Akuphone is a french independant label focused on rare global pop and folk music from the early 1950's to the late 1980's, led by Cheb Gero (aka Fabrice Gery) and Tinmar (aka Martin Jay), both record collectors. The label is inspired by the need to release music that has not been released before to western audiences. It aims at linking these productions to their historical and political contexts, placing them back in the social and cultural conditions in which they emerged. Akuphone ambitions to promote “hyphenated music” and its diversity without emphasizing such ambiguous notions as intermixing and hybridity, which can be considered as commonly accepted stances tinted with eurocentrism.
Cheb Gero (Akuphone)
Cheb Gero is a collector and a music enthusiast. After being a record dealer for many years, he launched the Akuphone label in an "archives" spirit and a desire to "explore the world in music". In an approach to musical archeology, he seeks to highlight the work of artists, musicians, singers and singers who, in the so-called Western countries, are ignored or unknown Far from a romantic or fetishist view of extra-Western music, the label's objective is to articulate these cultural productions with their historical and political context and to re-situate them in their social and cultural conditions of appearance.
Their infamous parties are no secret to the Brussels global underground and beyond, for over 10 years they promote new sounds where possible. From the freshest and bounciest global tunes, from ethnic electronic bass to digital folklore, it's all there to hear and feel in their mixtapes, remixes and the monthly radio show Rebel Up Nightshop on Radio Campus Bxl & Radio Groovalizacion. This year will also mark the birth of Rebel Up! Records, a vinyl & digital label for special global sounds. Expect urban folk & electronic tunes from the global south and diaspora.
Select global, play local!
Radio “Weather' show on Radio Panik in Brussels by day, duo by night, Drache Musicale releases global beats (Afro, brazil, creole, disco, chaabi, sega, cumbia, all that) via FrontChaud and Miss Sirocco in the role of musical sprinklers. Groove chaloupé + african disco + bombastick brésilien + séga + cumbia digitale + zoukbass + créole + chââbi glorifié...
" Only good things to say, we swear" Le RECYCLART / BXL.
" A happy mix of musical explorations, of cultures & idea's " Le MELLOTRON / Paris
" I think we have to raise your fee (but watch out with the volume) " Le LOUVRE / BXL
20h label presentation & sets @ Niko Matcha > prix libre
Rue de Flandre 183
23h afterparty @ Midpoint > FREE IN
Rue de Flandre 189
Rue de Flandre > behind Walvis café
metro Comte de Flandre
tram 51 Porte de Flandre