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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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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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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 Euro.

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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Saun and Starr (Daptone Records) live concert with Jesse John Heffernan

This is a concert to be remembered, such a honour to listen to these amazing voices and what a great accompaniment band! I actually didn’t initially know these female singers but was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!

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If you would like to know more about them, please have a look at the event page dedicated to them:

https://www.facebook.com/events/661340914001508/

If you have missed this concert and want to catch them up at their next European tour date, check out their website:

http://www.saunandstarr.com/

Now, here are the videos you have been waiting for, which will give you a glimpse of what you can expect from their live concert! Do you have other information or tracks to share with us? If so, drop a message in the comment box!

 

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Black party meets MS KOI biggest hip hop and dancehall boat party (Germany)

As I guess some of you may never have been to Hamburg (Germany), I would like to tell you briefly few facts about this beautiful town. Hamburg is a city located at the river Elbe and has a very dynamic harbour. Its harbour is named Germany’s “Gateway to the World” and is the largest port in Germany. The port of Hamburg is the second-busiest port in Europe (after the port of Rotterdam) and 15th-largest worldwide. In 2014, 9.73 million TEUs (20-foot standard container equivalents) were handled in Hamburg.

Hamburg port isn’t only a shipping trading center but also offers many boat trips, museums tracing the history of the harbour in the ‘Speicherstadt’ (recognised as a World Heritage by UNESCO), old boats can be visited and lots of party are organised on these boats. I have been to one boat party, that lasted 4 hours between the boat leaving the harbour and coming back to it.

I would like to share with you pictures, audio and videos taken at the event on 18th July 2015. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did! If you have issues playing some of the videos due to potential country restrictions, use this link https://www.proxfree.com/ and type next to the lock picture the direct link to the youtube video, change country (to Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the ‘server location’ field and hit ‘prox free’ button!

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You can find more pictures on the following facebook fan page (21st July’s post): https://www.facebook.com/blackboatgermany

 

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‘Profound’ and ‘Hare Square’ bands’ live concerts (February 2015)

I recently won a pair of tickets to go and listen to new Irish-based bands at Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Wednesday 11th February 2015. I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever as I didn’t know these bands. I only thought their music styles would probably be either hip hop or soul. But I truly enjoyed their live performances and wanted to share them with you! They also play/sing a good variety of music styles!

'Profound' band'Hare Squead' band

If you are interested in knowing more about them, please visit their Facebook fan page and/or website:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Profound/569027616473432?sk=info&tab=page_info

https://www.facebook.com/HareSquead/info?tab=page_info

http://www.haresquead.com/

Now, I let you enjoy their performances (1 video and 1 soundtrack) and let you leave your comments!

 

 

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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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Gig with DJs Dale Turner and Ras Rob in aid of Beautiful Gate South Africa charity

This is an event I have organised few years ago to raise funds for a very actively involved charity doing great things for these vulnerable children and families and children orphans.

The fundraising music gig took place in Dublin at the Q Bar (now River Bar), Burgh Quay on Thursday 16th September 2010 and showcased Ras Rob and Dale Turner deejaying skills. The night was very successful with more than 80 attendants partying!

To listen to Ras Rob and Dale Tuner’s tracks, check out the below soundcloud mixes and video:

The gig has also been a success in terms of money raised for the charity Beautiful Gate South Africa. Indeed, we have been able to send 360 Euros via online banking to finance a week-long holiday club for 200 primary school children to do fun and educational activities run by teen groups who develop planning and leadership skills!

The staff from Beautiful Gate South Africa really appreciated your donations. To prove this, they have sent us a little report with pictures and a video, which you can see below:

“The children in Crossroads have always been fanatical soccer players, but with the recent World Cup the enthusiasm is even higher than usual at the moment. Many of the junior (under 13) teams are run by older teenagers, and meet and train by the side of the road in drainage areas – even the local schools don’t have a grass playing area. Although the soil is naturally sandy, they dodge broken glass, old rusty metal faeces and stones, often playing in bare feet. The older boys who are the team  coach/manager have had no coaching training, and ‘training’ is often an impressive word for a kick-about. Beautiful Gate has invested in a grass sports field that is safe and clean. It is used by local groups and schools for soccer, netball, and athletics, and we work with the teenage soccer coaches to help them learn about coaching and to become good role models for the younger boys.

This week our field is being used for a Soccer Holiday Club – 16 teams of up to 20 boys (under 13) arrive by 10am every day to join in a session about life skills before playing their matches. The life skills sessions cover topics such as respect, responsibility and hygiene, and we link the topics with practical examples of behaviour on the pitch and opportunities to act as linesmen during the matches.

The soccer is taken very seriously – not only pride is at stake, many of the Bafana Bafana players have come from communities like Crossroads and have been able to escape poverty throught their footballing talent. Few have the talent and luck to make a career out of football, but our hope is that all the boys will be able to build a better future for themselves, through the life skills they learn and through improved strength from the physical exercise.

 Best Wishes,

Andrea Harper

Organisation Support and Community Development Manager

Online Giving: www.beautifulgate.givengain.org

Please also check out below the Youtube video link and pictures” slideshow showing the children playing soccer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W79MpRTDaE

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Africa Day Festival 2014 (Dublin) & after-festival party at Voodoo Lounge

This is going to be a nice souvenir from the Africa Day event, which took place on Sunday 25th May 2014 at Farmleigh Estate, Phoenix Park, Dublin and its after-party at Voodoo Lounge, 39-40 Arran Quay, Dublin 7. If you didn’t attend, you now have the chance to catch up with them.

In fairness with you, due to the rainy weather conditions, I have filmed a lot more the after-party indoor event than the outdoor festival. Nonetheless, you can still check their website www.africaday.ie to see what kind of entertainment and exhibitions were there.

You will find below few pictures I took at the festival and a map showing you all the different activities as well as the line-up schedule.

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Now, please enjoy the only video I took at the outdoor festival event from Benzor hip hop singer in collaboration with No Long Tingz Music Group, at Atilogwu stage:

As for the after-party, I filmed DJs Marv and Spaqz playing various tunes ranging from rn’b, old and new school hip hop, soca, reggae, afrobeat, etc…There are four videos that you can find on my Youtube Channel here:

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

Finally, please share with us any pictures, videos, impressions of these events! Did you enjoy them? What was the best act(s) to your opinion ?

 

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Kwaito (South African House): its music evolution, exportation and the dance

For those of you who never heard of Kwaito music, I let you catch up on this by reading my previous article at the following link:

http://wp.me/pXgap-fR

To understand the origin of Kwaito, please check this article out:

http://africanmusicdance.wikia.com/wiki/Kwaito

Today, I will introduce you to the Kwaito music industry through a very good documentary filmed by Eric Sell a.k.a EES (also: eesy-ees/EeS/EeS, “Easy Eric Sell”) a Namibian German Kwaito artist and rapper. He travels between South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Germany to demonstrate the music evolution and its exportation. Any of his German explanations will be subtitled in English, but most part of this reportage is in English. Now, enough talking from me, check out the youtube film below:

Since you know now more about what Kwaito music is, you may want to see how the Kwaito dance looks like and try out few basic steps. The two first video below will showcase a TV dance show and a dance performance and the last one is a dance tutorial from EES (Eric Sell). What are your thoughts in this music and dance style? Do you think it has potential to become a worldwide phenomenon?

To listen to and watch Kwaito music mix and dance, check out this link full of videos:

http://www.mashpedia.com/Kwaito

 

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