Fehdah band: Live Show, Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeat Club

FEHDAH BAND

First of all, I won tickets for the Fehdah band live show with Niwel Tsumbu Sounds and Afrobeats Club in February 2018.

It was a lively and entertaining night with afro music ruling it!

OPENING ACT

Secondly, the night started with guest Niwel Tsumbu. He is a Congolese guitarist playing sounds derived from rhumba, soukous, jazz, etc.

On that night, Irish djembé player Eamonn Cagney accompanied him.

If you like his music, like his Facebook fan page or follow him on Instagram.

Fehdah band

MAIN ACT

Then, came the main act, Fehdah and her live soulful afrobeat band.

Fehdah’s band lead and singer, Emma Garnett, previously sang for the Manden Express band. However, she recently concretised her dream to create her own afro neo-soul band.

If you like her music, like her Facebook fan page.

Fehdah band

Last but not least, here are the audio recordings of:

If you like DJ Jay’s music, follow him on his Facebook page!

Fehdah band

Finally, enjoy the last video of DJ Jay Ireland!

Honore’ – unsigned U.S Pop/Rnb singer-songwriter’s single release ‘#3LW’

Honore

As usual, I’m having fun discovering new artists and I came across Honore‘s music on Instagram. Honore’ is currently releasing a new single called #3LW, as well as looking for collaborations to advance his music career further.

About Honore’

Honore (pronounced honour-ray) is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California.🌹

Hailing from ethnic descents of Creole (African American & French), and Filipino, Honore’ reflects the same diversity in his universal style.

Honore has performed throughout the US and Asia.

His favourite performing credits include opening for the Pussycat Dolls at The Araneta Coliseum Manila.

He has also sung with many artists such as:

  • Harvey Mason and Friends,
  • Howard Hewitt,
  • Denise Williams.

He has notably done a duet with Patrice Rushen for the opening for Vina Morales/Eric Santos at the San Diego Symphony Hall.

Honore is a singer who puts on a great show. Whether he’s performing on stage solo or live with his band or moving fans with dance choreography, or writing and producing songs, his originality and professionalism completely separate him from other artists. 💣

Honore’s influences are Prince, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake.

He stated: “I want to speak to the world through my music, spread love and inspire minds.”

ABOUT HIS NEW RELEASE SINGLE #3LW

Honoré’s latest single, #3LW is a statement that true love never dies.

#3LW Rn’b single written in collaboration with Jasmine Ejan was recorded in the studio by superstar producer Mike Cee. You can download the song on Itunes for only $0.99! 

💰 Honoré’s RnB single #3Lw 🙏

Never underestimate the power of #3LW: 3 Little Words: I Love You.

Honoré gives a respectful nod to classic 90’s R&B music. It was a time when songs had a deeper meaning. True love was at the centre of every harmony and lyric.

The official music video released on 4th July 2017,  directed by Bobby Torres has an amazing storyline.

It displays the ultimate sacrifice of love and all the ups and downs of being in a relationship.  It will move your heart. You will find yourself singing every line until you reach the emotional twist at the end. Check it out!

#3LW features the talents of Jasmine Ejan and Gino Calantoni.

OTHER PROJECTS

Honoré continues to stay relevant and popular among his thousands of fans and followers by working harder than ever between performing and recording.

He’s currently recording his much-anticipated, third solo album “SuperFantastik” with superstar producers Mike Cee, Elev8t, and RJ Fullrange.

Honore’ also released last year a single called ‘Good Times’, which you can download at this Itunes link:

👉 Honoré’s RnB single ‘Good Times’ 👈

He also released in December 2017 the following YouTube playlist of cover songs (mashup):

👉 Honoré’s Playlist  👈

To see what Honoré is up to, check his website: http://www.honoremusic.com

To book him for an upcoming gig or to collaborate with him on music projects, you can email him to honoremuzic@gmail.com 

And of course, you can follow him on any of his Social Media Accounts:

Honore

 

https://www.facebook.com/HonoreMusic/

 

 

 

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https://www.instagram.com/honoremusic/

 

 

 

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https://www.youtube.com/user/HonoreMuzic

 

 

 

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https://twitter.com/honoremusic?lang=en

 

 

 

Prince Tribute: Sign o’the Times live concert and DJ set

I hope you have celebrated well new year’s eve!🍾🎉 I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2017!😘🍀🌟🎊

new-year-2017

PRINCE TRIBUTE

For my part, I decided to celebrate new year’s eve a little bit in advance!😂 I went to this tribute to Prince with DJ Al Murphy playing lots of Prince’s tunes and then watched the live recording of his 1987 Sign o’ the Times tour on Friday 30th December 2016 at The Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland).

