Yep, I can safely say it has become a tradition! My first festival gig of the year at the International “Writers Unlimited” Festival in the Hague! After all the talking, listening, stories, philosophies, poetry & performances.. there always seems to be a feeling of relief a build up energy that is longing to explode into movement with drinks and laughter.. and that’s where I come in with my spicy brew of global dance grooves! Very happy to have been invited back once again to rock the dancefloor during the festival after parties, both on Friday & Saturday night, 21 & 22 January at Theater aan het Spui.
I’m playing at the Fusion Bellydance festival in Rotterdam Shimmy Shake on November 12. I’ve used my preparation for this gig as inspiration for my latest contribution to the Concertzender radio show “Solta a Franga.” Tune in on Friday November 11 23.00 and expect a sensual dancefloor mix with Arabic flavors, dancehall, rumba, global bass, and off course lots of bellydance grooves.
Yes we got a fresh Rusty Beat Club party coming up! It’s going to be the last one at Rasa, which is sad.. Rasa is closing: no more money from the governement for so called “world music” at his legendary venue this year. But I’m not in a complaining mood and lets face it, it’s no surprise the way things have been going lately in Holland for culture and music. All the more reason to truly celebrate when there is a opportunity to do so and make the music shine! So we’ve got a great DJ line up planned some great decorations and we are going to party! Expect lots of hot Afro Funk, Latin psychedelia and hypnotizing Tropical vibes, Afro Jumble! And to make things even better we’ll be doing our thing after a concert by the great Afro Funk band that started in the 70′s in Benin, Orchestre Poly Rythmo!
Well let’s just say the Autumn has been good to me in terms of inspiration so far.. Having only just finished a fresh Funky Bass mixtape (see my last post) I already felt like recording another soundscape today.. This time it’s a musical trip that gets as close to house & techno as I get.. So yes it’s quite heavy on the bass and electronic elements.. But as always in my case there are plenty of “organic” elements in the mix to give it soul & warmth.. I’ve used tracks rooted in African & Afro Latin music. You can dance to it or float away on the steady grooves.. Enjoy the trip!
Yes it’s Autumn ok, the summer is over.. but I still feel like dancing and enjoying every sunny moment out there among the orange and yellow colored leaves.. let’s celebrate the start of this beautiful season with some funky grooves! Here’s a short but sweet mix of mine combining Nu-Disco, Funky House, Afro Bass & Tropical Beats into a potent 20 minutes of dancefloor pleasure, enjoy!
Beating Heart – Malawi. Yes this is one of thos albums I want to put in the spotlight because it’s truly special and has a strong concept.
In this case it’s traditional music from Malawi that is interpreted by DJ’s/ producers from around the world all at the top of their game. They bring the often haunting, powerful and ancient sounding Malawian sound to the global dancefloors of today by infusing it with bold but sophisticated electronic music elements. The money made by the sale of the album goes straight back into the communities where the music is taken from so it feels like a truly balanced and respectful project. And this is reflected in the music. The idea of an album like this is not particularly new or revolutionary.. but everything just seems to work here beyond “noble intensions.” the music is fresh and exciting, the production is top notch the artwork is juicy and through the pr we get a true sense of Malawi and the birth of this project. Well done! http://beating-heart.co.uk/
We’ve actually been playing & doing gigs together for a year already.. But this season we’ve taken it to a new level.. I build a groove-tale with dub tracks, funky electronica, a dash of D&B and a generous hand full of Afro- Latin, Tropical & Indian flavours. Arjen de Graaf adds his soulful and swirling violin to the mix improvising and completing the musical journey. First we’ve mastered the lounge vibe and now we’ve taking our spicy brew to the dancefloors.. next stop: Festival Karavaan in Alkmaar!
Yes it’s time for a fresh mixtape. This time around I was inspired by the Greek party band Imam Baildi who played at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. I did a warm up set before the concert which resulted in this Mediterranean brew of Balkan sounds, Swing, Surf, Greek Folk, Hip Hop & dash of psychedelia. Laid back & energising at the same time, enjoy!
I love this time of year! Playing for people at festivals is one of the most rewarding fun things to do in this job.. people dancing outside in sun, the freedom to move around.. the air of excitement and lots of happenings in the air. So come and find me at the festival Karavaan where I’ll be performing with fiddle player Arjen de Graaf. Or at the brand new theaterfest Festivlam, or come and dance to my set at Zwarte Cross Festival, or join me during Kingsday when I’ll be performing with the excellent Bombascha crew at The NDSM shipyard in Amsterdam, or… check my gigs for more juicy events coming up!
Yes it’s time for some optimistic Springtime music! Dub is a sound that can be dark, brooding, hollow, minimalist… weird.. But it can also be warm, trippy, exciting, melodic and dance-able.. And yes you already guessed it probably, I Iike the latter So enjoy this upbeat springtime downtempo trip around the world.. carpe diem dub!