Sun 21 May > Rebel Up! @ Ancienne Belgique, Latin Day w/ Systema Solar (CO), La Chiva Gantiva (CO/Bxl), Orkesta Mendoza (MX) and La Negra Albina (ES/Bxl)

This sunday @ Ancienne Belgique > cumbia, mambo, rocknroll, countrytwang, champeta, etceterarara

SYSTEMA SOLAR is a crazy Colombian collective ‘from near the Caribbean’ and you might already know them from other nights & festivals? Apparently they will be bringing ‘berbenautika’ and that is then a cross between the champeta ‘pikos’ soundsystems and the ‘verbena’ parties!? Or, as they say: ‘Whatever. Party!’

LA CHIVA GANTIVA is also of Colombian origin but is known to dancing music-lovers as international, diverse, from Brussels, and even as ‘neighbour to AB’. In 2017, they finally release a 3rd album. We’re happy to repeat it too: with their extra tambore, alegre, llamador and maracones they are sure to get you back on the champeta, chirimia and mapalé!

ORKESTA MENDOZA gathers in Tucson, Arizona, and is linked to Calexico via their frontman Sergio Mendoza. Here is a phenomenally infectious mix of texmex, cumbia, mambo, merengue, ranchero, rock‘n’roll, country-twang, psychedelica & Perez Prado… The whole hot hog, wittily played with class, passion, and pleasure (and released on the brilliant Glitterbeat label!)

LA NEGRA ALBINA, our friend Paula Leon lead this group: as homebase Brussels – on the street or in parks if need be – but most definitely with Latin or Hispanic or South America roots, and what they present is quite simply extra-territorially enjoyable.

DJ support by
Rebel Up & Sugamix

15:00 doors
16:00 La Negra Albina
17:30 Orkesta Mendoza
19:00 La Chiva Gantiva
21:00 Systema Solar
22:30 end

15 € presale / door

More info >
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Sat. 30 july > Rebel Up! crew at Sfinks festival, Boechout (Antwerp)

hello hello,

this weekend (29th-31st) it’s time for Sfinks festival again in the green village of Boechout (Antwerp) and we’re invited to perform on the saturday! We’ll be playing our global mashed dance set in the main Concert Tent from 1:00 til 2:30 at night, right after our Colombian friends of Systema Solar and warming up for our buddy Munchi, yeah! Expect a heavy DJ & VJ set of cumbia bass, swinging soukous, unheard shangaan, krazy kuduro, kurdish hiphop, and other electro-folk styles together with colourful visuals.

We’ve made a promo mix for Sfinks, you can check & download it here!

With the heavy famine that is waging in the horn of Africa right now, we would like to raise emergency funds at the end of our Rebel Up! set. We will walk around with a donation box and we hope that everyone can donate whatever they can spare. All the proceedings will go to the NGO Seed Sambura in Kenya.

The Sfinks festival programme promises 3 days of good world music. On the Friday it’s a balkan theme with the music of movie director Emir Kusturica & The no smoking Orchestra and Robert Soko. Saturday has a fine lineup with Ayfer Düzdas (Kurdish folk), Lëk Sèn (Senegalese dancehall), Rubén Blades (spicy Panamese salsa), Alpha Blondy (African roots), Systema Solar (Colombian cumbia fusion), Munchi (fresh moombahton) and ofcourse our set to make you swing and dance, no doubt 😉 On the Sunday we can highly recommend Dikanda (Polish folk), Mamer (central asian folkpunk), Khaira Arby (Malinese desert funk, best show at recent All Tomorrow’s Parties!), Bomba Estéreo (more cumbia!), Hindi Zahra (Moroccan folk fusion) and Faiz ali Faiz (Pakistani qawwali). Also check out the Cabaña on sunday, where dj’s Polyesta and MPS Pilot will be spinning.

Weekendtickets are just 50€, 40€ for sat+sun or 25€ for one day. Buy your tickets in presale though, otherwise they cost 15-20€ more at the gate!

See you there,
Rebel Up! crew