This tuesday evening Rebel Up & Les Ateliers Claus present: Etran de l’Aïr!
The name Etran de L’Aïr translates to “the Stars of the Aïr,” the mountainous region of Northern Niger. They are based in the town of Agadez, an urban center renowned for the electric guitar and the western named “desert blues” music. In the Sahara, this electric guitar genre is intertwined with social function. It’s a lucrative commerce, and gigging bands make their living in weddings, baptisms, and political events. Etran de L’Aïr is one of Agadez’s longest playing groups on the circuit since 1995. Yet they are also a band that has remained on the fringes, stars of the Agadez working class.
Etran de L’Aïr play a style that captures the contemporary sound of Agadez, incorporating vastly different musics into their repertoire. While Tuareg guitar follows a predictable format, Etran breaks convention and throws a third guitar into the mix. The two lead guitars solo on top of one another, in constant dialogue, with a crashing response from the drum. There is a bubbly underwater warble that emerges from reverb and crackly amps. It’s electric party music, surf rock, from a place that is all beach. They differentiate themselves from the other wedding bands: “We play our own folklore, not like the other artists in Agadez. Our music is based around traditional Takamba…and we listen to a lot of Malian music. Not Tinariwen, but musicians like Ali Farka Touré and Oumou Sangaré.” Etran de L’Aïr is not just a musical group, but a family collective.
new Rebel Up Nightshop radio show online for summer (July/August) via Radio Campus Bruxelles, Rhythm Passport & Groovalizacion Radio. Songs by João Selva, Les Filles de Illighadad, Balkan Taksim and Les Frères Jackfruit x Rural brutal ft Imazzalen. Albums of the month with Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, Congolese rumba by Grand Kallé & Manu Dibango via Planet Ilunga, afro grooves by Pat kalla & le super Mojo via Heavenly Sweetness as well as Vaudou Game via HOT CASA Records. free jazz sounds from the Agile Experiments project by Dave De Rose, freestyle cumbia by Colombian trio Los Pirañas via Discrepant / KEROXEN, postpunkfunk by Swiss outfit Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp via Les Disques Bongo Joe, Brazilian electrodub by Felinto via Bokeh Versions, global electronic by Mawimbi w/ Ghetto Kumbé, Spoek Mathambo & more and a compilation by Moonshine collective with MC Redbull Kinshasa, Ahadadream and Vanyfox, Tune in here >>>
Also on 22 july, Rebel Up did their summer show at BRUZZ radio. interview with KING L MAN aka D.WattsRiot and his new album on KEROXEN / Discrepant. Also focus on Radio Amazonia fundraiser compilation for radio education in the Peruvian amazone by Eck Echo curated by producer QOQEQA with Alfonso Luna, Mikongo and SELVAGIA, as well as remix album of Tunisian artst Nuri via Shouka with Dengue Dengue Dengue, Martha van Straaten and M.RUX & POUVOIR MAGIQUE. Tune into the audio or videostream below, all info on the releases can be found there.
here is our new show for March ’21 for Radio Campus Bxl & Rhythm Passport with 3,5 hours of new global sounds.
4 songs of the day, new Alsarah song that goes with a book, new single by German jazz band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble and 2 fiery live songs by Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood.
Our albums of the month are by David Walters & guests via Heavenly Sweetness, contemporary Senegalese music from Wau Wau Collectif on Sahel Sounds and hypnotic Roma Epirotika folk music by Tassos Chalkias via Radio Martiko.
Followed by albums by female Palestinian singer Samah Mustafa and her vocal experiments in traditions, new Turkish rock & synth pop album by Altin Gün via Glitterbeat and animalistic punk jazz by Belgian quartet Echoes Of Zoo. More electronic, new albums by IKOQWE (Batida & Ikonoklasta)with afro tuga vibes on Brussels label Crammed, taken further by Guedra Guedra’s fresh album of Moroccan Amazigh bass sounds on On The Corner label and 2 EP’s by Norwegian ethno-skwee producer Center of the Universe and Lisboa’s afro tuga afrohouse duo Studio Bros.
Here our latest 2 weekly Rebel Up radio show on BRUZZ.
In this show we had interviews with British-Trinidadian artist Coreysan about his new album “Deeper Than Skin” on Blind Colour and with Tunisian producer & percussionist Nuri about his new album “Irun” on Shouka. Hosted by Rebel Up SebCat and Omar Hobo.
TRACKLISTING: Bounaly – Takamba (Music from Saharan WhatsApp 10) INTERVIEW WITH COREYSAN Coreysan – Deeper Than Skin Coreysan – Treasure Ink Project – Feeding The Fire feat. Coreysan Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes – Plantains Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes – Remix by Madam Data INTERVIEW WITH NURI Nuri – AK7EL Nuri – MOSR
This wednesday is a double African concert night at Atelier210 and Bonnefooi.
In Atelier210 tamashek rocker Mdou Moctar from Agadez, Niger, will play as part of Autumn Falls festival. warmup dj set & afterparty Rebel Up SebCat& Funky Bompa.
MdouMoctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Back home in Agadez, he’s celebrated for his original compositions and verbose poetry, an original creator in a genre defined by cover bands. In the exterior, where Saharan rock has become one of the continents biggest musical exports, he’s earned a name for himself with his guitar moves. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that utterly sets him apart. His latest album ‘Ilana The Creator’ is out on Sahel Sounds, listen here >
and for those of you in the city centre and in the mood for some griot music: Kaito Winse from Burkina Faso will play a FREE concert in Bonnefooi.
His concert is made from 9 songs and 9 shorts stories explaining the message of songs or instrument’s origins, depending on the mood. Chatting with audiences, Kaito Winse takes them to Lankoue, his village of Sourou from Burkina Faso. His songs reveal Samo land and griot traditions from Burkina Faso through ancestors praise, edifying traditional stories (tales). So many topics sung with a powerful and natural voice, which impose listening and silence before convincing by a melodious, bewitching and catchy texture via traditional instruments such as the mouth bow, Fula flutes, calabash and more. In 2020 his solo album will be released on Rebel Up Records. See a short video here.