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Rebel Up! SebCat @ Groenevalleifeest, Gent (free in!)


Saturday in Gent > free festival all afternoon & evening in Groenevalleipark (near Brugse Poort) with Radio Martiko dj’s.

Around 20h, Rebel Up! SebCat will play a special Peruvian dj set with original 45’s & LP’s, from huayno folk to guaracha, boogaloo, festejo, cumbia and chicha! All sounds 100% Peruvian 🙂

Free in,
see FB event here.

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Fri 11 Dec > Rebel Up! @ Le Grand Bal Salé *Andalucia* fiesta, La Tricoterie, Bxl



This friday, a special Le Grand Bal Salé night > in Spanish fiesta style; *Andalucia!*

With 2 live bands; Juanito MakandĂ© & El Canijo de Jerez present “Canciones Desnudas

Juanito Makandé > 19h45
One of the hottest Spanish singers and most important flamenco underground performer. An excellent singer, guitarist and cajon player that finds his inspiration in youth, life, love and flamenco, playing Andalusian funk that manages to convey his rebellion in each song. His hit song “Niña voladora” has reached 1 million YouTube hits in few months.

El Canijo de Jerez > 20h30
A charismatic, cheerful, easygoing and multifaceted artist, El Canijo is one of the leaders of the Spanish music in what refers to the fusion of flamenco and rock. Former member of the famous band “Los Delinqüentes”, after 12 years he made a step forward and released his own album (La Lengua Chivata 2014) on which he plays his Andalusian rock with touch of pop, reggae, tanguillos, ballads. A real street storyteller “garrapatero” with hot blood in his veins.

Followed by the afterparty in 2 rooms with DJs & more bands!!!

Rebel Up! SebCat vs El Gato Callejero (BE/ES) âžł Psyche Rumba Flamenca Mestiza cat clash
playing 2 dj sets > from 22h30 till 23h30, and again from 0h30 till 1h30

Chats da Brassala âžł Spicy Swing Rap n’ Blues Ska (23h)

La Banda Pilusa âžł Itinerant Rumba Agricola Pizzicata

La Drache Musicale (Radio Panik)  ➳ Musical exploration of cultures by Front Chaud & Miss Sirocco!

Carlositos Wey âžł Groovie Rumbia Rockera Dj Selecta

Cougars in America âžł New Alt Folk Pop Sauvage

and there will be delicious food all night, prepared by Andalucian chefs!
Juan Cantero & Daniel Rejano – (Taberna Mayeto)
& Sonia Retamero & Marie Utch (La Cantine du Midi)

MENU Ă  la carte:
— Tagarninas esparragadas con huevo
— Berza gitanas
— Fideos con langostinos
— Empanadas Andalusa

also a course of Ritmo & Palmas “Tango Flamenco” with Miguel Sanchez.

From 19h till late!!!

Presale 12€ ↔ Door 15€ (Limited places for the concert. Book your ticket in advance)é-11Dec2015

Afterparty is just 4€ from 22h30 onwards.

Here the FB event for concert + afterparty, or just the afterparty
More info > Tricoterie site

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6/7 Nov > Rebel Up! weekender with Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band (Burkina Faso) @ Vooruit, Gent + Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels!

this weekend a special double concert of Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band in Belgium; Gent & Brussels! Rebel Up! helps to organise these nights, and will DJ before/after both shows. fun!


On friday 6 Nov @ De Vooruit in Gent, a sweet lineup with Baba Commandant and also Alsarah & The Nubatones

Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band
are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the Koule Dafourou troupe as a dancer. Later, he embarked on his current musical direction as a singer first in Dounia and then in the Afromandingo Band. His current band — when he’s not playing with the now-famous Burkinabé musician Victor Démé — is the Mandingo Band. At present, he is a practitioner of the Afrobeat style, drawing inspiration from the golden era of Nigerian music. Fela Kuti/Africa 70 and King Sunny Adé are big influences, as is the legendary Malian growler Moussa Doumbia. Baba plays the ngoni, the instrument of the Donso (the traditional hunters in this region of Burkina Faso and Mali). His audience comprises multiple generations and strata of Burkinabé society; he accordingly adapts his repertoire to his surroundings, which range from cabaret Sundays in Bobo-Dioulasso to the sound systems of Ouagadougou and are a formidable force steeped in Ouagadougou’s DIY underground musical culture. Juguya is their sound.

