Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival in Leucate Village, France (2019)

Sol y Fiesta International Street Festival

First of all, Sol y Fiesta is an international street festival organised every year in Leucate, South West of France during the first weekend of June.

But I have only attended this year’s edition.  Nonetheless, it was a truly enjoyable sunny, lively and busy day with so many people coming all the way from Spain or the surrounding of Leucate to join the Sol y Fiesta festival.

I will obviously share with you what I have recorded rather than the whole programme as I want you to feel part of it!

1. Brass Bands

So, like every year, there are many brass bands playing in the streets. I admit I didn’t film or take many pictures of these, as there are little more commonplace in other street festivals.

However, I did film one, it’s the Latin 66 brass band partnered with World Fusion charity. The Latin Art 66 is a South American music band. The company interprets musical and artistic arrangements by walking down the streets with singers-guitarists, brass and traditional instruments such as Peruvian pan flutes and charango (lute). They keep you dancing and singing until exhaustion!

I hope you enjoy the video!

2. The flying piano

Then, you could enjoy this original set up for an international show parade, i.e a piano up in the air floating while a lady is playing it! This pianist plays live classic and Disney melodies to the enthusiasm of her audience!

Here are a couple of picture and videos I’m sharing with you below.

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3. Las Falleras

Additionally, the pianist is accompanied by ‘Las Falleras’, queens celebrating spring, that come purposefully to the festival all the way from Valencia, Spain. They are all wearing their traditional costumes. 

Las Falleras

4. Les Irréels – The fictionary characters’ theatre company 

Besides these shows, there is this theatre performance created in 2013 consisting of 15 hybrid characters in 12 unique plastic worlds.

The unreal characters are a people parallel to humans; we do not know if it is a millennial civilisation, a futuristic tribe or an unknown species.

Have they lived with us forever without us being able to meet them? Are they the hybrid image of our future mutation?

Their activities are hopes tending towards the world around us. Like the ‘Childhood Pamperer’ who opens the door of our past recklessness, the ‘Absentees’ guide’ who connects us to our disappeared or deceased closed members, the ‘Heart Warmer’ of winters that cuddles our moments of sadness or the ‘Heart Mender’ who repairs our loves, each one of them works for daydreaming and states of being.

In a camp of fifteen huts, the characters evolve in strong and singular plastic universes. This wordless performance happens in the heart of the city and everyone’s daily life, offering a moment hanging on between imaginations and questioning, to connect us to ourselves.

Here is a slideshow showing the different huts and themes. 

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You can view a short video of the absentees’ guide below:

Two main parades close off the Sol y Fiesta day: Pegasus Tale and Constellations – Zodi’act.

5. Pegasus tale parade

Sol y Fiesta festival

Gods and men, Pegasus and those he led to other universes. Towards Cassiopeia, towards Aldebaran, he is apparently a great white horse … Pegasus, the messenger of the Olympus Gods. Pegasus, with silver wings, leading forgotten stars to other constellations…

Open your eyes! Look at the sky! Watch them come over…

A light and airy dancer … a metallic sky like wings … divine Diva, Cassiopeia leading the stellar parade of Pegasus and its stars.

The crew for this parade show is made of 1 driver, 2 technicians, 1 acrobat, 1 lyrical singer on self-propelled structure, 2 waders, 2 percussionists, 1 dancer, 1 director.

6. Constellations – Zodi’Act

Finally, discover an aerial universe combining beauty and grace in a ballet of air inflated and aerial animals that will surprise you … The 12 constellations of the Zodiac are represented carried by men in the form of air and aerial inflated giants.

This parade is filled with poetry, impressive volumes and technicians with shimmering costumes.

Give free rein to your dreams as the Constellations go by!

To finish off, along the way to these last parades, there are lots of open shops, restaurants and stalls with items on sale like the ones below.

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Diversity Festi’couleurs 2019: fashion, dance shows and dance battles

I attended on Saturday 30th March 2019 the festival Festi’ Couleurs at Exhibition Park in Toulouse, France.

There are two more events to come in May 2019!

Diversity Festi'couleurs 2019

1. About the festival and its organisers

Association Kirikou Evènements (A.K.E) organises every year Festi’ Couleurs, the diversity festival around spring in the Exhibitions Park from Toulouse.

Indeed, the events offer to the public a large range of people, cultural diversity in a friendly atmosphere and a sense of togetherness and sharing.

