Saturday 15 Dec > Rebel Up x Akuphone label night w/ Ko Shin Moon live + dahaW ⅃ꓘ@ OCCII, Amsterdam

Rebel Up Soundclash x Akuphone label night, with live sets by Amsterdam duo dahaW ⅃ꓘ and French duo Ko Shin Moon.

Imagine an outernational sound that defies borders, the meeting of ethnic folk music in underground spheres. Sound from the past brought alive into the present via the frequencies and vibrations of strings, percussion and analogue synths. The cultural counterculture against the right wing tendencies and normalities of today will not be silenced. We want you to be part of this, join our ritual as we dance the night away to beautiful songs and hidden gems from around the world.

Earlier in the day we will play a live session at Red Light Radio from 17-18h.
stream us here > http://redlightradio.net

 dahaW ⅃ꓘ (GR/SYR) *live*
Somewhere was the beginning/Somehow will be the end/Everything is chaos/All is ONE “KL wahad” (Oud/folk guitar). In their first ever concert, they will explore the possibilities of the endless improvisation between borders and freedom.
 
Ko Shin Moon (FR) *live*
Paris duo Axel Moon and Niko Shin blur temporal and geographical boundaries. As Ko Shin Moon they mix acoustic instruments from different regions of the world though analogue machines, traditional instruments, electronic sampling and field recordings, taking the stage with a Saz and heaps of analogic synths. The first album of the band is a bodily trip through hybrid territories, fantasy soundscapes and colorful collages: from Oriental Europe to Northern Africa, Middle East or Southeast Asia and beyond. Reversing analogical listening in digital synthesis, as music for imaginary traveling in dancefloor trance. After numerous summer festivals allover Europe and Morocco, they have just returned from a residency in Caïro, Egypt and played at Trans Musicales Rennes Festival.
 
DJ Cheb Gero (Akuphone label / FR)
Genuine music lover and chronic collector, Cheb Gero has cleared up and digged into musical worlds ever since his teens. In 2015, He launched outernational label Akuphone in an “archiving” spirit, drawn by a desire to “explore the world through music”. Far from supporting a romantic or fetishist vision of extra-Western music, the label aims at linking these productions to their historical and political contexts, placing them back in the social and cultural conditions in which they emerged. He hosts the radio shows Decolonize Ur Mind and Radio Gero, as well as Parisian Northern African music nights such as Belleville Habibi. Check out his live cassette mix >
https://akuphone.com/catalog/Z
https://akuphone.bandcamp.com
 
Rebel Up DJ’s
hosts of the Rebel Up Soundclash parties in OCCII and of countless global sound events in Brussels, Belgium with contemporary *world / folk* music or in electronic ethnic sounds. Rebel Up is a full force: making remixes, drop mixtapes, hosting the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl and live sessions on Kiosk Radio. Earlier this year Rebel Up Records label has been kickstarted the with cutting edge releases from Ghana, Iraq, Mexico, Tunisia, Morocco & Bxl out now. Always on the search for new and old sounds from around the globe, their selections are colorful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Expect a true Rebel Up trip into global dancefloor depths.
 
DOORS 21h | €8
FB event

more info www.occii.org

@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud Zuid

 

Thu 21 June > Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII, Amsterdam w/ The Dwarfs Of East Agouza & Babylon Trio

This thursday evening, a night of Arabic soundclash, choubi choubi & electro chaabi

The Dwarfs of East Agouza أقزام شرق العجوزة
Instrumental / Improvisation-based / North African percussion loops / Shimmering keys / West African tinged free jazz guitar / Krautrock-style acoustic bass.

Hailing from the Agouza district of Cairo, Egypt, this brilliant trio consists of Alan Bishop (Acoustic Bass & Alto Sax), Maurice Louca (Keyboards & Drum Machine) and Sam Shalabi (Electric Guitar). In collaboration with Annihaya records, the Akuphone label is very proud to present “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” the long-awaited second album by the Dwarfs of East Agouza.

Following their acclaimed first album “Bes “, this new long play is composed of two hypnotic journeys: “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” and “Ringa Mask Koshary” which was recorded in Cairo in September of 2015. Mesmerizing electric guitar parts, frenetic beats, both supported by the deep sound of Alan’s acoustic bass create a new magical Egyptian soundscape. Vinyl version is a limited edition with a beautiful hot-foil stamped sleeve that magnifies the red metallic rats and a wonderful printed inner sleeve.