You can find more information about it on this  event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/228456610900746/

PRINCE TRIBUTE LIVE RECORDINGS

Here are recordings in picture and audio of the DJ’s act.

Prince Tribute

Now, I’d like to share with you some videos taken at the event. I would like to apologise if the last video’s soundtrack isn’t from Prince! I experienced few technical issues trying to publish a live YouTube video and it ended up recording the visuals without the sound!🤔😤  So I picked a nice song in a similar style to add to the video.🙂😉 Anyway, I hope you will enjoy them!

Sankofa Soul TV Contest – Live Semi-final 2 (Paris 2016)

Sankofa Soul TV Contest

I had booked my tickets for the Sankofa Soul TV Contest in advance. I had initially found the event advertised on Facebook.

TICKET OPTIONS

There were offering two options:

  1. dinner + live performances (25  Euros)
  2. live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros).

I took the first option and didn’t regret it. The ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST FINALS

For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France.

There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euro.

candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2

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SANKOFA SOUL TV CONTEST RECORDINGS

Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners?

They are Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel.

For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

Saun and Starr live concert with Jesse John Heffernan band

Saun and Starr

It was such an honour to listen to the amazing voices of Saun and Starr with such a great accompaniment band!

I didn’t initially know these female singers. However, I was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!

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THEIR BIOGRAPHY

Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe grew up mere blocks from each other in New York City’s northernmost borough, The Bronx.

But it wasn’t until 1986 that the two actually crossed paths at an open mic night at a club called Carl’s Off the Corner in Harlem. With a mutual respect for each other’s talent as singers along with a shared musical aesthetic, the two became fast friends.

In 2013, cover songs soon gave way to original compositions with the duo now named Saun & Starr. Before long, S&S and The Dap-Kings set up shop at Daptone Records’ House of Soul music. They began recording an album of their own material.

Follow their Facebook fan page if you like their music!

If you have missed this concert, you can check their next touring dates on this site:

https://www.songkick.com/artists/7962843-saun-and-starr

JESSE JOHN HEFFERMAN 

Jesse John Heffernan Is a Soul Afro-Caribbean/Irish-born singer-songwriter, whose unique and uncompromising sound is set to make its mark!

He is inspired by legends such as Sam Cooke, Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye to name a few. 

Jesse’s love of lyrics and songwriting delivered through his soulful vocals, means his performances are second to none.

He has recently become a part of the Choice Cuts team in Dublin venue The Sugar Club, as a promoter and venue booker. 

You can follow him and his band on Facebook.

S&S and J.J. HEFFERMAN LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Finally, enjoy these videos! They give you a glimpse of what you can expect from their live concerts!

Do you have other information or tracks to share with us? If so, drop a message in the comment box!

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!

 

James Brown biographical film ‘Get on up’ about his life and legacy

James Brown biographical film

I have watched the brilliant James Brown biographical film ‘Get on Up’ at the IMC Screen Cinema on Townsend street in Dublin.

It is a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

The film lasts 2h30 but time flew! I consider it a must-see for all funk and soul fans!

If you want to know more about the film, check out the following article written on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_on_Up_%28film%29

James Brown biographical film

FILM TEASER

If you would like to watch a clip or the trailer, check this link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/getonup/

FILM SOUNDTRACK

Finally, you may enjoy listening to this track recorded during the credits at the end of the film:

Souljazz Orchestra 2014 live performance in Dublin, Ireland

Souljazz Orchestra

First of all, Canada’s hardest-working combo, Souljazz Orchestra band, perfects their signature through a percussive explosion of:

  • Soul
  • Jazz
  • Afro
  • Latin
  • and Caribbean rhythms.

