DIY upcycled street orchestra from Kinshasa, Congo | Congotronics | “thumb piano”
This monday 23 Feb in OCCII, Amsterdammie!!!!!!!!!!
Konono N°1’s “Congotronics” album introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo. World music, electronica and avant-rock aficionados have all been equally amazed by this otherworldly music, which has driven the international press to come up with some surprising comparisons (from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno!…).
The band was founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called “sanza” or “thumb piano”, consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band’s line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There’s also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.
here a link to a 50 year old Konono no1 recording!!!! (uploaded by producer Vincent Kenis)
support by Rebel Up dj’s + dj Andy Moor & De Boer (The Ex)
OCCII THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED. 50 PLACES WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR ON THE EVENING OF THE CONCERT.
SO BE EARLY IF YOU STILL WANT TO GET IN. PEACE
Special midweek fun coming up!!!!
Les Ateliers Claus & Rebel Up! present >
King Ayisoba & Band (GH)King is coming back to Brussels, and this time is bringing his band with him!
This is the traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of Ghana brought with the energy and flavor of the 21st century. King Ayisoba sings in Frafra, Twi and in English and is a big star in Ghana. A whole new scene has started after King Ayisoba introduced the super catchy kologo beats to the bigger audiences in Ghana and abroad. The kologo is a two string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator, it is rhythmic and melodic at the same time. The King is bringing other musicians and dancers on this tour, dancing the traditional Frafra dia and kologo dances from the area of Bongo in Northern Ghana. The dance consists of very high jumbs and originates from hunting rituals. Aboku Adortanga (dancer and dorgo player) is King Ayisoba’s brother and is a master in playing the “Dorgo”, a special horn from Northern Ghana used in the traditional Frafra tradition of music. The sound resembles a lamb calling out loud and was original used by the Frafra people in the forest to gather the village people to come and hunt. Gemeka is an absolute master in playing the guluku, a local drum from Bolgatanga Soko in Northern Ghana. Since a few years the young Dagaati has been part of King Ayisoba’s band. At first he came to the concerts and kept coming and telling Ayisoba he could play Ayisoba’s songs on his xylophone. That was quite unusual, since Dagaati comes from the Dagaati region in upper west in Ghana. But the addition of the xylophone to the kologo, drums and voice works fantastic and Dagaati became a core musician of King Ayisoba’s band and it is already hard to imagine how the band sounded without this very talented young man. Not to be missed!
Support by Zea (NL)
Solo performance from Arnold de Boer (singer of punkband The Ex) deploying guitar and sampler for an almighty bout of high energy songs. Urgent energetic lyrics over guitar, roughshod beats and grimy bass lines. This is fat-free music with no words wasted; joyfully obstinate, wonderfully bonkers. http://zeamusic.bandcamp.com/
your Rebel Up! dj’s on the decks before/between/after the concerts
awesome! our buddies of The Ex invited us to play at their festival this sunday in Tivoli, Utrecht, our old homecity of the early Rebel Up! days.
just see this great lineup of artists that will be playing > The Ex, Fendika (ETH), (USA), Han Bennink + Peter Brotzmann (NL/D), Chocolat Billy (F), Space Siren (NL), Trash Kit (UK), MC Arnold + Rebel Up! Soundclash DJs.
For all info, check their website or Tivoli.
The weekend of 13/14 september we’ll be in great mother Russia as we’re invited to play on 2 festivals in Saint Petersburg & Moscow, yay!
On friday 13 september we’ll be playing a Rebel Up! DJ/VJ set at Ethnomechanica festival in the Kuryokhin centre, Saint Petersburg together with our friends The Ex, De Kift and Skip & Die, who will all join up to Moscow the day after.
Then the next day on saturday 14th, we’ll all be in Moscow in Gork park (apparantly an amusement park!) for the Dutch Days in Moscow festival as it’s part of the Netherlands-Russia cultural year 2013 that the Dutch and Russian governments organise together. Looks like the festival in Moscow is for free for all.
Here’s the timetable for Gorky Park, we’ll be spining 3 hours in total to spread some non-hating global love. fun fun fun! >
16:00-16:30 Rebel Up! (DJ-set) 16:30-18:00 The Ex 18:00-18:30 Rebel Up! (DJ-set) 18:30-20:00 De Kift 20:00-21:00 Rebel Up! (DJ-set) 21:00-22:00 Skip&Die 22:00 -23:00 Rebel Up! (DJ-set)
Time for another Rebel Up! session at Recyclart!
We are co-hosting this special African/Ethiopian night with the good Recyclart folks as part of a concert night with Ukandanz and Zea for whom we are playing support with eastern African and other modern African tunes.
Zea (Arnold de Boer, The Ex) will kick off the night with some of his eclectic African inspired punkrock songs with electronic effects and samples between Delta blues, Ghanese riffs, Ethiopian electrofolk and gabba beats.
uKanDanZ is a French-Ethiopian outfit that plays some serious electrified folky punkjazz with Asnake Guebreyes on vocals (from the late Mohammed Jimmy Mohammed band). Pure energy spiritualised with emotional drives to make the crowd go wild and shiver in Ethiopian dance stylee. Listen to their new album on Deezer and check out the video >
As always with Rebel Up! hosted nights, a part of the proceedings will go to a NGO project, in this case the Ethiopia-project of The Ex/Zea in the capital Addis Abeba where they support a music school for blind and handicapped children and other programmes. You can also make a donation at the bar if you like.
Keep in mind; it’s a concert night and not a late dance night, so do come early enough. doors 21:00, just 5€ in, full info on Recyclart site.
this wednesday evening @ les Ateliers Claus a nice duo concert of dutch punk band The Ex, celebrating their 33 1/3 years existence and our favorite Brussels trio Hoquets who will play their last last concert for now. support by Rebel Up! dj Sebcat with all kinda global, punk, improv sounds between & after the shows. Time to taste some midweek rocking!