Listen to Baba here! >

Alsarah & The Nubatones
Born in Sudan, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She grew up in the capital Khartoum and Taez (Yemen) but since 1994 has called New York her home. The Guardian lauded her as“the new star of Nubian pop”. Together with her band the Nubatones she explores her love for Northern-African and Arabic music from the 60 ‘s & 70’s. Get ready for a heavy taste of eastern instruments, profound melancholic vocals and pentatonic arrangements.

Full info + presale tickets > FB event or Vooruit website.

Then the day after, saturday 7 Nov in Brussels @ Les Ateliers Claus, Baba Commandant will play after Moroccan band Lahcen Akil & the Chaabi Brothers (we saw them in Amsterdam a few weeks back, in one word > mesmerizing!)

lahcen akil

Lahcen Akil and the Chaabi Brothers
Lahcen was born in 1969 in the village of Tamlalte in the Moroccan High Atlas. Influenced by acoustic music and traditional songs, he started music very young. As songwriter, he performed his songs about the beauty of the region. He interprets his songs on a lothar that he made himself, with a wooden handle, a palm soundboard and goatskin. He is regularly accompanied by his brother on percussion.

dj’s Rebel Up! & Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies)
dj & filmmaker Hisham Mayet joins us for a ping pong dj set afterparty, expect african beauties, rough folklore, guitar rock and global pop tunes from this true collector of musical gems!

Full info + presale tickets > FB event here or LAC website

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Sat 17 & Sun 18 Oct > Rebel Up in Amsterdam @ Pan-Amafropeans night (ADE), OT301 + @ Fly Agaric Swap party, OCCII A’dam

a special Pan-Amafropeans night @ OT301 venue during Amsterdam Dance Event, organised by Pal/Secam & Afrobot. with Baris K, Young Marco, Afrobot, Pal/Secam, Bufiman & Tako.

in De Peper restaurant of OT301, there will be some live shows earlier in the evening and at midnight followed by a Rebel Up dj set from SebCat til the end, expect lots of global flavours from all the continents, in vintage and electro style

The event is practically sold out, only 50 tickets at the door, so come early if you ‘re keen to be there! 🙂

Facebook event  or on ADE website

Next day on sunday afternoon there is a swapping market and musical matinee afternoon at our homestead venue OCCII. The Fly Agaric collective organises this afternoon of various swapping and with a special concert by Moroccan musician Lahcen Akil and the Chaabi Brothers. Wow!

lahcen akil
Lahcen Akil was born in 1969 in the village of Tamlalte on the route of the thousand Kasbahs in the Moroccan High Atlas. Influenced by acoustic music and traditional Amazigh songs, he started music very young. As songwriter and poet, he writes songs about the beauty of the region which he plays on a self-made 5-stringed lothar lute, composed of a wooden handle, a palm soundboard and goatskin. Lahcen is joined by fellow villager and percussionist El Houssain Safir who plays the bendir, a traditional drum with vibrating snare. For the occasion, two more musicians come along: the bassist David and accordionist Matthieu. Be ready for a compelling evening of raw Amazigh roots out of one of the most beautiful regions in the world!

+ DJ’s TP OK & Rebel Up!

check this video, yeah!

doors: 14:00 – 19:00
entry by € donation

Full info here
and FB event

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Wed 23 Sept > Rebel Up! dj’s @ STUK, Leuven w/ Maurice Louca (EG) & Numen. FREE IN!


This wednesday Rebel Up! plays a global middle eastern dj set at the STUK art centre in Leuven as part of the season opening festival STUK Start.

with a live show by Egyptian artist Maurice Louca from Cairo, who mixes electro chaabi, Arabic folklore and electronica into an experimental modern Arabic sound.  support by Numen, a Belgian duo who make electronic music with eastern influences.

Doors 20h – 1am
see FB event or STUK site.

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Saturday 19 sept > music evening @ Refugee Camp, Parc Maxilien Bxl + Sunday 20 Sept > Car-Free Day @ Schaarbeek Village + 2nd DJ party @ Refugee Camp

Hello Brussels rebels,

If you have not yet been to the refugee camp at Parc Maximilien (Gare du Nord), do visit and feel welcome to help out if you have some free time. Volunteers are always needed for many different things, from kitchen to cleaning to construction to animation. Check the Platforme Citoyenne De Soutien Aux Refugies Bruxelles on Facebook.