They deliver:

  • unleashed blaring majestic horns
  • dusty vintage keyboards
  • and heavy percussion sounds.

Souljazz Orchestra

RELEASED ALBUMS

Furthermore, the multicultural collective surfaces with a hard-hitting new record in 2015, ‘Resistance’. This album resumes its link-up with UK-based Strut Records.

The composer Pierre Chrétien explains that they approached this album with a fresh ear. He says as well that: “We were keen to build on the band’s sound and message. So, I brought in some of the French Caribbean and Francophone West African influences that I’ve loved since my youth.”

Consequently, the new album adds fresh dancefloor-oriented elements of:

  • Coupé-Décalé
  • Zouk
  • and Ndombolo.

The resulting album is a defiant celebration of social justice and human empowerment.

MUSIC AWARDS

On the other hand, their first three released albums:

  •  Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring the single ‘Mista President’)
  • Manifesto (2008)
  • Rising Sun (2010)

were nominated for Juno Awards.

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA BAND TOURING

Last but not least, the Ottawa-based sextet brings its dynamite show across the globe.

They share bills along the way with heavyweights such as:

  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bob Dylan
  • and Femi Kuti.

LIVE CONCERT RECORDINGS

Finally, I attended one of their live performance at the Sugar Club on Saturday 12th July 2014.

Now, want to listen to them? You are lucky, I have recorded them.

So, I hope you will enjoy these videos and mixed tape below:

Ajo Arkestra band’s live performance in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

AJO ARKESTRA BAND

Firstly, the Ajo Arkestra band is an underground group of musician friends from:

  • Sicily
  • Nigeria
  • Cameroon
  • Armenia
  • Brazil
  • and Cuba.

Furthermore, the band changed its name from ‘The Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble’ to ‘Ajo Arkestra’ a few years ago.

They perform regularly all over Ireland, where they play:

  • in the coolest late night venues 
  • with the best stage settings
  • and the best DJs and bands around.

Their material is influenced by legends such as:

  • Fela Kuti
  • Antibalas
  • and Tony Allen.

Their sound is saturated with hours of musical persistence. These guys master the long extended phrasing and heavy African ‘riddims’.

There  are live elements from:

  • hip-hop
  • funk
  • jazz
  • soul
  • and disco at work.

Instrumentally speaking, their music is awash with:

  • brass
  • lead guitar
  • and vocal harmonies.

There is never anything usual about this band.

The band records their first EP together in 2013.

To be updated about their upcoming shows, check their Facebook and Bandcamp.

AJO ARKESTRA LIVE RECORDING

Finally, I have recorded them play live at The Sugar Club, Dublin back in August 2014. Check the below slideshow and video of their performance!

Theo Parrish, his band and dancers – Teddy’s Get Down 2014 live show

THEO PARRISH

Theo Parrish is a musician and selector based in Detroit, Michigan, often described as a ‘techno/house’ artist. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1972.

Theo Parrish DJ

Theo Parrish musical influences

He grew up in Chicago, Illinois listening to jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and George Gershwin.

THEO PARRISH MUSIC BACKGROUND

Theo Parris begins spinning and producing tracks in 1986, at the age of thirteen…

After graduating from the Academy for the Arts, he received a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1994, he received a BA’s Degree of Fine Arts from KCAI with a concentration in Sound Sculpture, a form of orchestration using:

  • live instruments,
  • looped recordings,
  • the human voice,
  • and numerous other sound generating devices.

MUSIC STYLE

Theo Parrish can fuse the rhythmic, disco-based pulse of Chicago house with the modernist soul of Detroit techno, while at the same time pointing to a lineage in black music that runs directly from Sun Ra to Sound Signature.

You may also want to read this two paged Irish Times interview with Theo Parrish.

LIVE PERFORMANCE RECORDINGS

Theo Parrish gave a live performance in Dublin on Thursday 19th July 2014 with a full band and dancers for the first time in 10 years!

Check out below the slideshow, videos and mixed tape taken of this live event.

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