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