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!

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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: