Rebel Up & Drache Musicale @ Dona Onete (BR) concert, Muziekpublique, Bxl

Dona Onete, queen of the carimbó!

Eighty-year-old Dona Onete, the great singer of the Amazon culture, shows with her new album Rebujo that quality is not an age. While the Brazilian government is turning its back on the minorities in Brazil, Onete embraces diversity – especially in its state of Pará – which, in its opinion, is “the most diverse in Brazil with its mix of colors, rhythms and tastes”. Dona Onete, a former teacher, political activist for indigenous cultures and culture minister, started her music career ten years after she had officially “retired”. She first encouraged people with her challenging texts.

At her concerts she wraps everyone up with carimbós, dance music with a strong African groove, and bangues, dancing with a ska-like rhythm; supplemented with cumbia, brega and samba.

warmup & afterparty support by Rebel Up SebCat & Drache Musicale.
and during, a dance demonstration by Patricia Tambeur.

doors 19h
FB event / Muziekpublique website

Fri 7 June: Rebel Up @ Sakili concert afterparty, Muziekpublique, Bxl

This friday, concert of trio Sakili, acoutstic sega & tambour music from the Indian ocean!

Sakili’s music reflects the history of Rodrigues Island, combining European and African influences: waltz, polka, mazurka, schottische, they all blend harmoniously to the rhythms of sega drumming, traditional from the times of African slaves. Moreover, as globalization also influences the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean, there are of course, in some of the songs, elements of overlap with the western world or more recent preoccupations.

The Creole sega is sensual music and dance, with African influences, which was, in origin, a cultural form of resistance by slaves against the colonial rulers, but the culture turned little by little into a ritual that has in the end become rooted in tradition and lastingly incorporated in the way of life. The style of performance, sega drumming, is a vibrant mixture of music, consisting mainly of percussion, sin or status.

The Trio Sakili comprises three major ambassadors of Rodrigues sega: Vallen Pierre Louis is a banjoist well known and highly appreciated on the island. Francis Prosper belongs to one of the most important musical clans of the island and is without any doubt the best traditional percussionist and provides, with his warm timbre, the powerful voice of Sakili. Third in the line-up, Ricardo Legentile plays the accordion, the leading local melodic instrument, a heritage of the multiple influences on the island. The repertoire and the subtleties of his playing technique have been handed down from father to son for several generations of the family, while his mother, Yolande Legentile, belongs to the famous singers, the Mareshals of Sega in Rodrigues.

Afterparty in foyer by Rebel Up SebCat & Drache Musicale. Also stand by NGHE Mediatheque with special cassettes between maloya and sega.

FB event / website

doors: 19h, concert at 20h15
@ Muziekpubliek
Metro Porte de Namur

Sat 25 May: Rebel Up double day, Camiozinzo (parc Allee du Kaai) in afternoon and DIY Day (BiestebroekBis) at night.

The CamioZinzo AKA Lucid soundsystem is once more released in the park of Allee du Kaai on Saturday, next to the Zinzinerie.

Rebel Up has been invited together with Le Grand Mechant Loop and Rafael Aragon for the occasion to make you dance on afrobeat, cumbia, ethno techno and other global styles all afternoon!

from 14h til 22h, FREE IN! bar with super democratic prices!
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in the night, Rebel Up will play at the afterparty of DIY Day organised by De Toestand at the BiestebroekBis.

DIY Day is a 2 day festival about DIY culture, brocante, expo, workshops, concerts and so much more. Full programme on both days > FB event

During the afternoon and evening, great concerts by Ensemble Orient-Occident de Muziekpublique, La Clinik de Dr Poembak, Kumbelé, High Jinks Delegation and Azmari, followed by the afterparty with Borokov, Rebel Up, Pim Rose, Phonetics and Selim Dion.

FB event afterparty.

doors: 13:00
afterparty: 23:00
Dapperheidsplein 21, Anderlecht (Academy of Anderlecht, metro Saint Guidon)

Entrance: Free contribution!
-> All profits go to Toestand International and the project in Albania.

–> See you there ! And invite your friends !

Tue 22 May > Rebel Up @ Belgian World Music Meeting, Muziekpublique, Bxl

This tuesday there’s the Belgian World Music Meeting at Muziekpublique all afternoon & evening.

During the afternoon there are several workshops and debates for Belgian music professionals. for info on this and inscriptions, please check here.
During this afternoon, Rebel Up SebCat will be doing a workshop on Beat makers: death or future of world music? together with our good friend Mr Orange of Lowup collective.

From 19h onwards, there will be 4 live shows by Tamala, Seyir trio, Marockin’ Brass and Wör. FREE IN!

Tamala – contemporary dimension to West-African roots
WÖR – 18th-century folk tunes with new energy
Seyir Trio – classical Ottoman music
Marockin’ Brass – Sweaty chaabi funk & steaming gnawa, music for the urban nomad.

+ AFTERPARTY DJ-SET Rebel Up SebCat & le Grand Mechant Loop.

FB event.

FREE IN!
@ Muziekpublique
Porte de Namur, Ixelles / Elsene Bxl

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

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