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!
Cheb Runner – Tagnawit EP (RUP015) spiritual Gnawa meets Electronic music, limited vinyl edition! official release on 11 March digital & limited editon vinyl (black/colour)
The latest project by belgo-moroccan producer Reda Senhaji, alias Cheb Runner, focuses on breeding a new style of music between electronics and Gnawa. Taking inspiration from New Beat to Techno, Acid House and Gabber, the grooves are relentless, stiff and club oriented, relying heavily on analog synths and drum-machines. The sound is darker, more experimental and mature than his previous Gan Gah project.
In a world of dematerialized culture, we tend to forget where we come from: by putting Gnawa music at the center of his production, Cheb Runner creates a bridge with the past. The young producer is a son of Gnawa himself, this is the music he grew up with and played as a kid.
Cheb Runner digs into the acoustic sounds of his youth, for an organic feeling of warmth and celebration. The syncopation of the classic Gnawa percussions, known as the “Tagnawit”, its groove is undeniable. Featuring two traditional Gnawa singers based in Brussels, Mâalem Driss and Mâalem Hicham, the EP is a reunion for the belgian Gnawa scene, keeping the vibe alive.
Available as limited edition 12″ vinyl with hand silk screened cover > black or marbled red. Listen & (pre)order via Bandcamp.
Also on 11.03, double release concert at Botanique by Ozferti and Cheb Runner > an audiovisual evening fusing electronics, jazz and hiphop with African and North African influences
Ozferti & live band Ozferti is a character created by the French beatmaker / musician / illustrator Florian Doucet, is the embodiment of this universe. Call it Afrogrime, Ethiohop or Nubian bass, the Ozferti’s music is a rich melting pot of ethiopian/eritrean /nigerian vibes mixed with elements of electronica, jazz, hip hop and bass music. This is the debut of the Ozferti live band, one that will travel far and long!
Cheb Runner From Morocco to Iraq, he carries the fresh beats to quench your dancing thirst. Whether you need your fix of old 4 to the floor disco beat, or crave for some complex arabic polyrythms, Cheb Runner (known from his previous artist name Gan Gah) is your guide to this electronic oasis. Combining grooves from North Africa & the Middle east, moroccan wedding music, and the deepest Club Music, he will make you dance with his warmup set!
FB event tickets here 19:30-22:30 @ Botanique, (salleRotonde)
To celebrate the International Women’s Rights Day, Rrita Jashari (VK) and Diana Barreto (Tropical DJipsies) programme & curate a special ALL FEMALE night in VK Vaartkapoen.
20:00 – Doors open! come early and enjoy dinner and magic… African dinner by Cafe Congo, massages by the hands of Angélique , caravan MeditativeMakeup, Le Pornomatic!, creative photo activities by Oiseaux Sans Tête, documentaries by 40Braids,activist concer & stand by Collecti.e.f 8 maars …
21:30 – 22:00 TSouKina (live concert of Brussels female Gnawa group) 22:00 – 23:30 Tropical DJipsies (Giraffes & Penguins / Rebel Up / Festa Afro Tuga) 23:30 – 00:30 La Sirocco(Radio Panik) 00:30 – 02:30 M I M I ( Lait de Coco / The Word) b2b Rrita Jashari (54kolaktiv / Kiosk Radio / VK) 02:30 – 04:00 Nidia Minaj (PT / Príncipe Discos)
Incredible video mapping by Maria Ilia and live dancers on stage throughout the night!
This event is part of ‘Intersections’, presented by Psst Mlle in various venues allover Brussels on 7 + 8 March. Intersections, as in the circuit between six venues. Intersections, as in the intersectionality feminism needs so bad. Intersections, as in the mix between music genres. Intersections, as in the connection between female programmers.
from 20h til 4am @ VK Vaartkapoen Rue de Manchester 13-15 Molenbeek
and on Saturday, our Giraffes & Penguins Arab Bass party @ VK!
with Ammar 808 (live set) and Ghoula (TN). + DJ’s Rebel Up SebCat, Le Grand Mechant Loop, Tropical DJipsies and opening live set by Tsoukina (female gnawa from Bxl!).
We’ll dive together into the infinite richness of arab music and its evolution from traditional forms to contemporary and wild electronic sounds.
Our special guests:
AMMAR 808 is the electronic alter-ego of the Brussels based producer Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, Kel Assouf). With songs from the Targ, Gnawa,and Raï histories and a TR-808 kicks alongside a distorted guimbri, gasba flutes and zokra bagpipes. His debut album ‘Maghreb United’ on Glitterbeat was a top10 album that changed the perception of contemporary Maghreb music. At the moment he is working on his second album, so expect a lot of new sounds! LISTEN HERE
Ghoula is a
tunisian self-made musician and producer. As a producer and
multi-instrumentalist, Ghoula creates genre-defying sets through both
acoustics and samples. His debut album ‘Hlib el Ghoula’ was released on Shouka label and is now preparing his second album. LISTEN HERE
and arabic dance and bass sounds by Rebel Up SebCat, Le Grand Mechant Loop and the Tropical DJipsies. Warmup acoustic gnawa set by Tsoukina.
Listen here to Rebel Up SebCat’s arabic session at Kiosk Radio last week.
This friday, Rebel Up & Friends evening at Cafe Maison du Peuple in St Gilles.
with special guests: Tropical DJipsies. They united their feminine forces just before the International Women’s Rights Day. This mysterious female quartet has members from various countries and are part of the Brussels global underground attached to local crews like Giraffes & Penguins, Rebel Up and MEDEX. Global dancefloor sounds from all corners of the world, from feminist to activist songs and just pure global beat bangers, attached to their own southern roots and backgrounds as well as sounds from other continents.
FB event FREE IN 22h – 3h Cafe Maison du Peuple Parvis de St Gilles / Voorplein