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!

 

Dub Investigation reggae band on Reverbnation and Amazon (Ireland)

Dub Investigation reggae band

I got to know Dub Investigation reggae band back in August 2010. Since then, they have already released 3 albums together:

  • Dub City Volumes 1 and 2
  • Sound Systematic.

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The band also made huge steps forward in promoting their music to the public.

Dub Investigation reggae band

Indeed, their fan base on Facebook has been growing since their beginnings.

Furthermore, they are also part of the Reverbnation artists’ community:

http://www.reverbnation.com/dubinvestigation

On Reverbnation, you can:

  • listen to their songs/albums
  • share them with your friends
  • buy them.

You can also:

  • view their pictures and Youtube videos,
  • get their next gigs’ update. To do so, enter your email address in the “Join the Mailing List” blank field.

You can also purchase some of their albums in MP3 format on Amazon (UK or US site). For that,  type ‘Dub Investigation’ in the search bar.

The last purchase place option is Last.fm.

Finally, if you like their music, follow them on Twitter or Facebook to hear more about their next projects:

https://twitter.com/dubinvestigator

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dub-Investigation/176398791565?fref=ts

 

Mobb Deep Live Concert and opening acts in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

Mobb Deep

Mobb Deep is an American hip hop duo from New York, that consists of Havoc and Prodigy.

The duo is a respected hardcore East Coast Hip-Hop group.

The group  has a well-known dark, hardcore delivery as exemplified by the single “Shook Ones Pt. II”. Mobb Deep is one of the most successful rap duos in hip-hop, having sold over three million records.

Mobb Deep

On 27th July 2012, Havoc told AllHipHop in an interview that the group is on an indefinite hiatus. However, he and Prodigy reunited and performed for Paid Dues on 30th March 2013 and an international 20th-anniversary tour starting in May 2013. They explained in an interview that music is the most important thing in their lives and that they had been friends for too long to break up the friendship.

MOBB DEEP RELEASED ALBUMS

Two of their albums received high praises:

  • The Infamous (8th released studio album in 2014)
  • and Hell on Earth.

Both are classics among avid Hip-Hop listeners and general fans. Critics credit them for the resurgence of East Coast rap in the early to mid-1990s. 

LIVE CONCERT RECORDING AND OPENING ACTS

I had the chance to attend their first performance and few opening acts from UK and Ireland at Voodoo Lounge, Dublin on Friday 1st August 2014. Few local acts got a great response to their performance.

ABOUT BLOODSHED RECORDS

Paul Tall-Order Ritchie is a rapper born in Clondalkin (Ireland). Tall-Order is the owner of Ireland’s biggest hip-hop label Bloodshed Records. He’s worked with Kool G RapWu-Tang ClanImmortal TechniqueVinnie PazRoc MarcianoBlock McCloudDiabolicApathyIll Bill and many more.

His debut album ‘The Tree of Life and Death’ is a concept storytelling joint with positive reviews worldwide by fellow peers and critics. Its driven by real 90s hip hop lyricism & storytelling content. Tall Order is being described by Kool G Rap as the meanest lyricist he ever comes across & Block Mccloud said recently ‘When he gets his flow polished nobody in hip-hop is getting close to his raw storytelling lyricism’.

 Nas complimented Paul’ for his album concept album and said that the track ‘A Thorne in Roses Side’ & ‘Life in a Colouring Book’ is a real lyrical bomb about cancer & drug abuse.

His track titled ‘Sobriety Vines’ was applauded by writers in the UK & Ireland as shocking how he can depict life in rhymes. The Tree of Life & Death including full-scale book/magazine is available on iTunes and in stores.

Opening HIp-HOp acts

There were many Irish based hip-hop singers and songwriters who performed. I have only recorded a handful of them. I have recorded the following ones:

  • DCR, a group of 5 Irish rappers from Dublin.
  • Josh Inklusive Mulholland, solo rapper from Kilcock now working as a photographer.
  • Stylish murder, a rapper duo.

LIVE RECORDINGS AND PICTURES

Please find below a couple of pictures, soundtrack and videos from the opening acts and Mobb Deep concerts. You can find more photos on the following Facebook event page.

Now here is what you have all been waiting for…few videos and a mixed tape from the event!

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.

Feel also free to follow me on Youtube, Soundcloud or WordPress!

How to choreograph a dubstep dance routine

Have you ever wanted to create a really great dance routine, but have never been sure about how to do it best?

 

First of all, before we delve in the dub step particular dance style, here are general dance routine guidelines for any kinds of dances to keep in mind :

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Dance-Routine

If you are going for a solo performance, these tips should help you out, too:

http://www.howtodothings.com/hobbies/how-to-choreograph-a-dance-solo

Now let’s move more specifically to Dubstep dance choreography as such. Please follow the theoretical steps below:

http://www.wikihow.com/Dubstep-Dance

For those who need more visual tutorials on specific moves, i.e videos, these two below links should be of a great help. Please note that you can find more of them on YouTube. As it is explained in the first link, Dubstep is no more than popping on a dubstep music. So refresh your basic popping techniques and apply them to a dubstep tempo :

http://www.brambilabong.com/dubstep-dance.html

Finally, if you are looking for couple of songs you’d like to practice to, check out this link:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121013160645AARRNpK

Do you have any other tips to share with us ?

