Three more Belgium concerts for you…
With the release of his debut album ‘Wie Is Guy?’ and his already legendary visit to AB in 2019, Uccle-born (he may well have been a neighbour of Angèle and Romeo Elvis) Gorik van Oudheusden – aka Zwangere (pregnant) Guy – showed us who’s the boss of Brussels rap. It is clear that his forthright raps and imposing, compelling live shows make an impression. Bearing a golden album and a backpack full of rave reviews, the man from Brussels now returns to his hometown, where he will again show the AB ‘what the fuck is up’. Tickets are selling fast. Other dates may be added given the boss’s success. 21, 22 and 28 March 2022, 7.30pm. AB Main Hall. €25.
BHM x AB: Sebene Night + Kingdom of Kela
Come and enjoy a night of Congolese rumba complete with a live band and dancing. In its fifth year, Black History Month Belgium (BHM) and AB are joining forces to present a ‘Sebene Night’. In partnership with ‘Kingdom of Kela’, an Antwerp organisation with a solid reputation in the Afro-dance world, AB is celebrating with masses of music and dancing. Hosted by Rabba and DJ Ramos Sama, the line-up features RabbaDance & The Kingz & Guests and VillaNova EL Paris (live bands and dance). This year, BHM’s theme is ‘the power of assembly’. The assembly represents “the essence of the people who have gathered and the synthesis of their knowledge and commitments”. 26 March, 8pm. AB Club. €12.
About ten years ago, American hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces caused a commotion with ‘Black Up’, described by Pitchfork magazine as an “album with an impossible vision”. The futuristic, quirky sound of singer and producer Ishmael Butler was influenced by greats including Sun Ra, George Clinton and Alice Coltrane. The second equally impressive album ‘Lese Majesty’ was followed by two concept albums: ‘Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star’ and ‘Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines’, dubbed by AB as “albums that break all the rules”. The new ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’ album marks a new path. Ishmael Butler’s son, emo (‘emotionally expressive’ rock) rapper Lil Tracy, adds a new dimension to the sound. 30 March, 8pm. AB Club. €15.