Out now: electronic jazz remix Rafael Aragon of Mamari

Brussels based global electronic producer Rafael Aragon made an amazing remix of ‘Mamari’, the single & title song of German jazz groove band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble.

This remix takes the listener on a dreamy journey. Starting with birds in nature, passing by dubby pianos and beautiful synth melodies, the heavy groove inevitably hushes you into trance. The remix album will be released at the end of June.

Buy the single here, or streaming on all digital platforms.

‘Making of Mamari’ mini documentary for upcoming 2LP album

Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble is very happy to show you the ‘Making of Mamari‘. German videomaker Denis Eickmeier followed them into the recording studio and produced this little video, which really captures the vibe of the recording time and gives some insights in how the album and the Muito Kaballa project evolved. Love goes out to Ingo Hermes for the beautiful cover art and layout!

1st single ‘Mamari’ is out now and available on most platforms (check our bandcamp), 2nd single ‘Curupira’ releases on 24.04 and the 2LP album will launch on 29.05 on Rebel Up Records, as well as followed by an electronic remixes by Euro & Afro producers in the early summer.

Thu 11.02 > 15-19h > Rebel Up 4hour mixtape @ We Are Various Radio for Week van de Belgische Muziek / Belgian Music Week

It’s Belgian Music Week! Sebcat made a 4 hour Rebel Up mixtape for We Are Various radio which will be streamed live today (thursday) from 15-19H via their website.

A wide selection of alternative, underground, experimental and global diaspora music from Belgium. www.wearevarious.com

with tracks by schroothoop, Babylon Trio, Memo Pimiento Electric Orchestra, Marockin’ Brass, MetX Movingmusic, Kaito Winse, Nikanor, Susobrino, Cheb Runner شاب رانر , Weird Dust, Bear Bones, Lay Low, Orphan Fairytale, Alex Deforce, Lexi Disques, Crammed Discs, STROOM, Compro Oro music, ESINAM, Black Flower, Sdban Records, WERF Records, Dijf Sanders, Muziekpublique, Las Lloronas, Badi, Le Motel, Chouk Bwa & The Ångströmers, Kel Assouf, Echoes of Zoo, Stakattak, PEGA, De Beren Gieren, Boot Tenace, Stadskanker, Phoenician Drive, KRAAK, Vica Pacheco, Ben Bertrand, Zephyrus Records, Kosmo Sound, Proyecto Secreto, Max le Daron, Lowup, Afrikän Protoköl, Planet Ilunga, Radio Hito, Wixel, Tsoukina and much more!

Music in corona quarantine times: new Rebel Up Nightshop radio show online #70

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!

Wedn 11.03: new on Rebel Up Records Cheb Runner – Tagnawit EP + release show @ Botanique w/ Cheb Runner & Ozferti live band

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
, (salle Rotonde)

Sat 7 March: Kali’s Time (Intersections) @ VK Vaartkapoen, Bxl

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 Meditative Makeup, 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!

FB event / VK website for presale tickets!

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

Saturday 29.02: Rebel Up Records & distro @ label record fair at KRAAK festival in Beursschouwburg + Rebel Up & Friends (SebCat’s birthday party) @ Le Reservoir bar, Les Marolles Bxl

Hello!
It’s the yearly KRAAK festival again in Beursschouwburg and as always also a label record fair on saturday afternoon.

Rebel Up Records & distro will be sitting upstairs in the Silver Room (top floor) together with other good labels from 14h til 19h. Come and check!

All info on the festival and timetable > FB event / website.

Le Reservoir present Rebel Up & Friends:
SebCat’s Bday edition + friends!

Another year wiser, experienced and lost.
From the start of the night we’ll have a cold buffet of finger food, tapas and snacks

Bxl dj friends marathon with sets by >
Rebel Up SebCat bday boy
Didi of Tropical DJipsies
Dama Incognita
Beat Brother
Drache Musicale

more TBC

Sounds from the global underground > from earth riddims to pyschedelic grooves, global beats, cumbia, afrobass, electronic arabic and much deeper.

FB event
20:00 – 02am
FREE IN!