‘Digga Is a dancer’ hip-hop freestyle singing battles (Hamburg, Germany)

HIP-HOP SINGING BATTLES

I attended on 31st July 2015 hip-hop singing battles at Molotow bar, Reeperbahn, Hamburg.

I didn’t really know what to expect at the beginning. The ‘digga is a dancer’ event name was rather confusing. I initially thought it would have something to do with dancing.¬†ūüėā I ended up watching these German freestyle singing battles.¬†ūüé§

ABOUT MOLOTOW VENUE

Molotow is a club and concert venue based in Saint Pauli’s quarter of Hamburg. It welcomes diverse styles of music such as:

  • jazz,
  • blues,
  • latino,
  • disco,
  • hip-hop,
  • punk-rock…

If you want to have your concert/dj set/singing battle booked at this place, email them (‘Kontakt’ tab) through their website.

It also has a shop where to buy online or offline branded clothing and accessories:

https://molotow.bigcartel.com/

HIp-HOP FREESTYLE SINGING BATTLES

I have filmed two of them (one solo and a duet). I felt they were the most interesting ones and had the best singing flows. Both are on different beats and styles. So you may like one more than the other, depending on your taste!

You can find this ‘Digga is a dancer’ event organisation on Facebook.

Pictures AND VIDEO RECORDINGS 

You will find in this slideshow pictures of:

  • the event line-up of singers/DJs
  • the singing duet ‘Akne and Juskah’ ¬†I filmed later. The music arrangement is made by DJs Matsimum and Deevoe.They are part of the Royalfam band and sing¬†different music genres such as hip-hop, soul and Rn’B. You can also find Akne on his own. He seems to be the lead singer or/and has done solo projects.

Now, time for you to enjoy watching the videos!

  • The second singing duet is composed of well-known German rapper¬†4tune¬† (English information below the German one) accompanied by Mc Twist:

OTHER GERMAN HIP-HOP ARTISTS

Finally, if you are interested in German hip-hop music, you may want to check some of these artists. To know more about a specific artist, click on his/her name. Then, all you have to do is scroll down to find the English translation of the German biography of each artist.

https://wikivisually.com/lang-de/wiki/Liste_von_Hip-Hop-Musikern_Deutschlands

Duckstein Open-Air Festival Hamburg Hafen City 2015

Duckstein Festival

The summer has been filled so far with lots of open-air festivals in Hamburg (Germany), even if the weather hasn’t always been perfect! I attended the Duckstein festival at Magdeburg Harbour (in front of and next to the International Maritime Museum).

As you may have already guessed, Duckstein, the main festival sponsor, is a brewery. This brewery sells beers such as the Bavarian classic Hefeweiss, Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier.

MAINLY ADULT AUDIENCE 

The festival, due to its sponsor, was more adult-oriented. Shows during week time took place only in the evenings.

Furthermore, as you would probably be figuring out when visiting the festival website, you must be over 16 years of age to view its content. 16 years old is the minimum age to drink beers in Germany.

However, some of the shows were also open to families, in particular the circus shows.

For more information about this festival running in different cities of Germany during summertime, check their website.

DUCKSTEIN FESTIVAL PICTURES

Please find below few pictures of the festival (slideshow):

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DUCKSTEIN FESTIVAL LIVE SHOW RECORDINGS

BIG DADDY WILSON

I watched the wonderful and witty Big Daddy Wilson acoustic blues band with soul and gospel influences from Southern United States.

Big Daddy Wilson is originally from Edenton, North Carolina, where he sang in church. Then, he lived pretty much a country¬†boy’s life. He didn’t know nor breakthrough with blues music back then.

Other artists such as Champion Jack Dupree, Louisiana Red, Eddie Boyd made Europe their home. They brought the blues with them and succeeded here better than in the U.S.¬†And now there¬īs Big Daddy Wilson, an American singer and songwriter who found his home in Northern Germany.

