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Fri 9 Feb > Rebel Up & NGHE present: Tropicoulos #2, Barlok, Bxl with Sisso Sounds, Jhonny Haway + more…

oh ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ! ! ! ! T R O P I C O U L O S # 2 ! ! ! ! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

▬▬▬▬▬▬ sweat til you drip drip drop ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

NGHE Mediatheque & Rebel Up present Tropicoulos #2, a burning hot night of ancestral folklore, global psicotropicalia, African mashup beats and other experiments. Better get ready!

Nyege Nyege Tapes is a label based in Kampala, Uganda,
exploring, producing and releasing contemporary electronic & outsider music from central & eastern Africa. In February Tanzanian duo Sisso Sounds will tour and are playing a showcase at the Berlin CTM festival, afterwards to pass by Bxl.

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Sisso Sounds *live set* (Tanzania)
For the past 15 years the Tanzanian megalopolis of Dar Es Salaam has had one of the most exciting underground electronic music scenes in East Africa. A constellation of micro-scenes from Mchiriku, Sebene and Segere all the way to its latest mutation of Singeli that after years of lurking in the underground finally has exploded into the mainstream and taken over Bongo Flava as the music of choice amongst Tanzania’s youth. Born in the sprawling working class neighborhoods of Tandale and Manzese, Singeli’s signature sound consists of fast paced frantic loops interlocking with each other, with influences from Zanzibars Tarab music all the way to South African afro-house coupled with mc’s who often spit satirical lyrics about the challenges facing Tanzania’s youth, from police corruption to the complications of dating girls when you are broke. If there is one studio that stands out amongst the hundreds that dot Dar es Salaam’s musical landscape it is SISSO RECORDS. Sisso have remained uncompromising in their sound, always raw, fast with a punk DIY aesthetic that can at times verge on noise and gabber, to produce a spell binding music that is like no other soundsystem culture in the region. Expect a live set dancehall horns, sirens and heavy MC rapping. For lovers of ravey Afro sounds such as balani, shangaan and gqom.

Johnny Haway *live set *
Johnny is a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette. Using electronics, modified samples from sundry source and environmental sounds, he make music that rides on boundaries of the genres and styles.

Aymeric de Tapol *live set + DJ set*
“RON RON DES ESPRITS” residents dans les cassettes et machine électronique.

Moroto Hvy Indstr (Nyege Nyege DJ)
Head of the Nyege Nyege label and resident at Boutiq Electroniq Sound System, Moroto plays some deep grooves and slamming African bass-tech-house mutations.

Rebel Up SebCat
Resident of Tropicoulos & Afro Tuga, Rebel Up has become a household name in Bxl. SebCat hosts the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl, runs a global vinyl distro and curates countless nights & parties. Soon Rebel Up Records will be kickstarted, with releases from Ghana, Portugal, Angola, Cabo Verde, Iraq, Mexico and Peru coming up! Expect the freshest African sounds.

Drache Musicale (Radio Panik meteo)
Tropicul grave, african disco + bombastick + séga + gnawa + cumbia +kamba + zoukbass + serveurs efficaces …

from 20h til 6am

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Prix Libre: 5€ conseillé
Beers : 1,50€
Special cheap tropical cocktails by NGHE mishmash crew!

Place : Barlok, Av du Port 53bis
1080 Molenbeek, Bruxelles

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Fri 13 Oct > Rebel Up SebCat global vinyl set @ Walvis café, Bxl

a night with global vinyl selections in Walvis café by:

Rebel Up SebCat
Expect a wild vinyl set with 7″ & LP’s of the freshest tropical, African, Latino, Arab, Eastern & global sounds, from Congolese rumba to Kenyan benga & kikuya music to Peruvian chicha and Colombian cumbia, to Turkish psychedelic folk to Thai molam and psyche rock.


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@ 22h
Walvis café
Rue Antoine Dansaert 209

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Thu 14 Sept > Rebel Up curates Nuits Sonores electro Arab night @ BRASS, Bxl (FREE IN!)

This thursday 14 sept, Rebel Up helps curating the Nuits Sonores opening night @ the great BRASS venue in Forest, with an electro-Arab lineup with artists from Egypt, Iraq, Morocco/Belgium and sounds from Somalia!

Islam Chipsy & EEK
Islam Chipsy and his band EEK are a three-way force of nature from Cairo, Egypt described by those who’ve been caught in the eye of their storm as one of the most exciting live propositions on the planet. At the core of the group lies electro chaabi keyboard pioneer Islam Chipsy, whose joyous, freewheeling sonic blitz warps the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, as flanked by Mohamed Karam and Mahmoud Refat raining down a percussive maelstrom behind dual drum kits. His 2 releases on Nashazphone /100 Copies Music say it all, bombastic body music!

