The Jaffa Cakes band – Live Jazz/Bossa Nova concert (Dublin, 2016)

JAFFA CAKES BAND

On Saturday 2nd January 2016 I attended this amazing live concert by 2 members of the Jaffa Cakes band at Cafe Dublin, 17b Asdill’s Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

I got the chance to meet both the lovely singer Plinny Phoenix and pianist Dario Rodighiero. I enjoyed so much their live jazz/bossa nova performance that I made a video out of it! The audience appreciated it as well. You can see and hear them cheering and clapping.

BAND MUSIC STYLES AND MEMBERS

The Jaffa Cakes band is a taste of the most famous songs in a retro style, that could be any genre of music, but mostly:

  • jazz,
  • blues,
  • swing,
  • funk.

They’ve got just a piano, drums and a voice. Yet they bring a unique mix of retro-modern songs in the blues, funk and jazz genre.

The 3 band members are:

  • Miss Phoenix @ Vocals
  • Dario Rodighiero Duck @ Piano
  • Paolo Zuddas @ Drums.

If you’d like to know more about each member, check their biographies:

Now getting excited and curious to listen to their music? If so, watch this video:

 

 

 

Saun and Starr live concert with Jesse John Heffernan band

Saun and Starr

It was such an honour to listen to the amazing voices of Saun and Starr with such a great accompaniment band!

I didn’t initially know these female singers. However, I was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!

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THEIR BIOGRAPHY

Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe grew up mere blocks from each other in New York City’s northernmost borough, The Bronx.

But it wasn’t until 1986 that the two actually crossed paths at an open mic night at a club called Carl’s Off the Corner in Harlem. With a mutual respect for each other’s talent as singers along with a shared musical aesthetic, the two became fast friends.

In 2013, cover songs soon gave way to original compositions with the duo now named Saun & Starr. Before long, S&S and The Dap-Kings set up shop at Daptone Records’ House of Soul music. They began recording an album of their own material.

Follow their Facebook fan page if you like their music!

If you have missed this concert, you can check their next touring dates on this site:

https://www.songkick.com/artists/7962843-saun-and-starr

JESSE JOHN HEFFERMAN 

Jesse John Heffernan Is a Soul Afro-Caribbean/Irish-born singer-songwriter, whose unique and uncompromising sound is set to make its mark!

He is inspired by legends such as Sam Cooke, Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye to name a few. 

Jesse’s love of lyrics and songwriting delivered through his soulful vocals, means his performances are second to none.

He has recently become a part of the Choice Cuts team in Dublin venue The Sugar Club, as a promoter and venue booker. 

You can follow him and his band on Facebook.

S&S and J.J. HEFFERMAN LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Finally, enjoy these videos! They give you a glimpse of what you can expect from their live concerts!

Do you have other information or tracks to share with us? If so, drop a message in the comment box!

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!

 

James Brown biographical film ‘Get on up’ about his life and legacy

James Brown biographical film

I have watched the brilliant James Brown biographical film ‘Get on Up’ at the IMC Screen Cinema on Townsend street in Dublin.

It is a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

The film lasts 2h30 but time flew! I consider it a must-see for all funk and soul fans!

If you want to know more about the film, check out the following article written on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_on_Up_%28film%29

James Brown biographical film

FILM TEASER

If you would like to watch a clip or the trailer, check this link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/getonup/

FILM SOUNDTRACK

Finally, you may enjoy listening to this track recorded during the credits at the end of the film:

Hugh Masekela Afro-Jazz Live Concert in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

Hugh Masekela

A few weeks ago, I attended the Hugh Masekela concert in National Concert Hall organised by the Waltons World Masters.

Hugh Masekela

I saw few papers around from this music organisation before that day. The papers detailed the artist biography with an offer to sign up for their newsletter. I subscribed and became the lucky winner of two tickets to watch this jazz concert!

Originally, I didn’t know much about Hugh Masekela and his South African band even though they are a well-known in the jazz world. Consequently, I had no particular expectations from them. However, I must say now: it was one the best concerts I have been attended!

Hugh Masekela, although already 75 years of age at that time, displayed incredible energy and musical talent throughout the whole show. He was a very witty, bright and young at heart artist.

His band and himself continued playing about 3-4 extra songs after the due ending time of the concert.

I also discovered the ‘Tig Linn’ support band, an afrobeat and afro-jazz Irish-Nigerian band from Dublin. Worth watching, too! They play a fusion of Nigerian and traditional Irish music.

