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Eclectic DJ and reggae band at Favela Chic Paris (2016)

This was a rather unplanned night out I went for on Wednesday 25th May 2016. Had dinner across the street and was attracted to this bar and restaurant. So, I came in and must say this was a great idea!

This ‘Favela Chic’ club isn’t only playing – as the name suggests – Brazilian sounds, but a great variety of world music.

Here are few pictures of the venue, which I thought is quite rather original:

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The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. If you want to know more about him, check this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/arthur_chaps/

There was also a guest reggae band. Unfortunately, the band name is unknown to me.

Here are few videos taken at the event of both DJ and band performances:

 

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Festival Rare Talents 2016 -traditional african live performances

I managed to catch two traditional African live bands on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Montreuil (Paris) towards the festival’s end and didn’t regret it!

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The support band is Ibrahim Keita and Nankama  from Burkina Faso and the main band is Sékouba Bambino from Guinea (Sékouba lead singer), Mali and Senegal (choir and musicians).

To know more about these respective bands, check their facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/Ibrahim-keita-et-les-nankama-533951590017754/timeline

https://www.facebook.com/SekoubaBambinoDiabate/

Sékouba has a little biography in English here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Sekouba+Bambino/+wiki

I haven’t taken pictures at the event but don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of videos!

 

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Sankofa Soul Contest Paris 2016 – Semi-final 2

Here is an event I had booked in advanced that I found advertised on Facebook. There were offering two options: dinner + live performances (25  Euros) or live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros). I took the first option and didn’t regret it as the ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

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For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France. There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if  you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euros here:

http://bit.ly/1RQy8p9

Now, here are pictures of the candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2:

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Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners? They are: Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel. For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

 

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Rendez-Vous Hip Hop Paris – Week’s festival 2016 in videos

This is a great festival with multiple events organised in different locations of Paris for a week from 20th May until 5th June 2016. Surely, you may have missed some of the events but it’s still time for you to catch up with others :)! Before I go and talk about the free entry open-air event I attended, let me share with you the overall festival’s programme.

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I attended myself the below event on Saturday 28th May 2016 which took place at Périphérique (Parc de la Villette), 2 rue de la Clôture, 75019 Paris. It was a mix of different kind of hip hop arts such as street arts, djing (vinyls), dance battles, dance shows, music shows and battles and some yummy Caribbean and/or African food to order. First, please find a summary of  the day’s programme and different activities organised for all ages! Then underneath watch the diaporama of pictures taken on the day!

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Finally, what you are all been waiting for…videos taken at the event (mainly dance battles/freestyles and shows)! Which show or battle/freestyle do you like most? Comment under the post!

 

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Canalaphonic Music and Culture Festival in Rathmines (Sept 2016)

Canalaphonic will return to Rathmines later this year on on 23rd and 24th September this year. The festival will take place in the venues and shops of Rathmines, along the canal in Dublin city and this year, it will include an outdoor venue at the 5,000 capacity Leinster Cricket Club. Whelan’s,The National Concert Hall Quarter’s “Vaults” and……

via Canalaphonic Festival returns in September — Nialler9

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Music

 

Black and white expatriates’ networking party

While I was spending a holiday trip in Paris (France) in April 2016, I thought I might meet international people living in the city to have some fun!

I had found a black and white party advertised on the meetup.com website (Expats Paris) taking place at ‘rue du Colisée’  close to Champs-Elysées and Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station. I was curious to see what it’d be like.

There were around 60 people from different nationalities attending the event, meeting either to build communities or to improve their language skills. I was greeted by meetup members and organisors. Then I was introduced to Michael, who i had asked few questions online before coming to the event. He was friendly and introduced me to few guests.

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Then, we spent a bit of time chatting around on the ground floor before hitting the dancefloor. Music was an eclectic mix of latin, arabic, pop and hip hop music. I hope you will enjoy the below video and mixed tapes! Do you also have other videos you want to share? Please don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section!

