Ghana artist Ayuune Sule has his new album out since last friday. The Frafra title ‘Putoo Katare Yire’ translates as ‘Wickedness has no home’ and is released in a 3 label collaboration by Rebel Up, Makkum Records and Red Wig.
Pure kologo soul and Frafra afropop power from Northern Ghana, recorded at Francis Ayamga’s Top Link Studio, featuring guest vocals by Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah (African Head Charge), Prince Buju, Florence Adone, Fausty Amoa Mabile, Kwame Sko and DK. It’s a catchy and energetic album about education, good advice, spirituality and against evil doing.
You can now order the album digitally, on vinyl or CD via our Bandcamp.
Also available on all streaming platforms and our Soundcloud.
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.
We hope you doing fine during this ‘deconfinement’ stage, slowly getting back to normal life. Artists worldwide are still in serious limbo, with no concerts, parties and festivals happening this summer up to september, meaning many of them will continue to have no income from their art for the next few months.
Today Bandcamp again waives their commission fee in support of artists and label, which they will do every 1st friday of the month during this crisis and the summer.
If you would like to support our label and artists, please see our catalogue. We have lowered prices on many digital and physical items, check it out!
We have a new Rebel Up Nightshop radio show online for this month of May as broadcasted via Radio Campus Bruxelles. Home recorded with 10 albums & EP’s of the month. Starting with a new single by Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek and followed by an album of Kurdish folk musician Brader Musiki on Terp Records (The Ex label). We travel to Ghana with the funeral songs album Fra Fra on Glitterbeat and highlife/afrobeat group Santrofi on Out Here Records. The amazing Afro-Colombian pacific coast compilation ‘Guasá, Cununo y Marimba’ is filled with polyphonic and percussive songs from 70’s/80’s on Vampisoul & Palenque Records. Up to Haïti for Chouk Bwa & The Angstromers with vodou and analog bass in an electrifying sound on Bongo Joe Records. Down to the Venezuelan coast for producer Caribombo where afro latin electronics meet Africa on Galletas Calientes label. Savage Project duo from Malaga, Spain mix Andalucian, flamenco, cumbia and northern african influences into electronic sound and Moroccan producer Guedra Guedra from Casablanca blends traditional berber folk music in a bass sound on On The Corner label. Italian producer A-Tweed connects celtic & african sounds on Afrobotic Musicology label and we end with a new single by Swiss trio AMAMI. Listen here below >>>
On Monday 10 May Rebel Up SebCat made a video livestream set of 1 hour for Belgian collective Vol Tapijt (Full Carpet) as part of their A La Carte livestream sessions this whole week. Watch & listen to the full video livestream here
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!
Rebel UpandHAPE Collective join forces to organise a night of fresh afrobeats & tropical dancefloor madness, with a heavy international cast, presenting two new albums! A Belgian première, don’t miss it!
FOKN BOIS (GH – live) The Ghanaian duo FOKN Bois is made up of singer/songwriter and producer M3NSA & pidgin rapper Wanlov the Kubolor who have been building a solid reputation as progressive and controversial musicians over the last 8 years. Celebrated for their entertaining performances, they throw sarcastic albeit funny shock lyrics that deal with social-political issues over a unique blend of hip hop, afro beats and Ghanaian hip life and azonto. They’re touring Europe to present their recent 5th (!) album, “Afrobeats LOL”, backed by the Hungarian producer/dj András Weil, and are most happy to put the Brussels crowd on fire! First show in Belgium! https://foknbois.bandcamp.com/album/afrobeats-lol https://youtu.be/zsmM4PXMANk
Nickodemus (US) & DJ BUOSIS (IT) presenting the album “Pulo NDJ – Desert to Douala” (Wonderwheel Recordings) Nickodemus can be easily called one of the ‘world beat’ pioneers, ever since he started organising the “Turntables on the Hudson” parties in New York in the late 90s. Early 2000 he started producing and set up his own label, Wonderwheel Recordings, to release his music and that of like minded producers (Zeb, The Spy from Cairo…), mixing hip hop, funk and house with African, Latin, Brasilian, Arab and Balkan flavours. By signing a new wave of global artists like Chancha Via Circuito, Populous, Thornato, Tremor and Alsarah & The Nubatones, his label stays on top of the international scene. Invited by the international Hape Collective, he went to Chad to work on a new album with local talented musicians, which resulted in the ecletic-versatile album “Pulo NDJ – Desert to Douala”, a fusion of afrobeat, hip hop, electro and traditional rhythms and instruments, to be released March 29 on Wonderwheel. In avant-première, he’ll present the album (and much more) together with DJ Buosis from Hape! https://wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/desert-to-douala https://soundcloud.com/nickodemusnyc
REBEL UP! (Bxl – everywhere) SebCat & LeBlanc have been active for more than 10 years now, spreading their love for new and less known dance music from all corners of the world, whether it be more traditional folk, global urban club music or fusion experiments in between. They host radio programs on Radio Campus, Bruzz, Kiosk Radio and The Word Radio, organise parties and concerts in different venues in Brussels and deejay all over Belgium and abroad. With an eponymous new record label, the mission to promote new world music and adventurous artists, still continues…
HAPE Collective (Havana – Chad – Brussels – the world) Born in Havana, Cuba, in 2016, HAPE is a collective of djs and musicians spread around Latin America, Africa and Europe. Lead by an unquenchable thirst for modernizing roots, HAPE has established itself as a major catalyst for Cuban underground musical talents (Yasek Manzano, Dj Jigüe and El Menor, Yissy & Bandancha, El Individuo, Eric Cimafunk, Niño Fony…) while multiplying its collaborations with artists from Chad, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, United States, Belgium, Mexico, Italy and the UK. https://hapecollective.org https://soundcloud.com/hapecollective
TIMETABLE: 23-00h: SebCat & LeBlanc – dj 00-01h: FOKN Bois – live 01-03h: Nickodemus solo dj set + B2B dj Buosis 03-04h30: Sebcat & LeBlanc – dj
Entrance 8€ (CASH ONLY) /// Doors 23h (come early!) Au Quai Quai du Hainaut 23 Molenbeek Bxl Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort
This weekend in Nijmegen (NL) the Music Meeting festival, a festival for contemporary global music, in electronic and folk sounds! Rebel Up playing various dj sets over 3 days.
And what a lineup!!! >
Saturday 3 june Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Kondi Band – Love & Revenge – Ibaaku – Maarja Nuut & Hendrik Kaljujärv – Mandala Tribe – Praed – Baobab Utd. – Rebel Up!
Sunday 4 june Brian Blade ‘Mama Rosa’ – Totó la Momposina y Sus Tambores – Bitori featuring Chando Graciosa – Satanique Samba Trio – Ben Williams & Sound Effect – Africa Negra – African Salsa Orchestra – Pantra Sein Hla Myaing – Amariszi XL, Rebel Up!
Monday 5 june BCUC invite Shabaka Hutchings – Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express – New York Gypsy All Stars – Banda Magda – Girma Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé – – Los Piranas – Derek Gripper – ArtEZ Big Collective – Bram Stadhouders & The Big Barrel Organ – Paolo Angeli, DJ Safri & Bertu & Socrates, DJ Pralem, Rebel Up!