Maurice Louca (keyboards/electronics) (Lekhfa, Alif, Bikya)
Sam Shalabi (electric guitar/synth) (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect)
Alan Bishop (guitar/saxophone/vocals) Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius B., SUBLIME FREQUENCIES)
https://soundcloud.com/annihaya-records/the-dwarfs-of-east-agouza-rats-dont-eat-synthesizers-edit

Babylon Trio (IQ)
Iraqi music, contemporary music, Arabic music, choubi choubi, experimental, electro chaabi, electro arabic. Babylon Trio is a young Iraqi trio based in Brussels, Belgium that plays electrified contemporary Iraqi music, from choubi choubi to dabke and classical styles. The three Iraqi musicians of Babylon Trio arrived in Belgium in 2015-2016 as refugees of the war in Iraq. Arkan Mushtak hails from Baghdad, where since his childhood has has been shaped into a gifted keyboard/piano player by Iraqi master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow Baghdad musicians Saif Al-Qaissy (darbouka, percussion, backing vocals) and Walaa Saad (vocals). Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi and Arabic music styles such as chobi chobi, dabke, maqam and electronic hybrids that put the dancefloor on fire. Recently they released a limited edition cassette of their live show at Nuits Sonores Brussels festival in 2017. After the summer, the trio will release their debut album titled ‘Habibi.be’ on Rebel Up Records, with the help op cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus and Angstrom studio in Brussels. This year will mark the rise of the contemporary Iraqi sound through Belgium and beyond.
https://www.facebook.com/babylontrio/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPvsdSEDk9Y
https://babylontrio.bandcamp.com/

support: Rebel Up DJ’s

All info > FB event / website

€8 | Tickets at door only, No pre-sale!
doors: 21h – 1am

@ OCCII, Amsterdam
Amstelveenseweg 134

Thu 8 Feb > Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII Amsterdam w/ UMEME + Nyege Nyege Tapes: Sisso Sounds (TZ)

Yo Amsterdam, this thursday, a special Rebel Up Soundclash night in OCCII with Nyege Nyege Tapes label & UMEME.

Since 2010, Rebel Up has been promoting nights with sounds from the global underground at OCCII and continues to do so with international lineups.

Nyege Nyege Tapes is a label based in Kampala, Uganda,
exploring, producing and releasing contemporary electronic & outsider music from central & eastern Africa. In February they will tour with Tanzanian duo Sisso Sounds, who are playing a showcase at the Berlin CTM festival and afterwards to NL & BE. This will be their only show in NL!

Sisso Sounds *live set* (Tanzania / Nyege Nyege)
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, balani, shangaan and gqom.
https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-of-sisso

UMEME *live set* (Amsterdam)
Live house/techno with African influences. UMEME was founded by Daniele Labbate (synths and bass) and Bas Bouma (drums), two friends and experienced musicians who found themselves falling in love with live electronic and traditional African music. Over the course of countless nocturnal jam sessions, the two found a striking way to fuse these two extremes, with subtle electro, house and techno accents. Yannick van ter Beek (percussion) adds the afro to the rave with his African rhythms as third member of UMEME. Umeme latest ep “Athnan” reflects the focus of Labbate and Bouma on producing a crossover between North African rhythms, analog synths and drummachines. While the previous album “Afrorave” was a dark and flashy mix of different styles and rhythms coming from of Togo, Ghana, Ethiopia “Athnan” instead concentrates exclusively on Maghreb and Sharqi music originally from Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.
https://soundcloud.com/umeme-band
https://339records.bandcamp.com/album/umeme-athnan
https://wearemawimbi.bandcamp.com/album/umeme-afrorave

Moroto Hvy Indstr (Nyege Nyege DJ)
Head DJ of the Nyege Nyege label and resident at Boutiq Electroniq Sound System, Moroto plays some deep grooves and slamming African bass-tech-house mutations.
https://www.mixcloud.com/moroto-hvy-indstr/

support & hosted by Rebel Up DJ’s
Rebel Up has become a household name through their nights of contemporary global sounds between Brussels & Amsterdam. They host the Nightshop radio show on Radio Campus Bxl, curate 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 a warmup & cool down set of the freshest African sounds.

info > FB event / website

Doors open: 21:00 – 01:00 | €7
NO PRESALE, TICKETS AT THE DOOR, CAPACITY 250

@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134, Oud-Zuid
Tram 1 / 5

poster design by Maia Matches

Thu 19 Oct > Rebel Up Soundclash Nyege Nyege Tapes label night @ OCCII Amsterdam, with Otim Alpha (UG), Bistecchiño (IT) & Nyege Tape dj’s

A very special Rebel Up Soundclash this thursday evening, with special guests from Uganda! This is the very first international tour of the Nyege Nyege Tapes label, bringing Ugandan artist Otim Alpha and producer Leo Palayeng with them for a exciting night of new electronic African music.