 

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‘Early House’ cover band live concert playing funk and soul

Thanks to the Dublin Event Guide, I heard about this amazing Irish live concert taking place at the Whelan’s, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Saturday 16th April 2016. I didn’t regret attending it! Great musicians and singers. They played hits from famous singers such as James Brown, Amy Whinehouse, Doobie Brothers, Etta James, Sly and Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and so much more.

Here are two pictures from the band:

I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did their performances. If you want to be updated on their next gig, check their Facebook  fan page here:

https://www.facebook.com/earlyhouseband/?fref=ts

There are 5 videos in total for this band, so don’t forget to view them all in my channel! Subscribe to have all newly uploaded videos appearing in your Youtube newsfeeds for FREE! The direct link to my channel is the following: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

 

 

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Live jazz concert in Edinburgh, Scotland (2016)

As part a holiday trip to Scotland, I happened to attend a live jazz concert at thejazzbar, Chambers Street in Edinburgh city center.

I wanted to share with you pictures (slideshow) and videos I took at this event. Apologises for the last video, my digital camera’s battery ran out😦.

In any cases, enjoy!

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Posted by on April 2, 2016 in 2016, Ambient, biues, jazz, Music, Scotland

 

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2016 Juste Debout world hip hop dance championships

If you have missed this year’s Juste Debout world hip hop all styles dances (now generally held in March each year), don’t worry! You can catch up the finals right now!

For those who still don’t know what ‘Juste Debout’ dance championships are about, check out this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juste_Debout

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Here are few videos I took of the finals in the following categories: New Style Hip Hop, Locking, House and Experimental. These are not all categories that were present at the championships but are snippets of the event!

Juste Debout also welcomed a b-boy/illusion show at the start of the event. If you are interested in, you can watch a snippet of it. But first, let me share with you the flyer I have been given providing us with the dates and booking details for their tour! They are also performing in Brussels (Belgium), Geneva also called Genf on their website (Switzerland) and Stockholm (Sweden). For bookings of tour dates outside France, please visit their website:

http://flyingillusion.redbull.com/de/de/termine-und-tickets/

Here you can find the recorded finals in all categories and the flying illusion show:

http://www.redbull.com/en/music/stories/1331780818881/juste-debout-2016-world-finals-report

 

 

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Angola – Kuduro music and dance

I just discovered some real cool dance performances and dug deeper to find out more about this dance style.

Kuduro

Kuduro (or kuduru) is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola in the 1980s. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable. Kuduro began in Luanda, Angola in the late 1980s. Initially, producers sampled traditional carnival music like soca and zouk from the Caribbean, as well as semba from Angola and laid this around a fast 4/4 beat.

The kuduro is similar to the Kizomba rhythm. The lyrics are usually in Portuguese.

For those of you who like urban dances, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this kuduro dance, too! I can find a lot similarities between new style hip hop, house and kuduro.

If you’d like to know more about it, check out this article (video of urban dances including kuduro in it):

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2012/12/26/167628341/kuduro-the-dance-that-keeps-angola-going

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuduro

For those interested in learning this dance, there are classes in Paris (France) and London (England):

Every Tuesday with Iris De Brito from 19:30 to 20:30 known for her afro, for her Kizomba and Semba and general high energy, this is one class that will make you move!

@ The Space Studios/ 31 Falkirk St London N1 6HQ

Every Monday from 20:00 to 21:00 with Nat Borges (NKM) known for his afro-hous and kuduro energy! He is one of the dancer from the video i’m sharing with you later in this post🙂.

@Studio Bleu/ 32 rue du Capitaine Marchal, 75020 Paris (porte de Bagnolet- metro Gambetta)

Now, let me share with you a youtube video mix gathering both music kuduro videos and dance videos. The first video is the one I came across at first and enjoyed watching. The choreography is very good and the two dancers are also witty/funny!

What do you think of this music? And what about the dance?

 

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