Mon 6 May > Rebel Up Soundclash w/ Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla duo (Sahel Sounds) @ OCCII, Amsterdam + live session at Red Light Radio + Tue 7 May @ Pantropical, WORM, Rotterdam

This monday evening at OCCII Amsterdam, special concert by Mauritanian duo Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla from Sahel Sounds!

First up, from 16 to 17h we will do a Rebel Up x Sahel Sounds livestream session at Red Light Radio, tune in online and see/hear it all.

In the evening at the OCCII, synth freakout from the Sahara. Mauritanian WZN (literally “instrumental music”) has emerged as pop music, blaring out of taxi cabs and cassette shops throughout the country. Ahmed Lowla is one of the country’s biggest stars. Performing in lavish weddings of Nouakchott with a troupe of percussionists, Ahmed’s signature style is dynamic and ambitious, shredding over the keys with flourishes (like playing with his elbows and head!). Hypnotic and tranced out, Ahmed Lowla transports Mauritanian classical music into technological futures, like a drug-free baroque rave under the open air of the Sahara.

Listen to the the new album ‘Terrouzi’ here – released by Sahel Sounds in time of the tour and some video’s

dj support Rebel Up & Sahel Sounds
all info: FB Event / website.
doors: 20h30
@ OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134, Oud Zuid, A’dam

in case you can’t catch them in Amsterdam or live further away > no fear, they play next day on tuesday 7 may @ WORM in Rotterdam.

Pantropical organises this fine night, with support by Rebel Up Duckfood and Chulengo.

doors 20h30
all info > FB event / website
@ Worm
Boomgaardstraat 71
Rotterdam

5-13 May, Northern Europe > Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla duo tour x Rebel Up

from 5 to 13 May, Rebel Up SebCat will be touring along Ahmedou Ahmed Lowla duo from Mauritania and Sahel Sounds label allover Northern Europe and ending in Bucharest.

In Amsterdam (6th), Rotterdam (7th) and Berlin (9th), expect some Rebel Up warmup dj sets, and perhaps more.

Give us a shout if you are in town on one of those nights! 🙂
View the full tour with FB events via the Sahel Sounds page.




Thu 9 Nov > Rebel Up Soundclash w/ Luka Productions (Mali / Sahel Sounds) & dj Zé Karlo

This thursday, a last minute Rebel Up Soundclash @ OCCII with a very special guest from Mali > > >

LUKA PRUDUCTIONS (Mali / Sahel Sounds)
Luka Guindo, rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist and one of the most sought after producers of contemporary Malian Hip Hop. Working from a small bedroom sized studio alongside a busy street in the Malian capital city, Luka has built a reputation as one of the most prodigious beatmakers. Working with artists such as Supreme talent show, Ami Yerewolo, Iba One, van baxy and Sidiki Diabaté, Luka productions officiel is a household name in Bamako’s Hip Hop scene. New age music from West Africa. Lush and hypnotic dreamscapes combine traditional instrumentation with sweeping electronics, field recordings, and soothing affirmations. Bamako based composer Luka Productions delves into avant-griot, transforming ancient music into the 21st century. The songs are meditative and sage, as voices guide the listener through ways of living, from the village life to the modern world. Inspired from early electronic music, library records, and new age, this is easily one of the most left field recordings to ever come out of Mali.

RebelUp SebCat says; “amazing subtle album of afro-electronic moods, between the city & the bush. Modern Malian music from the young generation like you never heard…”

Available from Sahel Sounds
http://www.sahelsounds.com/shop/
and Bandcamp
https://sahelsounds.bandcamp.com/album/fasokan

dj support > > >

Rebel Up DJ’s (hosts)
DJ Zé Karlo (A’dam)
https://www.mixcloud.com/djZerkalo/

FB event / OCCII website

5€ BEFORE / 7€ AFTER 23:00 , no presale
@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam
Tram 1 / 2 (Overtoomsesluis / Amstelveenseweg)

Tue 31 Oct > Rebel Up desert night @ Les Ateliers Claus, Bxl, with Ifriqiyya Electrique & Les Filles de Illighadad

Rebel Up! and Les Ateliers Claus present: a special night of spiritual desert spheres with Ifriqiyya Electrique, Les Filles de Illighadad & Gernas Haj Shekhmous.

