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Fri 9 Dec @ Botanique, Afterparty Festival Cinema Méditerranéen > hosted by Rebel Up! with guests Gal Kadan & El Gato Callejero

festival-cinema-mediterraneenThis Friday, Rebel Up! is hosting the afterparty for Festival Cinema Méditeranéen @ Botanique.

We invited some special guests for a true Mediterranean flavour.

Rebel Up! SebCat will be accompanied by Israelian dj/producer Gal Kadan, who is specialised in music from the Levant (Libanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Jordan) and also by Spanish Brussels DJ’s El Gato Callejero and I Am Sardina, who will spin Iberian sounds from rumba Catalana to flamenco & mestizo + live percussion.

Expect a wild mix with dance music from the Mediterranean and the Levant > Latino Euro-Arab-Andalus connection!

@ Botanique Witloof bar
From 23h till very late!

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Wedn 4 May: Egyptian / Turkish concert night @ OCCII, Amsterdam


a special Egyptian / Turkish concert night of friends @ OCCII supported by Rebel Up, even though we won t be there due to travel (Peru) and work.

The Invisible Hands (EG)

is the English translation of the band’s original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El Khafeyya. A band created amidst an unusual backdrop by Alan Bishop (AKA Alvarius B., member of legendary US band Sun City Girls and co-owner of the world famous Sublime Frequencies label), with Cairo-based musicians Cherif El Masri, Aya Hemeda, Adham Zidan and Magued Nagati. Songs – sung in Arabic, English, or whichever language they channel – are drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses with a nod to what could have potentially been music that surfaced decades ago but instead found its way into the future. The group was established during the summer of 2011. Their debut was recorded in Cairo in May 2012, and two versions were released, one in Arabic and another in English, with both on a limited edition double LP. Their second album, Teslam, is currently out on CD with the LP being released in December.
Hayvanlar Alemi (TR)

is a psychedelic folk rock band founded in Ankara. They got together in secondary school in 1999, when they were 14. Classical rock and heavy metal were big influences on teenagers in Ankara then, and they started their musical venture playing hard-and-heavy covers, but very soon self-discovered free improvisation and moved into a more avant-garde approach, and later on occasionally deployed traditional instruments, found-sound elements like live radio, and colorful stage theatrics. They were influenced by the new folk-infused experimental rock scene of the late 90s Istanbul, but isolated from any music scene in Ankara, their sound and song-structure diverged from their contemporaries as they incorporated elements from the findings of their musical research into their sound, which included folk, pop and hybrid sounds of South East Asia, East and West Africa, South America and Russia, as well as Jamaican dub reggae and Californian surf.

info here or FB event

Amstelveenseweg 134
A’dam Oud-Zuid

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Sat 13 June > Rebel Up! SebCat @ Out Loud night, Beursschouwburg, Bxl w/ Orchestre Du Mont-Plaisant (UK/FR) &Mocambo (BR/BE)

Hello Brussels!


This saturday a sweet night at Beursschouwburg together with kunstencenter De Vooruit from Ghent as part of the yearly Out Loud festival.
British afropunk-poppers Zun Zun Egui sadly had to cancel their show, but Rebel Up! helped arranging some fine replacements for them, 2 bands even, yay!

We´re proud to present French-British outfit Orchestre Du Mont-Plaisant and local Brussels & Ghent afro-heroes Mocambo to fill this night with their special global sounds.

Orchestre Du Mont-Plaisant specialises in all global styles with a heavy psychedelic sauce. They bring together world rhythms and moody cinematic moments playing blues and dance pieces, with notable influences from Congolese Soukous, African highlife, Ethiopian jazz, cumbia, séga and a whiff of Middle-East and Turkish Psychedelia to make your head & body spin.

will shake you up with their heavy Afro-Brazilian & urban Afrobeat rhythms. It´s the project by rapper Le Tagarel and composer Tartaruga and joined by our own Brussels artist Témé Tan and several other master musicians. Their strong sound takes you from Angola to Brasil in many colours and spheres. Get ready to rumble with this wild band!

Before, between & after global tunes from around the world by Rebel Up! SebCat

and oh yes, IT´S FREE IN!!!!!

22:00 Mocambo
23:00 Orchestre Du Mont-Plaisant
00:00 DJ SebCat

Info, check BSB site here or FB event.

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Sat 25 April > Rebel Up! SebCat @ Balkan Trafik, BOZAR Bxl + Foton party @ Beursschouwburg


This weekend is the Balkan Trafik festival again in BOZAR museum in Brussels, 9th edition already!

On saturday, Rebel Up! SebCat will play a few listening sets in the big Horta hall between the shows of Bosnian folk-jazz group Divanhana, Kosovarian-Turkish singer Suzan Kardes and Greek singer Katerina Tsiridou & Fanouris Trikilis Rembetiko Project. Expect sounds of slavic folklore, balkan beauties, old greek rembetiko vinyls, Turkish spheres and other vintage sounds from beyond the eastern hills.

See the full lineup & info on the Balkan Trafik site.

