Street School Dance Battles organised by Vigozone in Hamburg (2015)

STREET SCHOOL DANCE

While planning a holiday trip in Hamburg (Germany), I researched any interesting hip-hop dance events in the city.

I came across the street school dance battles event. I received a free ticket for the dance live performances.

The street school 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! I watched incredible crew choreography and battles from all styles, such as:

  • new style hip-hop,
  • locking,
  • popping,
  • b-boying
  • k-pop,
  • dancehall,
  • afrobeat
  • salsa.

STREET SCHOOL DANCE EVENT STAKEHOLDERS

The host himself was pretty good at dancing. He was also very entertaining. 🎉

One of the judges and his dance partner performed their duet choreography.

If you’d like to know more about the stakeholders at this event, check their Facebook event page.

Now, impatient to see what it looked like? Please find below a small slide show.

I filmed:

  • 4 battles,
  • 5 crew/duet choreography
  • 2 dance demonstrations from the presenter.

To watch them, I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

If you encounter country restriction issues (blocked videos), I recommend you to download ‘youtube unblocker’ for Firefox and Google Chrome.

Jafaris and Hare Squead – bands’ live concerts (February 2015)

JAFARIS AND HARE SQUEAD

First of all, with a bit of luck on my side, I won a pair of tickets to go and listen to new Irish bands called Jafaris and Hare Squead at The Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Wednesday 11th February 2015.

However, I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever as I didn’t know these bands. I only thought their music styles would probably be either hip-hop or soul.

But I truly enjoyed their live performances and wanted to share them with you! They also play/sing a good variety of music styles!

ABOUT JAFARIS

Jafaris and Hare Squead

Based in Dublin the singer/rapper/songwriter/actor has only been doing music for about 3 years now with a healthy list of achievements to show. He now works with Diffusion Lab he is currently recording new music.

To follow him, check his Facebook fan page.

ABOUT HARE SQUEAD

Jafaris and Hare Squead

Jessy Rose, Tony Konstone and Lilo Blues, members of the Hare Squead band, are a local group from Dublin (Ireland) about to go global.

Furthermore, Hare Squead are pioneers of a creative contemporary fusion of:

  • trap
  • rap
  • R&B
  • pop
  • jazz
  • and electronics;

Their song Zoo of the New is inspired by a Sylvia Plath poem, while Christian music is a big influence on their chords and harmonies.

In 2014, they supported Nas and Joey Bada$$ with their six-piece band.

Appearing at a lot of indie festivals ensured they weren’t restricted to rap events and got them signed to Columbia.

Since then, their fanbase has changed from mostly men to “85%” women, perhaps due to 2016’s breakout hit Herside Story, a sugary, soulful love song that turned them into teen heartthrobs.

To know more about Hare Square, like their Facebook fan page and visit their website.

LIVE CONCERT RECORDING AND SOUNDTRACK

Finally, it’s time to enjoy their live 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!

 

Beautiful Gate charity from South Africa- DJ Dale and Ras Rob’s fundraising gig

BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY

This is an event I have organised a few years ago to raise funds for the very actively involved Beautiful Gate charity from South Africa. This Non-Profit Organisation is doing great things for vulnerable children and families as well as children orphans.

Beautiful Gate charity

 

The gig and Dj set

First of all, the fundraising music gig took place in Dublin at the Q Bar (now River Bar), Burgh Quay on Thursday 16th September 2010.

It showcased Ras Rob and Dale Turner deejaying skills.

The night was very successful with more than 80 attendants partying!

DJ MUSIC VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACKS

Secondly, to listen to Ras Rob and Dale Tuner’s tracks, check out the below soundcloud mixes and video:

FUNDRAISING RESULTS 

As far as the gig is concerned, it has also been a success in terms of money raised for the charity Beautiful Gate South Africa.

Indeed, we have been able to send 360 Euros via online banking to finance a week-long holiday club for 200 primary school children to do fun and educational activities run by teen groups who develop planning and leadership skills!

CHARITY CONDiTIONS

Furthermore, the staff from Beautiful Gate South Africa really appreciated your donations.

To prove this, they have sent us a little report with pictures and a video, which you can see below:

“The children in Crossroads have always been fanatical soccer players. With the recent World Cup, the enthusiasm  has got even higher than usual.

Many of the junior (under 13) teams are run by older teenagers, who meet and train by the side of the road in drainage areas – even the local schools don’t have a grass playing area.

Although the soil is naturally sandy, they dodge broken glass, old rusty metal faeces and stones, often playing in bare feet. The older boys who are the team coach/manager have had no coaching. ‘Training’ is often an impressive word for a kick-about.’

BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY ACTIONS

Consequently, Beautiful Gate has invested in a grass sports field that is safe and clean. It is used by local groups and schools for soccer, netball, and athletics. We work with the teenage soccer coaches to:

  • help them learn about coaching 
  • become good role models for the younger boys.

This week, there is a Soccer Holiday Club – 16 teams of up to 20 boys (under 13) on our field. They arrive by 10 am every day to join in a session about life skills before playing their matches. The life skills sessions cover topics such as respect, responsibility and hygiene. We also link the topics with practical examples of behaviour on the pitch as well as opportunities to act as linesmen during the matches.

The soccer is taken very seriously – not only pride is at stake! Many of the Bafana Bafana players have come from communities like Crossroads.

They have also been able to escape poverty through their footballing talent. Few have the talent and luck to make a career out of football. But our hope is that all the boys will be able to build a better future for themselves, through the life skills they learn and through improved strength from the physical exercise.

