Save the date!
This Friday 5 april, Rebel Up! and dutch underground music magazine Gonzo (circus) host a special evening together during the World Minimal Music Festival at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, with a nicely filled lineup of these international live acts & dj’s > > >.
Konono No1 (RDC)
Rough sounds from the urban jungle that is Kinshasa, capital of Congo. Konono N°1 is a family band of tribal Zombo musicians and dancers, active since the 70’s and started by pater familias Mingiedi. Taken on their first dutch tour by our friends The Ex in 2003, which resulted in the live album ‘Lubuaku’ on Terp Records, their famed ‘Congotronics‘ album on the Crammed label dropped on western audiences like a bomb with rough resonating, electrified thumpiano’s (likembes) and pulsating rhythms by percussive elements made out of scrap iron. Expect no ethnological museum session, but sweetly distorted jungletechno with minimalist transcedental melodies and tribal rhythms that will only make you move. It’s clear that Konono N°1 is a more than worthy headliner on this WMMF evening and they will make the Muziekgebouw. rumble as never before.
Frisk Frugt (DK)
is the experimental pop project by Danish wonder composer Anders Lauge Meldgaard, who after a long trip in Western African got taken by the virus of African melodies and rhythms. In his songs, he combines electronic sounds and samples with kalimba thumb piano, guitars, balafon, drums en saxophone and mashes it together with Danish folk influences, all sung in his Danish mother tongue. His album ‘Dansktoppen møder Burkina Faso i det himmelblå rum hvor solen bor, suite’ was one of the more special albums of 2012, so not to be missed. He will play as a duo, aided by a percussionist. Maximum Afro-pop music on WMMF? Let’s make it work! For those who need to be convinced, read this.
Awesome Tapes From Africa (US)
Our good friend Brian Shimkovitz has played at Rebel Up! before and we’re happy to have him on board again. Since he ever set foot in Africa in 2006, he has been collecting thousands of music cassettes of rare and local African styles, from Algeria to Zimbabwe and putting them all online as download on his Awesome Tapes blog to share with the whole wide world. Now also a label, he focusses on re-releasing unknown African music for new audiences. Expect a swinging dj session of African cassettes with dance tunes of folk and pop that you probably have never heard before, the lo-fi hiss of the cassette never far away.
High Wolf (FR)
Not just your average drone-act. This Frenchman is inspired by free jazz and Indian and African sounds and is a true globetrotter who mixes musical influences of his many trips into a myriad of sound. Don’t be surprised if you hear an African guitar or a tabla drum sound through the mist of repetitive, hypnotic drones that will bring your mind into another world.
Rebel Up! dj’s
At various moments of the evening, we will play theme sets of varied worldwide selections of ethnographical minimalistic sounds at the beginning up to contemporary global dance sounds at the end of the night. Check our downloadable WMMF mixtape above for a good taste of what you might hear…..
Timetable > > > > >
All info > festival website
Good to know; if you are under 30 years old, the concerts of Konono No1 & Frisk Frugt in the big room will only cost 10 € instead of 24 €. The rest of the programme is free to enter for all and will take place in the main bar area.
FB event here or also see the Gonzo (circus) website.