Rebel Up’s Best-Of-2018 music lists

It’s that time of the year again, the best-of-the-year lists! It has been an amazing year for Rebel Up, the start of our record label, all the wild parties & events in Brussels, allover Europe and even down into Morocco. Big up to everyone who supported us in any way possible this year, at our nights, with our releases and actions. Best wishes for the end of the year and up to an even better 2019!

Here our lists of favorite albums, compilations and EP’s, according to the Rebel Up Nightshop radio show, our dj sets and other influences.

* Albums of 2019 *

AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United (Glitterbeat Records)
BCUC – Emakhosini (Buda Musique / NYAMI NYAMI records)
Ayuune Suley – We Have One Destiny (Rebel Up / Makkum Records)
Babylon Trio – Habibi (Rebel Up

Moulay Ahmed El Hassani – Atlas Electric (Hive Mind Records)
Damily – Valimbilo (Bongo Joe Records)
Samba Coco Raízes de Arcoverde – Maga Bo apresenta: Coco Raízes de Arcoverde (Kafundó Records)
Zanmari Baré – Voun (Buda Musique

Susobrino – Mapajo EP (Global Hybrid Records)
Malphino – Visit Malphino (Lex Records)
Fanna-Fi-Allah – Muraqaba (Buda Musique)
Deena Abdelwahed – Khonnar (InFiné)

and many more > > >
Gaye Su Akyol – Istikrarli Hayal Hakikattir (Glitterbeat)
Phoenician Drive – Phoenician Drive (SK Records)
Ekuka Moriss Sirikiti – Ekuka (Nyege Tapes)
Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles (Glitterbeat)
Capitol K – Goatherder (Faith And Industry)
Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – El Ndjoum (Carton Records / Airfono)
Bégayer – Terrain A Mire, Une Maison Rétive, Contrainte Par Le Toit (Bongo Joe)
Baloji – 137 Avenue Kaniama (Bella Union)
Docteur Nico – Dieu de la Guitarre (Planet Ilunga)
Baba Commandant – Siri Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies)
Memo Pimiento Electric Orchestra – A Todo Dar (Rebel Up)
Luc Mishalle & Marockin’ Brass – Beats & Pieces (Rebel Up)
Mubashira Mataali Group – Mubashira Mataali Group (Blip Discs)
Bernard Orchestar – Le Futur du Passé (Coucou Label)
Cyril Cyril – Certaine Ruines (Born Bad Records)
Novalima – Ch’usay (Wonderwheel Recordings)
Chancha Via Circuito – Bienaventuranza (Wonderwheel)
Sarah Davachi – Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (Recital)
Pierre Sandwidi – Le Troubadour De La Savane 1976-1980 (Born Bad Records)
Saint Abdullah – Ta Tash (Boomarm Nation)
Khalab – Black Noise (On the Corner)
Fofoulah – Daega Rek (Glitterbeat)
Senyawa – Sujud (Sublime Frequencies)
Ahmoudou Madassane – Zerzura OST (Sahel Sounds)
Etran de l’Aïr – No1 (Sahel Sounds)
Sons of Kemet ‎– Your Queen Is A Reptile (Impulse! Records)
Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth (Young Turks)
Mdou Moctar & Elite Beat – Mdou Moctar meets Elite Beat In a Budget Dancehall (Boomarm Nation)
Indianizer ‎– Zenith (Edison Box)
Guy One – #1 (Philophon)
Zuli – Terminal (UIQ)
Formation Boyz – Ukuvuka (GQOM OH)
Kwi Bamba & l’Orchestre de Gama Berema (Ouch Records)
Alasdair Robert, Neil McDermott & Tartine de Clous – Au Cube (Okraina Records)
Basa Basa – Homowo (Vintage Voudou)
Hany Mehanna – The Miracles of the Seven Dances (Radio Martiko)
Jowaa – Asokpor 1​.​0 (Akwaaba Music)
Bamba Pana – Poaa (Nyege Tapes)
Merope – Naktes (Granvat)
MISS RED – K.O. (Pressure)
Dur-Dur Band – Dur Dur of Somalia – Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks (Analog Africa)
Tallawit Timbouctou – Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)
Troupe Ecole Tudu – Oyiwane (Sahel Sounds)
Liraz – Naz (Dead Sea Records)
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
Altin Gun – On (Bongo Joe
Feeling Kréyol – Las Palé (Strut)
Tasos Stamou – Musique Con Crete (Discrepant)
Sugai Ken – てれんてくだ – tele​-​n​-​tech​-​da (Discrepant)
Muqata’a – Inkanakuntu (Souk Records)
The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers (Akuphone)
Jungle By Night – Livingstone (New Dawn)
Qhizzo – Gqom Plug (Akwaaba Music)
Tonga Boys – Vindodo (1000HZ)
Ericamour Yovogan & Quentin Nicolaï – Wututu (Tanuki Records)
Naujawanan Baidar – Volume 1 (Radio Khiyaban)
John Johanna – I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes (Faith and Industry)
Kaba – Kaba (Chouette)

