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)
After last year’s fun, Rebel Up & Friends are coming back at Saintklet summer outdoor terrace on the Bxl canalside! with a great international lineup of special guests DJ Cami Layé Okún, Edna Martinez & Fresh Nunas, hosted by SebCat.
Cami Layé Okún (Havana, Cuba) Cuban DJ/selector who collects vinyl records from allover the world as a way of sharing stories through music with similar organic roots. Her sound spans from the tropical to the tribal; think African and Caribbean rhythms mixed with a Latin soul and sensibility, engaging audiences and dancefloors with Cuban disco, Afro-Caribbean rarities and tropical Amazonian funky grooves. Currently based in Havana, she is so far the only local DJ that produces and promotes events in a 100% vinyl format. Since 2020 Cami hosts her own monthly show ‘Insolar’ on London’s NTS Radio where she curated sunny music from different parts of the world. https://www.mixcloud.com/cami-lay%C3%A9-ok%C3%BAn/
Edna Martinez (Cartagena, Colombia / Berlin) DJ / curator, artist and radio host from the Colombian Caribbean based in Berlin, Germany. Her musical selection is linked to her artistic research in which she explores autobiographical migratory routes with the concept of resistance as its axis. Her sound involves Afro-Caribbean organic rhythms, jazz bases, tribal polyrhythm, Arabic folklore, and more. She is the woman behind projects such as “Latinarab” a trip from Jaffa to the Arab Caribbean, and “El Volcán El Orgullo de Berlin”, the only soundsystem picó party in Germany. She also moderates monthly radio shows on Radio Alhara (Palestine), Worldwide FM (London) and Boxout.fm (India). https://www.mixcloud.com/ednamartinezdj https://soundcloud.com/ednamartinezdj
+ afrogrooves by Fresh Nunas (Mozambique/Bxl) & eclectic global sounds by Rebel Up SebCat.
We again have some Rebel Up action this weekend in different parts of Brussels!
Saturday from 15-19H Rebel Up SebCat will drive around a soundsystem rickshaw at the Sound System Festival of Park Poetik between Parvis de St Gilles and Forest. Also catch the sound systems by Le Triporteur, Daddy K7, Juke-o-Cycle, the Single Platine by Funky Bompa, the cuistax by Dhazed Fyah and much more!
Who says August, says sunshine and outdoor DJs. and this saturday 24 degrees and sun is forecasted……
Let’s meet at See U for a partnership and a musical carte blanche by the Rebel Up + Giraffes & Penguins collectives. The opportunity for L’asbl Kwa! aka Jam in Jette to leave the commune of Jette, to make culture resonate in other communes of Brussels.
A special musical program with Bxl global DJ’s 🔥 We will dance between giraffes, penguins and camels 💥
Didi (Tropical DJipsies) Le Grand Méchant Loop (Giraffes & Penguins) Rebel Up SebCat Hishek Bishek duo Fresh Nunas (Mozambique / AM Roots) Rafael Aragon (Tropikal Masala / Love Foundation Brussels)