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Thu 2 Feb @ Yallah Bye!, VK, Molenbeek Bxl

This Thursday evening, concert + dj support by Rebel Up! @ VK.

Tunisian singer-songwriter Jawhar, known for his critically acclaimed album Qibla Wa Qobla, surprises us with yet an entirely new project: hypnotic, psychedelic and avant-garde electro-chaâbi music with a twist. Yallah Bye! is a rather unlikely musical encounter between an international icon of Rom culture, Mónika « Mitsou » Miczura (Ando Drom, Bratsch, Fanfare Ciocarlia) and the oriental folk/pop musician Jawhar. Based largely on new songs that Jawhar created for Yallah Bye! as well as pieces of Mitsou’s repertoire, this new creation is so much more than a clash of cultures.
Line Up:
Jawhar Basti: banjo vocals // Mitsou: vocals // Louis Evrard: Programming // David Picard: Keys // Yannick Dupont: Bass // Sep François: Percussions

contemporary Arabic tunes by Rebel Up! SebCat

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@ VK
Schoolstraat 76, Molem
DOORS: 19:30
Tickets: 10/13€
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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!

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Fri 4 Nov > Rebel Up! @ Le Lac, Molenbeek w/ Phoenician Drive concert


This Friday evening a special evening in underground venue Le Lac (Molenbeek, not to confuse with Les Ateliers Claus)

Phoenician Drive (Bxl)
At the crossroads of Mediterranean folk music and psychedelic rock, Phoenician Drive was formed in summer 2015 by percussionist Diego Moscoso grouping 6 musicians from very different backgrounds (flamenco, Balkan, psychedelic rock’n’roll, jazz, post -punk / new wave) for blending traditional designs with fuzz guitars and oriental rhythms. In the footsteps of Erkin Koray and Orient Express and under the influence of ‘kraut-rock German (Neu !, CAN, Faust etc.) and soundtracks 60’s music, Phoenician Drive Search hypnotic trance by relying on oriental grooves. Two demos were recorded in December 2015 and quickly attracted interest in Brussels (Ateliers Claus WIELS, Recyclart, Atelier 210) and elsewhere (Rockerill, Area B in Paris). An EP is being mixed into the hands of Débruit (label ICI).

The concert will start at 20h sharp by a prologue without electricity, enlightened by 400 artisanal candles.

dj set before & after by Rebel Up! SebCat, from ethnic folk to psych rock and beyond.

doors 19:00
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Le Lac
82A, Rue Ulens

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Wed 26 Oct > Rebel Up! @ Les Ateliers Claus, w/ Meridian Brothers (CO) & Senyawa (ID)


This Wednesday 26 Oct, Rebel Up! @ Les Ateliers Claus to warm up / between and continue the mid week party with the alternative global bands Meridian Brothers (Colombia) and Senyawa (Indonesia). A night from Bogota to Jogjakarta!!

meridian_brothers_malaria_sonora-8From Bogota, Colombia, the MERIDIAN BROTHERS are an art-combo who mix Latin American rhythms with art noise and unpredictable sonic events. Traditional instruments and computer technology all contribute to this mixture of influences from vintage tropical styles from the Colombian coastal zone, the Caribbean and Peru to electronic folk and Dolly Parton. Imagine the illegitimate offspring of a liaison between the Residents and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and you´ll be close to the sound of the Meridian Brothers. Convincing Latin dance rhythms are overlaid with skeletal guitars and vocal tomfoolery to create a mesmerising confection of minimalism, cumbia, pop, electronica and Afro-funk. The band formed in 1998, spearheaded by leader Eblis Alvarez, and sold cassette recordings in the capital of Colombia before releasing several albums. On their latest album ‘Los Suicidas’ they once again bring their unique, funny & experimental Colombian sound to make you go round and round into sweet delirium. Check out this video.
senyawa-540x300SENYAWA (ID) is an experimental band from Java, Indonesia consisting of Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi. The band has been formed in 2010 in Yogyakarta. The band mixes influences from musical and folklore traditions from the Indonesian archipelago with experimental music. The band neo-tribal sound has been described to mix “punk attitude” with “avant-garde aesthetics”. According to critics, Senyawa has managed to “manage to embody the aural flavours of Javanese music while exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions” to create a sound that is “thoroughly out of this world.”
Shabara provides his extended vocal techniques to Senyawa. The band’s lyrics are in various languages of Indonesia, including Sulawesian, Javanese and Bahasa Indonesia. Senyawa’s music is provided by Suryadi’s self-built musical instruments made from bamboo and traditional agricultural tools from rural Indonesia. Get your demons out! Read this great interview and this video.

