They are a formidable musical force conceived in love, rebellion and the evocative musical vigor of Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou.

Family Band

ReBelle is a skilled and seasoned band with high profile touring experience in West Africa, across the United States, and an immense capacity to connect with live audiences wherever they perform.  They are gentle insurgents, fueled by vision of justice.
In their music and their lives, Rebelle is an intergenerational and intercultural band from Africa and America. The Rebelle story is rich in a foundation of love and powerful musicianship. ReBelle came together when Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou first joined creative forces performing, recording, composing, and touring together in 1994. They completed 4 full length albums between ’93 and 2008, and released many singles including, “Free Mumia”, “Move Together”, “War is Not the Answer” and countless acoustic works. ReBelle plays all original music, sung in many languages including Wolof, French, Creole, English, Sanskrit and Arabic. Their lyrical content melts barriers of hate; conscious sound bites explode points of view and inform new perspectives. 

Kalpana Devi

Music theory encompasses the nature and mechanics of music. It often involves identifying patterns that govern composers' techniques and examining the language and notation of music. In a grand sense, music theory distills and analyzes the parameters or elements of music – rhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture.

 Emanuel Manou

In a grand sense, music theory distills and analyzes the parameters or elements of music – rhythm, harmony (harmonic function), melody, structure, form, and texture.


ReBelle plays Roots reggae music, and its powerhouse vocalists chant meditations on liberation while the band propels roots reggae soul. The band’s mystical mix of pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar and tight harmonies is internationally acclaimed. In Africa, performances at the Blaise Senghor Institute in Senegal, Reggae Sunsplash in Senegal and Baia das Gatas Festival in Cape Verde exemplified the band’s outstanding success at reaching the hearts and minds of people. At the Baia das Gatas Festival in front of 60,000 people and to an international television audience, the band so moved the people that the audience rushed the stage as the band members appeared.
ReBelle is heard on airwaves throughout Africa, Europe, Jamaica, the Americas and the world. In the U.S., along the east coast, from Maine to Florida to California, ReBelle has performed hundreds of concerts at noted festivals, venues and colleges including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, LEAF, Fire Water Festival, Harmonic Convergence Festival, Vermont Reggae Festival, Bel Chere, LEAF, Ocean State Reggae, Reggae Sunsplash, New England Reggae Festival, sell-out crowds at the Iron Horse Music Hall, Pearl Street Night Club, SOB’s, The Roxy, House of Blues, Guilford College, Amherst College, Smith College and opened for all the greats in reggae including The Wailers, Damien Marley, Toots Hibbert, Israel Vibration, Joseph Hill and Burning Spear to name a few.

“Why question a good thing- even if it doesn’t really make sense?  Yeah, it may seem weird that some of the best American reggae is happening deep in New England, in the Pioneer Valley (land of abundant snow, bone-chilling freeze and un-Rastified temperaments).  But…why ask?  To feel first and think later is the path of the righteous.  And when ReBelle sparks up the stage, the fortunate in attendance will know what it is to feel the music…ReBelle does some heavy channeling in their live shows…..When ReBelle performs, concert halls become sacred, and for several hours, at least, people come together.”- Valley Advocate


ReBelle is a multi-talented musical force conceived in love, rebellion and the evocative musical vigor of Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou.
Kalpana and Manou are musicians, composers, activists, parents and upholders of love and justice.

 “Powerful musicianship” “Warm, contemporary, vital” “Spell binding” “Powerhouse lead vocals”

“Eclectic, contemporary interpretation crosses all borders”- Relix

“Transcendent”- Valley Advocate

“Intrinsic element of protest”- Hernan Rosenberg, Music Critic
“African dread sojourn along a trance-like musical vibe of Oneness, Unity, and Roots.”- Dub Missive
Blessed love and welcome, friends!

Creating our new music single, “War is Not the Answer” was a unifying experience! ReBelle brought phenomenal artists together to craft a message about peace. War is Not the Answer is revolutionary scripture, a reggae anthem, a clarion call throughout the vast sea of human consciousness.

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Ware Is Not The Answer

Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound).

Ware Is Not The Answer

Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments.
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AFRAH PEACE is a new 20 minute composition we were commissioned to create for Deepak Chopra. It is a mantra music that features chanting in the African language, Wolof. It is currently being distributed through the Deepak Chopra network and will be made available on this site, soon!  The chant intones life, love and peace.

We feel so blessed as we continue to make music, perform, teach and travel. We feel so blessed as we notice and celebrate a growing culture of love and compassion expressed through music, dance and the bridging of nations, one friend at a time.

“Music began as an experience that closed the gap between the multiplicity and the One.
It grew to become a language of intimacies and revolution.”- Kalpana * ReBelle


  • “For me and most of your audience, listening to you perform creates a profound connection with heavenly spirit.”

    D, Fan

    “Few bands brave the more difficult challenges of composing new, intelligent and trail blazing music…ReBelle is one such band.” 

    Dirty Linen

    “African dread sojourn along a trance-like musical vibe of Oneness, Unity, and Roots.” 

    Reggae Runnins

  • ReBelle holds true to a vision for a better world that we all can construct here on earth.”

    The Beat

    “Rebelle is a family band that only comes around once in a lifetime. They represent all that is good with humanity & life. And their musicianship is first rate. Among the best reggae bands this side of Senegal or Jamaica.” 

    Iran, Fan

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