio show on BRUZZ Brussels radio.
It was a special show on electronic arabic & levantine global tunes by Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek (Bongo Joe Records), Labaz, Baharat (Batov Records), Zenobia (Crammed Discs / ACID ARAB Records), Joxaren and halfway the hour a guest mix by belgian DJ Niveau.Nihil, tune in!!! >>>
Oh yes, time again for a Giraffes & Penguins weekender in Liege + Brussels.
Starting on friday the 13th (woohoo!) in Liege at the amazing KulturA club. Arab Bass night with special guest Ghoula from Tunisia and Liege guest Cedric Blavier. hosted by Rebel Up, Le Grand Mechant Loop & Tropical DJipsies.
We’ll dive together into the infinite richness of arab music and its evolution from traditional forms to the most contemporary and wild electronic sounds.
Ghoula (TN/FR) Ghoula is a tunisian self-made musician and producer. In Tunisia, music has been a generational vehicle for popular symbols, images and myths. Despite its small size, Ghoula sees his native country as a north African crossroad where legacies came to settle. As a producer and multi-instrumentalist, Ghoula creates genre-defying sets through both acoustics and samples. Obsessed with North African multimedia heritage, Ghoula has been digging up vinyls from flea markets and old Tunisian medinas, bringing back vestiges of forgotten music cooked on top of contemporary upbeat dance rhythms. His album Hlib el Ghoula was released on the Shouka label and he is now preparing his second album. listen here >
Cédric Blavier (Liege) A music lover, digger and dj, Cédric Blavier makes his weapons in his native Belgium, between Liège and Brussels. Amateur of ultra-dancing ethnic music as well as planing electro downtempo, he succeeds in surprising sets to combine the effective and the experimental, the organic and the synthetic, the modern and the traditional. His musical synthesis meets a growing success in the world of electronic music, with notably appearances noticed in the festivals Nuits Sonores, Chateau Perché (France) or Taka Tuka (Hungary)! https://soundcloud.com/l-l-phant/ https://www.mixcloud.com/Mathéo/
and Arabic dance and bass sounds by Rebel Up SebCat, Le Grand Mechant Loop and the Tropical DJipsies.
Pantropical proudly presents Combo Chimbita‘s exclusive NL show during their first European tour. The New York-based Colombian band transforms Afro-Latin rhythms into melodic witchcraft, stripping away wordly façades into something bare and beautiful, like time travel through the lush tropics of yore. This is the stuff of goosebumps that you can also dance to. We’re also delighted to have DJ / producer Tayhana, who established herself as one of the most powerful musical forces on the South and Central American dancefloors.
✹ COMBO CHIMBITA (CO/US) | Names You Can Trust, Anti Records) Visionary quartet Combo Chimbita combine folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia and a dash of punk attitude. Their latest release ‘Ahomale’ captures all that is essential about them: through Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric singing the powerhouse drumming, hypnotic synths and expressive guitar and bass playing, the band fuse the perennial rhythms of the Afro-Latin diaspora with a modern-day consciousness, while tracing the prophetic traditions of their ancestry. Oliveros: “Ahomale resurges from the visions that we’ve been having via our music and life, and the lyrics reflect a manifestation passed on through our ancestors and the gods”. https://combochimbita.bandcamp.com https://youtu.be/nM093T8EMGQ
✹ TAYHANA (AR | NAAFI, Hiedrah Club de Baile) Based in Mexico City, Tayhana is a maverick DJ and producer from Argentina who has established herself in the global club scene with her whirlwind selection of Latin American and global beats. She has a fearless mixing style that comprises a variety of contemporary crossovers. In 2013, Tayhana co-founded Hiedrah Club de Baile; a party series that pushes the experimental edge of Buenos Aires’ underground. Tayhana also collaborated with the Salviatek label in Uruguay and NAAFI in Mexico. https://soundcloud.com/tayhana
✹ DUCKFOOD (NL | pantropical, Rebel Up) Duckfood’s awe-inspiring music collection absorbs anything from Renaissance, and African-diasporic styles to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are extremely colourful and not preoccupied by categorization. Like always, with Duckfood the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place. https://soundcloud.com/duckfood
✹ BLONDEWEDNESDAY (PT / roffa) Blondewednesday wanders around in Roffa’s club microcosm in support of events, artists and initiatives. She is the founder of the Voyager collective, studies sonology at the Royal Conservatory and, more importantly also has a penchant for pantropicalisms. She will be closing the night.
Let’s shake our bellies on wild arabic & middle-eastern grooves, from traditional reggada and psychedelic bellydance to electro-chaabi, dabke and arab bass!
A massive team of DJ’s is just waiting to take control of your feet: DJ Plead (AU), GAN GAH (MA/BE), Drache Musicale,Rebel Up LeBlanc, Le Grand Méchant Loop and the Tropical DJipsies. And our video mapping penguin Maria Ilia is ready to confuse your eyes 🤩 Nice food cooked with love will be available to give you all energy you’ll need through the night, as well as a shisha corner for a relaxing break 🙂
with special guest: DJ Plead (AU/LB) Melbourne/Naarm based producer who makes unique club music. Drawing on his Lebanese background, he makes tough, functional, and percussive tracks. His unique style references the rhythms, scales and timbres of Lebanese pop and traditional Lebanese wedding music, blending them with contemporary RnB, Club and other dance styles. DJ Plead released his debut EP ‘Get in Circle’ through air max 97’s DECISIONS label in March 2018 and has since toured Europe and China. DJ Plead is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a member of high-energy trio BV, and founder of the SUMAC label. https://soundcloud.com/1djplead
This friday, SebCat will play an opening warmup set at the electronic Je Viens du Cosmos party in La Bodega, organised by the folks of Le Tipi.
From 22h30 to 23h30, Sebcat will dive back into early electronics from the 80’s to early 2000’s. Also other DJ’s and artists will play their cold wave, keta pop and techno modular sound. Expect spacey decoration and discoveries!
For all info, check FB event. 22h – 6am @ La Bodega 30 Rue de Birmingham
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