Fri 1 March > Rebel Up Soundclash *Sahel special* with Studio Shap Shap (NE) & Pal/Secam @ OCCII, Amsterdam

Sounds from the Global Underground | Sahel Special

Another special Rebel Up Soundclash night in the OCCII, where we invite the band Studio Shap Shap for their only NL show this tour. Not to be missed!

Studio Shap Shap started off in 2015 as a project that was inspired by a new radio station in Niamey, which was searching for local musicians who could create 27 songs in three days for its broadcast programme. Studio Shap Shap are Oumarou Adamou (Niger), Boubacar Siddo Diallo (Niger), Seyni Halidou (Niger), Haruna Abdou (Niger), Christian Koulnodji (Chad) and Laetitia Cecile (Reunion). The six-piece ensemble is known for fusing traditional and contemporary beats, inspired by nature, the communities they live in and the band members’ musical backgrounds. Mixing nature and city, traditional and electronic techniques, spoken word and vocals magnify the traditional instruments. Ancient knowledge to rely on and beyond modernity for a true contemporary African sound. Despite the challenges, the group managed to independently release their debut album ‘Chateau I’, which was recorded outside and under a hut and with the sound of birds and city noise around them. They have grown a lot since their first album and have been busy recording new songs. This is their only show in Netherlands. Travel with them into the modern sound of the Sahel!
https://studioshapshap.bandcamp.com/album/chateau-1

Support before & after the concert by Rebel Up DJ’s & Pal/Secam in Sahel & sunny Afro spheres.

FB event / website

8€
doors 20h30 / concert 22h
@ OCCII
Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud Zuid


Fri 22 Feb > Rebel Up @ Studio Shap Shap *Sahel night* @ Recyclart, Bxl

a special *Sahel night* with with Studio Shap Shap (Niger)

6 musicians in the sand, under a straw roof. It is in the open air where Studio Shap Shap recorded their live album amidst bird cries and sounds from the capital city of Niamey, Niger. Traditional instruments (douma, talking drums, kindé, molo, komsa), electronic machines, bass, and piano intertwine with their sounds.

The band started off in 2015 as a project that was inspired by a new radio station in Niamey, which was searching for local musicians who could create 27 songs in three days for its broadcast programme. Studio Shap Shap are Oumarou Adamou (Niger), Boubacar Siddo Diallo (Niger), Seyni Halidou (Niger), Haruna Abdou (Niger), Christian Koulnodji (Chad) and Laetitia Cecile (Reunion Island). The six-piece ensemble is known for fusing traditional and contemporary beats, inspired by nature, the communities they live in and the band members’ historical backgrounds. Mixing nature and city, traditional and electro, speech and singing magnify the traditional instruments. Ancient knowledge to rely on and go beyond modernity for a true contemporary African sound. Despite the challenges, the group managed to independently release their debut album ‘Chateau I’. They have been busy recording their 2nd album which soon will be released. Travel with them into the modern sound of the Sahel!
listen here > https://studioshapshap.bandcamp.com

with support by Rebel Up DJ’s SebCat & Leblanc in true Sahel spheres.

programme >
20:30
Rebel Up DJ’s
21:30 Studio Shap Shap
22:30 Rebel Up DJ’s


FB event

6€
doors 20:30

@ Recyclart
Rue de Manchester 13-15
Molenbeek

Sat 31 Oct > Rebel Up! @ Café Quartier XXL Tuareg rock night, VK, Molenbeek w/ Terakaft & Mdou Moctar

dear Brussels lovers of desert blues!
This saturday a nice double concert by Tuareg bands Terakaft & Mdou Moctar!

12015097_933056410102814_9192639241464048125_oMolenbeek! A cultural and artistic melting pot, a young and dynamic neighborhood filled with action and movement. Café Quartier is a meeting place where a stage is presented to (young) talent, ideas and initiatives.

Café Quartier XXL is a new concept: an expansion of the profile of the VK. Its main idea is to offer a true cross-over, in music, on stage and in the crowd. The bands on the stage will provide a mix between underground and Maghrebi music and will offer an experience which represents the spirit of Molenbeek!

terakaftTERAKAFT (ML)
Hailing from Mali the Tuareg band Terakaft (meaning “The Caravan”) are regarded as the pioneers of desert rock. No other band from the desert is closer to Tinariwen than Terakaft.
‘Alone’ is the fifth album of Terakaft. Recorded partly at the famous Real World Studios, the album was produced by Justin Adams, the British musician/ producer who has delved deep into Tuareg music, and is known through his work with Robert Plant, Tinariwen and Juldeh Camara. In these troubled times, they have made an album together, that presents the deep Saharan rhythms as a vital contemporary heartbeat. Standing on the ruins of their people’s dreams they sing to their brothers and sisters about true friendship and tolerance.
https://terakaft.bandpage.com/
https://www.facebook.com/terakaft

11-06-mdou-moctar-3-by-jerome-fino-2014-loresMDOU MOCTAR (NG)
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger.
In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane”, rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger and earlier this year his fictional biography movie “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai”, an amazing rockfilm in the Tamasheq language.
http://sahelsounds.com/mdou-moctar/
https://www.facebook.com/mdoumoctarofficial

Rebel Up! DJ’s SebCat & LeBlanc will warm the café with traditional & modern sounds from the Sahel, Sahara, Maghreb and beyond, like a scorching hot sirocco wind.