 Best Wishes,

Andrea Harper

Organisation Support and Community Development Manager’.

Finally, you can make online donations as well as check the children playing soccer in this YouTube video and slideshow:

 

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Kwaito (South African House): its music evolution, exportation and the dance

For those of you who never heard of Kwaito music, I let you catch up on this by reading my previous article at the following link:

http://wp.me/pXgap-fR

To understand the origin of Kwaito, please check this article out:

http://africanmusicdance.wikia.com/wiki/Kwaito

Today, I will introduce you to the Kwaito music industry through a very good documentary filmed by Eric Sell a.k.a EES (also: eesy-ees/EeS/EeS, “Easy Eric Sell”) a Namibian German Kwaito artist and rapper. He travels between South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Germany to demonstrate the music evolution and its exportation. Any of his German explanations will be subtitled in English, but most part of this reportage is in English. Now, enough talking from me, check out the youtube film below:

Since you know now more about what Kwaito music is, you may want to see how the Kwaito dance looks like and try out few basic steps. The two first video below will showcase a TV dance show and a dance performance and the last one is a dance tutorial from EES (Eric Sell). What are your thoughts in this music and dance style? Do you think it has potential to become a worldwide phenomenon?

To listen to and watch Kwaito music mix and dance, check out this link full of videos:

http://www.mashpedia.com/Kwaito

2014 Juste Debout World Hip Hop Dance Championships (selections and finals) new collaborations – event pictures and videos

Juste Debout (“just upright”) is an international and annual dance competition founded in 2001 by Bruce Soné in France which focuses on street dance styles. The four main categories are hip hop new style, house, locking and popping. They have also been welcoming experimental dances since few years.

2014 Juste Debout poster

This year, Juste Debout has also organised a whole week of activities prior to the event, such as dance workshops with the international judges and parties in various places.

I had the chance to attend the Slinked party and enjoyed listening to the Champion Sound live band. Please view below few pictures of the programme and videos of the event.

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They have also added two new disciplines: Just Dancehall by ragga jam and Just4Rockers. Both organisations are based in France and have an international scope.

I have been mostly attending the Just4Rockers breakdance cyphers in the “Salle Marcel Cerdan” in Bercy stadium and watched the finals of all disciplines on the main stage.

I am now happy to share with you videos and pictures I have taken at the event and hope you will feel the same vibes as I did. The competition was fierce and the show very much worth it! The organisers were also lovely.

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It is important to be know that Just4Rockers venue was also a dance practice room. Although it was mostly dedicated to breakdancing, you will also find other dance styles (hip hop, popping, rn’b). Since there are quite a few videos (9 videos for this section and 3 videos of experimental dances finals), I am re-directing you to my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

You will also find last year’s Juste Debout event videos if you are more interested in the other dance styles. So, feel free to subscribe to it!

Diversity Crew – Limitless 4th UK/Ireland 2013 Tour in pictures and videos

For fans of Diversity Crew and hip hop styles dances or even acro balance, this is a post-event review in pictures and videos, you don’t want to miss out!

I have been lucky to be able to attend the Diversity Limitless show at the O2, Dublin, Ireland, last Saturday 30th November 2013.

First of all, to my amazement, the show wasn’t only about new style hip hop and the crew itself but gathered different dancers, gymnasts, magicians, and musicians.

I have taken some pictures and videos of the event as well as gathered information about the dancers, acrobats, and illusionist who took part in the event.

Now, let me do a brief presentation of the artists (with their pictures) who are not part of the Diversity Crew itself:

Antoine Marc

Antoine Marc was born in Martinique (French Caribbean Island) and started to dance ballet at 4 years of age at the Caribbean Ballet School of Betty Bylon. He has also been an aerialist and acrobat, working for international productions.

Ling

Ling started dancing in 2004 as a self-taught b-boy, becoming part of the dance group trinity warriors in 2008. He has also become a worldwide competitor.

Acropolis

Acropolis is composed of female and male international elite Great Britain medal-winning acrobats and gymnasts.

Boadicea Ladies

Boadicea dance company was brought together by leading female artist Rhimes Lecointe (street dance 3D and into the hoods) to be a kink in the realm hip hop and commercial dance.

Frazer Freeze

Frazer ‘Freeze’ Bennett is a music producer, composer, and mashup artist from Bournemouth, UK, who fuses urban music with orchestral arrangements, funk, soul, hip hop, R’n’B, pop, dubstep and electronic music.

James Moore

James Moore is a master illusionist doing all his tricks ‘live’  with no camera edits or special edits.

Secondly, you will find below a snapshot of the show story plot:

The Story plot

Finally, you will find below a diaporama of pictures taken during the event as well as videos from some of their choreography:

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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

Music Competition for a Ford Dodge Dart advertising campaign

A good while ago I came across a music competition run on Ford’s Facebook fan page.

Although I wasn’t much interested in the car company, I still decided to enter the competition, in order to discover new artists and vote for my favourite ones.

The final winner was the one that had the highest voting counts received by fans during the competition. His/her music would then be advertised in a Ford advertising campaign.

In the voting process, I have been able to download free rn’b and hip hop tracks like DeShaude “Can’t Rush Love” and Saiah “V.I.P”. These can be found on Youtube or Itunes. Through MySpace, you can also listen to their playlists and also demand the artist to come and give a concert in your town!

So, while I haven’t continued liking the Ford page, I must say it was an effective way to promote new emerging artists. However, I’m very little convinced that Ford got much more than a short-term attention!

And you, have you discovered recently new artists through a similar campaign ? If so, share your experience with us!

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.

cassandra steen

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):