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Nigerian b-boy music in videos

Today, I’m going to share with you some mixed tapes for break dancing from Nigerian artists. But before doing so, if you don’t know yet the general origins of b-boy music and dance themselves, just have a read at these articles 👇

http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history%20of%20breaking.htm

http://breakdancingninja.com/bboy_history.html

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In Nigeria, Hip-hop music and dance only began to gain popularity in the mid-1990s. The initial success of The Remedies was probably the catalyst. Formed in 1997, the group released two songs, “Judile” and “Shako mo”, which became overnight hits in Nigeria.

Enjoy this Youtube videos’ play list from The Remedies!

I have also found especially for you some rare old Nigerian funk music 😉:

Now show us your moves on one of these music tracks by copying your video link in the comment box! Can you be as good bowler as b-boy 😝?

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‘Oldskool’ hip hop cover band live recording!

This Saturday 18th March 2017, for the Saint Patrick’s weekend, we had the pleasure to be entertained by a 7 piece live ‘oldskool’ hip hop band joining the dots from The Sugar Hill to Dr Dre to Eminem at The Sugar Club, Dublin 1 (Ireland)!

For the old school hip hop music nostalgic who couldn’t attend, you’ll be able to catch up with these oh so lovely oldskool tunes in videos 🎶✌!

If you’d like to follow them, give them a 👍 on Facebook!

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

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If you don’t quite know what defines old school hip hop music , check this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-school_hip_hop

Now, let me start with a snippet of their show recorded on Instagram. If you like it, follow me back on Insta 😘!

These videos below were initially recorded live on Periscope on @emelinej1 (Twitter live streaming service) and Facebook live but I have edited them a bit and uploaded them on YouTube just for you 😎😉!

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Fundraising gigs’campaign for abortion rights (IE)

For those who do not live in Ireland, you may not know that still up to today abortion isn’t allowed under most circumstances. Women are discouraged to abort regardless of circumstances and must travel to UK or other EU countries if they want to abort.

The gigs took place last Friday 10th March 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 and were organised by Bitches Brew & F-Festival celebrating women in the arts:

http://www.ffestival.net/about-us/

The purpose of this night was to fund raise for the Repeal movement and bring awareness of the Irish law in terms of women’s abortion rights 🔥👍. To get a better understanding of what this law entails and follow the campaign on social media, check these leaflets 👇

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reasons to fight for women's abortion rights and repeal the eight amendment

If you are living in Ireland or are Irish living abroad, sign up for this petition requesting the law to be reviewed and giving women the rights to abort if they choose to 👊:

https://www.artistsrepealthe8th.com/sign

The event gathered four bands, mostly girls’ bands playing various music styles such as pop, blues, roots folk, rock, hard rock. I arrived a little late for the event and also left early, so I only recorded two bands but I will share with you some videos of the other two bands I missed. Bear in mind that the venue is very narrow in width, so I wasn’t always able to film from the best angle. Apologies for this ! For the YouTube videos I made, I have indicated underneath the respective bands’ Facebook fan pages if you’d like to follow them.

Which one you like most and why? Are you going to like any of their Facebook fan page(s)?

I will start to share with you a snippet I shared on my Instagram account:

And now full songs recorded or found on YouTube:

These are two Youtube videos I found of the other bands I have missed:

 

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Don’t miss the Varekai’s Cirque du Soleil show!

If you have missed the Varekai show yesterday (Friday 10th February 2017), do not worry because Le Cirque du Soleil is having several touring dates in pretty much each city! Right now, they are touring in Europe, so if you’d like to watch their live performance, book your tickets on Ticketmaster:

http://listings.ticketmaster.co.uk/cirquedusoleil

I took these two pictures at the show start to show you a bit the decor, lighting and costumes 👏🎭🎪!

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If you have already missed the shows in your city, I am happy to share with you beautiful pictures of their programme as well as the full show in video 😉!

First, let me share with you a slideshow of the programme explaining you a little bit more the Varekai’s story plot! Please note that not all pictures from the programme are included. I sampled the most important ones to understand the story!

