Fundraising Music Events

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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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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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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Regular and occasional afrobeat events in Dublin, Ireland

afrobeat

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/BoomEntz/

– 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 a 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 10 am 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 through 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 Donations: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/beautifulgate

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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Irie Révoltés – Multi-styles Germano-French band based in Germany

Irie Révoltés is a band from Heidelberg, Germany. „Irie“ comes from the Jamaican creole patois and can be translated as “positive, happy or free”. “Révoltés” stands for “Rebels/Insurgents”. The band tackles critical social themes through their German and French lyrics. They have mixed musical influences such as Reggae, Dancehall, Ska, Punk and Hip Hop.

irie revoltes picture

For more information on the band, check out the following links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irie_R%C3%A9volt%C3%A9s

Now, want to hear how they sound? Here are few (8) videos of their German and French speaking songs:

Enjoying these songs? Did you know this band before?

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Experimental dance styles mix – made in France

I have seen these videos a good while ago after watching students learning dancehall moves. I first came across the funny original dancehall choreography. Then a few weeks later, I watched an interesting dance video mixing dancehall and salsa. At that time, I had never thought that these two very different dance styles could be mixed!

Check out the two below videos and let me know what you think of them ? Do you still prefer the original dancehall choreography? Or have you also enjoyed watching the ragga jam salsa?