 

“Dedicated” street art exhibition at White Lady Art gallery accompanied by DJ Skelly B Vibez

I have been lucky to attend few years ago this “Dedicated” art exhibition held at the White Lady Art gallery, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, Ireland curated by Tzolkin Street Graffiti Shop (for more information, check their Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/tzolkinstreetshop).

Although this art gallery is now closed and the owner moved back to London, if you are a fan of contemporary art of all kinds, follow them on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/whiteladyart/

Here are few pictures of the exhibition displayed on Saturday 4th January 2014:

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I have also filmed DJ Skelly B Vibez playing old-school hip hop hits. If you like his music, you can find him on the following website (there is also his facebook contact on it):

http://skellybvibez.com/

Diversity Crew – Limitless 4th UK/Ireland 2013 Tour in pictures and videos

For fans of Diversity Crew and hip hop styles dances or even acro balance, this is a post-event review in pictures and videos, you don’t want to miss out!

I have been lucky to be able to attend the Diversity Limitless show at the O2, Dublin, Ireland, last Saturday 30th November 2013.

First of all, to my amazement, the show wasn’t only about new style hip hop and the crew itself but gathered different dancers, gymnasts, magicians, and musicians.

I have taken some pictures and videos of the event as well as gathered information about the dancers, acrobats, and illusionist who took part in the event.

Now, let me do a brief presentation of the artists (with their pictures) who are not part of the Diversity Crew itself:

Antoine Marc

Antoine Marc was born in Martinique (French Caribbean Island) and started to dance ballet at 4 years of age at the Caribbean Ballet School of Betty Bylon. He has also been an aerialist and acrobat, working for international productions.

Ling

Ling started dancing in 2004 as a self-taught b-boy, becoming part of the dance group trinity warriors in 2008. He has also become a worldwide competitor.

Acropolis

Acropolis is composed of female and male international elite Great Britain medal-winning acrobats and gymnasts.

Boadicea Ladies

Boadicea dance company was brought together by leading female artist Rhimes Lecointe (street dance 3D and into the hoods) to be a kink in the realm hip hop and commercial dance.

Frazer Freeze

Frazer ‘Freeze’ Bennett is a music producer, composer, and mashup artist from Bournemouth, UK, who fuses urban music with orchestral arrangements, funk, soul, hip hop, R’n’B, pop, dubstep and electronic music.

James Moore

James Moore is a master illusionist doing all his tricks ‘live’  with no camera edits or special edits.

Secondly, you will find below a snapshot of the show story plot:

The Story plot

Finally, you will find below a diaporama of pictures taken during the event as well as videos from some of their choreography:

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Efya – the Afro ecletic Ghanian Rn’B and soulstress

I came across Efya artist by chance and fell in love with her beautiful music.

Jane Awindor (born April 10, 1987), starts her career under the stage name of ‘Jane’, as one part of the musical duo, Irene and Jane. She is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter, and actress from Kumasi, that becomes then better known by her stage name ‘Efya’. She is the daughter of Nana Adwoa Awindor, a filmmaker and celebrity host of the late television show Greetings From Abroad.

Efya got her first exposure to fame when she participates in the maiden edition of the Stars of the Future talent show. She wins the Best Female Vocal Performance category at the Ghana Music Awards in four succession, beginning in 2011. Moreover, she is applauded for her performance at the 2013 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Efya, ghanian artist

You can find out about her artist autobiography here.

Finally, want to hear how she sounds? Listen to this play list!

Did you enjoy her music? What’s your favorite song?

2013 Irish Hip Hop Dance Workshops taught by championship judges

Referring to my blog post from 14th February 2013 about the Irish Hip Hop Championships, you may like to know that, in addition to the dance competition programme, there will also be dance workshops taught by the judges themselves on Sunday 14th April 2013!

Please find below the various dance workshops schedules with each one of the judges’ panel.

streetvibes hip hop dance workshops

If you aren’t sure what these dance styles look like, check out the below Youtube videos.

Locking with Funky J (the girl):

Commercial hip hop with Alex Schoendorf:

Popping with Natalie McParland:

House with Jaja aka xclusiv (dance starts at 0.28min):


B-boying with B-Boy Yelke from Bad Taste Cru:

Funk and animation with Soulsisterz:

Waacking and voguing with Del Mak:

If you want to know more about each of these dancers, check out the Irish Hip Hop Productions fan page on facebook!

So, guys, which workshop(s) are you interested in taking?

Music Competition for a Ford Dodge Dart advertising campaign

A good while ago I came across a music competition run on Ford’s Facebook fan page.

Although I wasn’t much interested in the car company, I still decided to enter the competition, in order to discover new artists and vote for my favourite ones.

The final winner was the one that had the highest voting counts received by fans during the competition. His/her music would then be advertised in a Ford advertising campaign.

In the voting process, I have been able to download free rn’b and hip hop tracks like DeShaude “Can’t Rush Love” and Saiah “V.I.P”. These can be found on Youtube or Itunes. Through MySpace, you can also listen to their playlists and also demand the artist to come and give a concert in your town!

So, while I haven’t continued liking the Ford page, I must say it was an effective way to promote new emerging artists. However, I’m very little convinced that Ford got much more than a short-term attention!

And you, have you discovered recently new artists through a similar campaign ? If so, share your experience with us!