Worldbeat Sessions, the long weekend edition, Sat May 21

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_May2016_Ernesto_Raphael_v1_640x960Celebrate your Victoria Day weekend in tropical style at Worldbeat Sessions. Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Ernesto “Kut” Gomez (Tropidelica), and percussionist Raphael Geronimo (Rumba Calzada) on Saturday, May 21 as they kick off the second year of this night of danceable global grooves.

The May edition of Worldbeat Sessions surfs a Latin wave along the shores where cumbia, electronica, and Afro-Cuban music meet.

Ernesto “Kut” Gomez is a cross-genre DJ, musician, and producer based in Vancouver. He’s part of Tropidelica, a DJ trio (with El Garzita and Mr. Pablo) that takes you on a sensual trip that begins in a forbidden rural area of northen Mexico and teleports you through time and space, exploring the boundaries of mambo, Afro, cumbia, Latin TV pop, psychedelia, and future dance.
Tropidelica on SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/tropidelica

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Mango Beat at the Backstage Lounge on Sat Apr 16

mango_beat_16_4_2016Join DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) on Saturday, April 16 for Mango Beat.

It’s a tropical dance party to embrace spring and dance to the most infectious music from hot places.

Special guest on percussion: Chris Couto (Kutapira, Mazacote etc.)!

Mango Beat starts around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Granville Island. Groups are always welcome. Full gig details on the Facebook event page.

Electropical Facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

 

Fiesta Africana celebrates Black History Month Sat Feb 27; Worldbeat Sessions first anniversary bash Sat Mar 19

Beat the winter blahs with two great gigs brought to you by the DJs behind Electropical.

fiesta_africana_27feb2016Join DJ Marc Fournier on Saturday, February 27 for another edition of Fiesta Africana.

“We’ll be celebrating Black History Month,” Marc says, “so the whole African diaspora will be represented in music (as much as 4 hours allows), including soukous, champetta, coupé décalé, kizomba, azonto, timba, etc.”

“And I’ll share the stage with two exceptional percussionists: Israel Toto Berriel and Yoro Noukoussi, with visuals by Tajah Olson.” Full gig details here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_Raul_Mar2016_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Su Comandante (Kia Kadiri, The Reef, Highlife Records, and more) on Saturday, March 19 for the first-anniversary edition of Worldbeat Sessions — a night of danceable global grooves.

To celebrate the first year of Worldbeat Sessions, Michael and “Su Co” will go global — from Barcelona to Bogotá, Dakar to Delhi, salsa to soukous, and electronic to funk — as they explore the grooves they have in common. And the supremely talented Yoro Noukoussi will bring the percussion to life. Full gig details here.

Both events happen around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Granville Island. Groups are always welcome!

Please do spread the word, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca
On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

Worldbeat Sessions with guest DJ Nils (Beats Without Borders) Sat Jan 16 at Backstage Lounge

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_Jan2016_v1_72ppi_1200x1800Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Nils (Beats Without Borders) on Saturday, January 16 for Worldbeat Sessions — a night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

Round six of Worldbeat Sessions will go worldwide — from Bogota to Barcelona, salsa to soukous, and electronic to funk — as Michael and Nils explore the grooves they have in common. And to start the new year in style, they’ll serve up their favourite sounds of 2015 and some future sounds of 2016.

Guest DJ Nils has been DJing since the early ‘90s and is a founding member of Vancouver’s long-running Beats Without Borders collective. He’s played festivals like Diversity, Big Time Out, and Shambhala, and he’s opened for headliners like Nickodemus, Femi Kuti, and Gaudi. He’s an inspiring DJ with a knack for reading the energy of a room and giving the dance floor just what it needs.

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DJ Marc Fournier’s Tropical Christmas dance party Sat Dec 19

tropical_xmas_party_2015_MFDJ Marc Fournier ends 2015 in tropical stylee on his island with a seasonal blend of dance music from the tropics.

Come celebrate with Latin, African, and Caribbean beats like soukous, cumbia, forró, kizomba, azonto, salsa, reggae/ton, kompa, etc. And percussionist Yoro Noukoussi will add his own blend to the mix!

If you can, bring a non-perishable item for donation to the food bank and enjoy the island vibes!

Tropical Christmas dance party
Saturday, December 19

at Backstage Lounge
1585 Johnston St, Granville Island

Cover $10 per person
Doors 8 pm
Music around 10 pm (when the play next door ends)

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Fiesta Africana debuts Sat Oct 17; Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Nov 21 at Backstage Lounge

Fall is here, and the DJs behind Electropical are back with two great gigs to heat up the season.

fiesta_africana_oct2015Join DJ Marc Fournier on Saturday, October 17 for the debut of Fiesta Africana.

The whole African diaspora will be represented in music (as much as 4 hours allows), including soukous, champetta, coupé décalé, kizomba, azonto, timba, etc.,” Marc says.