Otim Alpha & Leo Palayeng
(UG) *live*
Hailing from the sweltering city of Gulu in Northern Uganda, both Alpha—an ex bare-knuckle boxer and master harp player—and Palayeng are considered pioneers of what’s become a veritable hyper-local electronic scene among the Acholi community. In 2001, Otim Alpha together with his early producer Leo Palayeng began taking traditional Acholi ‘Larakaraka’ wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers.

Due to the influence of missionaries who thought of them as non-Christian, Acholi traditions were for many years pushed to the periphery, and only preserved and passed down thanks to traditional musicians like Alpha. “When I recorded his traditional folk songs and added my electronic elements, local people loved the sound and it spread like wildfire,” says Palayeng. In his studio, the producer combined the adungu, nanga (both harps), fiddle and flute with synths and electronic drum-kit beats to create sounds that are equally nostalgic and forward-looking. The results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic Acholitronix ready for dance floor madness.

Most of the songs on the Gulu City Anthems are electronic re-interpretations of Larakaraka folk songs that are traditionally performed at weddings. The lyrics were different for each occasion, and would weave the long histories of the clans being united in marriage. “But people were not always able to afford the whole troop of musicians and dancers, so we started recreating the sounds with computers and singing the lyrics over the top—like karaoke,” Palayeng explains.

Released on the Nyege Tapes label, a Kampala based label exploring, producing and releasing outsider music from around the region and beyond.
https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/gulu-city-anthems
https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/04/06/nyege-nyege-tapes-feature/
https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/nyege-nyege-tapes-25th-august-2017

warm up live set by Bistecchiño (IT/NL)
the brainchild of Stefano Sgarbi, Bistecchiño wears a hat and loves rock ‘n’ roll, punk, disco and transmystical lyrics. A fallen wonder from the sky.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQgAeYWGnfc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-pMF8oWQQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXTaOXiNFLo

DJ support by:

Nyege Nyege Tapes DJ’s Moroto Hvy Indstr + 1at0
https://www.mixcloud.com/moroto-hvy-indstr/
https://soundcloud.com/lugezigezi/nyege-nyege-sounds-like-ft-moroto-heavy-industries

Rebel Up DJ’s
https://www.mixcloud.com/Rebel_Uppa/acholi-folk-pop/
https://www.mixcloud.com/Rebel_Uppa/
https://www.mixcloud.com/RebelUpNightshop/
https://soundcloud.com/rebeluppa

FB event / OCCII site

This night is NOT part of ADE.
7€ at door, no presale
@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam
Tram 1 or 2  Overtoomsesluis / Amstelveenseweg

Thu 4 August > Rebel Up! Soundclash summer night @ Bonnefooi Bxl

RebelUp bonne

This Thursday 4 Aug, our Rebel Up! Soundclash night in Bonnefooi,
with 2 special guests from Argentina & Colombia with Barrio Lindo (AR) & Ephniko (CO).

It will be their first time playing in Brussels, for a late night session into afro latino & electro folklore flavours!

Barrio Lindo is the project of Augustine Rivaldo, luthier by trade. In 2012, after a stay of three years in Colombia, Augustine decided to explore the world of digital music influenced by South American folklore. It all begin after he participated in a workshop production of musical guided by fellow Argentinian musician Pedro Canale a.k.a. Chancha via Circuito (Crammed / Wonderwheel). Since then he has released two EP via Bad Panda Records: “Free” (Ep, 2013) “Respiratory System” (EP 2012) and a LP published by the Project label: “Mooncircle” (2014) in double cassette & vinyl format. He has also made two EPs in collaboration with Argentinian producer Barda and English producer El Buho called “History of Color” recently published by ZZK Records. He has performed in venues and festivals in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Brazil and the United States and will now play Brussels for the 1st time
https://soundcloud.com/barriolindo

Ephniko hails from Barranquilla, Colombia, via Miami, Ephniko is an emcee, songwriter, global funk selector and producer whose music is rooted in the repetitive groove of hiphop and bass while expanding into the unpredictably eclectic. As a selector Ephniko moves crowds by combining African roots music from around the world with the electromechanical vibrations of the first world inner cities where he found his musical voice. He baptized his style of global dance as “Soundcocho.” He has performed in multiple festivals and concerts from Miami, Caracas, New York City and San Francisco to Capetown and Thailand.
https://soundcloud.com/ephniko-1/tracks
https://www.mixcloud.com/iBomba/ephniko-live-ibomba/

Rebel Up! SebCat is originator of the local Rebel Up! crew who bring the underground global flavour to Brussels nightlife in all global dance styles possible. Host of the night and he will surf the soundwaves from everywhere to neverthere. Just 1 night before Rebel Up’s appearance at Esperanzah festival, SebCat is always ready to play Bonnefooi for those who love the throbbing heartbeat of folklore mashed with electronics.

more info > FB event

*FREE IN*
@Bonnefooi
from 22:00 onwards…