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.
Rebel Up Soundclash x Akuphone label night, with live sets by Amsterdam duo dahaW ⅃ꓘ and French duo Ko Shin Moon.
Imagine an outernational sound that defies borders, the meeting of ethnic folk music in underground spheres. Sound from the past brought alive into the present via the frequencies and vibrations of strings, percussion and analogue synths. The cultural counterculture against the right wing tendencies and normalities of today will not be silenced. We want you to be part of this, join our ritual as we dance the night away to beautiful songs and hidden gems from around the world.
Earlier in the day we will play a live session at Red Light Radio from 17-18h. stream us here > http://redlightradio.net
dahaW ⅃ꓘ (GR/SYR) *live*
Somewhere was the beginning/Somehow will be the end/Everything is chaos/All is ONE “KL wahad” (Oud/folk guitar). In their first ever concert, they will explore the possibilities of the endless improvisation between borders and freedom.
Paris duo Axel Moon and Niko Shin blur temporal and geographical boundaries. As Ko Shin Moon they mix acoustic instruments from different regions of the world though analogue machines, traditional instruments, electronic sampling and field recordings, taking the stage with a Saz and heaps of analogic synths. The first album of the band is a bodily trip through hybrid territories, fantasy soundscapes and colorful collages: from Oriental Europe to Northern Africa, Middle East or Southeast Asia and beyond. Reversing analogical listening in digital synthesis, as music for imaginary traveling in dancefloor trance. After numerous summer festivals allover Europe and Morocco, they have just returned from a residency in Caïro, Egypt and played at Trans Musicales Rennes Festival.
Genuine music lover and chronic collector, Cheb Gero has cleared up and digged into musical worlds ever since his teens. In 2015, He launched outernational label Akuphone in an “archiving” spirit, drawn by a desire to “explore the world through music”. Far from supporting a romantic or fetishist vision of extra-Western music, the label aims at linking these productions to their historical and political contexts, placing them back in the social and cultural conditions in which they emerged. He hosts the radio shows Decolonize Ur Mind and Radio Gero, as well as Parisian Northern African music nights such as Belleville Habibi. Check out his live cassette mix > https://akuphone.com/catalog/Z https://akuphone.bandcamp.com
hosts of the Rebel Up Soundclash parties in OCCII and of countless global sound events in Brussels, Belgium with contemporary *world / folk* music or in electronic ethnic sounds. Rebel Up is a full force: making remixes, drop mixtapes, hosting the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl and live sessions on Kiosk Radio. Earlier this year Rebel Up Records label has been kickstarted the with cutting edge releases from Ghana, Iraq, Mexico, Tunisia, Morocco & Bxl out now. Always on the search for new and old sounds from around the globe, their selections are colorful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Expect a true Rebel Up trip into global dancefloor depths.
Rebel Up is proud to present their 7th release > the album release party of Brussels/Moroccan gnawa jazz band Marockin’ Brass, who will present their new album ‘Beats & Pieces’ for the first time during an in-house concert at MetX in les Marolles! and what better > FREE IN!
Marockin’ Brass is the brainchild band of jazz composer/music maker Luc Mishalle, together with Brussels Moroccan musicians such as Maalem Driss Filali (guimbri, vocals), Abdessamad Semlali and Badr Derras, aided by percussionist Roel Poriau(Think of One / Antwerp Gyspy Ska Orchestra) and Tunisian electronic beatmaker Sofyann Ben Youssef (Kel Assouf, Ammar808). Also this big band is aided by Brussels multicultural musicians Esinam Dogbatse, Jean-Paul Estievenart, Veronique Delmelle, Pascal Rousseau, Jean Gnonlonfoun and a string of guest musicians.
Expect some steaming gnaoua or sweaty shaabi-funk accompanied by some redhot brass and free flowing jazz that will blow the sand out of your ears!
You can already listen to and pre-order the album via Bandcamp.
Global Street Sounds is a DIVERSE and FREE party on sunday 16 sept during the car free sunday. After the summer vacation, time to kick of the new season and stir up all the senses again with a unique mix of music, culinary excursions, animation and attractions..
Rebel Up helped curating the street programme, with DJ’s and live acts. From the afternoon onwards, in and around the entire Steenstraat, in and aside the AB, this time with the Main Hall occupied by Ifriqiyya Electrique, and Jupiter & Okwess.
In the street, the block party will be fired up with global beats from all corners by DJ’s of Drache Musicale, Ill Syll and Lowup.
in the street, outernational bands like Wahati Soul (in Mr Ego), Da Pemba (at Electrocution) and Stalin Black (Music Village) will play, and also Flemish-Moroccan culture venue Darna will have live Brussels gnawa band Black Koyo and Radio Martiko DJ’s playing during the day.
Timetable > > >
14:00 – 15:10 Steenstraat – DJ IllSyll
14:30 – 15:20 Darna – Gnawa Black Koyo
15:10 – 16:00 Main Hall – Ifriqiyya Electrique
16:00 – 16:50 The Music Village – Stalin Black
16:00 – 18:00 Steenstraat – Drache Musicale DJ’s
16:15 – 17:00 Darna – Radio Martiko DJ’s
16:45 – 17:30 Mr. Ego – Wahati Soul
17:30 – 18:10 Ketch’Up – Da Pemba
18:00 – 19:30 Main Hall – Jupiter & Okwess
19:30 – 22:30 Steenstraat – LowUp DJ’s
see you around! 🙂
all info > FB event / website NL / FR / ENG.
from 14h30 til midnight @ Ancienne Belgique, side of Steenstraat / Rue des Pierres
This Friday, Rebel Up! is hosting the afterparty for Festival Cinema Méditeranéen @ Botanique.