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And now, although I wasn’t allowed to film or take further pictures, I have some good news for you ✨👍! I have found on YouTube the complete show filmed 😍🎁! You will be able to enjoy as well their live music bringing an additional touch to the already incredible show 🎤🎻🎷🎸!

And you, did you go and watch the live show? What did you think about it? Share with us your impressions!

 

 

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Various music styles benefit concerts to end homelessness

I attended the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Benefit concerts on Friday 20th January 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 (Ireland) to raise funds for homeless people in Ireland.

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Apart from contributing to a wonderful cause, I enjoyed discovering new bands and singers-songwriters 🤓!

The event is organised over 2 nights: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017 and has a different line-up constituting of 4 bands and/or singers-songwriters for each night. So, if you haven’t been to the first session, it’s still time to catch up the second one ✌️😉!

You will find the eventbrite online ticket link directly in the event’s description or you may pay at the door!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162589350888333/

Now, here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for 🎊, the live videos I took at the event 👏💝🎉! Apologises for the format, I should have filmed in landscape mode! Also, I haven’t filmed the last folk band ‘The Eskies’ as I ran out of battery. I’m sorry for this inconvenience. You will find the Facebook fan page link for each band/singer in the description under each YouTube video. To view the description, click on the YouTube title to open the video in a new tab. Enjoy! Tell us what’s your favourite act amongst them and why! If you have filmed them, too, feel free to share the link in the ‘comment’ box!

 

 

 

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Music Without Borders – live concerts (2016)

First of all, before I start talking about the event I attended and sharing with you videos, I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas ⛄️❄️!

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The charity event in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) took place on Friday 23rd December 2016 at the beautiful and cozy Workman’s Club pub in Dublin (Ireland) 🔥. There was a fun and warm filled atmosphere to it and the live concerts were very good!

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If you’d like to know more about the event itself, check their event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/653950094771897/ 

You will find Facebook and Periscope live videos on my fan page:

https://www.facebook.com/Fundraising.Music/?fref=ts

The music was varied. It started off with what I would call ‘ambiant music’ with Daniel McDermott playing at the keyboard and using other pre-recorded instrumental pieces. It continued on with a brand new Irish hip hop duet called ‘God Creative and Crimes Against’ and finished off with a folk and pop music band led by Conor O’Mally. Entry tickets and Conor O’Meally music CDs purchased by the audience went into the fundraising initiative for the charitable organisation.

Now, I’m sure you are dying to watch the Youtube videos, right 😜😉?! Here you go!

Did you enjoy these? Have you been to the event and want to share your own videos and pictures? If so, add them in the ‘Comment’ box below!

 

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How to become a technically good singer

How to become a technically good singer

As I usually like discovering new music, dance styles and techniques in video formats, I came across some really interesting videos about vocal techniques and how to use your voice effectively to sing better, while sparing your voice.

So, for those who aren’t familiar with vocal techniques and notes, I’d recommend you to start reading this article in wikipedia. This will give you a better understanding of what will be talked about later on in this blog post.

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

As you may know, some singers are able to sing higher notes or even have a whistle register, yet they may use improper vocal techniques resulting in voice damages over time. This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t good singers any longer, but that they can’t hit the same notes they used to. With better practice they may recover part of their register, though. Here are few examples of singers who damaged their voice :

Now let’s move to what are considered good or bad techniques. A bad technique can be summarised by a lack of singing warming-up and over-pushing some of the notes. Good singers using good techniques usually follow healthy lifestyles and have a dedicated vocal coach to train their voices for performances or studio recordings. Here, in this video, Céline Dion talks about vocal warming-up and compare it to the way dancers warm-up their bodies before performances:

Now, here is a video that shows you what is bad or good technique. If you aren’t willing to listen to their sales pitch (lol), fast-forward to 1.09 minute:

A little bit more of technicalities of voice placement and tone/timber:

Now let’s move to the actual lessons! Ready? These are obviously basics to start with but you’ll find more videos like this from this gentleman if you subscribe to his YouTube channel:

Finally, for a bit of fun, you may want to check what kind of vocal range and abilities famous singers have on this website:

http://www.divadevotee.com/2011/04/jessie-j-vocal-profile-range-by-request.html

Do you have other tips to share with us?

 

 

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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!

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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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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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