This saturday evening Rebel Up! is helping with organising a musical evening for & by the musicians of the refugee camp (from Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Eritrea etc), followed by a afterparty with music from the camp inhabitants. See FB event here.

We are still looking for instruments to borrow; especially percussion, keyboards, djarbouka´s or Arab instruments such as Oud lutes etc. Also microphones, stands and cables are in high demand. And on friday or saturday we need some help constructing a small stage as well, so join up if you like. contact us at rebeluppa -at- gmail.

From 18 – 21h concerts / jam
from 21 – 23h DJ afterparty > with dance music selections by the youths of the camp

Please share this in your networks and feel welcome to see the musicians of the camp perform!!!



On Sunday there is the Car-Free Sunday in all of Brussels and let’s celebrate that with music and bike action.
In Schaarbeek at Avenue Louis Bertrand (next to Parc Josaphat), there will be the *Schaarbeek Village* street party with concerts, theatre, food, repair café, Pro velo, workshops and green infostands. Between all this, dj sets by Rebel Up! SebCat, Jean Mikili & Matamore.

From 10 – 17h
with live sets by Velotronix (2 shows at 13 – 15h)
Human Jukebox (at 12h in front of cafĂ© le Barboteur and 14h at l’EspĂ©rance)
Theatre D’un Jour (at 12 and 16h)
La Boite a Luciole (various shows between 10-17h)
and much more!

More info > Schaarbeek Village or La Carotte asbl.

2nd party
and straight after at 17:00, another DJ party at the Refugee Camp at Parc Maximilien, again with folk dance selections played by the refugees. Last night was just amazing, such a wild party atmosphere and after this session we just need to do a 2nd session.

From 17:00 til 20:00. Be there if you care.
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Sun 21 Sept > Rebel Up! dj’s @ De Vechtclub XL opening (day 3), Utrecht

open vechtclub xl

Hello Utrecht,

It has been a while..
Some of you might still remember our infamous Rebel Up! Soundclash nights at the Vechtclub warehouse in Utrecht Overvecht over 4 years ago.  De Vechtclub has now gotten a bigger brother  in Kanaleneiland, called Vechtclub XL. It contains over 50 workshops, studio’s and even a music/art venue-slash-restaurant called De Klup.

It’s the openingsweekend from 19-21 september where you can breakfast, brunch or drink, follow workshop, check out the DIY market and even go in a cinematic caravan. and also music during every day and evening!

on sunday 21st Rebel Up! will be spinning global & eclectic afternoon tunes for everyone’s joy. Also will be selling some new vinyls & cassettes by labels such as Sahel Sounds, Sublime Frequencies and Mississippi records. To know which ones we still have in stock, check it.

and oh, it’s FREE IN!

for info & timetables, see FB event here or Vechtclub site.

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Thu 21 Aug > Café Congé goes Congo @ Elzenhof, Elsene/Ixelles Bxl


hey folks,

Elzenhof,  Kuumba & Rebel Up! present:

this thursday a special Congolese afternoon/evening at the garden of the Elzenhof cummunity centre in Elsene/Ixelles, next to Matongé area.
we´ll be playing from the afternoon and just after midnight, also live concert by local Congolese rumba soukous band Color Rumba and other dj friends + other activities and workshops too, FREE IN!

from 15h music in the garden
16h creative workshop for children
15h – 19h00 Rebel Up! DJ´s (chill african tunes)
19h00 – 20h30 DJ Planet Ilunga (Congolese sounds from the 50’s & 60’s)
17h & 19h workshop Congolese dance
20u30 live concert Yan Koy & Color Rumba (rumba & soukous, Kinshasa/Brussels)
22h00 – 23h30 Dj DocDaddy (RDC/BE) (modern african dance tunes)
23h30 – end Rebel Up! DJ’s  ( african & global dance tunes)

+ cocktail bar & Congolese dishes

Just come and join in, FREE IN!!!

Facebook event here, more info on Elzenhof site

@GC Elzenhof
Kroonlaan 14 Avenue Couronne
1050 Elsene/Ixelles

and in the meantime, check out our amazing Acholi Folk Pop mixtape, made by Rebel Up! LeBlanc.
Acholi is the freshest digital dance (and wedding) music from Northern Uganda where traditional styles collide with modern electronic studio production. Nobody knows these sounds yet, so be lucky. Seriously good and refreshing 🙂

Acholi folk pop by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud



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