@ VK Concerts
Schoolstraat 76 Rue de l’Ecole 1080 Molem Bxl

12 euro presale / 15 at door

Doors: 19:30
Mdou Moctar: 20:15
Terakaft: 21:30

See FB event or VK website

Fri 19 June @ OCCII, Amsterdam > Rebel Up! Soundclash / OK IN KO OUT present: Akounak movie premiere (tuareg music film) + Mdou Moctar concert + djs

19 juni mdou moctar
Amsterdam!

This friday another special Rebel Up! Soundclash & OK IN KO OUT collab night in OCCII.
Showing the movie ‘Akounak’, followed by a concert of Niger tuareg band Mdou Moctar and the Rebel Up! & Sahel Sounds dj’s

Mdou Moctar  – concert
In the somewhat crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart from his peers. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre, his unconventional styles have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad.

Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. He taught himself the guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by returning Ishumar, Mdou traveled the road to Libya where he traveled and worked odd jobs. As chance had, he would meet some of the now famous guitarists and further his musical studies. He returned home with a guitar and a dream.

Rising to the status as local celebrity, in 2008 he traveled to Nigeria to record his first album “Anar” – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar, became an instant success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine,” one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the compilation “Music from Saharan Cellphones.” In 2013, he released his first international album, “Afelane,” rocking and raw sessions recorded live at his hometown in Niger. He is currently in production in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez.

Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazouhai Trailer from sahelsounds on Vimeo.

Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai)
Feature | NR | 75 | DIRECTOR: Christopher Kirkley

Prince goes Sahel in this colorful homage to Purple Rain. Set among the sub-Saharan Tuareg people, and reputedly the first feature film in their Tamashek language (which has no word for “purple,” hence the title). Resplendent in a purple robe and matching chopper, smoking hot guitarist Mdou Moctar arrives in a music-mad Niger town and sets about wooing a local beauty, clashing with his pious father, and fencing with the jealous king of the local scene (Kader Tanoutanoute, as wily and dapper as Morris Day) until their climactic six-string shootout.

Starring guitarist Mdou Moctar, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai) is a feature length fiction film, shot entirely in Agadez, Niger. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, and endure the trials of love – all while coming to terms with one of the biggest barriers: himself.

Both a homage to Purple Rain and The Harder They Come, Akounak is based on the universal hero, the struggle of a musician to overcome a series of conflicts. In execution, many techniques have been adapted from Poverty Row, Italian Neo-Realism, and the experimental films of Jean Rouch. While there are a plethora of films concerning the Tuareg guitar, all are documentaries. Akounak is the first fiction film to explore the scene in this format, and the first film in the Tuareg language of Niger.
agadez_screening
DJ sets by Rebel Up! & Sahel Sounds dj’s.

8€
Doors open: 20:30
Movie to start around 21:00

full info > OCCII site or FB event

5 & 6 Nov > supporting Mdou Moctar in Ghent (Vooruit) & Brussels (Recyclart)

Our favorite young tuareg rocker Mdou Moctar and his band from Niger are touring Europe again, and we had a little hand in getting them these 2 Belgium shows. Sahel sounds in the house!

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We’ll be dj-ing sahelian sound support in Ghent, hopefully with Chris from Sahel sounds too >

on wednesday 5 nov in the café of De Vooruit venue (Ghent), and it’s a free show! FB event

and next day on thursday 6 nov Mdou plays in Recyclart (Brussels), with Belgian-Congolese band Shengen Shege of David Bovee (Think Of One). doors 20:30, 5€ in. FB event.

To get the full spectrum on Mdou, read the Sahel Sounds website, for those who read Dutch , check the interview I did with him for Gonzo (circus) magazine, or just check this video recap of his last tour

Listen to Mdou’s amazing sound here!

and oh, soon Mdou will be a music movie star, when his movie Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai  (*Rain The Color Blue With A Little Red In It*) will be premiered. check the awesome trailer here 🙂

Akounak Teggdalit Taha Tazouhai Trailer from plastic shaman on Vimeo.