In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests in June allover the globe, followed by a summer with or without holidays, it’s important to keep the flame burning and the discussion going. The road is still long, but united we stand, moving forward together.
The aim of this compilation is to raise funds for various (inter)national NGO’s, anti-rasicm advocacy groups and organisations of black initiative, with all proceedings to be donated to these causes. (Look in press info for full list of carefully selected organiations)
The artists donated their music as a collaboration between Rebel Up Records, the artists and the international labels Nyege Tapes, Syrphe, Bongo Joe Records, Sdban Records, Galletas Calientes, Blanc Manioc, Indigenous Underground, Strut, Earconditioning and 1000Hz Records. On this compilation we brought together mostly electronic African or Afro descendant artists from the worldwide diaspora and artists based in their homelands, from motherland Africa to Latin America to the Caribbean and back to Europe. It’s a vibrant combination of contemporary sounds that showcases the current talent of the artists and producers, combined with awareness for black lives & art and serving as a fundraiser. You can find a list of the supported organisations on the last page. Also info on each of the artists and their Bandcamp pages are included in the notes.
As this compilation is an ongoing process, it’s possible that the tracklist can still grow with a few extra songs in the next weeks. Please support & buy this compilation, let the internal fire burn on.
This mixtape was made by Rebel Up SebCat for Celeste Mariposa‘s radio show Radio Balanço in Lisboa (Vodafone FM) during the April lockdown, as the Festa Afro Tuga party on 10 April in Recyclart got cancelled due to the obvious. The mix is mostly filled with music from the past & present of the Afro Portuguese PALOP scene but not exclusively, with tunes from other African countries and the wider African diaspora included as well, from semba to afrohouse, kuduro, funana and more. Tracklisting can be found in the mixtape comments.
The image used is of the Hand of Timba monument at the Pidjiguiti docks in Porto de Bissau, Guiné-Bissau. The Pidjiguiti massacre was a dock worker strike that took place on 3 August 1959 in which the Portuguese colonial authorities killed about 50 people and put the blame on revolutionary party PAIGC (Partido Africano para a Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde). 3 August is now a public day of remembrance in Guinea-Bissau. Near the docks, a large black fist known as the Hand of Timba was erected as a memorial to those killed.
The current political situation in Guiné-Bissau far from good, with President Umaro Sissoco Embalo having taken power via a military coup earlier this year just before the COVID-19 crisis. Soldiers loyal to Embalo took control of national radio and public television buildings, and several public buildings including the government palace and the Palace of Justice to impose their power and ushering a new era of censorship and political oppression.
This afternoon/evening global sounds on the airwaves > 17H CET Rebel Up Festa Afro Tuga mixtape @ ROOT Radio Istanbul, followed at 18-20H by Giraffes & Penguins radio on 48FM – 100.1 Liege with mixtapes by Rebel Up & Didi of Tropical DJipsies, tune in via > https://rootradio.live https://player.48fm.com
Hello all, Are you doing well, moving enough and catching some sun?
Saturday 23.05 > Rebel Up Global Sessions livestream Day #6 already! with DJ;’s Motacilla (Bxl), Mushug of Octa Push (Lisboa) and Giraffes & Penguins special with Ani of Tropical DJipsies and Le Grand Mechant Loop! From 20 til a bit after midnight.
we hope you are doing fine and taking care of yourself and your loved ones.
Rebel Up has been staying active on the radio, livestream and mixtape front! Quite some action going on, follow our Mixcloud or FB page to see all.
Every week tuesday we do a quarantine mixtape for BRUZZ radio instead of our live radio show. here is yesterday’s mixtape, tracklisting in comments.
Tonight (wedn 29/04) from 22h to 23h30 Rebel Up SebCat will be live on the stream for Kinky Star Café and their Kinky Karantaine livestream sessions via Twitch. see all info in FB event. Expect a session from tropical rock to noisy global sounds and beyond. Sounds from the global underground! Follow the Twitch livestream here.
and tomorrow (thursday 30/04) is our weekly Giraffes & Penguins quarantine session for 48FMRadio in Liege. Tune in live at brunch/lunch hour from 12h to 13h.
Hope you are enjoying the quarantine times, listening to music, reading books, binge watching movies/series. Here some music food for thought >
Rebel Up Nightshop episode #70 online now, as broadcasted via Radio Campus Bruxelles in FR + ENG. 4 songs of the day via France, (ZOH/astre via Zamzamrec), La Reunion (LiNDiGo), Algeria/Lyon (Nordine Staifi via Bongo Joe Records) and Palestine (Zenobia single via Crammed Discs). What more? A wide selection of 3 albums, 1 EP and 2 compilations of the month: from JOLA Hidden Gnawa Music in Brussels compilation on Muziekpublique label followed by the reissue compilation Cadence Revolution from the Disque Debs archives on Strut Records. New albums by Lisbon funana electropunk band Scúru Fitchádu on 1611743 Records DK label, space ethio electronic sounds by Ozferti & Ethiopian guest musicians on Brussels Humpty Dumpty Records, the debut album by British-Ghanaian trio Onipa on Strut Records and the debut EP by Moroccan-Brussels producer Cheb Runner on our own Rebel Up Records. Tune in here or download the podcast!