Groove festival at La Cartoucherie Exhibition Hall, Toulouse

First of all, are you ready for the most epic Groove  festival? I surely hope so!

After having played groove music in a good few cultural bars in Toulouse, the Groove Festival Box 2 #FeelingGrooveFestival invites the whole family and thinks big!

Groove music and arts festival

1. The location

Besides, the Groove Festival is organised at La Cartoucherie market building and exhibition hall, a now well-known third place by Toulousians.

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2. THE PROGRAMME

Then, you can find the following entertainment activities during the weekend of 22nd and 23rd june 2019 for only 5 Euros:

    • Roller disco (3 € for rollerskates rental)
    • 100% women hip-hop dance battles
    • Graffitis, Street art and painting exhibitions
    • Sculptures
    • Live painting
    • Live music.

3. STREET ARTS EXHIBITION WALLS

Additionally, for the occasion, exhibition walls Bullet Factory from ExpoCity by Cisart are visible all day long for free! This is one of the last occasions to admire the graff collective exhibition from 40 artists. They are present since November 2018 on more than 1000 squaremeters walls in the Cartoucherie exhibition hall.

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4. PHOTO EXHIBITION

Furthermore, there is also a photo exhibition unrelated to the festival called ‘Ce que je suis‘. It is also a collaborative project presented by inhabitants from Brax, Cugnaux, L’Union et Launaguet (towns surrounding Toulouse).

It is a reflection on our self-image/persona and how we would like to be seen by others. The project offers us two outlooks of the same person.

However, please note that I have only attended some of the Saturday sessions. So, let me go through that day programme and events I attended :

Groove music and arts festival

Groove music and arts festival

2pm : Roller Disco opening with ASTR Rollerdance Toulouse, Ekyoz, Ortz

2pm: Opening of arts exhibitions (not on walls) from Marion Neira-Faro, Massa Anthropo-Anima and sculptures workshops from the arts schools Le Maillet d’ébène and  L’ABCS Sculpture.

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3pm : Live music from WAB and the Funky Machine for the roller disco

4pm: Open Mic opening with Lapin Passion and the beatboxers from the beatboxing battle

6pm: Battle opening with Dax Santos MC

7.30pm: Rap and Beat Box Interlude with Dax Santos and Paolo.

5. PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS

Finally, within the scope of the eco-neighbourhood, car parking on the public highways is voluntarily restricted. But , an Indigo parking is located 200 meters from the exhibition hall.

In this respect, we strongly encourage you to come with Tisséo public transports, or your bike, scooter or skate to join us!

Tram Lines T1 & T2 – Arrêt Casselardit Stop
Bus Lines 45 and Linéo 2 – Casselardit Stop.

Pedestrian and bike access : avenue de Grande Bretagne, then Casselardit tram stop, then go to towards the Charpark alley and Thomas Dupuy street in direction to the market building. Access to Thomas Dupuy street (parking at 200m).

‘Oldskool’ hip-hop cover band live recording at The Sugar Club, Dublin


During the 2017 Saint Patrick’s weekend, we had the pleasure to be entertained by a 7 piece oldskool hip-hop cover band playing live in Dublin. The band joined the dots from The Sugar Hill to Dr Dre to Eminem.

For the old school hip-hop music nostalgic who couldn’t attend, you’ll be able to catch up with these oh so lovely oldskool tunes in videos!🎶✌

If you’d like to follow them, give them a like on Facebook! 👍

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

oldskool hip-hop

WHAT DOES OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP MUSIC MEAN?

If you don’t quite know what defines old school hip-hop music, check this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-school_hip_hop

Now, let me start with a snippet of their show recorded on Instagram. If you like it, follow me back on Instagram! 😘

UPCOMING OLD SKOOL HIP-HOP COVER BAND CONCERTS

If you are in Ireland for 2018 St Patrick’s weekend, you are lucky! The band will be performing again this Saturday at The Sugar Club, Dublin! You can book your tickets here or on their website mentioned below.

Oldskool hip-hop

PAST LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Want to know more how they sound? Then watch these videos below. They were recorded live on Periscope on @emelinej1 (Twitter live streaming service) and Facebook live.

But I have edited them a bit and uploaded them to YouTube just for you!😎😉

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Prince Tribute: Sign o’the Times live concert and DJ set

I hope you have celebrated well new year’s eve!🍾🎉 I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2017!😘🍀🌟🎊

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PRINCE TRIBUTE

For my part, I decided to celebrate new year’s eve a little bit in advance!😂 I went to this tribute to Prince with DJ Al Murphy playing lots of Prince’s tunes and then watched the live recording of his 1987 Sign o’ the Times tour on Friday 30th December 2016 at The Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland).

