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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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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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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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Bluefire Street Festival 2015 in Dublin (Ireland)

Some of you have asked me to share pictures and videos taken at the Bluefire Street Festival on 19th September 2015 (Smithfield Square, Dublin 7).  Since there was a lot going on, I couldn’t film or photograph everything but i hope you will enjoy these snippets of this lovely event!

If you have missed the event and aren’t aware of what Bluefire Street Festival is about and what they stand for, check out their website:

http://www.bluefiredublin.ie/

Now, time to showcase what went on at Bluefire with these beautiful pictures of the different workshops, performances, market stalls and crafts, talks, which happened on that day!

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Here is another part I found pretty interesting, the talks from founders of Ajo Arkestra band and Grangegorman squat:

Now, let’s move on to dance performances!

And finally one of the music performances on the main stage! You can also find other videos and pictures on my instagram account: https://instagram.com/fundraisingmusicevents/

 

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Street Dance Battles 2015 (Hamburg, Germany)

While planning for a holiday trip in Hamburg, I researched any interesting hip hop dance events happening in the city. I came across the dance battle event and received a free ticket for the dance live performances.

Dancers were teenagers of different ages with one common goal: giving the best performance they could to the audience. And what a show! I felt the dance level was pretty high and watched both incredible crew choreography and battles from all hip-hop styles, such as new style hip-hop, locking, popping, b-boying but also other styles such as k-pop, dancehall, afrobeat and salsa.

The host himself was pretty good at dancing and very entertaining. One of the judges together with his dance partner performed their duet choreography. If you’d like to know more about the stakeholders at this event, check the following facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1663526690541480/

Now, I guess you are getting impatient to see what it looked like, right? Please find below a small slide show.

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For the videos (4 battles, 5 crew/duet choreography and 2 dance demonstrations from the presenter), I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to watch them! If you encounter country restriction issues (blocked videos), I recommend you to download ‘youtube unblocker’. You will find the links for Firefox and Google Chrome below:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-unblocker/

http://www.unblocker.yt/en/youtube-unblocker-chrome/

Here is the direct link to the YouTube videos below. Enjoy!

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

 

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