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.

Sol y Fiesta festival

 

 

Favela Chic: eclectic DJ and reggae band (Paris, 2016)

FAVELA CHIC

This was a rather unplanned night out I went for on Wednesday 25th May 2016. Had dinner across the street and was attracted to this Favela Chic bar and restaurant. So, I came in and must say this was a great idea!

Favela Chic

This ‘Favela Chic’ club isn’t only playing – as the name suggests – Brazilian sounds, but a great variety of world music.

FAVELA CHIC IN PICTURES

Here are few pictures of the venue, which I thought is quite rather original:

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DJ ARTHUR CHAP

The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. He played a nice mix of world music and more mainstream music such as Afrobeats, Afrodisco, Soul, Groove, Funk, …

If you want to know more about him, check this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/arthur_chaps/

REGGAE GUEST BAND

There was also a guest reggae band. Unfortunately, the band name is unknown to me.

Here are few videos taken at the event of both DJ and band performances:

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!

Sankofa Soul TV Contest – Live Semi-final 2 (Paris 2016)

Sankofa Soul TV Contest

I had booked my tickets for the Sankofa Soul TV Contest in advance. I had initially found the event advertised on Facebook.

TICKET OPTIONS

There were offering two options:

  1. dinner + live performances (25  Euros)
  2. live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros).

I took the first option and didn’t regret it. The ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST FINALS

For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France.

There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euro.

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SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST RECORDINGS

Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners?

They are Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel.

For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

‘Paris Hip Hop’ Rendez-Vous – Week’s festival 2016 in videos

PARIS HIP-HOP FESTIVAL

Paris Hip-Hop is a great festival with multiple events organised in different locations of Paris for a week from 20th May until 5th June 2016.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Before I go and talk about the free entry open-air event I attended, let me share with you the overall festival’s programme.

Paris Hip-Hop

PARC DE LA VILLE FESTIVAL EVENTS

I attended myself the below events on Saturday 28th May 2016 which took place at Périphérique (Parc de la Villette), 2 rue de la Clôture, 75019 Paris.

It was a mix of different kind of hip-hop arts such as:

  • street arts,
  • djing (vinyl),
  • dance battles,
  • dance shows,
  • music shows and battles.

We could also order some yummy Caribbean and/or African food.

PARC DE LA VILLETTE EVENTS’ PROGRAMME

Please find a summary of the different activities organised for all ages! Then underneath watch the slideshow (pictures) taken on the day!

Paris Hip-Hop

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LIVE EVENTS’ RECORDINGS

Finally, what you were all been waiting for…Videos were taken at the event (mainly dance battles/freestyles and shows)!

Which show or battle/freestyle do you like most? Comment on the post!

Black and white expatriate networking party (Paris, 2016)

expatriate networking IN PARIS

While I was spending a holiday trip in Paris (France) in April 2016, I thought I might go to an expatriate networking party. I wanted to meet international people living in the city and have some fun with them!

I had found a black and white expatriate networking party in Paris advertised on the meetup.com website (Expats Paris) taking place at ‘rue du Colisée’  close to Champs-Elysées and Franklin D. Roosevelt metro station. I was curious to see what it’d be like.

There were around 60 people from different nationalities attending the event, meeting either to build communities or to improve their language skills.

I was greeted by meetup members and organisers. Then I was introduced to Michael, who I had asked few questions online before coming to the event. He was friendly and introduced me to few guests.

Then, we spent a bit of time chatting around on the ground floor before hitting the dancefloor. Music was an eclectic mix of Latin, Arabic, pop and hip-hop music.

I hope you will enjoy the below video and mixed tapes!

Do you also have other videos you want to share? Please don’t hesitate to do so in the comment section!

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?

Creative and innovative arts space in Paris

If you are looking for a place to practice for free your dance or circus skills, or simply want to come and watch an affordable show, whether experimental theater, music or else, “Le 104”, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris (19th district, close to Riquet metro station) is the right spot to come to!

This creative space is open to everyone and promotes collaboration, exchange and innovative ideas of all kinds. The building consists of a big public hall, research workshops and performance areas.

Want to know more about it ? Check out the pictures taken on Saturday 9th March 2013 (slideshow) as well as their website below:

http://www.104.fr/en/practical-information.html

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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?