Fri 20 July > Rebel Up & Friends @ Archipel Bxl Le Bains, Bxl w/ special guest Aero Manyelo (SA)

This friday evening >
☀ Rebel Up & Friends • Archipel free open-air ☀

The second edition of Archipel sets a sunnier scene on a decidedly open-air theme. Archipel 2018 will be completely free, focussing fully on outdoor electronic and urban music to foster a friendly atmosphere for dance experiences. Setup at the heart of the Brussels Beach, by the Kanal-Centre Pompidou museum on the Quai des Péniches, the Archipel dance floor is a chill zone with bars against a tropical guinguette backdrop with bamboo sculptures by artist Georges Cuvillier.

Special guest AERO MANYELO (South Africa)

Aero Manyelo
Born in Zebediela, Limpopo in 1987, and growing up in the Johannesburg township of Ivory Park, Manyelo was influenced by his father’s love of jazz – and his music has a depth that distinguishes it from South Africa’s plethora of house music. Township Electro is how Manyelo describes his sound and sees him ready to take it to increasing numbers of fans around the globe and at home. Over the past decade, Manyelo’s career has been rapidly gaining momentum on the back of a string of releases on labels such as Out Here Records, Akwaaba Music, Get Physical Music and his own label Herbal 3 Records. His considerable remix skills have also been in demand (Amadou & Mariam’s “Ce N’est Pas Bon” and Jupiter & Okwess International’s “Margarita”), while his original tracks have been included in several high-profile international compilations, and has worked with many renowned artists.

Rebel Up SebCat & Leblanc
In the Brussels scene, Rebel Up has become a household name through their party nights of contemporary *global* music and electronic ethnic sounds. Expect a raw set of the freshest global sounds.

Rafael Aragon
Part of Brussels Global Hybrid Records collective, the music of Rafael Aragon is clearly cut for the dance floor, with a touch of magic inspired by shamanic rites and Afro-Latin, Oriental folk traditions, mystic chimes, tribal drums and voodoo manners Expect hypnotic basslines and electronic batucadas. He is a versatile producer and remixer and has released on international underground labels such as Caballito, Folcore, Babylon Records, Kybele, Regional and Curuba.

Le Grand Méchant Loop
The originator of one of Bxl hottest monthly global parties Giraffes & Penguins. Le Grand Méchant Loop is a world beats DJ and percussionist. He will take us on a surprising journey, spiced up with live percussion, where the genuine sounds of kologo, zurna, ferrinho and gwoka blend to create the kind of groove that can only be explained on a dancefloor!

FB event
18h to midnight.

monday 23 Feb > Konono No1 @ OCCII, A’dam!!!! Rebel Up! support + djs Andy Moor + De Boer (The Ex)

10917902_777020035726766_928199350102673820_nDIY upcycled street orchestra from Kinshasa, Congo | Congotronics | “thumb piano”

This monday 23 Feb in OCCII, Amsterdammie!!!!!!!!!!

Konono N°1’s “Congotronics” album introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo. World music, electronica and avant-rock aficionados have all been equally amazed by this otherworldly music, which has driven the international press to come up with some surprising comparisons (from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno!…).
The band was founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called “sanza” or “thumb piano”, consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band’s line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There’s also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.

here a link to a 50 year old Konono no1 recording!!!! (uploaded by producer Vincent Kenis)

support by Rebel Up dj’s + dj Andy Moor & De Boer (The Ex)


more info on OCCII site
FB Event here

Sun 8 Feb > Konono No1 & Rebel Up! SebCat @ Neue Heimat, Fhain Berlin

Great concert of Konono No1, organised by our friends of Planet Rock and we are honoured to have one of our Rebel Up! dj’s doing the warming up & afterparty.

The members of Konono n°1 come from an area which sits right across the border between Congo and Angola. Founded over 40 years ago in Kinshasa, their repertoire draws largely on Bazombo trance music, to which they’ve had to incorporate the originally-unwanted distortions of their sound system: an impressive array of home made (and home modified) instruments. Their music is as unique as their tools – the mighty noises and distortions produced by their unique setup has taken their take on traditional Bazombo trance music to outer space.

