This thursday, a last minute Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII with a very special guest from Mali > > >
LUKA PRUDUCTIONS (Mali / Sahel Sounds)
Luka Guindo, rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist and one of the most sought after producers of contemporary Malian Hip Hop. Working from a small bedroom sized studio alongside a busy street in the Malian capital city, Luka has built a reputation as one of the most prodigious beatmakers. Working with artists such as Supreme talent show, Ami Yerewolo, Iba One, van baxy and Sidiki Diabaté, Luka productions officiel is a household name in Bamako’s Hip Hop scene. New age music from West Africa. Lush and hypnotic dreamscapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings, and soothing affirmations. Bamako based composer Luka Productions delves into avant-griot, transforming ancient music into the 21st century. The songs are meditative and sage, as voices guide the listener through ways of living, from the village life to the modern world. Inspired from early electronic music, library records, and new age, this is easily one of the most left field recordings to ever come out of Mali.
RebelUp SebCat says; “amazing subtle album of afro-electronic moods, between the city & the bush. Modern Malian music from the young generation like you never heard…”
Coming weekend, Rebel Up! back in Utrecht > 2 nights, on Friday at the Oproer Brewpub and Saturday at the Le Guess Who? festival in Rasa.
Friday 11 Nov @ Oproer Brewpub
Recently opened brew pub & restaurant and serving their own beers and delicious dishes. SebCat will be spinning all kinda global tunes from 21h til midnight. FB event
CAB-rondom 90A, 3534 BE Utrecht (very close to DB Studio)
Saturday 12 Nov @ Le Guess Who? festival
Rebel Up! crew will be spinning African & other global tunes before & after the live show of Ghanaian artist Guy One & The Polyversal Souls.
At Le Guess Who? 2016, The Polyversal Souls will perform alongside Kologo-wielding Frafra-bred soul-raconteur Guy One: a joyful exercise in psychedelic jazz, homegrown reggae and afrofunk. Backed by Berlin drummer Max Weissenfeldt who avidly mingles his chops with fellow travelers from Ghana as The Polyversal Souls.
See video here!
FB event + Rasa site.
Check the rest of the programme of the festival, here the acts which we can highly recommend > Les Filles de Illighadad, The Mandolin Sisters, The Ex Ethiopian festival, Zerfu Demissie, Fendika, DJ Nigga Fox, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express, Lonnie Holley, Lucrecia Dalt, Elza Soares, Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngona Ba, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, 75 Dollar Bill, Steve Gunn, Laraaji, Goat and The Dwarves of East Agouza. Quite some!
And oh, 12 +13 nov in Utrecht, there is also the biggest vinyl fair of Europe, in the Jaarbeurs.
This friday playing at Le Guess Who? festival in RASA world music venue, check their fingerlicking good lineup, just awesome and many of our friends playing too!
Ogoya Nengo will do one of her first performances outside of Kenya. Born in the 1930s in a small village at the shores of Lake Victoria, she soon joined the socially critical Dodo singers, a genre and community which is in danger of vanishing. Ogoya became the rave of her time, singing to great chiefs, warriors and even colonial officers and missionaries. Despite Ogoya being a legendary Kenyan folk artist with a career spanning over three decades little people outside Kenya have had the chance of ever hearing her and her ensemble.
Inspired by traditional Ethiopian songs, uKanDanZ is an explosive musical hybrid of styles which, as the name suggests, are made to dance to. With guitar, bass, drums and tenor sax they occupy a vibrant place somewhere between rock, improvised jazz, noise and Ethiogroove. Front and centre is charismatic vocalist Asnake Guebreyes from Addis Abeba, chanting Ethiopian soul melodies that transcends the highly energetic music to unheard places. They deliberately cross all traditional musical borders, creating something new and unique while at the same time staying true to the origins of the genres they magically melt into one.
as always our Rebel Up! sounds will be in African, Latino, Caribbean, Arabic and Asian global spheres, tripping around the world in unknown sounds to make you bounce.
doors 20:30 – Rebel Up! Soundclash dj’s
21.30-22.45 The Kenya Sessions with Sven Kacirek and Ogoya Nengo & Dodo Women Group
22:45–23:15 Rebel-up! Soundclash dj’s
23:15- 0:15 uKanDanz
0:15 – 2:00 (or 3:00) Rebel Up! Soundclash
A very very special Rebel Up! Soundclash night in OCCII on Sinterklaas evening 5 december.
Rebel Up! Soundclash & OCCII present: Sahel Sounds showcase, hosted by label boss Christopher Kirkley.
Is a more than special label of field and studio recordings of tradional and modern popular music straight from the African Sahel, headed by American musicologist Christoper Kirkley. It all started as a cultblog named *Music From Saharan Cell Phones* where local folk and pop music was collected on sim cards and USB sticks, which is the main source of hand-to-ear music distribution in the Sub Saharan region. Since then the Sahel Sounds project has unfolded as a label that has steadily been releasing unknown artistis and bands from the Sahel region with a website that goes far beyond any typical label with road trip stories, free musical uploads and background info. Christopher Kirkley will play a dj set with selections from his own label and other special finds. http://sahelsounds.com/ http://sahelsounds.bandcamp.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL4ul8At5VY
special live show by Mammane Sani (NG)
*his very first European tour*
Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all. Mammane first found the organ in 1974 as at the time he worked as a UN representative in Africa and bought it from a Rwandese colleague. Mammane’s composes in technique that can only be called minimal, relying on the simplicity and space. It is a remarkable manipulation of sound that uses the silence to invoke the emptiness – a metaphoric desert soundscape. Unsurprisingly, his source material is folkloric Nigerien music, and many of the compositions on this record are reproductions of ancient songs brought into the modern age. Interpreting this rich and varied history of Niger’s dance and song for the first time in contemporary musics, Mammane electrifies the nomadic drum of the tende, the polyphonic ballads of the Woddaabe, and the pastoral hymns of the Sahelian herders. Accompany this repertoire are a few compositions, such as Salamatu, the deeply personal love letter to an unrequited romance. His sound can very much be compared to the contemporary works of fellow African composers Francis Bebey and William Onyeabor, and on a western level Terry Riley and Kraftwerk are never far away.
His first and only album was recorded in 1978. Mammane stepped into the studio of the National Radio with his organ, where it was transposed and overdubbed in two takes. In coordination with the Minister of Culture, the album was released in a limited series of cassettes showcasing modern Niger music. The cassette project unfortunately did not progress as planned, and merely a handful were released. Today his cassettes are rare objects, highly sought by fine art connoisseurs and experimental music collectors in Niamey. http://sahelsounds.bandcamp.com/album/la-musique-electronique-du-niger
The Rebel Up! dj’s will be supporting this showcase with their own personal selections of Saharan, Sahel and other African sounds.
This first European tour by Mammane Sani has been made possible by the support of Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht.