Babylon Trio – Habibi > Out now on Rebel Up Records as vinyl LP + digital!

the debut album ‘Habibi‘ by Babylon Trio is out now on Rebel Up Records (RUP006)

The current political state of Iraq is a far cry from what the Iraqi people envisioned. While the western media have largely stopped reporting about Iraq, in the past few months many protests have flared up in the capital Baghdad, Basra and cities allover the country. Persistent water shortages, power cuts, the lack of work and political corruption have angered the Iraqi population and protests have been the general order of the day and increasing by the month. The political elite has dug themselves in, protected and comfortable in governmental compounds, ordering police and the armed forces to crack down on protests with a shoot to kill on sight policy. In 2015, this ignited the first big emigration wave of young people and families leaving Iraq for neighbouring countries and the west and continues to do so. For many, returning seems very unlikely for the time being.

The three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium in 2015 as refugees of this political and social unrest. Arkan Mushtak is the composer and pinnacle of the band. Like the other members he hails from Baghdad, where from a young age onwards he has been shaped into a talented keyboard and piano player by Iraqi master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (digital percussion, djarbouka and backing vocals) and singer Walaa Saad (vocals) and occasionally joined by Mohammed Algareb (guest percussion).

Babylon Trio plays an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi and Arabic music styles, such as choubi choubi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. The trio’s debut album “Habibi” features songs about their old life in Iraq and new life in Brussels, Belgium, with topics such as separation from loved ones, love, beauty, honour and pure Arabic party bangers. This year will mark the power of the contemporary Iraqi street sound of Babylon Trio throughout Europe and beyond. Get ready for fire!

Tracklisting:
A
1. Bye Bye My Love ( وداعا يا حبيبي )
2. Iraqi Dabka Choubi
( چوبي عراقي )
3. Spoiled For Your Eyes
( لاجل عيونك / مدلل )
B
4. Difficult Separation ( فركتك صعبة )
5. Iraqi Prestige ( المعزوفة )
6. My Crazy Lover (
حبيبتي المجنونة )
7. The Euro Syrian Dabka (
الدبكة السورية الاوربية )
8. Habibi Trio Mix (Rebel Up Duckfood remix) ( مزيج حبيبي الثلاثي )

Released by Rebel Up Records on 26 september 2018.

Out on vinyl LP in coated cover design, buy on the Rebel Up webshop or via Bandcamp
buy digital album via Bandcamp.
distribution worldwide: N.E.W.S

This album has been made with the support of NGHE Mediatheque, cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus, Angstrom studio and Soylent Green studio in Brussels and everyone who has supported Babylon Trio in the past year, promoting, motivating and organising concerts for them.

produced by Seb Bassleer for Rebel Up Records
recorded at Angstrom Studio by Aymeric de Tapol & Nicolus Ripitus
mixed at Soylent Green Studio by Aymeric de Tapol
mastered by Frederic Alstadt at Angstrom Studio
cover design ‘Tapis’ by Kalām Collectif
(facebook.com/kalamshift)
photo (backcover) by Robert Kroos (flickr.com/mentalyouth)

graphic design by Vanessa Verbeiren

Friday 15 June Brussels double bill > Rebel Up @ Cantine Iraq, Le Lac + @ Gqom Oh! label night party, Beursschouwburg

This friday, double music action in Brussels, Rebel Up style
Starting in the early evening is the Iraqi canteen night at Le Lac venue.

Special Iraqi dinner prepared by our Iraqi friends, either meat (chicken) or vegetarian choices. So hurry up and reserve your Iraqi dish by sending an email to >
nghemediatheque @ gmail.com

10€ for dinner + concert.
See some memories from last years Iraqi dinner here.

On the programme:
19h doors with some entry music by Rebel Up
20h dinner upstairs
– solo on oud by Walaa Saad
– solo on synthesizer by Arkhan Mushtak
21h30 tunes by NGHE
22h30  Babylon Trio *live* in the downstairs room

10€ dinner & concert
5€ concert

More info > FB event
@ Le Lac
36 rue de Witte de Haelen, Bxl
(next to Petit Chateau / Klein Kasteeltje)


Afterwards in Beursschouwburg, a special Gqom Oh! label night with South Africa’s newest ghetto house wave from Durban. This South African club music is a sultry mix of hip-hop, footwork and kwaito house with a heavy Xhosa identity.

First real Gqom night in Brussels!

Gqom Oh! is a new label set up by Italian dj and researcher Nan Kole to display the fresh sounds coming out of Durban, by talented and often very young producers from the townships. Griffit Vigo is one of the main figures of the scene, still young but veteran producer is already the inspiration and godfather for many.

with:

Griffit Vigo (SA) (dj set)
Nan Kolè (IT)
+ Dr Kwest AKA 808 Bantou (Bxl) (live set)
+ Rebel Up dj’s (Bxl)

Check the Gqom Oh! label output and dive into their sounds.
Listen here to a live Gqom mix on Radio Panik on Quest for the Beat show.

FREE ENTRY, LIMITED CAPACITY!
rooftop terrace / zilveren zaal
as part of Voetbalfestivaldefootball with Spain – Portugal on big screen

More info > FB event / website.

doors 22h – 3am
@ Beursschouwburg
Rue Orts 20, Bxl

Fri 1 June @ Bernard Ochestar album release party, C12, Bxl

This friday 1 june, a crazy evening at C12, to celebrate the release of the album “Le futur du passé” by Bernard Orchestar. Come and enjoy a full live and electronic global sounds line-up until very late. Global sounds afterparty with Rebel Up SebCat, Lord Cumbia and La Moral!