“And two days before the federal election, we will need to hear the drums talk more than ever! That is why I am very pleased to share the stage with two exceptional percussionists: Israel Toto Berriel and Yoro Noukoussi.” Full gig details here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_Nov2015_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Hubbz (The Payback) on Saturday, November 21 for the fifth edition of Worldbeat Sessions — a new night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

Hubbz and Michael will go worldwide — from Lima to Lagos, Caracas to Cairo, salsa to soukous, and electronic to funk — as they explore the grooves they have in common. And Electropical favourite Yoro Noukoussi will bring the percussion to life. Full gig details here.

Both events happen around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Granville Island. Groups are always welcome!

Enjoy the season, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

Soukous & N’dombolo debuts Sat Aug 15; Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Sept 19 at Backstage Lounge

The DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with a pair of great gigs in August and September.

marc_soukous_ndombolo_promo_aug2015Join DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Tobu Ley on Saturday, August 15 for
Soukous & N’dombolo – The Golden Age of Rumba Congolaise.

“Many of you have asked me when would I do an African music night, like the good old days of Afrodisia at the ANZA,” Marc says. “Well, I finally convinced DJ Tobu Ley to come out of retirement and come and spin some Soukous and N’Dombolo like it’s 1990! It’s been 15 years since we played together!” Full gig details here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_Sept2015_v1_72ppi_1200x1800And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Bassos Rancheros on Saturday, September 19 for the fourth edition of Worldbeat Sessions, a new night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

When he isn’t travelling the world seeking spiritual meaning through breakfast foods, Bassos is sharing the stage with DJ/producers like Quantic and Nickodemus. And he’s a frequent flyer at festivals like Bass Coast. Full gig details here.

The DJ duo will surf a Latin wave — from Colombia to NYC, cumbia to merengue, electronic to funk, and all points in between — as they explore the grooves they have in common.

Both events happen around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Granville Island. Groups are always welcome!

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

Round 3: Clandestinos on Sat June 13, Worldbeat Sessions on Sat July 18, at Backstage Lounge

Summer is here early, and the DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with warm beats to match the warm weather.

clandestinos_3_promoJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) this Saturday, June 13 for CLANDESTINOS.

It’s the third serving of a dance party featuring cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, reggaeton, hip hop, and more.

As DJ Marc says, ”We are taking you on a musical trip throughout the south part of the continent for your dancing and listening pleasure.” More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_July2015_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Evo (The Payback, Brand New Bag) on Saturday, July 18 for the third edition of WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for the dance floor.

Michael and Evo (aka Adam Petipas) will touch down all over the musical globe — from Brazil to Nigeria, Bogota to NYC, electronic to funk, and points in between — as they explore the grooves they have in common. The floor is guaranteed to be cookin’! More info here.

Both events happen around 10 pm (when the play ends next door) at the Backstage Lounge, 1585 Johnston St, Granville Island. Groups are always welcome!

Enjoy the sunshine, and see you on the dance floor!

On the web:
http://www.electropical.ca

On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/electropical/

DJ Michael Laycock’s new Worldbeat Sessions mix

My latest DJ mix offers a taste of the Latin and Afro-Latin vibe in the works for the second edition of Worldbeat Sessions (Saturday, May 16 at the Backstage Lounge).

I’m looking forward to sharing the stage that night with DJ Tadaaki Hozumi (Vancouver Groove Movement, Love Supreme) and percussionist Yoro Noukoussi. Hope to see you there!

Meanwhile, enjoy the mix!

DJ Michael Laycock

Worldbeat Sessions May 2015 mix by Michael Laycock on Mixcloud

Worldbeat Sessions is back Sat May 16 with guests Tasteoftee and Yoro Noukoussi at Backstage Lounge

The second edition of Worldbeat Sessions happens Saturday, May 16 at the Backstage Lounge, and DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) is excited about sharing the stage for the first time with guest DJ Tadaaki Hozumi (Vancouver Groove Movement, Back Ground Music Discotheque).

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Tadaaki Hozumi (Tasteoftee) and Yoro Noukoussi

Tadaaki (aka Tasteoftee) is the creative force behind gigs such as Joy and Pain, Motown Philly, and The Bump, and co-producer of Love Supreme. Originally hailing out of YYZ and now relocated to YVR, Tadaaki is a selector of the finest sounds who revels in journeys of space and time, from sunny Brazilian bossa to the underground disco sounds of 70s New York.

So in round two of Worldbeat Sessions, we’ll dig into the roots of Latin dance music — salsa, cumbia, merengue, the Fania Records catalogue, and butt-shaking Afro-Latin sounds from Colombia and beyond. We’ll spin modern remixes of those classics, and a few musical twists, too.

And back for the second edition of Worldbeat Sessions is percussionist and long-time Electropical collaborator Yoro Noukoussi. Originally from Benin, Yoro travelled and studied in Africa and Europe before settling in Vancouver and opening his own recording studio, Waaba Music Studios. He is a master drummer and a crowd favourite. Continue reading