Tig Linn is still going strong. They are still regularly playing live. To keep up-to-date of their next concert, follow them on Facebook. If you would like to book them for a concert, get in touch with them on their website.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY AND SUPPORT BAND INFORMATION

Click on the pictures to read more easily the brochures’ information:

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela and Tig Linn

LIVE CONCERT RECORDING

This video is from the repeat songs at the end:

Keep in mind that you will no longer be able to go to his concerts. Indeed, Hugh Masekela died on 23rd January 2018 at the age of 78. Repose in peace.

If you enjoy his music, you may want to buy it on Amazon.

Souljazz Orchestra 2014 live performance in Dublin, Ireland

Souljazz Orchestra

First of all, Canada’s hardest-working combo, Souljazz Orchestra band, perfects their signature through a percussive explosion of:

  • Soul
  • Jazz
  • Afro
  • Latin
  • and Caribbean rhythms.

They deliver:

  • unleashed blaring majestic horns
  • dusty vintage keyboards
  • and heavy percussion sounds.

Souljazz Orchestra

RELEASED ALBUMS

Furthermore, the multicultural collective surfaces with a hard-hitting new record in 2015, ‘Resistance’. This album resumes its link-up with UK-based Strut Records.

The composer Pierre Chrétien explains that they approached this album with a fresh ear. He says as well that: “We were keen to build on the band’s sound and message. So, I brought in some of the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that I’ve loved since my youth.”

Consequently, the new album adds fresh dancefloor-oriented elements of:

  • Coupé-Décalé
  • Zouk
  • and Ndombolo.

The resulting album is a defiant celebration of social justice and human empowerment.

MUSIC AWARDS

On the other hand, their first three released albums:

  •  Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring the single ‘Mista President’)
  • Manifesto (2008)
  • Rising Sun (2010)

were nominated for Juno Awards.

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA BAND TOURING

Last but not least, the Ottawa-based sextet brings its dynamite show across the globe.

They share bills along the way with heavyweights such as:

  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bob Dylan
  • and Femi Kuti.

LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Finally, I attended one of their live performance at the Sugar Club on Saturday 12th July 2014.

Now, want to listen to them? You are lucky, I have recorded them.

So, I hope you will enjoy these videos and mixed tape below:

Ajo Arkestra band’s live performance in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

AJO ARKESTRA BAND

Firstly, the Ajo Arkestra band is an underground group of musician friends from:

  • Sicily
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Armenia
  • Brazil
  • and Cuba.

Furthermore, the band changed its name from ‘The Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble’ to ‘Ajo Arkestra’ a few years ago.

They perform regularly all over Ireland, where they play:

  • in the coolest late night venues 
  • with the best stage settings
  • and the best DJs and bands around.

Their material is influenced by legends such as:

  • Fela Kuti
  • Antibalas
  • and Tony Allen.

Their sound is saturated with hours of musical persistence. These guys master the long extended phrasing and heavy African ‘riddims’.

There  are live elements from:

  • hip-hop
  • funk
  • jazz
  • soul
  • and disco at work.

Instrumentally speaking, their music is awash with:

  • brass
  • lead guitar
  • and vocal harmonies.

There is never anything usual about this band.

The band records their first EP together in 2013.

To be updated about their upcoming shows, check their Facebook and Bandcamp.

AJO ARKESTRA LIVE RECORDING

Finally, I have recorded them play live at The Sugar Club, Dublin back in August 2014. Check the below slideshow and video of their performance!

Theo Parrish, his band and dancers – Teddy’s Get Down 2014 live show

THEO PARRISH

Theo Parrish is a musician and selector based in Detroit, Michigan, often described as a ‘techno/house’ artist. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1972.

Theo Parrish DJ

Theo Parrish musical influences

He grew up in Chicago, Illinois listening to jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and George Gershwin.

THEO PARRISH MUSIC BACKGROUND

Theo Parris begins spinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen…

After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994, he received a BA’s Degree of Fine Arts from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using:

  • live instruments,
  • looped recordings,
  • the human voice,
  • and numerous other sound generating devices.

MUSIC STYLE

Theo Parrish can fuse the rhythmic, disco-based pulse of Chicago house with the modernist soul of Detroit techno, while at the same time pointing to a lineage in black music that runs directly from Sun Ra to Sound Signature.

You may also want to read this two paged Irish Times interview with Theo Parrish.

LIVE PERFORMANCE RECORDINGS

Theo Parrish gave a live performance in Dublin on Thursday 19th July 2014 with a full band and dancers for the first time in 10 years!

Check out below the slideshow, videos and mixed tape taken of this live event.

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