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International Giraffes XX Penguins Night ft. Catu Diosis (Nyege Nyege)

9 mars-22 h 00 min - 10 mars-5 h 00 min

Girafas & pinguinas ! We will celebrate together the International Women’s Day at ILLegaaL and it will be biiiig !
And this celebration will be very special to us.
First of all because of its meaning and importance. It’s crazy that International Women’s Day even has to exist. It should be granted that women and men are treated equally all over the world. Yet despite some progress, we are still very far from it.
Then because it will be the  5th birthday  of our sistas Tropical DJipsies, a feminine DJ collective that was born at the International Giraffes XX Penguins Night of 8/3/2019 at Au Quai and promotes the place of female producers and DJ’s on the scene.
And finally because it will be our first time at ILLegaaL and we are very excited about this new home !
For this special occasion, we have foreseen an outstanding line-up of female artists : Catu Diosis (Nyege Nyege collective), Deejay Backstabber and Tropical DJipsies (DiDi, RaqL & Chel). With also a warm-up by Rebel Up Sebcat and Le Grand Méchant Loop.
We will do it !!
Visual design by Maria Yankova 
☃️ Entrance 10€ (cash only)
☃️  , so we advise you to and before coming (we’ll make a post if we are sold out or almost)
☃️ Collecto stop ILLEGAAL from 23h to 6h in front of the venue
〰〰 Catu Diosis (Nyege Nyege) (UG/DE) 〰〰
Catu Diosis: The Afrocentric Dynamo of Ugandan Beats.
Catherine Atim, better known by her stage name Catu Diosis, is a multi-talented force in the music industry hailing from Uganda. Born with a natural inclination towards rhythm and a penchant for creativity, Catu has carved her niche as a music producer, DJ, dancer, and rapper, earning her the title of the « African Diva » with her free-spirited and energetic persona. Catu’s musical journey began at the age of 12 when she, alongside her brothers, delved into making Luo rap music, a distinctive style rooted in her Ugandan heritage. Despite showing early promise, she took a hiatus to focus on her education, setting the stage for a later comeback that would leave an indelible mark on the global music scene. In 2016, Catu Diosis re-emerged, taking up DJing and later delving into music production. Her unique sound seamlessly blends Afrocentric elements with a global musical palette, creating tracks that are not only flavorful but highly danceable. Drawing from her early experiences with Luo rap, Catu infuses her current productions with a distinctive style that sets her apart in the industry. Affiliated with Uganda’s renowned Nyege Nyege collective, Catu Diosis has become a sought-after performer on the international stage. Her vibrant and electrifying sets have graced iconic
venues & festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Boiler Room, the legendary Berghain, and the eclectic Paleo Festival. One of her standout performances took place at Circulart in Colombia in November 2023, where she mesmerised the audience with her infectious beats and magnetic stage presence. Catu’s journey is a testament to her unwavering passion for music, her commitment to preserving and evolving her cultural roots, and her ability to captivate audiences around the world. As Catu Diosis continues to break and push the boundaries of the industry, her star is undoubtedly on the rise, illuminating the path for future generations of female African artists on the global stage.
〰〰 Deejay Backstabber 〰〰
Deejay Backstabber takes you on a vinyl driven musical safari. Relax on some Cabo Verde songs, Shake your booty on Kurdish tunes, wine down low with some new African beats. Break out your Bollywood & Nollywood moves. Impress with your hips on some Cumbia. Straight forward contemporary tunes from the streets. The secret lies in the mastering of every single muscle articulating your body.
Deejay Backstabber played at numerous events and festivals like Kokopelli, Forest Sound, Cactus festival and more.
〰〰 Tropical DJipsies 〰〰
The Tropical DJipsies are a feminine collective of international DJ’s based in Brussels : DiDi, RaqL, 3afifa and Chel.
DiDi is a solid member of the Festa Afro Tuga and Giraffes & Penguins crews. Since 2019, she can be found behind the DJ booth with her all-female crew of Djs: Tropical DJipsies. DiDi has played at festivals such as Esperanza, La Nature, Pukkelpop, Brosella and numerous events and radio shows, mainly in Belgium and Portugal. In her eclectic selection, you can listen to anything colored with rhythm and bass from all corners of the globe, with a special focus on female artists.
RaqL is a Brussels native of Cape Verdean, Portuguese and Angolan descent. She specializes in tropical and electronic music from Lusophone and African communities around the world. Her sets are eclectic and energizing. She has played at a number of events, notably for Kiosk Radio, Bruzz, Sfinks, Core festival and Nuits Sonores.
Born dancer and still unidentified hybrid creature, Chel is a womanager, model and performer who loves music.
Spurred on by a number of her friends, the Tropical DJipsies collective and her godmother La Dame thanks to St Klet, since 2022 she has been officially creating DJ sets inspired by a wide range of electronic sounds and solar harmonies. You can’t stop people dancing. So, will you dance ?
〰〰 Sebcat (Rebel Up) 〰〰
Busy bee do-it-all DJ/selector SebCat is behind the Rebel Up collective and record label, co-creator of Festa Afro Tuga and Giraffes & Penguins crews and promoter/curator of countless parties in Brussels and beyond. He hosts several radio shows & sessions on Radio Campus Bruxelles (Nightshop), BRUZZ, and Kiosk Radio, as well as infrequent residencies on We Are Various, East Side Radio and Lusophonica (Lisboa / PT). Since 2018 Rebel Up is a record label that puts a focus on eclectic outernational sounds from far & upclose with 25 releases and counting. Rebel Up DJ sets travel between tropical vinyl and contemporary electronic global sounds of past & future styles.
〰〰 Le Grand Méchant Loop 〰〰
“I prefer to make little pigs dance rather than to eat them !”
Le Grand Méchant Loop is a global underground DJ and percussionist based in Brussels. Founder of the Giraffes & Penguins collective, he is always on the quest for lesser-known musical genres from the four corners of the globe. His footprints have been found on various spots like music festivals (Esperanzah!, Couleur Café, Jam’in Jette…), underground venues (VK, Au Quai, Kultura…) or more distant places (Szimpla in Budapest, Fania Live in Vienna…). Sailing between tradition and modernity in his unpredictable DJ sets, he will be your travel agent and cardio coach all at once !!


9 mars-22 h 00 min
10 mars-5 h 00 min
Event Category:


Giraffes & Penguins


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Forest - Brussel, 1090 Belgium
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