Sat 14 April > Giraffes & Penguins #6 @ Au Quai, Bxl

and saturday 14 april, another amazing fun Giraffes & Penguins party!
🌶🎵 GL🌎BAL UNDERGR🌎UND 🎵🌶

Party animals, dancefloor travellers and global music lovers, it’s time to meet again 😁
Diego Armando (Barcelona) and Dragan (Bxl) will be our special guides for this 6th musical exploration trip around the wildest places on earth, together with Rebel Up SebCat and Le Grand Méchant Loop.

🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧 LINE-UP 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧

〰🔅〰 Diego Armando 〰🔅〰
Xavier Riembau aka Diego Armando is a dj from Barcelona playing an eclectic mix of groovy tunes from around the world.
A 24 h digger moving from Jamaica To Cuba across New Orleans and back to Gypsy rumba Barcelona. His specialty is dancefloor killers from the afroamerican music, exotic themes from Brasil to Africa, & also Disco & Acid house anthems. A true visceral dj who plays vinyls since 20 years active in Barcelona & Catalunya. His name is an hommage to the best football player of the planet aka Diego Armando aka La Mano de Dios. Mani (bass player from Stone Roses /Primal Scream) gave him this name after a big party in La Costa Brava. He played festivals like Sónar, Faraday, Rock Circus (Italy), Mostra Sonora i Visual & venues like Razzmatazz (BCN) and Sala Apolo (BCN). He also opened for The Streets, Ike Turner, Mdou Moctar, Mammane Sani, KIng Ayisoba or Maceo Parker to name a few. He is part of the Finis Africae collective and also has an experimental & ethnological project called Wunderkammer with Enrique Doza a venezuelan artist. A clash between roots & electronic music.
http://diegoarmandodj.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/DiegoArmando/
http://wunderkammer.bandcamp.com/

〰🔅〰 Dragan 〰🔅〰
(LaVallée – GranKrew – Radio Panik 105.4 FM – Collectif Z!)
Since the age of 16, Dragan has been listening to and playing a broad range of musical genres, from jazz to techno, soul, funk, beats, world,…
After a pause in his digging fever, he’s back to his first love. Since the end of 2015, he’s been busy spinning in various places such as Esperanzah! festival, Vk Concerts LaVallée, Antitapas, Bravo Bxl, Walvis, Bonnefooi, Quest For the Beat.
He’s also part of the team that put up the biggest free outdoor festival in Brussels, the Jam’in Jette festival.
http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/flux-tendu/
https://www.mixcloud.com/VanMarkic/f-l-u-x-t-e-n-d-u-0-0-0-4-radiopanikorg-brussels/

〰🔅〰 Rebel Up SebCat 〰🔅〰
as always, expect a wild set of the freshest African, Latino & global sounds.

〰🔅〰 Le Grand Méchant Loop 〰🔅〰
“I prefer to make the little pigs dance rather than eat them!”
Philippe Nullens aka Le Grand Méchant Loop is world beats DJ and percussionist. He will take us on a surprising journey, spiced up with live percussion, where the genuine sounds of kologo, zurna, ferrinho and gwoka blend to create the kind of groove that can only be explained on a dancefloor!
https://www.facebook.com/LeGrandMechantLoop/videos/881961011963103/
https://www.mixcloud.com/LeGrandMechantLoop/groovy-trip-1/

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doors 22h til 4am
@ Au Quai,
Quai du Hainaut 23

Entrance 5€ /// Doors 22h – 4h
Next to Dépôt Design and MIMA
Metro 1/5 >> Comte de Flandre / Graaf van Vlaanderen
Tram 51 >> Porte de Flandre / Vlaamse Poort

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Fri 16 March > Rebel Up @ Cafe Maison du Peuple, St Gilles

This friday night, global sounds all night at Cafe Maison du Peuple, on the parvis of St Gilles.

Rebel Up Sebcat will play together DJ Sudakah (CO/Bxl), selector Colombiano Puro!  From classical to the best of contemporary electronic Cumbia. expect a whirlwind of tropical sounds from Latin America, Africa and beyond.

Free in!

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from 22h til 3am
@ cafe Maison du Peuple
Parvis Saint Gilles 39, St-Gilles

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Sat 18 Nov > El Pulpo Collective goes Afro Latino @ La Tentation, w/ Ussu N’djai + Pigmaliao

On saturday, the return of El Pulpo collective with Rebel Up in La Tentation.
A very special Afro Latino concert & party night with an Afro Portuguese touch, with the band Ussu N’Djai & The New Balansa from Guinee Bissau/Senegal/Amsterdam and producer/DJ Pigmaliao from Brasil and more surprises.

