This sunday evening a special trancedental Rajasthani sufi concert in Brussels by our friends Irshad Ali Qawwali Party at Art Base venue in city centre (close to Central Station)
A Royal Family Tradition of Rajasthan
Irshad Ali Kawa- Lead Voice Nishad Ali Kawa- Tabla
Imran Khan- Harmonium and Voice
The Abdul Gafoor Kawa family is a very ancient family of classical musicians in Rajasthan. Irshad Kawa was born in 1987 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. He started singing Indian classical music ” Khayal ” with his grandfather Ustad Abdul Gafoor Kawa Sahab & with his father Ishak Ali Kawa & his uncle Amanat Ali Kawa. After this he started to sing qawwali music with his brothers Nishad Ali Kawa and Harmoniyam- Imran Khan Foga ). Irshad Kawa gave his 1st performance with “ Irshad Ali Qawwali Party ” in front of the President of india Dr. ApJ Abdul Kalam, the biggest scientist of India.Nishad Ali Kawa started playing Tabla when he was 3 years old. Imran khan plays harmonium with Nishad and Irshad since they were children.
The next few days, Rebel Up! SebCat will be touring the eastern coast of Spain, yay!
Shoudl you be around there the next days, do come!
Tomorrow night, Thu 24 July, SebCat will be playing global/tropical beats in Valencia together with Biano (member of Orxata Sound System) @ Desfas Tropical party in Juanita Club. Doors open at 23:00, Facebook event here.
We’ll be playing at the old Moorish castle overlooking the city & harbour of Cartagena, after the shows of global bands Les Ambassadeurs, the reunited Malian 70’s band of Salif Keita, Amadou Bogayoko & Cheik Tidiane! And also La Yegros (Argentina), a great honour. In the deep of night between 2:30 – 4:00 we will be playing a fine selection of cassettes from Africa, Middle East and Indian subcontinent. It sounds something like this!
Sebcat is very proud to present his self recorded & selected Rajasthan Street Music double LP, out since March on US label Sublime Frequencies. It has finally come out after some slow years selecting & readying the song, ever since Sebcat and VJ M undertook that trip to Rajasthan over 6 years ago. It has resulted in a truly special document of contemporary Rajasthani folk music in diverse styles with nice cover art work.
Read here what some websites say about it.
back/front sleeve artwork
Sebcat still has LP’s available which you can buy personally from him in Brussels while stocks still last, cheaper than most shops will sell it for, so better be quick if you’re interested…
A special night in Studio Marcel (Recyclart) this saturday 22 Feb >>>>>> >>>> > > >>>>> > >
Our very own Rebel Up! SebCat will let us see contemporary street level India (Rajasthan) through his eyes but also through other eyes, through photographs, live movie clips and video clips. Rajasthan culture without the safe typecasted tourist view but roughly enhanced by encounters with locals, having stayed in their homes and villages and getting a close feel of their daily lives.
artwork of the Rajasthan Street Music double LP cover
The Indian streets are the main theme tonight, as this is also the release party of the double vinyl ‘Rajasthan Street Sounds’, recorded by Seb and just out now on the amazing outernational SUBLIME FREQUENCIES label. The sounds on this LP are sincere and filled with context by who sings & plays them > no big artists, but the Rajasthani street folk musicians who have a tough life and never get the right respect for their musical skills within their own society. These recordings were made in 2007 with folk musicians on the street or in their homes, on regional folk instruments such as ravannattah violin, kamaycha cello, ektara lute of morchang jewish harp.
a sufi & hindu spiritual concert by the Ali Kawa Brothers (Rajasthan) who hail from a musical family of Rajasthani master musicians from the pink city of Jaipur. On vocals, tabla and harmonium for a true feeling of the trancendental islamic & hindu reverence sound that can be heard allover Rajasthan
The whole night will be coloured with projections of photo’s by Seb Bassleer, David Tesinsky, Maarten Van Der Glas, Vanessa Verbeiren, Jet van Zwieten and Neire Le Neiro, as well as movie projections of road & music clips by Maarten Van Der Glas in a different room. There should be fresh chai and spicy fried snacks available for a real taste of the Indian streets,
+ Hellvete (BE)
Glen Steenkiste alias Hellvete is a member of psych outfit Sylvester Anfang II and also of the Kraak and Funeral Folk label. He draws influences from old folk music and drones to make hypnotic tapestries. Tonight he will play a special warmup drone-out set of multi-layered harmonium & sruti box airwaves beyond the realm of raga into eternal bliss.
After last week’s amazing night with Konono No1, a fresh Soundclash night coming up @ OCCII again! It will be a special eastern/arabic theme night with mystical Sufi/Qawwali music from India, revolution electro Shabi sounds, dabke from the middle east and much much more!!!!
Ali Kawa Brothers & Qawwali Party (IN)
trancedental Sufi & Qawwali music by muscians from Rajasthan, near to the border with Pakistan. Their special sound is filled with mystical spheres and islamic healing power that takes your mind and body to a distant place. Expect some deep resonating vocals, strong tabla rhythms and hypnotic vibes. They will play around midnight, so don’t come late!
Caïro Liberation Front
something is brewing in the rougher neighbourhoods of Caïro; young producers are making new electronic music called electro shabi (or sha3i), a rough sound that combines dancehall influences with Egyptian techno folk with a heavy political undercurrent. CLF has collected the best dance tunes of all these new producers, so this calls for a revolution party, YALLA!
We are also joined by our buddy Process Rebel (US) who will play his dancehall selections with an eastern-arabic vibe.
As always, the Rebel Up! dj’s will fill the gaps with their own blend of global sounds, in this case only pure asian n arabic sounds from vintage and modern times.
5€ at the door
doors; 22h30 til 4:00
and ofcourse all our profits of the night always go to charity; Coucha Camp Refugees in Morocco. 262 refugees are on hungerstrike due to closure of their UNHCR camp in Medenine. more info; http://chouchaprotest.noblogs.org/.
this wednesday at KultuurKaffee on the VUB campus another KK World night, with a concert of the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan. This group consists of 4 brothers from a musical caste family that has been playing Rajasthani folk music for generations back to the times of the maharaja’s. Expect a mix of traditional Rajasthani folk and semi-classical Northern Indian compositions on tabla, harmonium, dholak drum and castanets, aided by a female dancer who will perform stunning traditional dance moves from Rajasthan.
Rebel Up! Sebcat will play support with Rajasthani & Indian sounds before & afterwards, with cassettes from his personal collection and other folklore, sprirituals, folkpop and filmy dance sounds from allover India and Pakistan, collected from 2 different travels in that region. + with added colourful visuals from travels in Rajasthan & India in 2007!
ohlala, thank you all for coming out last saturday, we raised 140€ for Seed Samburu, big up!
last monday our Rebeluppalite dj SebCat did a radio session in the Radio Taxi programme at Urgent FM student radio as part of Rebel Up!/Brussels Up special with buddy dj Leblanc. We arrived 10 minutes late because of a minor car accident. Listen to it here >>>