Timings >
20h Rebel Up! SebCat
20h30 Meridian Brothers
22h Senyawa
23h DJ SoFa / SebCat

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20h @ Les Ateliers Claus
Rue Crickx 15
St Gilles Bxl

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19-24 Oct > Rebel Up! @ Womex, Santiago de Compostela (ES) + Porto (PT)

14691959_10154013262098231_5553615490502358087_oThis week, Rebel Up! will be attending Womex16 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, the world music expo. Full programme & showcases here!

On wednesday 19th we already will kick off Womex early, with a global dj night hosted by our Global Club Music Network at Casa das Crechas in the historic centre of Santiago, Rebel Up! playing together with our global dj buddies Kosta Kostov (BG), D Watts Riot (BA) & Makala (ES)!  From around 22h30, the Banda das Crechas will play a live set and followed by our global beats till deep into the night.

During the expo days from Thursday to Saturday, you can find us at stand -1.18 (basement) with the Global Club Music Network that we are part of. During the night time, the showcase festival with many good live acts & dj’s, such as our friends Throes & The Shine (PT), DJ Satelite (AN), Boogat (CA), El Remolon (AR) and many many more!  We are also organising a conference session on Friday early afternoon: The Speedate Remix, a session about remixing global tunes for the dancefloor or experimental spheres. And later on the same day, our GCMN network session.

On Sunday 23 Oct, Rebel Up! SebCat will travel down to Porto to spin global and mostly African tunes at Miss’Opo restaurant from 18h onwards (Rua de Trás 49, Sao Bento metro). Come and enjoy the amazing tasty novo Angolan cuisine!
Next evening, SebCat will spin some global listening tunes at the alternative Cafe Candelabro (Rua de Conceicao 3, Trinidade metro).

See you around, ‘ta luego, até ja!

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Fri 7 Oct > Rebel Up! SebCat @ Haunted Folklore, Recyclart Bxl

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This Friday, Haunted Folklore concert night at Recyclart.
Rebel Up! SebCat will play spiritual & ethnic listening tunes before & after the concert.

Marisa Anderson (US – Portland)
All traditional American guitar styles played in virtuoso and amazing ways! A mixture of improvisation and fluid compositions, with references ranging from minimalism and drone gospel, blues, country and jazz. At nineteen, Marisa began to wander through the US to eventually settle, years later, in Portland, Oregon. Basically she followed a classical guitar training, but has created her unique own style by playing in country music groups, jazz and even the circus. In 2009 she released her first album, ‘The Golden Hour’, followed by ‘Mercury’ (2011), ‘Traditional and Public Domain Songs’ (2013) and ‘Into the Light’ (2015). Recently she was asked to make recordings for Beth Ditto and soundtracks fro films. Let yourself be transported by this hypnotic music!

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20h30 doors
@ Recyclart
Rue d Ursulines 25

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Mon 26 Sept > Eric Isaacson (Mississippi Records) Talk & Docu’s + DJ Set + surprise concert Soema Montenegro (AR) @ NGHE Mariniers, Molenbeek Bxl

14237608_1772377822979780_2521242159489086516_nMonday evening 26 sept @ NGHE Mediatheque, an evening of Talks & Films with Eric Isaacson of Mississippi Records.

In a short time, the Portland, US-based Mississippi Records, as run by Eric Isaacson, has bypassed most antiquated record label conventions and has, through a few guiding principles and great taste, gained cult status, lots of sales and love and praise from all quarters.

Mississippi has produced over 150 releases on LP & 100 releases on cassette tape, a catalogue that crisscrosses borders, digging up joyous albums, singles and unheard songs that were being left under the bed, out in the shed and unloved by most record companies. They have managed to do this on a shoestring budget, without ever advertising or engaging in promotion of any kind & distributing only through DIY avenues.

A few years ago Eric began touring Europe, humbly presenting his ideas and personally imbued histories of music (often alongside Mississippi-affiliated artists) with resounding success, and a scorching trail of sell-out shows. He returns for another round of talks, DJ sets and archive films in Autumn 2016.