But something is different regarding Big Daddy Wilson. When he came over from the U.S. there was no blues music in his baggage. He truly discovered his love for blues coming to Germany, where he has been awarded ‘Best Acoustic Artist’ in the Blues category.

His music is a fusion of gipsy queen from New Orleans, beats Jamaica-style as well as swing.

If you would like to buy his music or merchandise, check his website. You can also follow him on Facebook and Youtube.

KATAY SANTOS CIRCUS STREET SHOW

Later on, I had a good laugh watching the funny and interactive acrobatic Santos Circus street show coming all the way from Venezuela.

Katay Santos street circus artist started learning Capoeira in 1998, where he began to develop strong skills in:

  • music,
  • fight,
  • dance
  • Acrobatics.¬†

In 2003, he studied at the National Circus School in Havana, Cuba. Then he studied at the Acrobatics Art School in Wuqiao, China (2007-2008) where he learned:

  • Handstand in High Chairs,
  • Pot Balancing
  • Chinese Pole.

In 2006, he became a part of the regular staff at many professional circus and theatre companies in Venezuela.¬† Back then, he¬†created his own shows as “Santos y Bigotes”, “A Chinese Tale” and “Santos Circus Show”.

Since then, he has been touring extensively over 100 cities worldwide, entertaining a variety of audiences.

For more information about him and his travelling circus, check his website. You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Ilanga Festival from South Africa (Hamburg, Germany)

Ilanga Festival

Here is another fact about Hamburg: the city has lots of parks spread out in different quarters! I attended Ilanga Festival at ‘Planten un Blomen’ Park!

The weather wasn’t great on that day, so the turn out wasn’t as good as it should have been. Yet, it was a truly enjoyable event! Enjoy these few pictures and videos!

If you want to know more about the ‘Dube‘ band, please check their website here: www.dube-music.com

Black party meets MS KOI hip-hop and dancehall boat party (Germany)

HAMBURG HARBOUR ACTIVITIES

First of all, if you have never been to Hamburg (Germany), I would like to tell you briefly few facts about this beautiful town.

Hamburg is a city located at¬†the river Elbe. It has a very dynamic harbour. Its harbour is named Germany’s “Gateway to the World”. It is also the largest port in Germany.

Secondly, the port of Hamburg is the second-busiest port in Europe (after the port of Rotterdam) and 15th-largest worldwide. In 2014, 9.73 million TEUs (20-foot standard container equivalents) were handled in Hamburg.

Furthermore, Hamburg port isn’t only a shipping trading centre. It also offers:

  • many boat trips,
  • museums tracing the history of the harbour in the ‘Speicherstadt’ (recognised as a World Heritage by UNESCO),
  • visits of old boats,
  • lots of organised boat parties.

Black boat party

I have been to one black boat party. It lasted 4 hours between the boat leaving the harbour and coming back to it.

wHERE DOES THE ‘Black boat party’ NAME COME FROM?

Simply because the event took place on a boat, which had DJs playing black music such as hip-hop and dancehall.

whAT iS ‘MS KOI’?

MS KOI is a ship for maritime events and parties since 2011.

MS KOI is a very modern boat composed of 3 different decks. On each deck, you have a bar and quality sound and light systems. Each deck has its own atmosphere with distinct music style.

The upper-deck is open-air and obviously most enjoyable during summertime when the weather is good. The lowest deck contains a cloakroom and seating space.

BLACK BOAT PARTY PICTURES AND VIDEOS

Let me share with you pictures, audio and videos from the event on 18th July 2015. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did!

If you have issues playing some of the videos due to potential country restrictions, use this link https://www.proxfree.com/.

Then type next to the lock picture the direct link to the youtube video. Next, change country (to Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the ‘server location’ field, and hit ‘prox free’ button!

You can find more pictures on the following facebook fan page (21st July’s post):

https://www.facebook.com/mskoi.eventschiff/