‘Digga Is a dancer’ hip-hop freestyle singing battles (Hamburg, Germany)

HIP-HOP SINGING BATTLES

I attended on 31st July 2015 hip-hop singing battles at Molotow bar, Reeperbahn, Hamburg.

I didn’t really know what to expect at the beginning. The ‘digga is a dancer’ event name was rather confusing. I initially thought it would have something to do with dancing. 😂 I ended up watching these German freestyle singing battles. 🎤

ABOUT MOLOTOW VENUE

Molotow is a club and concert venue based in Saint Pauli’s quarter of Hamburg. It welcomes diverse styles of music such as:

  • jazz,
  • blues,
  • latino,
  • disco,
  • hip-hop,
  • punk-rock…

If you want to have your concert/dj set/singing battle booked at this place, email them (‘Kontakt’ tab) through their website.

It also has a shop where to buy online or offline branded clothing and accessories:

https://molotow.bigcartel.com/

HIp-HOP FREESTYLE SINGING BATTLES

I have filmed two of them (one solo and a duet). I felt they were the most interesting ones and had the best singing flows. Both are on different beats and styles. So you may like one more than the other, depending on your taste!

You can find this ‘Digga is a dancer’ event organisation on Facebook.

Pictures AND VIDEO RECORDINGS 

You will find in this slideshow pictures of:

  • the event line-up of singers/DJs
  • the singing duet ‘Akne and Juskah’  I filmed later. The music arrangement is made by DJs Matsimum and Deevoe.They are part of the Royalfam band and sing different music genres such as hip-hop, soul and Rn’B. You can also find Akne on his own. He seems to be the lead singer or/and has done solo projects.

Now, time for you to enjoy watching the videos!

  • The second singing duet is composed of well-known German rapper 4tune  (English information below the German one) accompanied by Mc Twist:

OTHER GERMAN HIP-HOP ARTISTS

Finally, if you are interested in German hip-hop music, you may want to check some of these artists. To know more about a specific artist, click on his/her name. Then, all you have to do is scroll down to find the English translation of the German biography of each artist.

https://wikivisually.com/lang-de/wiki/Liste_von_Hip-Hop-Musikern_Deutschlands

Nico and Vinz, Norwegian singing duo with african roots in video

Nico and Vinz

First of all, I hope you will find the Nico and Vinz singing duet as interesting as I do.

I particularly enjoy their music styles fusion. Hence why I wanted to share their information with you.

Nico and Vinz singing duo

ABOUT THE SINGER-SONGWRITER DUET

Secondly, I will not bother you with too long explanations.

However, if you would like to know more about this duet, please read these 2 articles:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nico_%26_Vinz

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2014/05/25/on-the-verge-with-nico-and-vinz-am-i-wrong/9298633/

You can also check their Facebook fan page:

https://www.facebook.com/nicoandvinz

Alternatively, you can opt to watch their YouTube interview:

THEIR SONG LYRICS

Furthermore, you can also discover their song lyrics here:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/nico-vinz-lyrics.html

RELEASED ALBUM 

Finally, enjoy listening to their album!

Enjoy their music?

Then why not attending their next concert?

Or even better, purchasing their album available on Amazon?

City of Men soundtrack showcases the Brazilian music diversity

For those who haven’t watched the City of Men series and film (called Cidade dos Homens in Brazilian), I highly recommend you to do so. The story follows two characters from early teenage hood to adulthood and can be purchased on ebay or amazon.

City-Of-Men-02

Here, I will only discuss with you today about the music aspects of these series and film, as the soundtracks are well worth a mention!

The  composer of the film (Acerola and Laranjinha as young adults) is Antonio Pinto, who mixed many genres such as rap, funk, jazz, blues, samba…If you would like to read a little more about him and/or listen to some of his tracks, check the following links:

http://shakefire.com/review/antonio-pinto-city-of-men-soundtrack

http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7582790&style=classical&fulldesc=T

Other composers have worked for the City of Men series (Acerola and Laranjinha as teenagers).

City of Men picture

You can check out tracks from this youtube mix:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN0xVXX4GT8&list=PL77E6AC9E3C04FA2A

And if you would like to know more about Brazilian music as well about City of Men series and film, check these links:

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

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

Tanzania – Bongo Flava music artists

Tanzanian music is known for its Bongo Flava style. Do you know what Bongo Flava is about and how it influences this East African country’s musical heritage?

Bongo Flava is best described as Swahili hip-hop fusion.

The word ‘bongo’ means ‘brains’ in Swahili, referring to the need of being street smart in a city like Dar es Salaam in order to survive. ‘Bongo’ became a synonym for Dar es Salaam, but at present it can also refer to the entire country. ‘Flava’ is a Swahilisation of ‘flavour’, thus bongo flava is ‘the flavour of Tanzania’.

Bongo flava has evolved since its beginnings and encompassed many musical styles, such as zouk, reggae, afrobeat and hip-hop. Bongo flava is primarily associated with Tanzanian youth. At present, bongo flava is a genre on its own, it is seen as a different music than hip-hop.

Enjoy the below Tanzinian music artists’ videos and soundtrack:

– Ali Kiba, a candy zouk singer:

РB̩atrice Nabisha, a Bongo Zouk singer (click on the link below):

http://www.reverbnation.com/nabisha/song/15492861-kidole-gumba-by-beatrice-nabisha

– Diamond Platinumz, an afrobeat singer:

If you want to listen to more Bongo Flava music tracks, check out this forum discussion:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1423248

South Africa – Hip Hop artists

Ever wondered how South African Hip Hop music could sound like? If you have never been to South Africa, this will give a delightful musical trip!

I have discovered some really cool hip hop artists true to their origins, who have mixed the hip hop music with the fascinating local sounds like Kwaito ( a variant of house music featuring the use of African sounds and samples. Typically at a slower tempo range than other styles of house music, Kwaito often contains catchy melodic and percussive loop samples, deep bass lines, and vocals) or Zulu (guitar picking folklore music style influenced by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century).

For more information on Kwaito, check out this article:

http://thisisafrica.me/lifestyle/real-roots-kwaito-south-african-house-music/

I hope you will enjoy as much I did to listen to Terror MC, Pro Kid, Mzekezeke and Zulu boy.

If you want to know a bit more about these artists, check out their biographies here and find few videos below these links:

http://www.myspace.com/theterrormc

https://www.last.fm/music/PROKID

http://kwaitomusic.co.za/artists/mzekezeke/

http://www.djsproduction.co.za/zulu-boy/

If you know any other original South African Hip Hop artists, share their tracks with us in the comment box below!