We invited some special guests for a true Mediterranean flavour.
Rebel Up! SebCat will be accompanied by Israelian dj/producer Gal Kadan, who is specialised in music from the Levant (Libanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Jordan) and also by Spanish Brussels DJ’s El Gato Callejero and I Am Sardina, who will spin Iberian sounds from rumba Catalana to flamenco & mestizo + live percussion.
Expect a wild mix with dance music from the Mediterranean and the Levant > Latino Euro-Arab-Andalus connection!
@ Botanique Witloof bar
From 23h till very late!
FREE IN! Info here
oh yeah, Friday the 13th!
Black cats and all… and a very good underground party @ Recyclart too!
Far from the current Ayatollah Oriental fashion, which flood us with Orientalist and post-colonial clichés, Arabstazy is the action that created its own movement. The collective was founded in 2013 by a handful of artists spread across Tunis, Paris and Berlin, they organize their independence by starting to organise their own parties and edit their tracks on their home label Shouka (*thorn* in Arabic). They establish unthinkable links between different pieces of the puzzle of the North African identity, moving smoothly to esoteric Sufi Stambeli possessions … Thus, in the hands of this young Franco-Tunisian collective the united spirit of North African trance is fully expressed. At their parties, eclectic artists such as SKNDR, Tropikal Camel, Wetrobots N3rdistan were all part of the amazing Project Chaos made in Tunis. True to their taste for dark superstitions, Friday the 13th they will tread the soil of BXL for the first time. They are missioned by their guru Mettani 滅, producer Deena Abdelwahed, female VJ Waf and shaman Tropikal Camel, who just released his 11th album on Shouka in K7 format.
A night for musical visionaries who want to explore Arabic electronic sounds, beyond Acid Arab.
Mettani滅 the guruof the Arabstazy collective. His liveperformancesare inspired byNorth Africanhealing rituals, andmake the link betweenmysticaland animistpossessiontrance.His soundis dark andorganic, mixing oddpolyrhythms with vibrantmelodies.Heinvites you toexplore theflip sideof your soul.Coming from thenoiserock scene, he uses hisvoice as raw material with which he sculpts his sound aided by various electronic andanalogueinstruments.
DeenaAbdelwahed Works hard toinject adose of innovationand experimentationinto electronic musicin Tunisia.Part of theTunisianalternative scene, she combinesurban rhythmsto her personal taste and brings highly energeticavant-garde musicthat is regarded asthe futureof Tunisianelectronic music. In 2014, shewas discoveredby thecollectiveArabstazy and ever since she has becomethe prophetess.
Born in Jerusalem and where he grew up, Roi Assayag has lived in Berlin since 2013. His new project is the musical exploration of his own Arab roots. From Kurdistan to Iraq, passing through Morocco, he takes us on the journey of conscience, through the limbo of his fragmented identity. Performer and MC extraordinary, his live sets are an experience that will leave you deeply transformed.
Wafa Benromdhan aka VJ WAF
Uses videos and photos to embody her thoughts, emotions and to translate questions. Driven by a desire to treat the idleness of sensible beings to create chronic heterotopias at her disposal, she gradually opens a creative future that puts the scenography at the center of her research. The visual soul of Arabstazy since its creation, she is also part of other projects such as Wafolyv and Planningtorock.
Rebel Up! DJ’s resident DJ’s of the Nightshop parties. Tonite they will explore the past & future of the Northern African & Arab world in full sound, warming up & closing down.
dear Brussels lovers of desert blues!
This saturday a nice double concert by Tuareg bands Terakaft & Mdou Moctar!
Molenbeek! A cultural and artistic melting pot, a young and dynamic neighborhood filled with action and movement. Café Quartier is a meeting place where a stage is presented to (young) talent, ideas and initiatives.
Café Quartier XXL is a new concept: an expansion of the profile of the VK. Its main idea is to offer a true cross-over, in music, on stage and in the crowd. The bands on the stage will provide a mix between underground and Maghrebi music and will offer an experience which represents the spirit of Molenbeek!
Hailing from Mali the Tuareg band Terakaft (meaning “The Caravan”) are regarded as the pioneers of desert rock. No other band from the desert is closer to Tinariwen than Terakaft.
‘Alone’ is the fifth album of Terakaft. Recorded partly at the famous Real World Studios, the album was produced by Justin Adams, the British musician/ producer who has delved deep into Tuareg music, and is known through his work with Robert Plant, Tinariwen and Juldeh Camara. In these troubled times, they have made an album together, that presents the deep Saharan rhythms as a vital contemporary heartbeat. Standing on the ruins of their people’s dreams they sing to their brothers and sisters about true friendship and tolerance. https://terakaft.bandpage.com/ https://www.facebook.com/terakaft
MDOU MOCTAR (NG)
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger.
In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane”, rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger and earlier this year his fictional biography movie “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai”, an amazing rockfilm in the Tamasheq language. http://sahelsounds.com/mdou-moctar/ https://www.facebook.com/mdoumoctarofficial
Rebel Up! DJ’s SebCat & LeBlanc will warm the café with traditional & modern sounds from the Sahel, Sahara, Maghreb and beyond, like a scorching hot sirocco wind.
@ VK Concerts
Schoolstraat 76 Rue de l’Ecole 1080 Molem Bxl