This weekend action with some gigs! On Friday night, SebCat will spin jazz, funky & global beat tunes at Sounds Jazz Club in Ixelles after the jazz concert of Jean Alleman from 23H onwards. Info here or here.
On saturday, a real special African party night: Afro Disco #2, organised by Fresh Nunas.
It promises to be an amazing night of Brussels, African & Congolese sounds from rumba, afrofunk to afrohouse, amapiano and beyond. On the programme a live set by Aziza and Badi, dj sets by Spilulu (special guest from Lumumbashi, Congo!), Fresh Nunas, Baba O Bab, RaqL, Tropical DJipsies and Rebel Up SebCat.
It’s at a secret location, a nice space on the southside not too far from Gare du Midi. Limited space for 200 or so people, so it will be a cosy party affair.
Buy your tickets here via Eventbrite! 10€ doors 20h, concert 23h, party until 4am
Listen festival is finally on again this week for 1st time since 2019! Such an amazing programme, 5 nights of music allover Brussels!
On saturday 02.04 Rebel Up & Crammed Discs team up with the VK Vaartkapoen venue with an amazing diverse lineup. Schroothoop trio from Brussels on their instruments made from recycled trash, Palestinian duo Zenobia and their electro-dabke sound and DJ set by Acid Arab, plus Rebel Up & Rrita Jashari on the dj decks for more dancefloor fun.
More than 80% of the tickets are gone, so better hurry up. Get tickets here.
Lineup >>>> 22h00 Rrita Jashari 23h00 Schroothoop ‘Live’ 00h00 Rrita Jashari 00h30 Zenobia ‘Live’ 01h30 Acid Arab ‘Dj set’ 03h30 Rebel Up DJs 05h00 end
Rebel Up collective is back this week at Bonnefooi for a set that’ll get the week started properly ! Don’t miss out Fresh Nunas & Spilulu coming right from the Rebel Up family who are ready to set the stage on fire with live percussion !
Spilulu (DRC / Lumumbashi) Originally from Lubumbashi / Katanga Democratic Republic of Congo, Spilulu is famous for his afrohouse blends and more! https://soundcloud.com/spilulu
Fresh Nunas (MZ – Bxl) Mozambican DJ Fresh Nunas is a multimedia artist who started his pro dj cultural career in New York City. Fresh is a veteran DJ of afro sounds, always keeping them grounded in the continent, for club audiences across the globe. He will play his set together with Cuban percussionist Sandy Martin https://www.mixcloud.com/deadfresh
hosted by Rebel Up SebCat (Bxl) SebCat is a full time nexus, taking sounds from all corners and styles into his wildcat dj sets, performing at parties & festival on several continents. https://www.mixcloud.com/Rebel_Uppa
Full info > FB event @ Bonnefooi Steenstraat 8 Rue des Pierres Doors: 8PM DJ Set: 10PM Free entry
This tuesday evening Rebel Up & Les Ateliers Claus present: Etran de l’Aïr!
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the western named “desert blues” music. In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Aïr is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit since 1995. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.
Etran de L’Aïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. It’s electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: “We play our own folklore, not like the other artists in Agadez. Our music is based around traditional Takamba…and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré.” Etran de L’Aïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective.
Another Rebel Up & Friends session at Bonnefooi, all nighter on a wednesday night? Sure deal, as thurday is armistice day / wapenstilstand / jour d’armistice, so you have the day off!
Hosted by SebCat, with special guest Cami Layé Okún (Havana, Cuba) who is almost at the end of her European tour before she returns to Cuba. Check out her latest Insolar show on NTS radio. Here is SebCat’s latest Kiosk radio session from last week.
Vinyls & tunes from all swinging corners of the globe, from the tropics to the discotheques
Our latest Rebel Up Nightshop show for October is uploaded! +3 hours of new global albums & sounds. 3 songs of the day via India, La Reunion and Berlin. Our albums of the month take us to Egypt (Juju Sounds) via Zimbabwe mbira sounds (Awesome Tapes From Africa), Balimaya Project mandé trad funk from UK (Jazz ReFreshed), the tamashek rock by the band TisDass from Niger and Brussels experimental duo Trance Plantations (WERF). Upping the tempo with global groove beats by Stereo Utopia (Melting Records), psychedelic vallenato cumbia by Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna (Bongo Joe), warm south american electronics by Biomigrant, thumb piano electronics by blind Sierra Leone singer Sorie Kondi with his electronic Kondi Band (Strut) and uptempo afrotronics by ONIPA band. Dancehall bass producer The Bug launches a bass molotov cocktail with ‘Fire’ (Ninja tune) and closing off with spanish asturian bass by Llevólu’l Sumiciu (Samain Music).
In the evening, the closing festival night of Africa Is In The Future at Cinema Nova, about African Club Culture, with short movie screenings, panel talk, concert & afterparty.
at 20h Rebel Up SebCat & Guillaume Maupin will moderate a panel talk with visual artist, photographer and filmmaker 𝙈𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙢 𝙈𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙪 𝙈𝙪𝙙𝙞 𝙔𝙖𝙝𝙖𝙮𝙖 (Nigeria) the 𝙉𝙮𝙚𝙜𝙚 𝙉𝙮𝙚𝙜𝙚 label, festival & collective (Uganda) and journalist 𝙁𝙡𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙎𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨 (Ten Cities, Germany)