Ussu N’djai & The New Balansa
the Amsterdam-based group of Ussumane ‘Balansa’ N’djai brings an exciting mix of different West-African music styles (m’balax, m’gumbeh, Afro-Mandingo, Carribean reggae, salsa and funk.) Balansa composed the songs with texts in different West-African languages such as Wolof, Mandingo, Creole, French, English and Portugese, a true afro latin mixture with cultural roots.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x787Aen9mq4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DNQc6bxgT0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DP0h91sW4U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpQ3XwPkx8g

Pigmalião (BR)
Pigmalião is the materialization of the reference from the label Frente Bolivarista and remains in constant transformation alongside the label release narrative. Frente Bolivarista has made a stellar rise over the past year to be one of the labels to watch for the future of Latin America music.  Brazilian musical legacy has always seemed somewhat set apart from the rest of the continent but the label, alongside the growing links between booming São Paulo and Buenos Aires, Quito or Lima shows that the tide is changing. It is indeed the becoming, and going even further than, the musical version of Bolivar’s dream: a global collaboration of new, inter infected, border hopping sounds shaping the future of Latin American music.
https://soundcloud.com/piglion
https://soundcloud.com/frentebolivarista
https://frentebolivarista.bandcamp.com/

+ support & host, Rebel Up SebCat

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Presale tickets available, cheaper than at the door!
Presale: 10€ / 13€ at door
La Tentation members: 8€
Afterparty from midnight: 5€

21h – 2am
@ La Tentation / Centro Galego de Bruxelas
Rue de Laeken 28
1000 Bxl

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Wedn 1 Nov > Eclectric Roots night @ Au Quai, Bxl w/ Kel Assouf, Desir Fiorini, Esinam & Ibaaku, Angstromers and Rebel Up

This is the first evening curated by Brussels organisation/agency Enthusiast Music. A blend of incredible bands nourished by diverse visions of the world. Authenticity, complexity, groove, love. Fighting through music and culture against any kind of border.
PART ONE, AN EXTREME DIALOG

DESIR FIORINI (HA/IT)
What if Viennese composer Franz Schubert would have travelled to Haiti and met the spirits of vodou in Carrefour la Mort ? What if we would travel back to an imaginary mixed XIXth Century ?
With their hyper-classical formula of a piano and a voice, Belgian piano player Fabian Fiorini and Haitian singer Renette Désir summon the spirit of German romantic composers together with vodou trance. They pay a twofold tribute to contemporary Haitian poetry and to the language of the Haitian of the street: Creole. At this concert Fiorini will perform on a Fender Rhodes. Exclusive!

KEL ASSOUF (NG/TN/Bxl)
Kel Assouf means both “nostalgia” and “son of eternity” in Tamashek, the language of the Sahara nomads. Kel Assouf currently work on a new album to be released in 2018 with an unconventional trio formula. Drummer Olivier Penu and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef support singer and guitar player Anana Harouna. They add a layer of freedom and contrasts to the heavy rock sound typical of their last album Tikounen. Spirit of Woodstock in the desert ?

PART TWO, A JOURNEY INTO ECLECTRIC ROOTS

ESINAM – IBAAKU (GH/SN)– RELEASE!
Multi-instrumentalist Esinam recalls the spirit of her Ghanaian roots in a ballet of instruments slightly sustained by almost invisible loop machines. Born in Brussels, she finds inspiration in her journeys all over the world and encounters with different cultures. In her solo set, she uses electronic machines and turns into a « one-woman band ». She composes, plays and performs her own contemporary music with flute, percussions, vocals as well as traditional and modern instruments. She invites Ibaaku, the Senegalese free-spirit and eccentric code-breaker at the vanguard of African avant-garde. Ibaaku assimilates multiple genres for digital deconstruction and reconstitution as soundtracks for wildly inventive visual narratives full of buzzing cosmic mysticism. first live performance of Esinam’s new single, produced by Ibaaku! And more!

THE ANGSTROMERS (Bxl)
The first release of Chouk Bwa & the Ångstromers combines a new dub sensitivity with a Haitian rhythm science. It is a new collaboration between the traditional Haitian vodou band, Chouk Bwa, and the abstract sound engineering of the Ångstromers. The result is a very distinctive blend: a kind of future-leaning Vodou dub.
The Ångstromers will perform some live mix of recordings captured in Haiti in April 2017 with a specific approach they call “Future Chouk”.  their 7inch “Electric Mambo” will be available!

PART THREE, THE NIGHT BELONGS TO REBEL UP SebCat!
global beats into the beyond.

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 5€ < 22h30 > 8€ > CASH ONLY!
doors 20h
@ Au Quai
Quai du Hainaut 23
metro Comte de Flandre
tram 51 porte de Flandre

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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

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

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