Trailer for ‘A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music according to Mississippi Records’:

Trailer for ‘Film, stories & images from the Mississippi Records and Alan Lomax archive’:
++Surprise concert++  added to the lineup > >
soemaSoema Montenegro (AR)

Argentinian folklore in a contemporary sound. Soema is a poet, shaman, a great cook and a first class singer. Intense and dramatic. In her music you can hear the rugged landscape and the culture of her native Argentina, from the pampas to the Andes mountains. Sensual, mysterious and overwhelming. Think of Meredith Monk meets Yma Sumac. French director Vincent Moon, founder of the “Take Away Shows”, made the symbolic number 100 with her in four parts, filmed in Buenos Aires. some clips here, here and here.

timings >
20h doors
20h30 Soema Montenegro
21h30 Talk & Films by Eric Isaacson
23h00 listening dj set by Eric

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@ NGHE Mediatheque
Rue des Mariniers 6
1080 Molenbeek

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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!

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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

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Fri 27 May > Rebel Up! @ Secret Places festival, Maastricht


There’s a new festival in Maastricht happening this weekend, 3 days of music in an old fort on top of a hill overlooking the city! Secret Places!

This friday evening, Rebel Up! will be spinning global tunes inbetween the bands and a dance set at the afterparty in the old Sint Pieter fort.

For all info > website here & FB event

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Sat 5 Dec > Rebel Up! @ Drache Musicale Louvrette party!


this saturday 5 Dec, our friends of Drache Musicale (Radio Panik) are organising a fun & FREE global night @ café Le Louvre at the Parvis of St Gilles.
special guest is our friend Boris Viande, better known as a super good electro-balkan producer! He runs the VLAD Ghetto Folk label and plays live trumpet during his live & dj sets!

support by Rebel Up & Drache Musicale dj’s, yeah! 🙂

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where? café Le Louvre,
Parvis St Gilles (at corner, other side of Brasserie Schuermans)
from 22h til 4am


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Sat 24 Oct > El Pulpo night @ La Tentation w/ Los Demonios de la Cumbia + DJ’s Gaetano Dub & Jo Selector


This saturday our international friends of El Pulpo Collective are organising a special night in La Tentation, helped by Rebel Up! though we’ll not be there this night, as we are in Budapest for WOMEX.

The evening starts early with a concert by Galician folk musicians Narf & Uxia.

El Pulpo night will then kick off with special guests Los Demonios de la Cumbia!!!

This is the band project by DJ Kumbia Beats aka Marco Bustamente, resident of Antwerp but originally from Beni, Bolivia. This insatiable traveller, multi-instrumentalist and producer has formed a strong reputation over the last decade or so in the indigenous folk & electronic music scene of Bolivia. Los Demonios de la Cumbia is the result of a mix between 2 worlds, as they blend alternative electronic styles like moombathon with Colombian cumbia and Bolivian folk. Through this mix of traditional instruments and electronic effects one will hear the different Latin American nationalities represented in this group; Cuba, Bolivia, Chili, Paraguay and beyond. Fiesta pura with these demons!

Afterwards the DJ’s of Groovalizacion Radio /El Pulpo will provide all the tropical tunes you need to dance the whole night!

Groovalizacion Radio is a web radio station that started in 2008 and consists of journalists and cultural activists presenting shows with music from allover the globe, from traditional to urban sounds.
Gaetano Dub from Liege, who brings the wildest latin & roots tunes and Venezuelan DJ Jo Selector from Bruxelles will give you all the latin & african flavours mixed up for a heavy session of dancing.

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Doors: 20:30 til late

Entrance > 5€ all night!!

@ La Tentation
Rue de Laeken / Lakensestraat 28
1000, BXL


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Sat 25 April > Rebel Up! SebCat @ Balkan Trafik, BOZAR Bxl + Foton party @ Beursschouwburg


This weekend is the Balkan Trafik festival again in BOZAR museum in Brussels, 9th edition already!

On saturday, Rebel Up! SebCat will play a few listening sets in the big Horta hall between the shows of Bosnian folk-jazz group Divanhana, Kosovarian-Turkish singer Suzan Kardes and Greek singer Katerina Tsiridou & Fanouris Trikilis Rembetiko Project. Expect sounds of slavic folklore, balkan beauties, old greek rembetiko vinyls, Turkish spheres and other vintage sounds from beyond the eastern hills.

See the full lineup & info on the Balkan Trafik site.

Get in the mood with this vintage Rebetika mix from 2 years ago >

Rebetika: rough blues & hard times from the Greek peninsula 1922-2012…. mixtape by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud

and oh, supertip for saturday night > our friends of Foton organise a nice experimental global/electro night in Beursschouwburg with our good friends Lowdjo and Filastine playing too. Free in, so be there. All info here

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