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The proven idea of happiness [full soundtrack and film videos]

YouTube is, as usual, an incredible source of talented musicians and actors! 🔍😍

I was looking for beautiful film soundtracks and I came across this amazing film called ‘ideas of happiness’.

#film #filmproduction #soundtrackZachary Nelson

First, let me tell you a little bit about the film soundtrack. The selected soundtrack playlist comes from a Berlin-based band called ‘Fewjar’ playing in multiple genres such as Electro, 80s, Rock, Progressive, Psychedelic, Crossover, Triphop. You can follow them on their various social networks by checking the links in their Youtube description below their videos. Now, sit back, relax, be patient and wait a minute for the first song to kick off fully! Don’t fall asleep, though! 😪🌟

What do you think about their music? If you liked it, download their songs from Itunes, Amazon or Bandcamp! 👍😉

Now, as you may have guessed, the film is also in German. But don’t worry because it is subtitled in English. Feeling relieved?😌 It’s a very well done psychological thriller. Although it’s my film genre, I truly enjoyed it and hope you will, too!

If you liked it, support the film project: https://www.patreon.com/Zeo

You can give as little as $1 per month so you won’t be too much out of pocket!💰

 

 

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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

nigerian breakdance

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 😝?

bowling,gifs,headspin,strike,win

 

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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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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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Duckstein Festival Hamburg Hafen City 2015

The summer has been filled so far with lots of open air festivals in Hamburg (Germany), even if the weather hasn’t always been perfect! I attended the duckstein festival at Madgeburg Harbour (in front of and next to the International Maritime Museum). As you may have already guessed, Duckstein, the main festival sponsor, is a brewery selling beers such as the Bavarian classic Hefeweiss, a Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier.

The festival, due to its sponsor, was more adult-oriented (shows during the week took place only in the evenings) as you would probably be figuring out when visiting the festival website requesting if you are over 16 years of age (minimum age to drink beers in Germany) but some of the shows were also open to families, in particular the circus shows. Please find below few pictures of the festival (slideshow).

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I watched the wonderful and witty Big Daddy Wilson acoustic blues band with soul and gospel influences from Southern United States, which discovers his love for blues coming to Germany, where he has been awarded ‘Best Acoustic Artist’ in the Blues category in Germany. Later on, I had a good laugh watching the funny and interactive acrobatic Santos Circus street show coming all the way from Venezuela.

Enjoy the videos and for more information about the festival itself running in different cities of Germany this summer, check their website here: www.duckstein-festival.de

 

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Joey Badass live concert in Hamburg, Germany (July 2015)

Here is a little autobiography about Joey Bada$$ if you never came across his music before!

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

If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to attend one of Joey Badass concerts, you may still be able to catch him at one of his tour dates as follow:

http://www.bandsintown.com/JoeyBadass

Here is also a nice article giving you a hint what to expect:

http://ambrosiaforheads.com/2015/07/joey-bada-statik-selektah-argue-against-knee-jerk-90s-hip-hop-comparisons-video/

Understandably, you may not live close enough to these venues. If that’s the case, fear not, please find below couple of pictures and music snippets of his concert on 10th July 2015 at Uebel und Gefährlich, Feldstraße 66, 20359 Hamburg, Germany:

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If you want to follow him on Facebook, check out his fan page:

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

 

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Dead Prez hip hop band live concert in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

Dead Prez, stylized as dead prez, is a hip hop duo from the United States, composed of stic.man and M-1, formed in 1996 in New York City. They are known for their confrontational style, combined with socialist lyrics focused on both militant social justice and Pan-Africanism. The duo maintains an ethical stance against corporate control over the media, especially hip hop record labels.

Both artists promote healthy eating and exercise. Stic of dead prez is the founder of RBG FIT CLUB. You can find more details about Stic’s initiative here: http://www.rbgfitclub.com/

For more information about their work, check the following wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Prez


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I attended their live concert at the Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland on Friday 24th October 2014. The place was packed and the artists interacting a lot with the audience. I won’t be rambling on for too long on this, so I let you check out the 4 videos I took at the concert!

Please check them out on my Youtube channel and subscribe if you like:
https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

If you really like this band and want to listen more to their music from different albums, check this youtube mix:
 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in hip-hop, live concert, old school hip hop

 

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Azonto/Hip Life: music and dance videos

Some of you may ask: what is Azonto? Where does it come from?

Azonto is a dance originating from Ghana. The African dance form incorporates complex co-ordinated body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it.

The dance was first called “Apaazee Renetta Kojo” (which means work) by the people of Bukom. However,the term ‘azonto’ (a name which was given to the dance by the people of Tema) was popularly used by students of The Accra Academy to refer to life and later became accepted by the larger population as the name for the dance. The dance now known as Azonto was later observed in an evolved form among ‘street communities’ in Agona Abodom, Abossey Okai, Takoradi and certain suburbs of Accra (namely Korle-Gonno, La and Chorkor), in pubs, night clubs, & dance battles.

You might enjoy the following short documentary video explaining you the meaning of some azonto dance moves:

This dance has evolved with new trends such as break dance and “crip walk” to become what it is today and has gained popularity not only in Ghana but also in Great Britain, as it is explained in the following “The Guardian” newspapers article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/03/ghana-azonto-dance-craze-world

Now, do you want to hear what it sounds and see how it looks like ? Check out the 6 below videos (4 music clips, 2 dance choreography). If you come across a nice azonto dance, leave the link in the comment box below this post!

 

 

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