Furthermore, Festi’ Couleurs’ purpose is:

  • to highlight the rich cultural diversity of the region
  • to ensure the promotion of arts and unknown or underrepresented country cultures.

Besides, the festival allows collecting donations (school supplies, IT equipment, clothes, medicines…) for their various international solidarity actions.

2. Entertainment offered

Additionally, you can find at the festival:

  • Afrobeat dance battles
  • Artistic shows (dancing, singing, circus arts…)
  • Fashion shows
  • Entertainment (children shows)
  • Exhibition village (craftspeople, associations…)
  • African and Caribbean food.

A.K.E partnered with Canal+, Univers Voyages, Ramdam, Toulouse Library, Battle Afro, Occitanie Region.

3. Fashion Show

At first, I filmed one of the fashion shows, collection from Tout Mimi. She creates clothing and accessories’ lines for both men and women.

Diversity Festi'couleurs 2019

I hope you will enjoy this video:

4. Artistic dance performance

Then, I divided the Madagascan dance video performance into 3 parts. To view the second and third videos, click on the small arrow on the right-hand side of each video.

5. Afrobeat dance battles

Finally, I recorded the Afro Battles qualifications. The dance winners of each category are qualified for the French final in Paris with the best European dancers. You can find snippets of them below.

  • Women battle

To view the second video, click on the small arrow on the right-hand side of the video.

  • Men battle
  • Dancing duet

Triple Ess – Jamaican dancehall recording artist looking for collaborations

TRIPLE ESS EARLY BEGINNINGS

First of all, Solomon Samuel Salmon, known as Triple Ess, was born on 16th December 1989, in Portland Jamaica and raised in Portmore, St. Catherine. He is a multi-talented Audio Engineer, Record Producer and Recording Artist.

Triple Ess discovers music early on through school barbeques, class parties and fêtes while attending Bridge Port High School in Portmore St. Catherine. He frequently visits recording studios such as JR Records owned by reggae superstar JR Reid. While visiting the studio, he discovers his true calling. He then begins his journey to become an Audio Engineer.

Triple Ess

AUDIO ENGINEER CAREER

Then, after 9 years of hard work and dedication in the music industry, Triple Ess truly hones his Audio Engineering skills. By 2014, Triple Ess becomes a Senior Audio Engineer at the world-renowned recording studio Mixing Lab owned by the legendary Ezroy Francis.

It is important to note that Triple Ess has worked with veteran Producers and Artists such as:

  • Clive Hunt “VP Records”
  • Bulby “Fat Eyes Production”
  • Junior Reid
  • Gyptian
  • GinJah
  • Anthony Red Rose
  • Konshens
  • Lukie D
  • Jah Cure just to name a few.

Triple Ess

SINGER CAREER 

But his story only begins. In 2015, he is introduced to Beres Hammond by Clive Hunt to collaborate on a joint project between Harmony House and VP Records. Triple Ess takes his inspiration from the music of the Reggae Legends he works closely with. After receiving encouragements from Mr Hammond who told him “Kid, follow yuh dreams, yuh hear?”, he then pays more attention to his own vocals.

Additionally, after recording, mixing and editing, Triple Ess re-connects with where his musical journey began. In October 2016, he decides to put some focus back on his own voice. He works on new music. He creates his own beats and records his own vocals.

RECORDED MUSIC

Furthermore, in 2016 and 2017, he releases his first two EPs:

  • Jamaican Dancehall’ on 9th November
  • The Mainstream’ on 17th January.

With a team of professionals, Triple Ess plans to continue to unleash great music that will help to bring fun and happiness to the world.

Now, you can listen to his two most recent audio tracks ‘Summer Party’ and ‘All We Need is Love’ below:

Finally, if you would like to purchase his albums or songs, check his website.

To collaborate, get in touch with him by:

Email: s.salmon407@gmail.com

Phone : 1 876 407 1901.

 

 

Word Up Gala, a hip-hop and spoken word festival at Bernard Shaw

On Sunday 18th February 2018, I came across an event information about Word Up Gala, a hip-hop and spoken word festival in Dublin through my regular event guide newsletter. Since I had no particular plans, I decided to head off to it in the evening.

Word Up Gala poster

Like all events I have been to so far at the Bernard Shaw, I really enjoyed it! ♥ It showcased beautifully different hip-hop artists, both singers and DJs. 🎤

I have recorded the performances I watched that night.

