Favela Chic: eclectic DJ and reggae band (Paris, 2016)

FAVELA CHIC

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

Favela Chic

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

FAVELA CHIC IN PICTURES

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

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DJ ARTHUR CHAP

The main focus for this night was on DJ Arthur Chap. He played a nice mix of world music and more mainstream music such as Afrobeats, Afrodisco, Soul, Groove, Funk, …

If you want to know more about him, check this link:

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

REGGAE GUEST BAND

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:

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

 

Irie Révoltés – Multi-styles Germano-French band based in Germany

Irie Révoltés is a band from Heidelberg, Germany. „Irie“ comes from the Jamaican creole patois and can be translated as “positive, happy or free”. “Révoltés” stands for “Rebels/Insurgents”. The band tackles critical social themes through their German and French lyrics. They have mixed musical influences such as Reggae, Dancehall, Ska, Punk and Hip Hop.

irie revoltes picture

For more information on the band, check out the following links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irie_R%C3%A9volt%C3%A9s

Now, want to hear how they sound? Here are few (8) videos of their German and French speaking songs:

Enjoying these songs? Did you know this band before?

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:

– Béatrice 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

Cumbancha: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Worldwide Tour

I’m sure a lot of you have never heard of Cumbancha.

Cumbancha is a record label, booking agency and music publisher founded by Jacob Edgar, an Ethnomusicologist and music producer who since 1998 has been the head of music research and product development at famed independent record label Putumayo World Music.”

You can follow Cumbancha on SoundCloud and discover the different bands they have been recording:

For the start of year 2013, Cumbancha is promoting the European Tour of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. If you want to know a bit more about this band, check out their biography here:

http://www.cumbancha.com/slras-biography-eng/

Please click on the below link to view their touring dates starting in January in Europe. Please note that they do come to Ireland!

http://www.cumbancha.com/events

This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a ticket to one of their concerts or their album for your family or friends!