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Catch up with Femi Kuti’s live concert in Dublin (Ireland)

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

 

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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, and 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 jazzfunk, Ghanaian/Nigerian highlifepsychedelic rock and traditional West African chants and rhythms.’ 🎷🎺🎸🎹🎤

Femi also follows his father’s legacy by being strongly committed to social and political causes, as you can notice in his songs’ lyrics as well as 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 from your mobile phone, as they have been filmed with my iPhone for mobile phone users! 😉 Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with upcoming videos!👍

 

 

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‘The idea of happiness’ German film soundtrack by Fewjar music band

YouTube is, as usual, an incredible source of talented musicians and actors! 🔍😍

I was looking for interesting films to watch and discovering new music to listen to, and I came across this amazing ‘The idea of happiness’ German film soundtrack by Fewjar music band.

Zachary NelsonGerman film soundtrack 'The ideas of happiness' by Fewja band

First, let me tell you a little bit about the film soundtrack.

The selected soundtrack playlist comes from a Berlin-based band calledFewjar‘ playing in multiple genres such as Electro, the 80s, Rock, Progressive, Psychedelic, Crossover, Triphop.

You can follow them on their various social accounts by checking the links in their Youtube description below their videos. Now, sit back, relax, be patient and wait a minute for the first song to kick off fully!

Fewjar band regularly organises on Youtube live room sessions, where they play for you their songs live in their studio as well as occasionally bring guests to their recording sessions.

They can also play songs upon request if you notify them sufficiently in advance by commenting under their Youtube live videos.

Here are few samples of their live studio sessions, in which they connect with their audience.

What do you think about their music? If you liked it, download their songs from Itunes, Amazon or Bandcamp! 👍😉

Now, as you may have guessed, the film is also in German. But don’t worry because it is subtitled in English. Feeling relieved?😌 It’s a very well done psychological thriller. Although it’s not my film genre, I truly enjoyed it and hope you will, too!

If you liked it, support the film project!

Zeo, the filmmaker, has set up a crowdfunding page for all his film projects and is raising funds for them on a monthly basis: https://www.patreon.com/Zeo

You can give as little as $1 per month so you won’t be too much out of pocket!💰

You can also follow Zeo on different social media accounts that are displayed on his Patreon project page.

 

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Nigerian b-boy music in videos

Today, I’m going to share with you some mixed tapes for break dancing from Nigerian artists. But before doing so, if you don’t know yet the general origins of b-boy music and dance themselves, just have a read at these articles 👇

http://www.globaldarkness.com/articles/history%20of%20breaking.htm

http://breakdancingninja.com/bboy_history.html

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In Nigeria, Hip-hop music and dance only began to gain popularity in the mid-1990s. The initial success of The Remedies was probably the catalyst. Formed in 1997, the group released two songs, “Judile” and “Shako mo”, which became overnight hits in Nigeria.

Enjoy this Youtube videos’ play list from The Remedies!

I have also found especially for you some rare old Nigerian funk music 😉:

Now show us your moves on one of these music tracks by copying your video link in the comment box! Can you be as good bowler as b-boy 😝?

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Angola – Kuduro music and dance

I just discovered some real cool dance performances and dug deeper to find out more about this dance style.

Kuduro

Kuduro (or kuduru) is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola in the 1980s. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable. Kuduro began in Luanda, Angola in the late 1980s. Initially, producers sampled traditional carnival music like soca and zouk from the Caribbean, as well as semba from Angola and laid this around a fast 4/4 beat.

The kuduro is similar to the Kizomba rhythm. The lyrics are usually in Portuguese.

For those of you who like urban dances, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this kuduro dance, too! I can find a lot similarities between new style hip hop, house and kuduro.

If you’d like to know more about it, check out this article (video of urban dances including kuduro in it):

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2012/12/26/167628341/kuduro-the-dance-that-keeps-angola-going

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuduro

For those interested in learning this dance, there are classes in Paris (France) and London (England):

Every Tuesday with Iris De Brito from 19:30 to 20:30 known for her afro, for her Kizomba and Semba and general high energy, this is one class that will make you move!

@ The Space Studios/ 31 Falkirk St London N1 6HQ

Every Monday from 20:00 to 21:00 with Nat Borges (NKM) known for his afro-hous and kuduro energy! He is one of the dancer from the video i’m sharing with you later in this post :).

@Studio Bleu/ 32 rue du Capitaine Marchal, 75020 Paris (porte de Bagnolet- metro Gambetta)

Now, let me share with you a youtube video mix gathering both music kuduro videos and dance videos. The first video is the one I came across at first and enjoyed watching. The choreography is very good and the two dancers are also witty/funny!

What do you think of this music? And what about the dance?

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Saun and Starr (Daptone Records) live concert with Jesse John Heffernan

This is a concert to be remembered, such a honour to listen to these amazing voices and what a great accompaniment band! I actually didn’t initially know these female singers but was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!