The first Word Up Gala performance was from the singer-songwriter King David (David Phillips) who sang and did some spoken word, too.

King David

King David is a 20-year-old hip-hop/grime artist from Hackney, London.

He has spent most of his life in Dublin, Ireland. He considers himself an inspirational and uplifting musician who seeks to inspire young people with his personal experiences.

If you like his music, you can follow him on Instagram. You can also book him through his website.

For both video and audio to play, click on the image. You can add all audio tracks in this post to your Audiomack playlist or download them for free.

The second Word Up Gala performance was from singer-songwriter Zachary Ajala aka Sequence.

Sequence

Zach was born on 23rd July 1996 in London, in the suburbs of Greenwich. Zach has both Nigerian and French backgrounds. He then moved to Ireland at the age of 5, where he was raised.  

In 2011, Zach started writing lyrics under the “lil Zach” name. In August 2012, he changed his name to”Sequence” and decided to become a rapper. He said he has been influenced by rappers such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Asap Rocky and Hopsin.

In 2011, Zach had a lot of lyrics but did not have anything to record with. In May 2012 he released his first single Called “It’s On”. 

If you like his music, you can follow him either on Facebook or Instagram.

Finally, I live streamed via the last DJ playing at the event.

DJ D.O.G is an Irish DJ from Dublin, who has played for different radio stations such as Classic Hits 4FM, Sunshine 106.8, FM104, Q102.

He also plays in many pubs and nightclubs in Dublin, and on regular basis in:

  • Everleigh Garden, Dublin (Resident – Wednesdays & Fridays)
  • Zozimus Bar, Dublin (Resident – Twice a month)
  • Brick Lane, Cork (Resident – Once a month).

You can follow DJ D.O.G on FacebookInstagram or YouTube.

And you, have you attended this event? If so, if you would like your pictures of videos to be featured in this post, email them to hello@emelinejonet.com. Alternatively, you can paste the link(s) directly in the comment box below.

Fehdah band: Live Show, Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeat Club

FEHDAH BAND

First of all, I won tickets for the Fehdah band live show with Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeats Club in February 2018.

It was a lively and entertaining night with afro music ruling it!

OPENING ACT

Secondly, the night started with guest Niwel Tsumbu. He is a Congolese guitarist playing sounds derived from rhumba, soukous, jazz, etc.

On that night, Irish djembé player Eamonn Cagney accompanied him.

If you like his music, like his Facebook fan page or follow him on Instagram.

Fehdah band

MAIN ACT

Then, came the main act, Fehdah and her live soulful afrobeat band.

Fehdah’s band lead and singer, Emma Garnett, previously sang for the Manden Express band. However, she recently concretised her dream to create her own afro neo-soul band.

If you like her music, like her Facebook fan page.

Fehdah band

Last but not least, here are the audio recordings of:

If you like DJ Jay’s music, follow him on his Facebook page!

Fehdah band

Finally, enjoy the last video of DJ Jay Ireland!

Dance2Connect international urban festival Dublin 2018

What is Dance2Connect?

First of all, Dance2Connect is an International Urban Dance Festival, which ran over 3 days early February 2018.

All the more so, the festival showcased:

  • dance theatre
  • masterclasses
  • dance battles
  • social dance
  • live jams.

Dance2Connect programme

Furthermore, the festival was curated by dance artist Matt Szczerek as well as presented by himself and Matthew Williamson.

What is Dance2Connect’s mission?

Secondly, the festival’s mission is to preserve and strengthen urban dance in our communities through Hip-Hop culture and dance theatre’s elements.

Indeed, the festival creates opportunities for the dance community to learn the intricacies of the dance form.

As far as learning it, they can do so through:

  • workshops
  • performances
  • exchanges with high-quality Eu professional dancers.

What were the Dance2Connect’s partners?

Thirdly, the festival organisers partnered with Tallaght Community Arts. Additionally, they received support from Noise Dublin and South Dublin County Council.

As yet, in order to keep up-to-date with their next festival, like their Facebook fan page.

Dance2Connect shows and partners
So, now, let me start sharing with you the dance theatre shows running order:

Dance2Connect theatre shows running order

DANCE2CONNECT LIVE RECORDINGS

So, I filmed some of the dance theatre acts. Keep in mind that these YouTube and Instagram videos are in portrait mode. Consequently, I recommend you to watch them on your mobile phone.

