Things get lost once in a while: bobby pins, sweaters, thoughts, a thing we once loved. There’s something about getting lost: it has the potential to be bad, yet it also enables the possibility of being found. In a world where we’re constantly overloaded with new music, it’s easy to forget the albums from the past that formed us the most. This month we’re asking Seb Bassleer, the guy behind Rebel Up Sebcat and label Rebel Up! Records (releases music coming from Ghana, Brussels, Lisboa, Peru, Tunisia and other nationalities or hybrid places of the diaspora), to dig into his musical archives and recover an album that touched the heart but was forgotten over time.
Illustration by Loes De Gendt
Which album do you want us to discover?
So many albums, candystore galore! I pick Luka Productions ‘Fasokan’ on Sahel Sounds, to stay in more current times, as going back often makes you lose the context and only induces fetishism.
When did you first listen to it?
Last year when it came out.
It was my personal #1 record of the year for its out of the box concept and deep tradi-futuristic sound
Why did you want to recover this one?
Because it’s a great under the radar avant-griot electronic album that’s been neglected by the public, even by many Sahel Sounds fans (you hipsters!), with the full focus given on the fine Mdou Moctar and Les Filles de Illighadad. It was my personal #1 record of the year, for its out of the box concept and deep tradi-futuristic sound. Luka Productions is young producer Luka Guindo from Bamako, Mali, who singlehandedly scaped the whole new Malian afropop and balani scene with his productions, mostly for other artists, singers and MC’s.
He’s a real humble guy, had him play a solo show at our Rebel Up night in Amsterdam last November, hopping from Malian style to style. I read a review in The Wire from an African electronic festival in Cologne where he played, where the reviewer analysed his performance as a messy affair. Some people in the scene just don’t get the point I guess, they just want boxed and marketing ready artists from Africa who can repeat their tricks over and over with perfection. Hashtag modern colonialism.
This album is for those who like electronica in general and lovers of contemporary African sounds with a futuristic open mind
For fans of?
People who like electronica in general, and lovers of contemporary African sounds with a futuristic open mind —not like the same old overhyped and milked out afrobeat shit that just glorifies exoticism.
What is your favorite song on the album?
Definitely this one. It has a blissed out vibe, double percussive beats, balafon melody, shouts, female spoken word and whatnot. Pure contemporary shit that one would not expect from contemporary Mali. Everyone should really check it out.
Rebel Up Sebcat is playing African Electronic Night, 10 February at Het Bos, Antwerp. The event is free for members. Join here.