You can find more information about it on this  event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/228456610900746/

PRINCE TRIBUTE LIVE RECORDINGS

Here are recordings in picture and audio of the DJ’s act.

Prince Tribute

Now, I’d like to share with you some videos taken at the event. I would like to apologise if the last video’s soundtrack isn’t from Prince! I experienced few technical issues trying to publish a live YouTube video and it ended up recording the visuals without the sound!🤔😤  So I picked a nice song in a similar style to add to the video.🙂😉 Anyway, I hope you will enjoy them!

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.

candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2

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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/

‘Early House’ cover band live concert playing funk and soul (Dublin, 2016)

EARLY HOUSE COVER BAND

Thanks to the Dublin Event Guide, I heard about this amazing Irish ‘Early House’ cover band live concert taking place at the Whelan’s, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Saturday 16th April 2016.

FUNK AND SOUL MUSIC COVERS

I didn’t regret attending it! Great musicians and singers. They played hits from famous singers such as James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Doobie Brothers, Etta James, Sly and Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and so much more.

Here are two pictures from the band:

I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did their performances. If you want to be updated on their next gig, check their Facebook  fan page here:

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

EARLY HOUSE LIVE RECORDINGS

There are 5 videos in total for this band, so don’t forget to view them all in my channel! Subscribe to have all newly uploaded videos appearing on your Youtube newsfeeds for FREE! The direct link to my channel is the following:

https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

 

‘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:

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!

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Want to catch up with 2pac Shakur’s band ‘The Outlawz’ concert (2015)?

Outlawz BAND

Do you like old-school hip-hop? Do you miss listening to 2Pac sounds? Well, even though Shakur died a while ago, his ‘The Outlawz band‘ is still pretty much alive and touring!

ABOUT THE BAND

The “Outlawz” band set up by “Tupac” in 1995 is a perfect blend of :

  • seasoned lyricists,
  • musical innovators 
  • responsible storytellers.

The band members are:

“E.D.I. Mean”
His aggressive, no-frills style is perhaps the more Diplomatic, yet his delivery reveals a mastery of conveying complex messages, in an unmistakable straight to the point manner.

“Young Noble” 
The aptly named-rebellious perfectionist exudes integrity in life and throughout his lyrics. In both cases, he chooses his battles wisely, with an evident persona that silently confirms that he does not play!

“Hussein Fatal” 
The one who says what others won’t. A distinctive witty voice whose experimental mature, position him as the group’s mad scientist combining all elements, creating the perfect chemistry.

OPENING ACTS

They gave us a great concert on Saturday 11th April 2015 at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin 8 (Ireland). They were preceded by equally good live opening acts with DJ Spaqz and ‘Trigger’ Irish hip-hop singer amongst others.

DJ SPAQZ

DJ Spaqz is a DJ, producer and artist based in Dublin, Ireland. He plays an eclectic mix of African pieces of music and Hip-Hop.

TRIGGER 

Trigger is a 23-year-old Cork city rapper. Although he is new to the scene, he is already stirring up some reaction on the underground circuit. He has appeared on such radio stations as RTE radio 1, 96FM, Red FM among various other pirate radio stations.

Raised in Cork city’s northside. He partly lived with his grandmother growing up in Gurranabraher. He talks about matters that have affected him and those around him. Poverty, neighbourhoods surrounded by drug abuse and rapid unemployment are key subjects in his songs, although some are humorous, upbeat and political.

Check out pictures (slideshow) from the event and listen to audio and video tracks below! Enjoy!

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The Outlaws BAND live concert videos and soundtrack:

Funky Merry Christmas wishes to you all in music and dance!

FUNKY MERRY CHRISTMAS

First of all, I would like to send you all my warmest season greetings. 🎅

I wish you a Funky Merry Christmas holiday..in music and dance, of course! 🎶👯

CHEERFUL CHRISTMAS MUSIC

 Secondly, here a few lovely tunes to get you into a happy mood:

  • soul,
  • funk
  • and old-school hip-hop Christmas soundtracks:

If you want to listen to full songs of old and modern funk songs, check this YouTube playlist:

UPLIFTING CHRISTMAS DANCE MOVES

Finally, if you have put on weight after all this seasonal food stuffing,  here are some street dance choreographies to get you back in shape! The dance styles are new style hip-hop and locking. But, let’s start dancing the boogie, breaking, locking or whatever dance you like.

Who knows? You might get inspired to create your own one!