tonight, wedn 21 March > Danyel Waro @ Muziekpublique< xl with Rebel Up & Drache Musicale afterparty!!

this wednesday we have the honour of having the great Maloya master & cultural activist Danyèl Waro,  his only show in Belgium.

In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies the island of La Réunion, a French overseas territory where the Maloya music lives. The origins of this strongly percussive dance music goes back to the singing and dancing of slaves, who worked on sugar cane plantations. Blended with Malagasy and Indian music, Maloya arose, the blues of La Réunion. The ambassador of this trance-enlivening music is Danyèl Waro, an extremely enthusiastic and striking musician, poet and rebel, who absorbs it for the oppressed and socially weak. With his powerful, high voice, this descendant of French colonialists in Creole sings about love and death, but also current issues, racism and the dominant French culture.

Until the beginning of the 1980s, Maloya was banned because of ties with the independence movement and the communist party, but thanks to Waro, Maloya is now heard worldwide and is on the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. He was once in prison for conscientious objectors and enjoys hero status on La Réunion.

Afterparty in the foyer with Rebel Up & Drache Musicale!
After a trip through La Reunion, the Drache Musicale duo made 2 mixtapes last year for the NGHE Mediatheque cassette label, based on collected 7 “from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Together with Rebel Up SebCat they will play an afterparty set based on vinyls from La Reunion, Mauritius and the Seychelles and take you to the world of maloya and sega.

Tickets are sadly sold out since a few days, hope you got one on time!

For full info, see FB event or Muziekpublique website.

@ 20h

Muziekpublique, Porte de Namur

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Wed 7 June > Africa Negra concert @ Muziekpublique, Bxl > Sao Tomé Afro funk

Africa Negra in Brussels!
The legendary Sao Tomé band, only show in Belgium @ Muziekpublique.

The band is extremely renowned in the lusophone African countries and its worldwide diaspora, be it Europe or North and South America (Colombia especially!), and are loved for their own inimitably guitar based style of heavenly mellowed São Tomé Rumba, Soukous or Socopé, with blissful hints of Highlife. Their first three records are highly sought after by record collectors and unsung gems of african insular music. If you are not familiar with it, here are a few of their classics of our own choice > Carambola, Que Santomé, Nao Nao Senhor.

They have undergone through several different formations; but never really stopped and their current formations includes three members from the early days  (the charismatic lead singer João Seria, lead guitar player Leonildo Barros and bass guitarist Albertino). In 2014 they celebrated their 40th anniversary and that brought  the band back to their brother country of Portugal for a few performances (Lisbon at Club B’leza and FMM Festival in Sines), something which hadn’t happened since the early 80’s as well as a historical first appearance at in Berlin at the Weltmusik Festival. They had never played outside of Portugal before; even if they kept busy in their home country. Here the video of their performance on national television.

We made a special Rebel Up edit for this concert, check it here and free to download! 🙂

warmup tunes + afterparty in the foyer by Rebel Up & Le Grand Mechant Loop.

doors @ 20h
concert Africa Negra @ 21h

Best get your tickets before,
7 € members or 9 € presale non-members
12 € at door.

info >
FB event
Muziekpublique website

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