‘Wildstyle’ film clip and US/Irish DJ set of breakbeats makers

BREAKBEATS MAKERS

You may not have watched the ‘Wildstyle’ film nor attended the breakbeats makers event  at The Sugar Club, Dublin (2015) showcasing DJs:

  • Mek (Ireland),
  • DJ Peanut Butter Wolf (USA)
  • Breakbeat Lou (USA).

But, don’t worry, you can catch up with most of the event now!

PEANUT BUTTER WOLF

As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak sought out an escape from suburban life in the Silicon Valley.

He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that a girlfriend’s youngest brother feared the “peanut butter wolf monster” more than death itself.

After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labelled “incredible” by The Source magazine.

In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US.

BREAKBEAT LOU

Louis Flores better known as BreakBeat Lou is a staple and legend in the music/entertainment industry. Starting as disc jockey 1974, he turned professional in 1981 when he also began his production career. Louis is one of the few that can make the statement that they had over 20 years successful in the industry.

He has worked in every facet from The Ultimate Breaks and Beats Compilation to the late Leonard “BreakBeat Lenny” Roberts. This legendary series has been sampled by many of hip-hop’s elite producers.

Contemporary producers such as the late J Dilla, Salaam Remi and Just Blaze to name a few, continue to heavily sample the compilation.

MEK

Pete Mescalero, professionally known by his stage name DJ Mek, is an Irish award-winning hip-hop DJ/turntablist and producer. He has won 5 Irish national Disco Mix Club championships and remixed/produced artists like Ian Brown.

In 1989, DJ Mek became the first DJ from the Republic of Ireland to enter the U.K. DMC Championships and went on to win 5 Irish national titles.

His group ScaryEire were the first Irish rap act to be signed to a major label. He retired from competitive mixing competitions in 2000 and contributed a monthly Megamix to RTÉ 2fm from 2000 to 2012.

WILDSTYLE FILM AND GRANDMASTER FLASH

If you want more information about the Grandmaster Flash, the DJ behind the ‘Wildstyle‘ film, please check the following articles:

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

http://www.grandmasterflash.com/about/

WILDSTYLE CLIPS AND DJ SETS VIDEO RECORDINGS

Although I will not be able to share with you the full ‘Wildstyle’ film nor breakdancer videos, you can still enjoy this film clip and DJs’ recorded videos:

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 ?

4 Social Music Player Applications to share your tracks with your fans

For high tech, djs and music fans, this is a great article, on how to use an integrated application for your djing skills on devices such as mobile phones or simply the web.

A word of warning, though, some of the applications are only available in the United States. Prices vary a lot but some can be affordable and even in some instances, free!

This is also a great way to share your content with your fans, as these applications integrate social media tools and features… In other terms, a brilliant way to promote your work on the worldwide platform!

For more information, read this article and check out the links:

http://www.openforum.com/articles/4-social-music-services-for-your-office-soundtrack