Arkan Mushtak Synth Trio
Arkan Mushtak arrived in Belgium as a refugee of the war in Iraq. During his Baghdad childhood he has been shaped into a talented keyboard/piano player and composer by master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow Iraqi musicians Walaa Saad (vocals and oud lute) and Saif Al-Qaissy (darbouka percussion and backing vocals). Together they play a mix of contemporary Iraqi music styles, such as chobi chobi, dabke and electronic hybrids. The trio will release an album on the new Rebel Up Records label in late 2017.

Sufi singer YZ grew up in the Flemish suburbs and developed his vision of ancient Arab art by pouring over a thick layer of electronics. This epic synthesis comes close to the perfect soundtrack of a retro-futuristic road movie in the desert.

Somali Sounds
Nicolas Sheikholeslami & Vik Sohonie of Berlin label Ostinato Records dive in their East African archives to familiarize us with the flourishing period of Somali music. A sharper selection of rarities of old, from afro funk to unstoppable groove, from jazz to Somali disco, songs that reflect the international character of the Horn of Africa and take you from the hotel Curuuba in Mogadishu to the dirty streets of Hargeisa to the banks of the Gulf of Tadjoura to Djibouti.

The revelation of the Belgian global bass scene Jabo (Jawad Boumalek) grew up in Aalst. As a member of the Brussels collective / label Lowup Records, he spent hours in the studio creating his remarkable sound, a return to the roots where the influence of Moroccan and Arabic music fuses with the sound of contemporary bass, resulting in traditional rhythms with a strong dose of electro-harissa spice. The work of Jabo was highly welcomed by big names of electronic music, such as A-Trak, Diplo and Dj Snake.

host; Rebel Up SebCat
You know what to expect from Rebel Up by now > a fired up dancefloor set of pan-Arabic beats & spheres.

Also see the interview / video with Rebel Up SebCat.

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Hear latest Rebel Up Nightshop radio show, with a special on the Nuits Sonores @ Brass night.

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Thu 25 May @ Bonnefooi Bxl > Rebel Up Cumbia Soundclash w/ Q-Richi (Eck Echo Berlin / PE) & Gaetano Dub

Thursday 25 May Rebel Up night @ Bonnefooi!
★ ★ ★ Roots, Latin, Bass & Bounce! ★ ★ ★

special guest:

❂❁❂ Q-RICHI (Eck Echo Berlin / Peru) ❂❁❂
Since 2007 in Berlin where he discovered his passion for music from his distant home country Peru. With his collective Eck Echo Berlin he set up the foundation of an eclectic scene of avant-garde Latin-American rhythms and party nights. He has played with artists such as Dengue Dengue Dengue (Peru), NAAFI (Mexico) and Los Pirañas (Colombia). He also works for NATIVE INSTRUMENTS, where last year he made a documentary in Peru with Dengue Dengue Dengue and Los Wemblers about the quest of amazonian cumbia. As a DJ, Q-RICHI makes us discover the roots of contemporary dance music exclusively in vinyl format. A journey to rich traditions through styles such as psychedelic cumbia, chicha, mapalé and champeta. Sounds of the past for today’s dancefloor!

❂❁❂ REBEL UP SEBCAT (Bxl) ❂❁❂ (host)
The infamous Rebel Up parties are no secret to the Brussels global underground, for over 10 years promoting new sounds where possible. From the freshest and bounciest global tunes, to ethnic electronic bass and digital folklore, it’s all there to hear and feel in their tapes, remixes and the monthly radio show Rebel Up Nightshop on Radio Campus Bruxelles & Groovalizacion Radio. This year will also mark the birth of Rebel Up! Records, a vinyl & digital label for special global sounds. Expect urban folk & electronic tunes from the global south and diaspora. Select global, play local!

❂❁❂ GAETANO DUB (Liege) ❂❁❂
For many years Gaetano Dub is one of the main DJ’s of the Liege DIY roots & latin scene, organising and supporting nights for bands and electronic artists from around the globe such as Fauna, Frikstailers and many more. A true whirlwind and versatile DJ who mixes reggae, dub, cumbia and global bass together in a spicy cocktail. He also hosts the TamaRitmo radio show on Liege radio 48FM, for all sounds Caribbean & Afro Latin. More and more he brings his sound to Brussels and rightly so. Music is the best high!!

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Rue des Pierres 8 Steenstraat,

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