For that, wait few seconds for the Instagram videos to load.  Then, click on the images to play the videos. I hope you will still enjoy these snippets.

In addition to these shows, there was also a Q&A between the dancers and the public.  You can see its overall picture below.

Dance2Connect Q&A session

To top it up, this first day ended with a live jam. You can enjoy the below audio-only track from it.

Last but not least, the second day of the festival focused on dance workshops by professional dancers from different hip-hop styles.

Dance2Connect workshops

Then, the festival was wrapped up with dance battles.

Finally, the following live streams come from Ibrahim Kennedy. He has filmed some of the judges’ showcases and dance battles.

And now, let’s get down to the battles between the different participants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music video editing tips from Tony Kearns at DubWeb Festival

During the DubWeb Festival, I attended two talks by:

  • a panel of filmmakers and distributors on the crowdfunding topic
  • Tony Kearns on the music video editing topic.

Tony Kearns is a freelance video editor based in Dublin (Ireland), who works for local and international production companies and projects around music video editing. He also edits videos for commercials, films and documentaries.

Tony Kearns, video editor

Photo Credits: Renate Canga – Website: http://www.rens-lens.com/ 

He talked about the challenges of video editing projects and how to make the videos appealing to the viewers. He mainly highlighted few video editing techniques to follow to make music videos more captivating.

First of all, as regards to the music video editing projects themselves, there is never enough time and money to make the best videos. So when working on such projects, it is best to keep this into consideration and be open to different projects.

Furthermore, when you receive a script for a video editing project from the production company directors, it is generally very vague. So, to resolve this issue, what you should start with is listening to the track, and see what will work with that sound and how to make both sound and visual sync.

Then, you must focus on keeping the audience hooked throughout the whole video so that they don’t stop watching it after a minute or so.

For that purpose, you may:

  1. create a video striking an emotional response by telling a story
  2. fix and stitch things together while editing a track
  3. follow the music patterns, especially the drum base
  4. compose visual samples that may be repeated throughout the song
  5. work with quick cuts throughout the track
  6. integrate different elements into videos to make them sounds like a music soundtrack, i.e visuals, sounds, dialogues and movements
  7. Use different devices for filming, i.e smartphone, video recorder…and make them all part of the same track.

Tony provided us with some good examples of videos showcasing different filming and sound elements.

Examples of quick cuts or cut through:

  • ‘Restless’ by Louis Berry, directed by Finn Keenan (folk/pop music)
  • ‘Know About Me’ by Ryan De La Cruz (hip-hop)

Examples of visual samples repeated throughout the track:

  • ‘Die Antwoord’ by Fatty Boom Boom (afro-punk)
  • ‘Are You Trending’ by Vessels (electro)

Example of integration of different sound and visual elements to make it sound like a soundtrack:

  • ‘Cut The World’ by Antony and the Johnsons (ballad).

Here are more examples of video editing works.

If you would like to collaborate with Tony Kearns on a project, visit his website.

 

 

BlueFire Street Festival 2017 – music and dance in videos

This year, we got a little unlucky for the Bluefire Street Festival because it was ☔ the whole day. So, fair play to festival organisers, volunteers, festival-goers and street performers who put up with the rain!👏On the main stage, there were a little luckier as they were sheltered from the rain.

However, this didn’t prevent us from attending it and it was enjoyable despite the bad weather conditions.

I have taken pictures of the programme from this year’s festival as well as street art murals, circus performers on stilts, a stage music performance (Ronix), a youth talk from the Girl Crew and the welcome tent. Take a look at this slideshow to view the pictures. If you’d like to find out more information about the performers at BlueFire Street Festival, take a look at their website.

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I have also filmed this new school hip-hop street dance performer that replaced Sam Gabriel. If you’d like to follow Des Ebelle on Facebook as well, check his page here.

Finally, I spent most of my time watching the Venezuelan singer Ronix featuring Allegro andante band on the main stage playing Latin fusion sounds like merengue, bachata… Their infectious latino rhythms kept us on our feet!

If you would like to follow them, you can find them on Facebook at Ronix and Allegro andante show band.

I have filmed two long videos and a shorter one, which I hope you will enjoy!

If you have taken more pictures or videos, share their links with us in the comment box below!

