2016 Juste Debout world hip-hop dance championships

JUSTE DEBOUT 2016

First of all, f you have missed this year’s Juste Debout world hip-hop dances (now generally held in March each year), don’t worry! You can catch up the finals right now!

Secondly, if you don’t know what ‘Juste Debout’ is, check this article:

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

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JUSTE DEBOUT HIP-HOP DANCE CATEGORIES

I filmed dance videos from the following categories:

  • New Style Hip Hop,
  • Locking,
  • House
  • Experimental.

JUSTE DEBOUT 2016 LIVE RECORDINGS

Please note these are not all categories that were present at the championships. However, there are snippets of the event!

GUEST PERFORMANCE: FLYING ILLUSION

Thirdly, 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 and their tour dates!

They are currently performing in Berlin, Germany for several dates in 2018. For bookings, please visit their website:

http://flyingillusion.redbull.com/de/de/termine-und-tickets/

Finally, please find below:

  • recorded finals in all categories
  • the flying illusion show.

http://www.redbull.com/en/music/stories/1331780818881/juste-debout-2016-world-finals-report

 

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

HAMBURG HARBOUR ACTIVITIES

First of all, if you have never 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. It has a very dynamic harbour. Its harbour is named Germany’s “Gateway to the World”. It is also the largest port in Germany.

Secondly, 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.

Furthermore, Hamburg port isn’t only a shipping trading centre. It also offers:

  • many boat trips,
  • museums tracing the history of the harbour in the ‘Speicherstadt’ (recognised as a World Heritage by UNESCO),
  • visits of old boats,
  • lots of organised boat parties.

Black boat party

I have been to one black boat party. It lasted 4 hours between the boat leaving the harbour and coming back to it.

wHERE DOES THE ‘Black boat party’ NAME COME FROM?

Simply because the event took place on a boat, which had DJs playing black music such as hip-hop and dancehall.

whAT iS ‘MS KOI’?

MS KOI is a ship for maritime events and parties since 2011.

MS KOI is a very modern boat composed of 3 different decks. On each deck, you have a bar and quality sound and light systems. Each deck has its own atmosphere with distinct music style.

The upper-deck is open-air and obviously most enjoyable during summertime when the weather is good. The lowest deck contains a cloakroom and seating space.

BLACK BOAT PARTY PICTURES AND VIDEOS

Let me share with you pictures, audio and videos from 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/.

Then type next to the lock picture the direct link to the youtube video. Next, change country (to Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the ‘server location’ field, and hit ‘prox free’ button!

You can find more pictures on the following facebook fan page (21st July’s post):

https://www.facebook.com/mskoi.eventschiff/

Street School Dance Battles organised by Vigozone in Hamburg (2015)

STREET SCHOOL DANCE

While planning a holiday trip in Hamburg (Germany), I researched any interesting hip-hop dance events in the city.

I came across the street school dance battles event. I received a free ticket for the dance live performances.

The street school 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! I watched incredible crew choreography and battles from all styles, such as:

  • new style hip-hop,
  • locking,
  • popping,
  • b-boying
  • k-pop,
  • dancehall,
  • afrobeat
  • salsa.

STREET SCHOOL DANCE EVENT STAKEHOLDERS

The host himself was pretty good at dancing. He was also very entertaining. 🎉

One of the judges and his dance partner performed their duet choreography.

If you’d like to know more about the stakeholders at this event, check their Facebook event page.

Now, impatient to see what it looked like? Please find below a small slide show.

I filmed:

  • 4 battles,
  • 5 crew/duet choreography
  • 2 dance demonstrations from the presenter.

To watch them, I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

If you encounter country restriction issues (blocked videos), I recommend you to download ‘youtube unblocker’ for Firefox and Google Chrome.

Regular and occasional afrobeat events in Dublin, Ireland

DUBLIN AfroBEAT EVENTS 

Dublin afrobeat events

Following a popular search for Dublin afrobeat events, please find below:

  • few good DJ organisations
  • live bands
  • 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. It’s 10 Euros. You can be on the cheap list if you get in touch with them. They will play a mix of:
    •  Hip-Hop
    • Afro-beats
    • RnB
    • Dancehall.

Give them a like on Facebook: 

https://www.facebook.com/officialrapireland

  • Every Sunday at River Bar (Passion nightclub) with Boom Entz. The venue is located at O’Connell House Bridge. It’s 5 Euros in. They will play a mix of:
    • Hip-Hop
    • Afrobeats
    • Rn’B
    • Reggae.

You can follow them or add them as a 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 listen to some of them on my Youtube Channel):
  • Tig Linn with female and male singers (blessed with powerful voices). For their planned concerts, check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tig-Linn/211049728918708?fref=ts

  • Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble with a 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 a female singer. For more information, check their Facebook page:

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

  • You can also catch a few Afrobeat/Afrojazz live concerts at ‘National Concert Hall’.

Go to 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
    • 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’. The themes are on:
    • Nigerian music
    • comedy
    • food
    • fashion.

For more information, check their Facebook page and/or website:

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

Have you heard of any other nights worth mentioning? If so, drop a comment and we’ll add them to the list!

 

Beautiful Gate charity from South Africa- DJ Dale and Ras Rob’s fundraising gig

BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY

This is an event I have organised a few years ago to raise funds for the very actively involved Beautiful Gate charity from South Africa. This Non-Profit Organisation is doing great things for vulnerable children and families as well as children orphans.

Beautiful Gate charity

 

The gig and Dj set

First of all, the fundraising music gig took place in Dublin at the Q Bar (now River Bar), Burgh Quay on Thursday 16th September 2010.

It showcased Ras Rob and Dale Turner deejaying skills.

The night was very successful with more than 80 attendants partying!

DJ MUSIC VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACKS

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

FUNDRAISING RESULTS 

As far as the gig is concerned, it 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!

CHARITY CONDiTIONS

Furthermore, 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. With the recent World Cup, the enthusiasm  has got even higher than usual.

Many of the junior (under 13) teams are run by older teenagers, who 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’ is often an impressive word for a kick-about.’

BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY ACTIONS

Consequently, 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. We work with the teenage soccer coaches to:

  • help them learn about coaching 
  • become good role models for the younger boys.

This week, there is a Soccer Holiday Club – 16 teams of up to 20 boys (under 13) on our field. They 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. We also link the topics with practical examples of behaviour on the pitch as well as 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.

They have also 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’.

Finally, you can make online donations as well as check the children playing soccer in this YouTube video and slideshow:

 

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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 ?

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?

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?