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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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Prince: Sign o’the Times live concert and DJ set

I hope you have celebrated well new year’s eve 🍾🎉! I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2017 😘🍀🌟🎊!

new-year-2017For my part, I decided to celebrate new year’s eve a little bit in advance 😂! I went to this tribute to Prince with DJ Al Murphy playing lots of Prince’s tunes and then watched the live recording of his 1987 Sign o’ the Times tour on Friday 30th December 2016 at The Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland).

You can find more information about it in this  event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/228456610900746/

Here are recordings in picture and audio of the DJ’s act.

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Now, I’d like to share with you some videos taken at the event. I would like to apologise if the last video’s soundtrack isn’t from Prince! I experienced few technical issues trying to publish a live YouTube video and it ended up recording the visuals without the sound 🤔😤!  So I picked a nice song in a similar style to add to the video 🙂😉. Anyway, I hope you will enjoy them!

 

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History of brazilian Baile Funk music and dance

History of brazilian Baile Funk music and dance

Have you heard of Baile Funk?

Baile Funk is a big mix of different music styles. To have a better understanding of this music and dance style, I’d like you to have a read at this comprehensive wikipedia article on the topic:

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

Want to hear how it sounds or how people dance on it? Go no further, I’m going to share with you few  music playlists and dance videos.

First of all, there’s a definite mixed tape playlist you need to subscribe to and this is the following one (titled Rio Baile Funk):

Another good single video mixed tape worth checking is:

Now let’s move on to baile funk dance. I will share with you few dance choreography I have found. However, please note that they aren’t actual tutorials. Unfortunately I haven’t found real baile funk dance tutorials 😦 .

Finally, you might want to read another blog on how Baile Funk became exported:

https://www.thefader.com/2015/01/17/how-diplo-took-baile-funk-out-of-brazil

Do you have any Baile Funk dance choreography you’d like to teach us? If so, share them with us in the comment section!

 

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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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Tanzania’s acrobat circus school

I thought you might like reading this article and watching the video:

http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/photos-tanzanias-acrobat-school/

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Nico and Vinz, Norwegian singing duo with african roots in video

I hope you will find these singing duet as interesting as I do. I particularly enjoy their music styles mix and wanted to share information about them with you.

Nico and Vinz singing duo

I will not bother you with too long explanations but if you would like to know more about this duet, please check the two below articles, Youtube video interview and Facebook page for their touring dates and news:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nico_%26_Vinz

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/05/25/on-the-verge-with-nico-and-vinz-am-i-wrong/9298633/

https://www.facebook.com/nicoandvinz

 
You can also find the lyrics of their songs here:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/nico-vinz-lyrics.html

Finally, enjoy listening to their album (see below YouTube video)! Before you go and listen to their album, you may consider attending their next concert or purchase their album in Mp3, Audio CD or Vinyl on Amazon at the following link:

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Star-Elephant-Nico-Vinz/dp/B00NAAX2HK

 

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Regular and occasional afrobeat events in Dublin, Ireland

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Following a popular search for Afro-beat nights in Dublin, please find below few good DJ organisations, live bands and festivals/carnivals happening in and around Dublin:

1) DJs Weekly events with occasional guest singers from abroad:

– Every Saturday at Break for the Border with Rap Ireland, 10 Euros in or contact them to be on the cheap list. They will play a mix of Hip-Hop, Afro-beats, RnB , Dancehall. You can like their page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/officialrapireland

– Every Sunday at River Bar (Passion night club), O’Connell House Bridge (this is the ex-Q Bar), 5 Euros in. They will play a mix of Hip-Hop, Afrobeats, Rn’B and Reggae. You can follow them or add them as friend on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/boom.ents?fref=ts

– Further events in and around Dublin are advertised in these public Facebook group pages:

https://www.facebook.com/afrobeat.segun?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/afroclubent/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/africanmusicnetwork/?fref=ts

2) Live band concerts (you can check my previous blog posts or listen to some of them on my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos):

– Tig Linn with female and male singers (blessed with powerful voices). To know more about their planned concerts, check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tig-Linn/211049728918708?fref=ts

– Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble with male singer (blessed with a lot of charisma and energy). For more information, check their Facebook page:

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

– Manden Express with female singer. For more information, check their Facebook page:

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

You can also catch a few Afro-beat/Afro-jazz live concerts at National Concert Hall. See their website for more details:

https://www.nch.ie/Online/

3) Yearly Festivals and carnivals:

Event organised generally at the end of May by Africa Day about African music, fashion, arts and crafts, clothing and culture. For more information, check their Facebook page and/or website:

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

Event organised generally around mid/end August by Nigerian Carnival Ireland about Nigerian music, comedy, food, fashion. more information, check their Facebook page and/or website:

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

 

 

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Hugh Masekela Afro- Jazz 2014 Live Concert in Dublin, Ireland

A few weeks ago, I attended a concert in National Concert Hall organised by the Waltons World Masters and saw few papers around from this music organisation giving a biography of the artists and offering to sign up to their newsletter. I did so and was the lucky winner of two tickets to watch this jazz concert!

Originally, I didn’t know at all Hugh Masekela and his South African band. Consequently, I had no particular expectations from them. However, I must now say it was one the best concerts I have been attended! Hugh Masekela, although already 75 years of age, displayed incredible energy and musical talent throughout the whole show and is a very witty, bright and young at heart artist. His band and himself continued playing about 3-4 extra songs after the due ending time of the concert. Please find below a picture of the band, a biography of the artist (click on the pictures to ease the reading experience) and a video taken at the concert.

Hugh Masekela Live Band

Hugh Masekela Biography part 1

Hugh Masekela Biography part 2

 

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