Ifriqiyya Electrique (TN/FR/IT)
More than a concert, Ifriqiyya Electrique is the real adorcist rite of Sidi Marzûq practised by the Banga community in Djerid, between the salt desert and the oases of the Tunisian South. The Banga is a key annual event in the lives of the black communities of the oasis towns of southern Tunisia, descendants of the Hausa slaves transported from sub-Saharan Africa. It is a ritual of adorcism not of exorcism: of accommodating the possessing spirit rather than expelling it. The invitation has been issued by the rûwâhîne themselves, the spirits from whom the record borrows its title, and is taken up primarily in the streets and in private houses.
The band is fronted by 3 Tunisian musicians, Tarek Sultan, Yahia Chouchen and Youssef Ghazala on vocals, krakeb handcymbals and drums. French avant-garde guitarist François Cambuzat and Italian bass player Gianna Greco, both of Putan Club and Lydia Lunch fame.

“The devils are communicating with computers & electric guitars to recompose this ancient adorcist rite of possession and trance. No music note and no tempo were changed, for a transcendental now postindustrial ceremony.”  The spirits possess bodies, asking to be fed through a music of obvious modernity. Their debut album ‘Rûwâhîne‘ on the Glitterbeat label is a powerhouse of deep dark sound.
https://ifriqiyya-electrique.bandcamp.com/

Les Filles de Illighadad (NG)
Added last minute to this lineup, Les Filles will make a surprise warmup appearance for the start of their Euro & Moroccan tour. The superb Sahel Sounds label (see too: Mdou Moctar, Mamman Sani and the excellent compilation ‘Music For Saharan Cellphones’) released the acclaimed debut album of guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali and singer Alamnou Akrouni, together: Les Filles de Illighadad. Side A of that album is full of dreamy, minimalistic desert blues; on Side B you can hear a recording on which all the women from their village of birth – in the Nigerian countryside – combine polyphonic vocals with repetitive percussion. They have just released their follow-up album ‘Eghass Malan’, which takes their traditional sound into a more powerful guitar driven direction. Les Filles send a breath of fresh air through the male dominated genre of Tuareg guitar bands. They return to the essence of the genre, armed only with voice and guitar – complemented live by two extra musicians (including Mdou Moctar guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane).
https://lesfillesdeillighadad.bandcamp.com/album/eghass-malan

Gernas Haj Shekhmous (Kurdistan/Bxl)
traditional Kurdish and sufi percussion with floating visuals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LabrnvGFHPM

DJ support by Rebel Up & BP

FB event / website

8€
Doors 20h
@ Les Ateliers Claus
Rue Crickx 13
St Gilles / Bxl

Wedn 23 Aug > Rebel Up dj @ Feeërieen w/ Mdou Moctar (NE) & Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek (TR/FR)

Feeërieen festival @ Parc Royale, organised by Ancienne Belgique.

2 concerts > Niger desert rock to groovy psych-pop from Anatolia + Rebel Up dj support

Mdou Moctar
Thanks to label boss Christopher Kirkley, who can easily be described as the modern day Alan Lomax, Sahel Sounds has also become one of those unmissable benchmarks. To him we owe the discovery of Les Filles De Illigahdad (recently catchy at BRDCST) and the desert blues of Mdou Moctar. On his debut, Mdou Moctar further distinguished himself from other Touareg acts, like Bombino or Tinariwen, by the striking use of the auto-tune. Live, Mdou Moctar mostly sounds raw and extremely energetic. Moctar also provided the music for the very first Touareg film ‘Akounkounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai’ about a young musician who wants to make it big. Fun Fact: the film was a remake of ‘Purple Rain’. He just has released his new allbum ‘Sousoume Tamachek‘ on Sahel Sounds. Desert power!

Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek.
At the 10 years of Rebel Up / Nightshop party in Recyclart, some of you already had the good fortune of seeing Derya & Grup Simsek play. Hearing the voice of Derya Yildirim, it only takes a few seconds until your soul willingly allows itself to be bowled over. This singer/multi-instrumentalist namely possesses a unique voice that exudes both melancholy and longing. Musically, she is accompanied by Grup Şimşek that excels with its hypnotic Anatolian psych-pop. Let’s just say: a smooth mix of Turkish folk, grooves and psychedelica. Aside from own compositions, Derya Yildirim also interprets gems by Turkish artists like (protest)singer Selda Bağcan, rock pioneer Barış Manço, Moğollar (founding father of Turkish folk rock) and the Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet. A piece of trivia for the benefit of your inner joy: those who fall for the sound of Derya Yildirim, will also love Altin Gün who is to perform at Global Street Sounds (17.09.2017) in AB, curated by Rebel Up & AB.

DJ support by Rebel Up SebCat, expect sahel guitars, indian grooves, oriental psyche and much more.

@ Parc Royale
19:00 – 22:00
FREE IN!