Hope you are enjoying the quarantine times, listening to music, reading books, binge watching movies/series. Here some music food for thought >
Rebel Up Nightshop episode #70 online now, as broadcasted via Radio Campus Bruxelles in FR + ENG. 4 songs of the day via France, (ZOH/astre via Zamzamrec), La Reunion (LiNDiGo), Algeria/Lyon (Nordine Staifi via Bongo Joe Records) and Palestine (Zenobia single via Crammed Discs). What more? A wide selection of 3 albums, 1 EP and 2 compilations of the month: from JOLA Hidden Gnawa Music in Brussels compilation on Muziekpublique label followed by the reissue compilation Cadence Revolution from the Disque Debs archives on Strut Records. New albums by Lisbon funana electropunk band Scúru Fitchádu on 1611743 Records DK label, space ethio electronic sounds by Ozferti & Ethiopian guest musicians on Brussels Humpty Dumpty Records, the debut album by British-Ghanaian trio Onipa on Strut Records and the debut EP by Moroccan-Brussels producer Cheb Runner on our own Rebel Up Records. Tune in here or download the podcast!
Festa Afro Tuga started in 2016 by the NGHE Mediatheque and Rebel Up as a party in Brussels to celebrate Afro Portuguese music culture, with guests DJ’s from Celeste Marisposa, Principe Discos label and live artists from the Afro Portuguese diaspora. 5 epic & wild editions were held so far in various Brussels venues. This edition in the new Recyclart in Molenbeek melts together with the Nightshop concept as an Angolan special. Gente sabi, puxa!
CelesteMariposa (AO/PT / Lisboa) is a DJ from Lisbon who has been known for unconventional sets since 2010: rare vinyl pearls from the Lusophone (‘Portuguese-speaking’) African music, inspired by African ‘bailes’ from the 5 former Portuguese colonies (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, San Tomé & Principé). Most of these recordings are totally unknown in the West but afrobaile is the hot swinging cradle of any kind of groove. A powerful selection from instrumental Cape Verde funana to the raw Angolan merengue and semba, as well as gum from Guinea Bissau and Mozambique marrabenta. Simply irresistible. https://soundcloud.com/celestemariposa
Diron Animal (AO/PT) Nirox Romao aka Diron Animal brings infectiously rhythmic dance music from the Angolan ghettos, fusing electronic production with traditional music. He is an ex-member of rock kuduro band Throes + The Shine where he played for several years and released his debut album ‘Alone’ in 2017 on the British Soundway label. Now his 2nd album ‘Pair’ has been released on Rebel Up Records just before summer, so his set is a true first premiere for Brussels! He will perform as a power trio, aided by percussion and guitar. https://dironanimal.bandcamp.com
Lua Preta (AO/PL) Angolan/Polish duo consisting of vocalist/MC Ms. Gia of Angolan descent and experienced Polish DJ and producer Mentalcut. Together they bring the frenetic mixture of modern electronic music and African genres characteristic not only to Ms. Gia’s native Angola but also to the whole continent – including kuduro, afrohouse, gqom and more. They released various EP’s and remixes in the last 2 years and are now awaiting their forthcoming EP “Polaquinha Preta”. https://soundcloud.com/luapreta
DJ Nervoso (STP/ Lisboa) Nervoso was born in São Tomé and Príncipe, but based around Lisbon for more than 2 decades now. As the godfather of the Príncipe label, he is well known for a bare bones approach to rhythm, working the basic hypnotic feel of pounding drums to mesmerizing effect in his permanent quest to make people move. His sound is meant to unite, not divide, the dancefloor. Even before he started producing, Nervoso was quick to perceive that some people were alienated in parties where Angolan kuduro got played, for the simple reason they didn’t command the specific moves associated with the style or its variations. So his production focused on adapting the beats of this much-loved dance music, changing the codes for a more inclusive experience. Some call it techno. https://principediscos.bandcamp.com/album/dj-nervoso
Rebel Up Nightshop radio show, episode #61, as broadcasted in May 2019 via Radio Campus Bxl and Groovalizacion Radio. 3 songs of the day; an edit by producer M.Rux, inspired by a Moroccan gnawa folk song, a new tune by Kokoko! and a special song by La Reunion singer Maya Kamaty. 4 albums of the month: ‘Wasalala’ by Madalisto band from Malawi on Bongo Joe records, sweet polyphonic babatone music from southern Africa. Also new a compilation of live recordings made in Amsterdam venue OCCII, with a vibrant mix of African artists as well as free jazz and punk, a collaboration between OCCII, Rebel Up, Red Wig and Makkum records. New EP by Palestinian electronic duo Zenobia on the new Acid Arab label via Crammed Discs, electro dabke sounds and the new album by duo Grupo JeJeJe on Discos Rolas label, where futuristic sonidero cumbia from Mexico clashes with Egyptian, Mesopotamia and Aztec sounds. Closing the show with our monthly Agenda + a few Soundclash tunes. Download here: https://bit.ly/2vYZpVF
and here also our Rebel Up radio show at BRUZZ, with diverse tunes by Diron Animal, Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla, Andi Otto (Umeko Ando remixes), Grupo Je Je Je and more,