* Compilations *
Arabstazy – Under Frustration Vol 1 (Shouka / Rebel Up)
V/A – Nouvelle Ambiance (Nouvelle Ambiance)
V/A – Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records)
V/A – Zamaan Ya Sukkar (Radio Martiko)
V/A – Music of Southern Laos (Akuphone)
V/A – Music of Northern Laos (Akuphone)
V/A – Saz Power (Ironhand Records)
V/A – Disques Debs International vol. 1 (Strut)
V/A – Hystereofônica Vol. 3 (Tropical Twista Records)
V/A – Diatribes (University of Tropical Sound)
V/A – 10 YRS LATER: A Global Club Compilation (Lowup)
V/A – Discophilia Belgium: Next​-​door​-​disco & Local Spacemusic from Belgium 1975​-​1987 (Sdban Records)
V/A – Kafundó Apresenta Coco Raízes de Arcoverde REMIXED (Kafundo Records)
Uproot Andy – Bumper to Bumper (Studio 189)

* Singles & EP’s *
Apichat Pakwan – Leh Dub (Animist Records)
Chouk Bwa & The Angstromers – Electric Mambo (Angstrom Records)
Cigarra – Ato EP (Tropical Twista Records)
Conjuntos Jovens Africanos – Nhu Djon / Volta Pa Terra EP (Ostinato)
Cornelius Doctor & Tushen Raï ‎– Lights Of Khonvoum (HARD FIST)
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Son de los Diablos (ENCHUFADA)
Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek – Oy Oy Ermine EP (Bongo Joe)
ESINAM – Esinam (Sdban Records)
Go Dugong – Vidita EP (Global Hybrid Records)
Hava Bektesi & Love-Songs ‎– Bukuroshja e Lales / Delay EP (Hans E. Platte)
KOKOKO! – Liboso EP (Transgressive)
Lee Dodou & The Polyversal Souls – Basa Basa EP (Philophon)
The Mauskovic Dance Band – Down in the Basement EP (Soundway)
Miss Red – Dagga / One Shot Killer EP (Pressure)
mUnO – Coplas Teluricas EP (self released)
OK Jazz / KO Jazz – Luvumbu Ndoki / Ludiata Nangwi EP (Planet Ilunga)
ONIPA – Open My Eyes EP (Wormfood)
Qwasa Qwasa – C’est quoi ça? EP (Lowup)
Sheitan Brothers ‎– Breaking Trad EP (Zelaian Disco Club)
V/A – Princes Of Abzu موالي أبزو (Hard Fist)
YĪN YĪN – Dion Ysiusk EP (Bongo Joe)

6/7 Nov > Rebel Up! weekender with Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band (Burkina Faso) @ Vooruit, Gent + Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels!

this weekend a special double concert of Baba Commandant & the Mandingo Band in Belgium; Gent & Brussels! Rebel Up! helps to organise these nights, and will DJ before/after both shows. fun!

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On friday 6 Nov @ De Vooruit in Gent, a sweet lineup with Baba Commandant and also Alsarah & The Nubatones

Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band
are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern. In 1981, he joined the Koule Dafourou troupe as a dancer. Later, he embarked on his current musical direction as a singer first in Dounia and then in the Afromandingo Band. His current band — when he’s not playing with the now-famous Burkinabé musician Victor Démé — is the Mandingo Band. At present, he is a practitioner of the Afrobeat style, drawing inspiration from the golden era of Nigerian music. Fela Kuti/Africa 70 and King Sunny Adé are big influences, as is the legendary Malian growler Moussa Doumbia. Baba plays the ngoni, the instrument of the Donso (the traditional hunters in this region of Burkina Faso and Mali). His audience comprises multiple generations and strata of Burkinabé society; he accordingly adapts his repertoire to his surroundings, which range from cabaret Sundays in Bobo-Dioulasso to the sound systems of Ouagadougou and are a formidable force steeped in Ouagadougou’s DIY underground musical culture. Juguya is their sound.

Listen to Baba here! >

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Alsarah & The Nubatones
Born in Sudan, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She grew up in the capital Khartoum and Taez (Yemen) but since 1994 has called New York her home. The Guardian lauded her as“the new star of Nubian pop”. Together with her band the Nubatones she explores her love for Northern-African and Arabic music from the 60 ‘s & 70’s. Get ready for a heavy taste of eastern instruments, profound melancholic vocals and pentatonic arrangements.

Full info + presale tickets > FB event or Vooruit website.

Then the day after, saturday 7 Nov in Brussels @ Les Ateliers Claus, Baba Commandant will play after Moroccan band Lahcen Akil & the Chaabi Brothers (we saw them in Amsterdam a few weeks back, in one word > mesmerizing!)

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Lahcen Akil and the Chaabi Brothers
Lahcen was born in 1969 in the village of Tamlalte in the Moroccan High Atlas. Influenced by acoustic music and traditional songs, he started music very young. As songwriter, he performed his songs about the beauty of the region. He interprets his songs on a lothar that he made himself, with a wooden handle, a palm soundboard and goatskin. He is regularly accompanied by his brother on percussion.

dj’s Rebel Up! & Hisham Mayet (Sublime Frequencies)
dj & filmmaker Hisham Mayet joins us for a ping pong dj set afterparty, expect african beauties, rough folklore, guitar rock and global pop tunes from this true collector of musical gems!

Full info + presale tickets > FB event here or LAC website