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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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Funding and Financial Sustainability for Non-Profit Organisations in Ireland

I attended an event advertised on Facebook and organised by Bluefire Dublin called ‘Igniting Change: Funding & Financial Sustainability’ on Thursday 29th June 2017. The event was aimed at voluntary and community organisation, social-enterprises, individual artists or community-based project managers, and small-medium NGO’s.

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Bluefire organises ‘igniting change series’ every last Thursday of each month: http://www.bluefiredublin.ie/igniting-change.html

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The guest speakers at the event were a mix of social entrepreneurs and funding bodies:

• Ian Oliver (far right on the picture) from Centre for Creative Practices
• Eoghan Ryan (far left on the picture) from Social Innovation Fund Ireland
• Hazel Hill (right next to Eoghan) from The Community Foundation for Ireland
• Naomi Murphy (left next to Ian) from Connect the Dots

The purpose was for attendees to be aware of what is required to start up a successful business and how to get grants from organisations supporting social entrepreneurs. It started with a talk from each speaker and was followed by a workshop and finally by a networking session.

Eoghan from Social Innovation Fund Ireland talked first:

http://www.socialinnovation.ie/about-us/our-story-so-far/

He explained that before launching Social Innovation Fund, he founded his own not-for-profit, Reimagine Cork to tackle issues around homelessness in Cork: http://www.reimaginecork.com/ Understanding the needs for Not-for-Profits, he felt he could help entrepreneurs best and joined Social Innovation Fund.

The company’s mission is to provide both funding and non-financial support to social entrepreneurs. It has also partnered with the government and every given Euro by SIFI is matched by the government.  Eoghan’s first advice is to think about ‘why’ you want to start up a company and ask yourself why his company would fund you. He also strongly recommends having a clear plan in place, a good value proposition, showing confidence and making good use of your time. When filling forms to apply for funding, keep it simple and answer the asked questions.

Hazel Hill, Marketing Executive and Programme Leader at The Community Foundation for Ireland talked about her organisation:

http://www.foundation.ie/about-us/about-us-overview/

She explained that her organisation offers both open grants and private grants. The latter ones are given on a project basis with an end date. You will be asked about what will happen at the end of the project to gauge how sustainable your business model is. The organisation offers funds for mergers, i.e shared between teams to highlight the importance of collaboration and partnership between organisations.

Her first advice was to not manipulate your core mission value (reason for existing) to get funding, but instead only apply to relevant grants that fit your organisation. She also emphasised to have a clear mission statement, to document your research by backing up your project with analytical reports, to listen to your community/audiences’ needs, take any constructive feedback on board and understand the impact your company will have.

Naomi from Connecting the Dots, is working together with Merissa from the USA for a start-up focusing on the community engagement in Dublin: http://www.connectthedots.ie/our-work/

Their company started off when there were many unoccupied vacancies in Dublin during the crisis by putting on events with artists, engineers, researchers. Over the time, they worked on a process for events’ organisation, i.e on improving the engagement with attendees, corporate donors. Naomi’s advice is to volunteer for different organisations and network that way before you start up. She has been helping a lot at ‘Happenings’ organisation. She also added that it is important to speed up processes with a technology enabler. This year they are working a software service (SAAS) application, i.e transferring processes online for co-working events, in order to gain time and increase income streams and viability.

Ian works together with his wife Monica for Center for Creative Practices, company helping creative artists to come up with a more sustainable model: http://cfcp.ie

His first advice was to start with a small plan before building a full-scale model and revisit this plan when necessary. Instead of going through a lengthy business plan, they worked on a one-paged business model detailing their business model and value proposition, i.e the company’s purpose, what problem it is trying to resolve and the solution offered. His first business model focused on having a cash projection, i.e ticket prices’ sales and getting people to utilise the space to generate further money. He said that he felt it is best not to be over-reliant on grants for the day-to-day running of the business.

To finish off the talks, participants needing help on setting up their organisations were advised to get in touch with the following bodies:

 

 

 

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‘Oldskool’ hip hop cover band live recording!

This Saturday 18th March 2017, for the Saint Patrick’s weekend, we had the pleasure to be entertained by a 7 piece live ‘oldskool’ hip hop band joining the dots from The Sugar Hill to Dr Dre to Eminem at The Sugar Club, Dublin 1 (Ireland)!

For the old school hip hop music nostalgic who couldn’t attend, you’ll be able to catch up with these oh so lovely oldskool tunes in videos 🎶✌!

If you’d like to follow them, give them a 👍 on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/thisisoldskool/?fref=ts

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If you don’t quite know what defines old school hip hop music , check this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-school_hip_hop

Now, let me start with a snippet of their show recorded on Instagram. If you like it, follow me back on Insta 😘!

These videos below were initially recorded live on Periscope on @emelinej1 (Twitter live streaming service) and Facebook live but I have edited them a bit and uploaded them on YouTube just for you 😎😉!

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Don’t miss the Varekai’s Cirque du Soleil show!

If you have missed the Varekai show yesterday (Friday 10th February 2017), do not worry because Le Cirque du Soleil is having several touring dates in pretty much each city! Right now, they are touring in Europe, so if you’d like to watch their live performance, book your tickets on Ticketmaster:

http://listings.ticketmaster.co.uk/cirquedusoleil

I took these two pictures at the show start to show you a bit the decor, lighting and costumes 👏🎭🎪!

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If you have already missed the shows in your city, I am happy to share with you beautiful pictures of their programme as well as the full show in video 😉!

First, let me share with you a slideshow of the programme explaining you a little bit more the Varekai’s story plot! Please note that not all pictures from the programme are included. I sampled the most important ones to understand the story!

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And now, although I wasn’t allowed to film or take further pictures, I have some good news for you ✨👍! I have found on YouTube the complete show filmed 😍🎁! You will be able to enjoy as well their live music bringing an additional touch to the already incredible show 🎤🎻🎷🎸!

And you, did you go and watch the live show? What did you think about it? Share with us your impressions!

 

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Eclectic DJ and reggae band at Favela Chic Paris (2016)

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

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

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

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The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. If you want to know more about him, check this link:

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

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:

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Want to watch a spooky circus project show?

Dublin Circus Project is a non profit organisation working to bring the circus arts to life in Dublin. They are based at Bannow Business Centre on Bannow Road, Cabra and keep expanding and buying new equipment. For this, they organise regular fundraising kickstart projects and perform live for you!

I attended their event on Saturday 31st October 2015 at Back Loft Gallery, St Augustine Street, Dublin 8.

For more information about the event and the circus centre, check out these links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/304036816386575/

https://www.facebook.com/dublincircusproject/info/?tab=overview

http://dublincircusproject.com/dublin-circus-centre/

Enjoy the pictures and video snippets below and apologises for the quality, flash wasn’t allowed to be used during the performance!

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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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Bluefire Street Festival 2015 in Dublin (Ireland)

Some of you have asked me to share pictures and videos taken at the Bluefire Street Festival on 19th September 2015 (Smithfield Square, Dublin 7).  Since there was a lot going on, I couldn’t film or photograph everything but i hope you will enjoy these snippets of this lovely event!

If you have missed the event and aren’t aware of what Bluefire Street Festival is about and what they stand for, check out their website:

http://www.bluefiredublin.ie/

Now, time to showcase what went on at Bluefire with these beautiful pictures of the different workshops, performances, market stalls and crafts, talks, which happened on that day!

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Here is another part I found pretty interesting, the talks from founders of Ajo Arkestra band and Grangegorman squat:

Now, let’s move on to dance performances!

And finally one of the music performances on the main stage! You can also find other videos and pictures on my instagram account: https://instagram.com/fundraisingmusicevents/

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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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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