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.
New release coming up on Rebel Up Records this wednesday 27.05 the debut mini album Klein Gevaarlijk Afval by Brussels world jazz trio schroothoop.
mysterious world jazz with DIY instruments
Brussels-based trio schroothoop (Dutch for ‘junk yard’) is formed by Rik Staelens (wind & string instruments), Timo Vantyghem (bass & clarinet) and Margo Maex (percussion). Their tribal oriented debut mini-album titled ‘Klein Gevaarlijk Afval’ (Small Dangerous Waste) features homemade instruments built from lost and found objects like scrap wood, old metal or anything that would end up in a landfill. The band’s music is infused with sounds from around the world orchestrated by PVC flute melodies, jerry can beats and washtub bass lines.
Mysterious world jazz with Northern African chaabi, South American reggaeton, Eastern oriental melodies and Afro-Cuban rhythms, resulting in a danceable and hypnotic trip through the Brussels melting pot.
Post production and mixed by David ‘Dijf’ Sanders and mastered by Jürgen de Blonde (KOHN).
Artwork by Eva Lynen on screen-printed on cardboard covers in the studio of the Brussels collective Hashët. Limited to 15 handmade vinyl copies only. Sold out already, but end of June we expect a proper vinyl release of the album in bigger numbers. Available digital on our Bandcamp, as well as the official vinyl pre-order at discounted price for 1 week.
This wednesday is a double African concert night at Atelier210 and Bonnefooi.
In Atelier210 tamashek rocker Mdou Moctar from Agadez, Niger, will play as part of Autumn Falls festival. warmup dj set & afterparty Rebel Up SebCat& Funky Bompa.
MdouMoctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home in Agadez, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the exterior, where Saharan rock has become one of the continents biggest musical exports, he’s earned a name for himself with his guitar moves. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that utterly sets him apart. His latest album ‘Ilana The Creator’ is out on Sahel Sounds, listen here >
and for those of you in the city centre and in the mood for some griot music: Kaito Winse from Burkina Faso will play a FREE concert in Bonnefooi.
His concert is made from 9 songs and 9 shorts stories explaining the message of songs or instrument’s origins, depending on the mood. Chatting with audiences, Kaito Winse takes them to Lankoue, his village of Sourou from Burkina Faso. His songs reveal Samo land and griot traditions from Burkina Faso through ancestors praise, edifying traditional stories (tales). So many topics sung with a powerful and natural voice, which impose listening and silence before convincing by a melodious, bewitching and catchy texture via traditional instruments such as the mouth bow, Fula flutes, calabash and more. In 2020 his solo album will be released on Rebel Up Records. See a short video here.
Sounds from the Global Underground | Sahel Special
Another special Rebel Up Soundclash night in the OCCII, where we invite the band Studio Shap Shap for their only NL show this tour. Not to be missed!
Studio Shap Shap started off in 2015 as a project that was inspired by a new radio station in Niamey, which was searching for local musicians who could create 27 songs in three days for its broadcast programme. Studio Shap Shap are Oumarou Adamou (Niger), Boubacar Siddo Diallo (Niger), Seyni Halidou (Niger), Haruna Abdou (Niger), Christian Koulnodji (Chad) and Laetitia Cecile (Reunion). The six-piece ensemble is known for fusing traditional and contemporary beats, inspired by nature, the communities they live in and the band members’ musical backgrounds. Mixing nature and city, traditional and electronic techniques, spoken word and vocals magnify the traditional instruments. Ancient knowledge to rely on and beyond modernity for a true contemporary African sound. Despite the challenges, the group managed to independently release their debut album ‘Chateau I’, which was recorded outside and under a hut and with the sound of birds and city noise around them. They have grown a lot since their first album and have been busy recording new songs. This is their only show in Netherlands. Travel with them into the modern sound of the Sahel! https://studioshapshap.bandcamp.com/album/chateau-1
Support before & after the concert by Rebel Up DJ’s & Pal/Secam in Sahel & sunny Afro spheres.
a special *Sahel night* with with Studio Shap Shap (Niger)
6 musicians in the sand, under a straw roof. It is in the open air where Studio Shap Shap recorded their live album amidst bird cries and sounds from the capital city of Niamey, Niger. Traditional instruments (douma, talking drums, kindé, molo, komsa), electronic machines, bass, and piano intertwine with their sounds.
The band started off in 2015 as a project that was inspired by a new radio station in Niamey, which was searching for local musicians who could create 27 songs in three days for its broadcast programme. Studio Shap Shap are Oumarou Adamou (Niger), Boubacar Siddo Diallo (Niger), Seyni Halidou (Niger), Haruna Abdou (Niger), Christian Koulnodji (Chad) and Laetitia Cecile (Reunion Island). The six-piece ensemble is known for fusing traditional and contemporary beats, inspired by nature, the communities they live in and the band members’ historical backgrounds. Mixing nature and city, traditional and electro, speech and singing magnify the traditional instruments. Ancient knowledge to rely on and go beyond modernity for a true contemporary African sound. Despite the challenges, the group managed to independently release their debut album ‘Chateau I’. They have been busy recording their 2nd album which soon will be released. Travel with them into the modern sound of the Sahel! listen here > https://studioshapshap.bandcamp.com
with support by Rebel Up DJ’s SebCat & Leblanc in true Sahel spheres.
programme > 20:30 Rebel Up DJ’s 21:30 Studio Shap Shap 22:30 Rebel Up DJ’s
On tuesday 11.12 at Acienne Belgique > concert of Les Filles de Illighadad (NG) and Delgres (FR). with support by the Rebel Up Nightshop dj’s.
duo concert of amazing deep female tuareg blues and a Caribbean powerrock trio!
This evening has now become a real global blues-rock event, a double-bill with as opener Les Filles de Illighadad. They have been popular in AB since a previous edition of BRDCST. At the time, we read: ‘Fresh Tuareg energy between trance an tradition’ (Gonzo Circus).
Delgres is a super agile and impelling blues-trio from Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. Expect Dobro guitar, plus drums and a sousaphone!
On monday afternoon, we are giving away a duo-ticket to 1 lucky person. Check our Rebel Up facebook page to see how to win it.