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Bernard Orchestar *live* – electro balkan brass band from Brussels, new album!

Dubultura *live* – between acoustic dubstep and hallucinating jungle

Afterparty with >

Rebel Up SebCat – roundtripping global sounds from the underground

Lord Cumbia – tropical bass

La Moral – modular technobeats

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♦ DOORS : 20h30 – 05h
♦ ENTRANCE: 5€ /7€
☞ presales, email info@chouetteasbl.be
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♦ All info > FB event or website.

2nd Rebel Up Records release! > Memo Pimiento – A Todo Dar (vinyl + digital)

the 2nd release of Rebel Up Records is out!
we are proud to present Memo Pimiento’s album “A Todo Dar”.
Electro cumbia wave from Brussels via Mexico.

Guillermo ‘Memo’ Pimiento grew up in the capital Mexico D.F., a sprawling cosmopolitan capital with a population of 25 million, twice the size of Belgium. In 2012 he moved to Brussels where he settled with his Belgian girlfriend and daughter and continued his musical career with different musical projects.

Before being bitten by the cumbia virus, he played in various bands, from rock to electronic, trip hop, reggae and even a traditional mariachi band. Once on a holiday in the Spanish Canary islands, inspiration came to him to start making cumbia but with a heavier electronic feeling, influenced by Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode. With synthesizers and keyboards from the 80’s, samplers, circuit bended toys, Arduino soundcards and effect pedals he started making his own cumbia compositions. All of this makes the typical electrified Memo Pimiento sound.

He is joined by 2 band members, the Belgian Manon Amen (nicknamed Man.on) who is the female MC and dancer of the band to fire up the crowd and by Cuban percussionist Victor Hugo for some extra percussive power.

A Todo Dar is the personal soundtrack of Memo’s life between Belgium and Mexico and the extremes of these different worlds, sometimes complete opposites. He created a tripping context with human emotions, bringing the sun and heat of Mexico to Belgium as well as the cerebral creativity of popular Mexican music into an electronic sound.

Released digital via Bandcamp and available on LP in our new webshop as black vinyl and also as special limited edition *marble* colour vinyl.

listen here!

Sat 14 April > Giraffes & Penguins #6 @ Au Quai, Bxl

and saturday 14 april, another amazing fun Giraffes & Penguins party!
🌶🎵 GL🌎BAL UNDERGR🌎UND 🎵🌶

Party animals, dancefloor travellers and global music lovers, it’s time to meet again 😁
Diego Armando (Barcelona) and Dragan (Bxl) will be our special guides for this 6th musical exploration trip around the wildest places on earth, together with Rebel Up SebCat and Le Grand Méchant Loop.

🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧 LINE-UP 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

〰🔅〰 Diego Armando 〰🔅〰
Xavier Riembau aka Diego Armando is a dj from Barcelona playing an eclectic mix of groovy tunes from around the world.
A 24 h digger moving from Jamaica To Cuba across New Orleans and back to Gypsy rumba Barcelona. His specialty is dancefloor killers from the afroamerican music, exotic themes from Brasil to Africa, & also Disco & Acid house anthems. A true visceral dj who plays vinyls since 20 years active in Barcelona & Catalunya. His name is an hommage to the best football player of the planet aka Diego Armando aka La Mano de Dios. Mani (bass player from Stone Roses /Primal Scream) gave him this name after a big party in La Costa Brava. He played festivals like Sónar, Faraday, Rock Circus (Italy), Mostra Sonora i Visual & venues like Razzmatazz (BCN) and Sala Apolo (BCN). He also opened for The Streets, Ike Turner, Mdou Moctar, Mammane Sani, KIng Ayisoba or Maceo Parker to name a few. He is part of the Finis Africae collective and also has an experimental & ethnological project called Wunderkammer with Enrique Doza a venezuelan artist. A clash between roots & electronic music.
http://diegoarmandodj.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/DiegoArmando/
http://wunderkammer.bandcamp.com/

〰🔅〰 Dragan 〰🔅〰
(LaVallée – GranKrew – Radio Panik 105.4 FM – Collectif Z!)
Since the age of 16, Dragan has been listening to and playing a broad range of musical genres, from jazz to techno, soul, funk, beats, world,…
After a pause in his digging fever, he’s back to his first love. Since the end of 2015, he’s been busy spinning in various places such as Esperanzah! festival, Vk Concerts LaVallée, Antitapas, Bravo Bxl, Walvis, Bonnefooi, Quest For the Beat.
He’s also part of the team that put up the biggest free outdoor festival in Brussels, the Jam’in Jette festival.
http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/flux-tendu/
https://www.mixcloud.com/VanMarkic/f-l-u-x-t-e-n-d-u-0-0-0-4-radiopanikorg-brussels/

〰🔅〰 Rebel Up SebCat 〰🔅〰
as always, expect a wild set of the freshest African, Latino & global sounds.

〰🔅〰 Le Grand Méchant Loop 〰🔅〰
“I prefer to make the little pigs dance rather than eat them!”
Philippe Nullens aka Le Grand Méchant Loop is world beats DJ and percussionist. He will take us on a surprising journey, spiced up with live percussion, where the genuine sounds of kologo, zurna, ferrinho and gwoka blend to create the kind of groove that can only be explained on a dancefloor!
https://www.facebook.com/LeGrandMechantLoop/videos/881961011963103/
https://www.mixcloud.com/LeGrandMechantLoop/groovy-trip-1/

FB event

doors 22h til 4am
@ Au Quai,
Quai du Hainaut 23

Entrance 5€ /// Doors 22h – 4h
Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA
Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort