Traditional West African live shows at Festival Rare Talents 2016

Traditional West African Music

First of all, I managed to catch two performances of Traditional West African music bands at Festival Rare Talents.

Secondly, it was the festival’s closing performances on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Montreuil (Paris). I’m glad I didn’t miss them! I truly enjoyed the performances!

Traditional West African Music

Traditional West African BANDs

The support band was Ibrahim Keita and Nankama from Burkina Faso.

The main band was Sékouba Bambino from Guinea. The latter band is composed of:

  • Sékouba as lead singer,
  • a choir from Mali
  • and musicians from Sénégal.

To know more about these respective bands, check their Facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/Ibrahim-keita-et-les-nankama-533951590017754/timeline

https://www.facebook.com/SekoubaBambinoDiabate/

Sékouba has a little biography in English here:

http://www.last.fm/music/Sekouba+Bambino/+wiki

FESTIVAL LIVE RECORDINGS 

Finally, I haven’t taken pictures at the event. But don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of videos!

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!

 

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 ?

Nigerian Carnival Ireland in Phoenix Park, Dublin

A nigerian carnival has been organised with most of the activities taking place in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.  One day of music and dance was organised in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Saturday 17th August 2013.

The event was hosted by Angel Michael presenting performing artists and the music was arranged by DJ Ladi.

All the following artists performed at it and I caught up a few of them: Kamil komposer, Lil Breezy, Benzo 247, Jo Reprezenter, Sema Tecino, Young Bross, Tyreed Otano, Danny Moore, Team Riva 9, Maimouna Salif, HU VA, Tejay Tray, Beezy Obalola. There was also an afrobeat dance competition organised with young dancers.

Catch up the event in pictures (4) and videos (7) below!

For more information about the Carnival activities, check their website: http://www.nigeriancarnivalireland.net

M.A.I

M.A.I

Nigerian Carnival Ireland

Nigerian Carnival Ireland

Any of the participants have pictures and/or other videos to share with us ? If so, post the links in the comment box below!

Cirkafrika – an African circus touring in France in February 2018

I have watched for the first time a few years ago this amazing  Cirkafrika, an African circus on a French channel.

First of all, I would like to share with you a snippet of their upcoming show as well as information about its storyline, artists, tour dates, etc…

cirkafrika - an African circus touring in France in February 2018

What is Cirkafrika?

Cirkafrika is an African based circus employing 50 artists across Africa, namely:

  • musicians,
  • dancers,
  • acrobats,
  • contortionists,
  • diabolos,
  • jugglers,
  • acrobatic balancers,
  • tap-dancers,
  • gumboots, hoops, bouncing balls artists,
  • acrobats,
  • foot jugglers.

They mainly tour in France. Similarly to Le Cirque du Soleil’s concept, this circus doesn’t make use of animals.

Now, what is the current show’s theme?

This year, the show tells the story of a small gifted monkey going for an adventurous trip to the vast plains of China. He meets many monsters ready to eat him to obtain 10 000 life years. But it’s  without counting on the superpowers of the small animal, at times funny, at times powerful and at times crafty. The monkeys’ king is the widely known story told to Chinese children.

Cirkafrika is currently touring in main cities in France from 3rd to 11th February 2018. You can watch a video teaser for this year’s show here:

If you would like to book your tickets, check this link to view available dates, seats and rates:

https://www.ticketmaster.fr/en/resultat?ipSearch=cirkafrika

If you can’t get tickets or can’t make it for these dates, check on their website their next touring dates by clicking on ‘Réservez’:

CirkAfrika 3

Finally, you will find underneath a video reportage about the artists, their background/country of residence, how they trained and got recruited.

Anybody tempted to go and watch one of their shows, now? If that’s the case, hurry as it’s getting very quickly booked out!