Femi Kuti’s afrobeat live concert at the Academy, Dublin (Ireland)

Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti (born 16 June 1962) is popularly known as Femi Kuti. He is a Nigerian musician born in London and raised in Lagos. He is the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti

Femi’s musical career started when he began playing in his father’s band, Egypt 80.

In 1986, Femi started his own band, Positive Force. He began establishing himself as an artist independent of his father’s massive legacy.  🎷🎺🎸🎹🎤

Since then, he has continued playing the music style his father was famous for, i.e afrobeat. Afrobeat can be defined as ‘a complex fusion of:

Femi also follows his father’s legacy with his strong commitments to social and political causes.  You can notice this in his songs’ lyrics on his website:

https://femikuti.com/home

In this article you can see how engaged he is with the issues Nigerian people are currently facing: 😭😡

Nigerian musician Femi Kuti urges stars, fans to focus on Boko Haram victims

Do you like his music? Why not download a few songs or buy some of his CDs on Amazon: 💿💰

Femi Kuti’s music on Amazon

Now, let me share with you few videos from his live concert at The Academy, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 8th July 2017!!🔥

Since these videos were originally Facebook Live Streams, the quality may not be optimum for YouTube. 😳😓

I would recommend you to watch them on your mobile phone, as they have been filmed with my iPhone! 😉

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Favela Chic: eclectic DJ and reggae band (Paris, 2016)

FAVELA CHIC

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

Favela Chic

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

FAVELA CHIC IN PICTURES

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

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DJ ARTHUR CHAP

The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. He played a nice mix of world music and more mainstream music such as Afrobeats, Afrodisco, Soul, Groove, Funk, …

If you want to know more about him, check this link:

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

REGGAE GUEST BAND

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:

Traditional West African live shows at Festival Rare Talents 2016

Traditional West African Music

First of all, I managed to catch two performances of Traditional West African music bands at Festival Rare Talents.

Secondly, it was the festival’s closing performances on Saturday 28th May 2016 in Montreuil (Paris). I’m glad I didn’t miss them! I truly enjoyed the performances!

Traditional West African Music

Traditional West African BANDs

The support band was Ibrahim Keita and Nankama from Burkina Faso.

The main band was Sékouba Bambino from Guinea. The latter band is composed of:

  • Sékouba as lead singer,
  • a choir from Mali
  • and musicians from Sénégal.

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

FESTIVAL LIVE RECORDINGS 

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

‘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

 

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:

 

 

 

Dead Prez hip hop duet live concert in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

DEAD PREZ

First of all, Dead Prez is a hip-hop duo from the United States, composed of stic.man and M-1 since 1996. M1 is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Stic.man is from Tallahassee, Florida.

The pair of rappers is inspired by revolutionaries from Malcolm X to Public Enemy.

They immersed themselves in political and social studies to forge their own confrontational style of hip-hop.

Their socialist lyrics focus on militant social justice,  Pan-Africanism and positivity.

The duo maintains an ethical stance against corporate control over the media, especially hip-hop record labels.

For more information about their work, check the following Wikipedia article.

ALBUM RELEASES AND COLLABORATIONS

Secondly, they released three albums “Let’s Get Free” (2000), “Revolutionary But Gangsta” (2004), and “Information Age” (2012) as well as several mixtapes.

In 2006, the group collaborated with the three remaining members of The Outlawz band on the ‘Can’t Sell Dope Forever’ song. A second track,  ‘Soldier 2 Soldier’ is the result of a joint record between Stic.man and Young Noble.

 Dead Prez and The Outlawz

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROMOTION

Furthermore, both artists promote healthy eating and exercise.

You can find more details about Stic’s founding initiative here:
Dead Prez

LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Since you are expecting to listen to them, I will share with you videos of their live concert at The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 on Friday 24th October 2014.

The place was packed! The artists interact a lot with the audience.

I won’t ramble too much.  So, check their four live concert videos!

Finally, if you like their music:

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:

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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Man In The Mirror, The Music Of Michael Jackson Irish Tour 2014

Michael Jackson Irish Tour

I attended a tribute show at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Saturday 28th June 2014 as part of a Michael Jackson Irish Tour.

So, if you missed it, you still have the opportunity to view snippets of the show! I took the videos right at the end of the show during their ‘encore’ as we weren’t allowed to film beforehand.

Although this particular tour with dancers is over, you may want to stay up-to-date with their next project through their Facebook page. Indeed, Johnny Walker and his band perform more or less every year in Ireland, so keep an eye on the ‘Events’ section! Not sure if the dancers are always following, though!

Also, I would like to congratulate Anthony Walker (singer), musicians and Dublin based dancers:

  • Mateusz Szczerek Slc
  • Alex AJ O’Neill Slc
  • Don King Rongavilla
  • Justin Fuentes
  • and Chris Dylus

for this amazing live performance!

Here are few pictures I took at the Olympia Theater show in Dublin:

As for videos, please check the videos below:

 

Jane Shortall Christmas Dance Fusion in videos

If you have missed or would like to see few video recordings of the Christmas JSD Fusion, here they come!

JSD christmas dance fusion

The MC & Judges Matthew Williamson and Tobi Omoteso have been judging the freestyle hip hop and breakdance battle at Andrews Lane Theatre, Dublin 2 on Thursday 19th December 2013. Jane Shortall together with Matthew have been hosting the event and presenting the different dance crews of all ages: adults, teenagers and children as well as the fundraising purposes (for more information on this, check the videos’ comments).

To view the 6 videos, check my youtube channel as follows:

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

Enjoy!