DJ of the night will be DJ SebCat (Rebel Up! Soundclash) from Brussels with a special Congolese selection!

FB event here

@ Neue Heimat
Doors: 20h
VVK: 15 Euro
AK: 18 Euro

Fri 5 Apr; Rebel Up! & Gonzo (circus) magazine curate evening w/ Konono No.1 & more @ Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam


World Minimal Music Festival 3rd day promo mixtape by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud

Save the date!
This Friday 5 april, Rebel Up! and dutch underground music magazine Gonzo (circus) host a special evening together during the World Minimal Music Festival at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, with a nicely filled lineup of these international live acts & dj’s > > >.

Konono No1 (RDC)
Rough sounds from the urban jungle that is Kinshasa, capital of Congo. Konono N°1 is a family band of tribal Zombo musicians and dancers, active since the 70’s and started by pater familias Mingiedi. Taken on their first dutch tour by our friends The Ex in 2003, which resulted in the live album ‘Lubuaku’ on Terp Records,  their famed ‘Congotronics‘ album on the Crammed label dropped on western audiences like a bomb with rough resonating, electrified thumpiano’s (likembes) and pulsating rhythms by percussive elements made out of scrap iron. Expect no ethnological museum session, but sweetly distorted jungletechno with minimalist transcedental melodies and tribal rhythms that will only make you move. It’s clear that Konono N°1 is a more than worthy headliner on this WMMF evening and they will make the Muziekgebouw. rumble as never before.

Frisk Frugt (DK)
is the experimental pop project by Danish wonder composer Anders Lauge Meldgaard, who after a long trip in Western African got taken by the virus of African melodies and rhythms. In his songs, he combines electronic sounds and samples with kalimba thumb piano, guitars, balafon, drums en saxophone and mashes it together with Danish folk influences, all sung in his Danish mother tongue. His album ‘Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite’ was one of the more special albums of 2012, so not to be missed. He will play as a duo, aided by a percussionist. Maximum Afro-pop music on WMMF? Let’s make it work! For those who need to be convinced, read this.

Awesome Tapes From Africa (US)
Our good friend Brian Shimkovitz has played at Rebel Up! before and we’re happy to have him on board again. Since he ever set foot in Africa  in 2006, he has been collecting thousands of music cassettes of rare and local African styles, from Algeria to Zimbabwe and putting them all online as download on his Awesome Tapes blog to share with the whole wide world. Now also a label, he focusses on re-releasing unknown African music for new audiences. Expect a swinging dj session of African cassettes with dance tunes of folk and pop that you probably have never heard before, the lo-fi hiss of the cassette never far away.

High Wolf (FR)
Not just your average drone-act. This Frenchman is inspired by free jazz and Indian and African sounds and is a true globetrotter who mixes musical influences of his many trips into a myriad of sound. Don’t be surprised if you hear an African guitar or a tabla drum sound through the mist of repetitive, hypnotic drones that will bring your mind into another world.

Rebel Up! dj’s
At various moments of the evening, we will play theme sets of varied worldwide selections of ethnographical minimalistic sounds at the beginning up to contemporary global dance sounds at the end of the night. Check our downloadable WMMF mixtape above for a good taste of what you might hear…..

Timetable > > > > >

18:30 – 19:15    Minimal Music Marathon with Rebel Up! dj’s
19:15 – 19:45    Paneldiscussion hosted by Jaïr Tchong w/ Konono No1 & others.
19:45 – 20:15    High Wolf
20:15 – 20:30   Rebel Up! dj’s
20:30 – +/-22:30   Frisk Frugt + Konono no. 1
+/- 22:30 – 23:45    Awesome Tapes From Africa
23:45 – 01:00    After dark DJ set Rebel Up!

All info > festival website

Good to know; if you are under 30 years old, the concerts of Konono No1 & Frisk Frugt in the big room will only cost 10 € instead of 24 €. The rest of the programme is free to enter for all and will take place in the main bar area.
FB event here or also see the Gonzo (circus) website.