Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition and Festival 2017 in Brussels

Before heading off for a few days in Brussels, Belgium, I did a bit of research about what was on during my stay. I fell upon the following PDF article from Bozar and visit.Brussels about a Belgian Hip-Hop History Exhibition and Festival 2017.

That article teased my curiosity and 👀 I decided to check Bozar’s website further. When you visit their homepage, you will be given the option to select between French (FR), English (EN) or Dutch (NL) languages before landing on the programme page.

If you are interested in Hip Hop history from the very beginnings in the USA to its export and expansion in Belgium, you’ll be enjoying this post!

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The hip-hop festival organisors enabled online booking. If you had booked online, printed or showed the online booking on your phone, you were entitled to:

  • get a free coffee upon order of a pastry
  • get a free glass of wine of a meal.

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However, if you were not around for that period of time, don’t worry, I will take you through the exhibition by sharing with you few pictures and videos. 😉 (I can’t talk about the other programmed events, though).

When I entered the Centre for Fine Arts, there was a screen showing a b-boy doing few moves and also providing visitors with dance tutorials on basic b-boying steps. Take a look at some of the video snippets filmed with Snapchat!

 

 

 

After that, I walked up the stairs to enter the exhibition area, which was a mix of audio, visuals, and videos explaining the hip-hop movement history. There was a big screen displaying a film of all world b-boying dance competitions.

Then, the exhibition went through the hip-hop evolution in all its forms, i.e music, arts and dance.

Again, everything was translated into French, Dutch, and English. Please note however that for some of the pieces, I couldn’t get the whole translated text in pictures.

Remember that you can pause each picture in the slideshow to read the information. You will find 2 short videos below this slideshow showcasing:

  • B-girls dancing,
  • Stromae singing
  • Rab djing.

 

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At the very end of the exhibition, they had a 360 degrees screen showing different clips simultaneously.

I have recorded few bits of the main ones:

I hope you learnt a few things about the hip-hop evolution.

Any of you want to volunteer to translate into English the few pieces that do not have a translation?

 

 

 

 

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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‘Wildstyle’ film clip, DJ Mek, Peanut Butter Wolf and Breakbeat Lou (Ireland)

You may have or not attended the event showcasing DJ Mek (Ireland), DJs Peanut Butter Wolf & Breakbeat Lou (US) nor watched the ‘Wildstyle’ film last Saturday at Sugar Club but don’t worry, you can catch up with most of the event now!

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If you want more information about the two North-American DJs as well as the DJ behind the ‘Wildstyle’ film, please check the following facebook event page and website link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/859349684100162/

http://www.grandmasterflash.com/about/

Although I will not be able to share with you the full ‘Wildstyle’ film nor breakdancer videos, you can still enjoy this film clip and DJs’ recorded videos:

Black party meets MS KOI biggest hip hop and dancehall boat party (Germany)

As I guess some of you may never have been to Hamburg (Germany), I would like to tell you briefly few facts about this beautiful town. Hamburg is a city located at the river Elbe and has a very dynamic harbour. Its harbour is named Germany’s “Gateway to the World” and is the largest port in Germany. The port of Hamburg is the second-busiest port in Europe (after the port of Rotterdam) and 15th-largest worldwide. In 2014, 9.73 million TEUs (20-foot standard container equivalents) were handled in Hamburg.

Hamburg port isn’t only a shipping trading center but also offers many boat trips, museums tracing the history of the harbour in the ‘Speicherstadt’ (recognised as a World Heritage by UNESCO), old boats can be visited and lots of party are organised on these boats. I have been to one boat party, that lasted 4 hours between the boat leaving the harbour and coming back to it.

I would like to share with you pictures, audio and videos taken at the event on 18th July 2015. I hope you’ll enjoy this as much as I did! If you have issues playing some of the videos due to potential country restrictions, use this link https://www.proxfree.com/ and type next to the lock picture the direct link to the youtube video, change country (to Amsterdam, Netherlands) in the ‘server location’ field and hit ‘prox free’ button!

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You can find more pictures on the following facebook fan page (21st July’s post): https://www.facebook.com/blackboatgermany

Street Dance Battles 2015 (Hamburg, Germany)

While planning for a holiday trip in Hamburg, I researched any interesting hip hop dance events happening in the city. I came across the dance battle event and received a free ticket for the dance live performances.

Dancers were teenagers of different ages with one common goal: giving the best performance they could to the audience. And what a show! I felt the dance level was pretty high and watched both incredible crew choreography and battles from all hip-hop styles, such as new style hip-hop, locking, popping, b-boying but also other styles such as k-pop, dancehall, afrobeat and salsa.

The host himself was pretty good at dancing and very entertaining. One of the judges together with his dance partner performed their duet choreography. If you’d like to know more about the stakeholders at this event, check the following facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1663526690541480/

Now, I guess you are getting impatient to see what it looked like, right? Please find below a small slide show.

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For the videos (4 battles, 5 crew/duet choreography and 2 dance demonstrations from the presenter), I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to watch them! If you encounter country restriction issues (blocked videos), I recommend you to download ‘youtube unblocker’. You will find the links for Firefox and Google Chrome below:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-unblocker/

http://www.unblocker.yt/en/youtube-unblocker-chrome/

Here is the direct link to the YouTube videos below. Enjoy!

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

Want to catch up with 2pac shakur’s group ‘The Outlawz’ 2015 live concert?

Do you like old-school hip hop? Do you miss listening to 2Pac sounds? Well, even though Shakur died a while ago, his band ‘The Outlawz’ is still pretty much alive and touring!

They gave us a great concert on Saturday 11th April 2015 at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin 8 (Ireland) and were preceded by equally good live opening acts with DJ Spaqz and ‘Trigger’ Irish hip hop band amongst others.

Check out pictures (diaporama) from the event and listen to audio and video tracks below! Enjoy!

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Opening acts:

The Outlaws live concert videos and soundtrack:

 

 

Funky merry christmas wishes to you all in music and dance!

I would like to send you all my warmest season greetings and wish you happy Christmas holidays…in music and dance, of course!

 

So, let’s start dancing boogie, breaking, locking or whatever you like on these lovely soul, funk and old-school hip hop Christmas soundtracks:

If you want to hear full songs of old and modern funk songs, check this YouTube playlist:

And well, this may want to try one of these little Christmas street dance (new style hip hop and locking) choreographies or inspire you to create your own one!

A bit of old school breakdance styles from the 80s in Limerick, Ireland

Breakdancing In Washington Square Park

Watched by a group of spectators, a young man breakdances in Washington Square Park, New York, New York, early 1980s. (Photo by Leo Vals/Getty Images)

This is going to be a short post about a nice article recently published by Rte.ie on the following topic: ‘the beginnings of break dancing in Limerick, Ireland in 1984’. I hope you will enjoy the video and little summary!

http://www.rte.ie/archives/2014/1219/667988-break-dancing-limerick-1984/

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