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Eclectic DJ and reggae band at Favela Chic Paris (2016)

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 bar and restaurant. So, I came in and must say this was a great idea!

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

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

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The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. If you want to know more about him, check this link:

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

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:

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Festival Rare Talents 2016 -traditional african live performances

I managed to catch two traditional African live bands on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Montreuil (Paris) towards the festival’s end and didn’t regret it!

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The support band is Ibrahim Keita and Nankama  from Burkina Faso and the main band is Sékouba Bambino from Guinea (Sékouba lead singer), Mali and Senegal (choir and musicians).

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

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

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Sankofa Soul Contest Paris 2016 – Semi-final 2

Here is an event I had booked in advanced that I found advertised on Facebook. There were offering two options: dinner + live performances (25  Euros) or 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 as the ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

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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.

Now, here are pictures of the candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2:

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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/

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

This is a great festival with multiple events organised in different locations of Paris for a week from 20th May until 5th June 2016. Surely, you may have missed some of the events but it’s still time for you to catch up with others :)! Before I go and talk about the free entry open-air event I attended, let me share with you the overall festival’s programme.

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I attended myself the below event 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 (vinyls), dance battles, dance shows, music shows and battles and some yummy Caribbean and/or African food to order. First, please find a summary of  the day’s programme and different activities organised for all ages! Then underneath watch the diaporama of pictures taken on the day!

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Finally, what you are all been waiting for…videos taken at the event (mainly dance battles/freestyles and shows)! Which show or battle/freestyle do you like most? Comment under the post!

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Black and white expatriates’ networking party

While I was spending a holiday trip in Paris (France) in April 2016, I thought I might meet international people living in the city to have some fun!

I had found a black and white party 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 organisors. 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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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/centquatre/qui-sommes-nous/centquatre.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?