If you would like to watch the festival for the 2015 year edition, check my other blog post. That year the organisers got luckier with the weather, so more people attended the event. I was also able to take more pictures and film more performances. So, enjoy!

Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition and Festival 2017 in Brussels

Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition

Before heading off for a few days in Brussels, Belgium, I did a bit of research about what was on during my stay. I fell upon the following PDF article from Bozar and visit.Brussels about a Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition and Festival 2017.

That article teased my curiosity and 👀 I decided to check Bozar’s website further. When you visit their homepage, you will be given the option to select between French (FR), English (EN) or Dutch (NL) languages before landing on the programme page.

If you are interested in Hip Hop history from the very beginnings in the USA to its export and expansion in Belgium, you’ll be enjoying this post!

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The hip-hop festival organisers enabled online booking. Online ticket bookings entitled you to:

  • a free coffee upon order of a pastry
  • a free glass of wine or a meal.

Yo Hip Hop exhibition E-ticket

However, if you were not around for that period of time, don’t worry, I will take you through the exhibition by sharing with you few pictures and videos. 😉 (I can’t talk about the other programmed events, though).

DANCE VIDEO TUTORIALS

When I entered the Centre for Fine Arts, there was a screen showing a b-boy doing few moves. It was also providing visitors with dance tutorials on basic b-boying steps. Take a look at some of the video snippets filmed with Snapchat!

 

 

DANCE COMPETITION

After that, I walked up the stairs to enter the exhibition area, which was a mix of audio, visuals, and videos explaining the hip-hop movement history. There was a big screen displaying a film of all world b-boying dance competitions.

HIP-HOP IN ALL ITS FORMS: MUSIC, ARTS AND DANCE

Then, the exhibition went through the hip-hop evolution in all its forms, i.e music, arts and dance.

Again, the exhibition was in French, Dutch, and English. Please note however that for some of the pieces, I couldn’t get the whole translated text in pictures.

Remember that you can pause each picture in the slideshow to read the information. You will find 2 short videos below this slideshow showcasing:

  • B-girls dancing,
  • Stromae singing
  • Rab djing.

 

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At the very end of the exhibition, they had a 360 degrees screen showing different clips simultaneously.

I have recorded few bits of the main ones:

I hope you learnt a few things about the hip-hop evolution.

Any of you want to volunteer to translate into English the few pieces that do not have a translation?

 

 

 

 

Hotter than July World Music Festival (2017) in Dublin, Ireland

HOTTER THAN JULY FESTIVAL

This year, the Hotter than July Festival has been organised by:

  • Improvised Music Company
  • Big Bang Festival
  • and Dublin City Council.

Hotter than July Festival

Unfortunately, on the day, it was pretty rainy, so I missed part of it for this reason! ☔

However, I listened to and filmed the last 3 bands who performed at the event! 😃😉

If any of you have filmed other bands, feel free to share the links in the comment box! 👍

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures!

ABOUT KAKATSITSI MASTER DRUMMERS

It is one of Africa’s leading traditional drumming groups. Kakatsitsi performs rhythms and chants from a variety of West African cultures in a modern funky style.

They are originally from Jamestown, Accra, Ghana.

You can follow them on Facebook or on this website.

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Although I had filmed live the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers, the video didn’t save on my phone. 😞

So, let me share with you a video of them taken at a different event. They gave a very similar performance at Hotter than July festival.

Do you start feeling the heat? 🔥

Well, this continued throughout the afternoon. All bands were really energetic and good!

ABOUT MANDEN EXPRESS

Now it’s the turn of Manden Express, the Irish based band. I uploaded a video of them just for you on YouTube! 🎁💗

You can follow them on Facebook or on their website.

Finally, the last band La Chiva Gantiva spent literally their stage time jumping around! 💪

ABOUT LA CHIVA GANTIVA

La Chiva Gantiva is a frenetic carnival‐punk racket. It detonates like a Molotov cocktail of:

  • rock
  • rap
  • soul
  • and ferociously funky Latin rhythms.

The band formed in Brussels (Belgium) by three Colombian immigrants, who met around a percussion kit. They wanted to produce an original music and assert their cultural roots.

Present La Chiva Gantiva’s members are from:

  • Colombia
  • Vietnam
  • Belgium
  • and Chile.

I’m sharing you video snippets as well as an audio track of the entire song!

You can follow them on Facebook or on their website.

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