Ilanga Festival from South Africa (Hamburg, Germany)

Ilanga Festival

Here is another fact about Hamburg: the city has lots of parks spread out in different quarters! I attended Ilanga Festival at ‘Planten un Blomen’ Park!

The weather wasn’t great on that day, so the turn out wasn’t as good as it should have been. Yet, it was a truly enjoyable event! Enjoy these few pictures and videos!

If you want to know more about the ‘Dube‘ band, please check their website here: www.dube-music.com

‘Trash’ award-winning UK, Brazilian and German co-produced film

‘TRASH’ FILM PRODUCTION

First, this ‘Trash’ film is an uplifting and energetic drama based on the novel by Andy Mulligan.

The film was co-produced at 80 % in Brazilian Portuguese and 20% in English.

It has also both Brasilian and American actors.

Secondly, if you do not understand English or Brazilian, you can watch it dubbed in your own language.

I have personally watched it in German at this lovely cinema in Hamburg. I was late for the film. But the staff opened one screening room just for me!

'Trash' film

FILM AWARDS

The ‘Trash’ film has won or been nominated for 5 awards:

For more insights about its production, read this article.

STORYLINE AND TRAILERS

Now, want to know more about it? Check these two articles providing you:

  • the storyline
  • two video teaser trailers
  • a longer story plot explanation as well as critics:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/watch-new-trailer-for-trash-starring-rooney-mara-starts-a-revolution-20140827

http://variety.com/2014/film/festivals/film-review-trash-1201323827/

RELEASE DATES

Thirdly, the film has been released a few years ago. But it’s worth checking if it is available in your country:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1921149/releaseinfo?ref_=ttfc_sa_1

FILM SOUNDTRACK

Finally, you may enjoy the classic, energetic and upbeat Brazilian film soundtrack.

Check the YouTube playlist and SoundCloud mixed tape below to listen to it:

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?

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!

 

Hugh Masekela Afro-Jazz Live Concert in Dublin, Ireland (2014)

Hugh Masekela

A few weeks ago, I attended the Hugh Masekela concert in National Concert Hall organised by the Waltons World Masters.

Hugh Masekela

I saw few papers around from this music organisation before that day. The papers detailed the artist biography with an offer to sign up for their newsletter. I subscribed and became the lucky winner of two tickets to watch this jazz concert!

Originally, I didn’t know much about Hugh Masekela and his South African band even though they are a well-known in the jazz world. Consequently, I had no particular expectations from them. However, I must say now: it was one the best concerts I have been attended!

Hugh Masekela, although already 75 years of age at that time, displayed incredible energy and musical talent throughout the whole show. He was a very witty, bright and young at heart artist.

His band and himself continued playing about 3-4 extra songs after the due ending time of the concert.

I also discovered the ‘Tig Linn’ support band, an afrobeat and afro-jazz Irish-Nigerian band from Dublin. Worth watching, too! They play a fusion of Nigerian and traditional Irish music.

Tig Linn is still going strong. They are still regularly playing live. To keep up-to-date of their next concert, follow them on Facebook. If you would like to book them for a concert, get in touch with them on their website.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY AND SUPPORT BAND INFORMATION

Click on the pictures to read more easily the brochures’ information:

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela and Tig Linn

LIVE CONCERT RECORDING

This video is from the repeat songs at the end:

Keep in mind that you will no longer be able to go to his concerts. Indeed, Hugh Masekela died on 23rd January 2018 at the age of 78. Repose in peace.

If you enjoy his music, you may want to buy it on Amazon.

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!

Manden Express and Ghanian dancer guest live performances in Dublin (2014)

MANDEN EXPRESS

Manden Express is a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band. It fuses traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire (Mali),  alongside infectious Afrobeat rhythms.

THEIR MUSIC STYLES

Manden Express is inspired by Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960′s.

They blend:

  • kamele n’goni
  • harp,
  • Kora,
  • djembé,
  • drums

with electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns.

BAND’S CHANGES

The band went through a singer change. Indeed, Emma who used to be the band lead singer is now leading her own neo-soul band called Fehdah‘.

This is how the new Manden Express band looks like now. You can view their last year’s performance with their updated line-up at Hotter than July’s festival.

Manden Express

LIVE RECORDINGS

I attended two of their live performances at the Sugar Club, Dublin on July and August 2014.

They had a special guest Godfred Asare, a Ghanian dancer, who accompanied them at their first show.

You may want to check their blog and their Facebook fan page for upcoming shows.

Enjoy the below pictures and videos from the events!

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

Kidum – Burundian artist blending rock, zouk and acoustic classics

Jean Pierre Nimbona a.k.a Kidum is the 2012 Kora Winner “African Grammy Award” but is also considered as an East African Music Icon, Peace Ambassador, Burundian Master Drummer, and Songwriter. For a bit more details on his biography, please have a read at the following articles:

http://www.reverbnation.com/artist_2091559/bio

http://www.last.fm/music/Kidum/+wiki

 

Enjoy these two below beautiful songs as well as the ones at the bottom of this page:

http://www.last.fm/music/Kidum