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If you would like to know more about them, please have a look at the event page dedicated to them:

https://www.facebook.com/events/661340914001508/

If you have missed this concert and want to catch them up at their next European tour date, check out their website:

http://www.saunandstarr.com/

Now, here are the videos you have been waiting for, which will give you a glimpse of what you can expect from their live concert! Do you have other information or tracks to share with us? If so, drop a message in the comment box!

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Duckstein Festival Hamburg Hafen City 2015

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 Madgeburg 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 selling beers such as the Bavarian classic Hefeweiss, a Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier.

The festival, due to its sponsor, was more adult-oriented (shows during the week took place only in the evenings) as you would probably be figuring out when visiting the festival website requesting if you are over 16 years of age (minimum age to drink beers in Germany) but some of the shows were also open to families, in particular the circus shows. Please find below few pictures of the festival (slideshow).

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I watched the wonderful and witty Big Daddy Wilson acoustic blues band with soul and gospel influences from Southern United States, which discovers his love for blues coming to Germany, where he has been awarded ‘Best Acoustic Artist’ in the Blues category in Germany. Later on, I had a good laugh watching the funny and interactive acrobatic Santos Circus street show coming all the way from Venezuela.

Enjoy the videos and for more information about the festival itself running in different cities of Germany this summer, check their website here: www.duckstein-festival.de

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

Dead Prez, stylized as dead prez, is a hip hop duo from the United States, composed of stic.man and M-1, formed in 1996 in New York City. They are known for their confrontational style, combined with socialist lyrics focused on both militant social justice and Pan-Africanism. The duo maintains an ethical stance against corporate control over the media, especially hip hop record labels.
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Both artists promote healthy eating and exercise. Stic of dead prez is the founder of RBG FIT CLUB. You can find more details about Stic’s initiative here: http://www.rbgfitclub.com/
For more information about their work, check the following Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Prez

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I attended their live concert at the Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland on Friday 24th October 2014. The place was packed and the artists interacting a lot with the audience. I won’t be rambling on for too long on this, so I let you check out the 4 videos I took at the concert!
Please check them out and subscribe to my channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos
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Azonto/Hip Life: music and dance videos

Some of you may ask: what is Azonto? Where does it come from?

Azonto is a dance originating from Ghana. The African dance form incorporates complex co-ordinated body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it.

The dance was first called “Apaazee Renetta Kojo” (which means work) by the people of Bukom. However, the term ‘Azonto’ (a name which was given to the dance by the people of Tema) was popularly used by students of The Accra Academy to refer to life and later became accepted by the larger population as the name for the dance. The dance now known as Azonto was later observed in an evolved form among ‘street communities’ in Agona Abodom, Abossey Okai, Takoradi and certain suburbs of Accra (namely Korle-Gonno, La, and Chorkor), in pubs, night clubs, & dance battles.

You might enjoy the following short documentary video explaining you the meaning of some Azonto dance moves:

This dance has evolved with new trends such as break dance and “crip walk” to become what it is today and has gained popularity not only in Ghana but also in Great Britain, as it is explained in the following “The Guardian” newspapers article:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/sep/03/ghana-azonto-dance-craze-world

Now, do you want to hear what it sounds and see how it looks like? Check out the 6 below videos (4 music clips, 2 dance choreography). If you come across a nice azonto dance, leave the link in the comment box below this post!

 

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Awarded “Best German Rn’B and Rock/Pop Artist”

Cassandra Steen has certainly become a well-known artist in Germany after having won an ECHO Award, however I am not so convinced everybody knows her outside her native country.

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I discovered her by chance searching for new cool tunes on YouTube and must say that she can match up the level of other more famous American artists! She sings beautifully in both German and English languages.

If you would like to know more about her, look her up on Wikipedia. Otherwise, if you would just like to listen to some of her tracks, check out the below videos (one of them cannot be embedded, so you will need to click on the link to access it):

Solo song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnq70SdgpYI&feature=share&list=PL347D8C6350807792

Duet song:

Another solo song (in English):

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Lixx: Glam Rock is back in Dublin!

For those of you, who don’t know an awful lot about Lixx, here is a little biography about the band.

Lixx is a 5-piece Dublin based cover band. They have been playing all the songs from the 80’s and early 90’s that used to kick your ass on the Headbangers Ball, by the likes of Motley Crue, Poison, Firehouse, Def Leppard, Ugly Kid Joe, Extreme, Warrant, Tesla, Winger, Harem Scarem, Bon Jovi, Tyketto, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Danger Danger, Twisted Sister and many more!

So far, they have played in different venues in Dublin such as The Village, Crawdaddy, Twisted Pepper, Fibber Magees and will keep playing around Dublin during the summer.

So if you are being glam rock nostalgic, check their gig dates and news on their website and myspace account by clicking on one of the below links:

I have been listening to them and have compiled for you a few pictures and a video.

To view the youtube video, please click on the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYRk3A3oP0

Check out below the 2 pictures slide show taken with my mobile phone as well.

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