Get in the mood with this vintage Rebetika mix from 2 years ago >

Rebetika: rough blues & hard times from the Greek peninsula 1922-2012…. mixtape by Rebel Up! on Mixcloud

and oh, supertip for saturday night > our friends of Foton organise a nice experimental global/electro night in Beursschouwburg with our good friends Lowdjo and Filastine playing too. Free in, so be there. All info here

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2 March: Rebel Up! @ STRP festival, Eindhoven w/ Cairo Liberation Front & Copyflex


this saturday 2nd Rebel Up! crew will be in Eindhoven to play at the STRP Bienale festival, as we are invited by the fine folks of ∆ Cairo Liberation Front ∆ for a full-on arab revolution technofolk marathon in the foyer all night, also Copyflex (of Copia Doble Systema) is joining us.
Anyway, we’ll do our best to scare the IDM hipsters and chase the steppers in a night filled with DJ Shadow, Hudson Mohawke and much more electronic artists, so YALLA!

in case you should miss this, Cairo Liberation Front will come & play @ Rebel Up! Soundclash on saturday 20 april, so mark it down! 🙂

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Fri 7 Sept. Rebel Up! dj set @ UNESCO vernissage Grand-Hornu (Hainaut/Henegouwen)

We’re proud to announce that this Friday evening we’ll be playing a special dj set at the historical Grand-Hornu mining & exposition site as part of a UNESCO night to celebrate the fact that Grand-Hornu has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The site has a long history in coal mining, attracting many migrants from Wallonia and Flanders, as well as many immigrants from eastern and southern Europe, all in search of a better livelyhood in the 50’s & 60’s. Check the French or Dutch wikipedia pages to get full info on the mining site (which by the way lies very close to the Dour festival area).

So, time for a party and they asked us to play some global sounds.  We’ve settled on doing a special concept set filled with miner’s folk songs to pay respect in sound to the flemish and wallonian laborers and many other migrant workers that have passed through Grand-Hornu such as Polish, Greek, Italian, Spanish (Asturian), Portugese, Turkish and Moroccan communities. Expect a set filled with vintage folk, socialist songs, folkloric dance diddies and some modern sounds, all focussed on Belgian, eastern and southern European spheres. Our 2 hour set will be from 18:30 till 20:30, should you want to be there.

Apparently, Belgian prime minister di Rupo will be there as many other politicians, bobo’s and vip’s. Not really our nomal crowd, to say the least. We have no clue what the deal exactly is about this evening being open to the public or if it is by invite only, see the Musée des Arts Contemporains (MAC) de Grand-Hornu site for more information about the expositions and more, though no info can be found about this Friday 7th. At least we can tell you that the site is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday as a celebrative gesture…..

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Cassette Connection Belgium tour 11-12 may; Antwerp, Brussels & 13 may extra set in A´dam


poster design by Ness Verbeiren

On Friday the 11th o´may, the super special Cassette Connection tour kicks off in Belgium (Antwerp & Brussels) and followed by Amsterdam on Sunday with a limited set by Rebel Up! through the magical Indian tape collection of Sebcat.

Cassette Connection is a pure cassette tour with 3 specialised cassette dj`s playing their collections of colourful lo-fi tapes of (un)popular, vintage and folkloric music from different regions of the world; lo-fi folkpop, ethnic jewels & disco sounds from AFRICA – MIDDLE EAST and the INDIAN SUBCONTINENT.

Awesome Tapes from Africa (US)
After a stint in Ghana researching the local hip-hop movement, Brian Shimkovitz, a trained ethnomusicologist, has accumulated hundreds of cassette tapes of rare african music from Zimbabwe to Ethiopia to Senegal. He has been sharing his bounty through his popular blog Awesome Tapes From Africa, which he takes on the road as a DJ. His dj sets bring old and new music styles of the African continent together in one pure sound that will make you swing till you drop. Awesome Tapes From Africa is now also a label; the first release is a classic 1982 recording by Mali’s legendary diva, Nâ Hawa Doumbia

DJ Cinnamoon (ES)
Since 2005, the DJ Cinnamoon project has been compiling the best popular music from the Middle East. For this special lo-fi meeting we will enjoy a dense audio-retrospective with original cassettes of Googoosh, Erkin Koray, Omar Souleyman, Haifa Wahbe and many other Turkish, Kurdish, Persian & Arabic extraordinary artists still unreleased for western audiences.
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Sebcat’s Maj Tahal
Brussels dj Sebcat will open up his mysterious Maj Tahal cassette grotto to unveil many musical gems from allover the Indian subcontinent. Expect a fine selection of folkloric and disco pop from different Indian states, cinema songs from beyond Bollywood, sufi synthpop from Pakistan and digital folklore from the Nepali mountains.


Fri 11 may @ Scheldapen, Antwerp > Layla Raqsa III night with Basketball (CA) and more
fingerfood, cinema and outerworldly music!
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Sat 12 may @ Recyclart, Brussels > Cassette Connection night with Velotronix band & dj Bongoman
the Recyclart will be transformed into a lo-fi lounge with sofa’s, outerworldly projections and tv’s with youtube video’s!
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Sun 13 may @ SOTU fest, OCCII, Amsterdam  > supporting US Girls (US) and Hayvanlar Alemi (TR) (without Awesome Tapes From Africa, joint set by Cinnamoon & Sebcat’s Maj Tahal)
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the Cassette Connection tour has been made possible with the support of Gonzo (circus), Recyclart and Scheldapen.

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