Mon 11 March > Rebel Up SebCat @ Kel Assouf concert, Het Depot, Leuven

Out of nostalgia and the loneliness of the desert, Brussels based band Kel Assouf builds music around the Touareg Tamashek culture and the fight against discrimination. Kel Assouf brings songs about life in exile and about freedom, peace and respect for all peoples in the world.

Key figure Aboubacar ‘Anana’ Harouna, a fledged tamasheq from Niger, speaks with his guitar, and uses it as a means to claim his rights without bloodshed. With one foot in the desert and the other in the urban jungle, Anana writes about events from the Sahara to here.

After their first album ‘Tin Hinane’ (which appeared on IglooMondo in 2010) and their second album ‘Tikounen’ (on Igloo/Zephyrus), Kel Assouf evolved into a new sound. Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef immersed the band in a surprisingly contemporary production and sound on ‘Black Tenere’, ust released on the international Glitterbeat label, which expresses a cry of impotence against violence, injustice and pollution in the world.

The result? Desert rock with stirring drums, mesmerizing guitar riffs and Tamasheg vocals. African rhythms, played by rock musicians, bring Kel Assouf to a dance floor, somewhere between London and Niamey.

https://kel-assouf.bandcamp.com/album/black-tenere

Warm-up + afterparty: Rebel Up SebCat

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Het Depot | Martelarenplein 12
20u | €12 – €15
Cultuurkaart KU Leuven: €10 – €12

Thu 14 Feb > Rebel Up SebCat & Drache Musicale dj support @ Glitterbeat presents: Kel Assouf album launch, Ancienne Belgique, Bxl

Hello all!

Big thanks to those who came out in full force to our Festa Afro Tuga night, what an amazing night it was!

This thursday, Rebel Up SebCat & Drache Musicale will spin warm up & afterparty tunes at the album launch of Brussels based tuareg rock band Kel Assouf in Ancienne Belgique. On friday 15 feb their album ‘Black Tenere’ will be released on the international label Glitterbeat, so this is the true avant premiere!

About that: After their acclaimed album Tikounen, Kel Assouf return with an even more transformative collection: Black Tenere. Produced by the band’s keyboardist Sofyann Ben Youssef, the mastermind behind the highly touted AMMAR 808, the new album strips things back to a power trio lineup and focuses on the crackling, forward-looking energy of Nigerien front man Anana Ag Haroun’s next level Kel Tamashek (Tuareg) rock songs, aided by percussionist Olivier Penu.
Listen here to the opening tune or check out this live video from a few months ago.

Tickets: 15€ presale or at the door.

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@ Ancienne Belgique, AB Club
Anspachlaan 110
1000 Bxl


24-28 Oct > Rebel Up @ Womex expo fair/festival + dj sets, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (ES)

hola hola!

from tuesday 23 october til sunday 28 oct, Rebel Up will be present at the WOMEX world music expo fair & showcase festival. This year it will take place in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

See the full WOMEX programme here.

and here the Rebel Up release roster & artists 🙂
and Womex opening evening party on wed 24 oct!

Like every year on the wednesday night, with the Global Club Music Network we will to settle into WOMEX with new friends and old acquaintences and doing an official off-Womex party @ Shack bar. We will have the cream of Las Palmas’ DJ scene going B2B with members of the Global Club Music Network.

with DJ’s:
Sergio Miró (ES)
Oswaldo Hernández (ES)
Woodhands PubPelukas (ES)
Kosta Kostov (BG/DE)
Darius Darek (PL/DE)
Eli Levinson (CA)
Continental Drifts (UK)
D.WattsRiot (BB/ES
Rebel Up SebCat (BE)
DJ Makala (EU/ES)
Manel Ruiz (ES)
Hostess: Miriam Leah Brenner (NL)

FREE IN
info > FB event here.

and on thursday evening 25 oct, Rebel Up SebCat, DJ Makala & Manel Ruiz will do a vinyl set at a restaurant in Las Palmas centre, next to the nighttime venue & twin stages. expect Rebel Up to spin between 18 and 20h.
Meet you there?

Wedn 1 Nov > Eclectric Roots night @ Au Quai, Bxl w/ Kel Assouf, Desir Fiorini, Esinam & Ibaaku, Angstromers and Rebel Up

This is the first evening curated by Brussels organisation/agency Enthusiast Music. A blend of incredible bands nourished by diverse visions of the world. Authenticity, complexity, groove, love. Fighting through music and culture against any kind of border.
PART ONE, AN EXTREME DIALOG

DESIR FIORINI (HA/IT)
What if Viennese composer Franz Schubert would have travelled to Haiti and met the spirits of vodou in Carrefour la Mort ? What if we would travel back to an imaginary mixed XIXth Century ?
With their hyper-classical formula of a piano and a voice, Belgian piano player Fabian Fiorini and Haitian singer Renette Désir summon the spirit of German romantic composers together with vodou trance. They pay a twofold tribute to contemporary Haitian poetry and to the language of the Haitian of the street: Creole. At this concert Fiorini will perform on a Fender Rhodes. Exclusive!

KEL ASSOUF (NG/TN/Bxl)
Kel Assouf means both “nostalgia” and “son of eternity” in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads. Kel Assouf currently work on a new album to be released in 2018 with an unconventional trio formula. Drummer Olivier Penu and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef support singer and guitar player Anana Harouna. They add a layer of freedom and contrasts to the heavy rock sound typical of their last album Tikounen. Spirit of Woodstock in the desert ?

PART TWO, A JOURNEY INTO ECLECTRIC ROOTS

ESINAM – IBAAKU (GH/SN)– RELEASE!
Multi-instrumentalist Esinam recalls the spirit of her Ghanaian roots in a ballet of instruments slightly sustained by almost invisible loop machines. Born in Brussels, she finds inspiration in her journeys all over the world and encounters with different cultures. In her solo set, she uses electronic machines and turns into a « one-woman band ». She composes, plays and performs her own contemporary music with flute, percussions, vocals as well as traditional and modern instruments. She invites Ibaaku, the Senegalese free-spirit and eccentric code-breaker at the vanguard of African avant-garde. Ibaaku assimilates multiple genres for digital deconstruction and reconstitution as soundtracks for wildly inventive visual narratives full of buzzing cosmic mysticism. first live performance of Esinam’s new single, produced by Ibaaku! And more!

THE ANGSTROMERS (Bxl)
The first release of Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers combines a new dub sensitivity with a Haitian rhythm science. It is a new collaboration between the traditional Haitian vodou band, Chouk Bwa, and the abstract sound engineering of the Ångstromers. The result is a very distinctive blend: a kind of future-leaning Vodou dub.
The Ångstromers will perform some live mix of recordings captured in Haiti in April 2017 with a specific approach they call “Future Chouk”.  their 7inch “Electric Mambo” will be available!

PART THREE, THE NIGHT BELONGS TO REBEL UP SebCat!
global beats into the beyond.

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 5€ < 22h30 > 8€ > CASH ONLY!
doors 20h
@ Au Quai
Quai du Hainaut 23
metro Comte de Flandre
tram 51 porte de Flandre