Here is our latest Rebel Up Nightshop episode for April via Radio Campus Bruxelles & Rhythm Passport.
Lots of new sounds and albums of the month by Joãozinho Morgado (Turma da Bênção), Roforofo Jazz, Abelardo Carbono & Meridian Brothers, CHEB, Omar Sosa, Stella Chiweshe, Ayuune Sule, Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble, Electric Jalaba, DJ Click & Hamadcha de Fes, Habibi Funk, Praktika, DJ Black Low and more! Tune in below >>>
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, (salleRotonde)
A weird-looking caravan is progressing slowly through the desert. The Bedu-Penguins are approaching, followed by dozens of robot giraffes carrying their massive soundsystem. They travel from town to town to spread traditional and futuristic arabic sounds, night after night after night… Soon they will reach their next destination – a wild oasis called Au Quai.
Is it a mirage? Come check it out!
〰🔅〰 GAN GAH (MA/BE)〰🔅〰
Producer/DJ Gan Gah is set to cause a storm on the music scene
with his melting pot fusion of Electronic music and North-African vibes accompanied by rhythmic beats. Gan Gah edges more into Gnawa and Berbers territory with his music like you’ve never heard before, hypnotising his audiences with dancing spells and creating a movement that no other producer has yet to make. The Moroccan born producer is bringing his childhood Agadir roots into Brussels with his memorable sets, effortlessly gathering unity and culture together through his music. In 2015 he released an album dubbed ‘Souktronics.’ The following year was a big one for Gan Gah as he dropped two albums, ‘Moroccan Affair Remixed’ Featuring Jabo, and ‘Chaâbitronics.’ Gan Gah has performed at Dour festival, Sfinks Mixed Festival and the infamous ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). Whether it’s with his production skills or DJing, Gan Gah pushes sonic boundaries and envelopes listeners into his universe.
〰🔅〰 Rebel Up SebCat & Duckfood 〰🔅〰
In the Brussels global scene, Rebel Up has become a household name through their party nights of contemporary *world* music and electronic ethnic sounds in Recyclart, Bonnefooi, Brass, Beursschouwburg and other Bxl venues. Rebel Up SebCat & Duckfood selections are colorful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Expect a true Rebel Up trip into global dancefloor depths!
〰🔅〰 Maria Ilia 〰🔅〰
Maria is a Brussels-based freelance architect and visual artist. Her experience in architecture came together with her passion for visuals to develop sophisticated and colorful video mapping on handmade structures for events and festivals. Tonight the visual vibe will be set in Bxl Arabic moods, to surprise the senses. https://www.maria-ilia.com/videomapping
all info & RVSP > FB event Entrance 5€ (CASH ONLY) /// Doors 22h – 4h
@ Au Quai
Quai du Hainaut / Henegouwenkaai 23 Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort
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.
another special Rebel Up! Soundclash night at Bonnefooi and this time we go to the eastern mediterranean for some arabic spheres!
with special guest Tropikal Camel (ISR / Berlin)
Hailing from Jerusalem, currently living in Berlin, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Morocco, Austria, Iraq and Kurdistan and growing up with hearing hebrew, arabic, french and german around him, Roi ‘Rocky’ Asayag is a true mix of Jewish and Arab bloodlines. His Tropikal Camel project is a musical mirror of a seminal journey into his Arabic roots. Soul-searching through his intricate identity, he takes us from Kurdistan and Iraq to Morocco. This is how Tropikal Camel is born; an Arab Jew chasing the lost connection to his Arab culture. Dressed in a Moroccon Kaftan cloak, he becomes a witch doctor, a master of ceremony of a musical journey that tries to raise questions and purify the spirit. His vibrant sound is a maze of dense arabic spheres from the past and present, heavy dancehall bass and tropical electro. https://soundcloud.com/rocky-b http://www.rockybb.org/ https://www.mixcloud.com/2403832/
His new single at Shouka records from Tunis: https://soundcloud.com/ssshouka/sets/tropikal-camel-black-panther
some action vids >
Hosted by your local Rebel Up! dj residents SebCat & LeBlanc As always expect a diverse and eclectic mix of tunes from around the world and afro-latin-arab communities. Global bass, digital folk pop, any good beats from the global south, rooted in local traditions… Select global, play local!
enjoying the summer so far? only will get better, like this friday…
This Friday a very special Rebel Up! concept party night @ Recyclart with popular dance music (chaabi) from Morocco, Egypt, Syria and beyond, with 2 Moroccan live bands and dj’s that play the latest ‘shabby’ beats from the casbah. As it is also Ramadan, we’ll serve sweet mint tea too! And yeah, we can tell you that this will be the wildest party of the summer 🙂
We’ll start dj-ing outside on the square at 22:00 for 1 hour, then at 23:00 the music and concerts will be inside the venue, just 5€ euro’s in.
here’s the roll down of the times & artists >
*OUTSIDE* 22:00 > 23:00 REBEL UP! dj’s (BE)
A musical tour from the Riff mountains to the hanging gardens of Babylon. A mix of Arab dance music styles like chaabi, chaoui, charki, reggada, kabyle, dabke, choubi…
*INSIDE* 23:00 > 00:00 REBEL UP! dj’s (BE)
2nd part of their set.
00:00 > 01:00 HAKIM BOUANANI TRIO (MA/BE – live)
Hakim is a Moroccan violin player, composer and arranger who worked with the Antwerp band Think Of One for their album Camping Chaabi, an exploration of Moroccan popular dance music, chaabi. Hakim will play different Moroccan styles in trio (violin, synth, voice).
01:00 > 02:30 ORCHESTRE ROUANY (MA/FR – live)
This French-Moroccan five piece band around singer/violin player Younes Rouany is a hard hitting chaabi dance machine. Their sound is based on oriental synths, darbouka, bendir, violin and electronic drums.
02:30 > 04:00 CAIRO LIBERATION FRONT (NL)
This Dutch dj duo has brought ‘electro chaabi’, the new electronic dance music from the Cairo hoods, to Europe and the rest of the world. It’s tough bass music from the rougher neighbourhoods, made by young producers on computers and based on auto-tuned vocals and frenetic oriental rhythms drenched in dancehall and rave sounds. You will sweat, as if you were on an alcohol free wedding party, high on sugar, hash and loud music!
04:00 > 05:00 REBEL UP! dj’s (BE)
Arabic roughness to end the night with….