Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Oga Rossco (Strictly Afrobeats), and percussionist Yoro Noukoussi on Saturday, November 19 at the Backstage Lounge for the return of Worldbeat Sessions – a night of danceable global grooves.
In round ten of Worldbeat Sessions, we’ll go deep into the space where African, Latin, funk, and electronic music meet as we explore the grooves we have in common.
Guest DJ Oga Rossco produces the Strictly Afrobeats parties at Fortune Sound Club. Born and raised in Nigeria, he moved to Vancouver in 2006. Soon after, he discovered his passion for music. Today, he’s a rising personality in the Nigerian and African communities. He’s well known for his versatile and open-minded approach to all genres of music, such as trap, hip-hop, Afrobeat, reggae, and much more.
Virtually all Cuban music has been influenced by African rhythms. Cuban popular music has strands from both Spain and Africa, woven into a unique Cuban cloth.
Replying back to its source, in the 1950s, Cuban music had a big influence on the music of West and Central Africa, completing a circle where dancing rhythms are kings and queens.
Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Hubbz (The Payback), and percussionist Robin Layne (Locarno, Mazacote) on Saturday, September 17 at the Backstage Lounge for the return of Worldbeat Sessions – a night of danceable global grooves.
In round nine of Worldbeat Sessions, we’ll go deep into the space where Latin, African, funk, and electronic music meet as we explore the grooves we have in common. The dance floor is guaranteed to be cookin’!
Guest DJ Hubbz is one-half of the dynamic duo behind one of the longest running weekly gigs in Vancouver: THE PAYBACK (with DJ Evo) at the Bayside Lounge. From funk and soul to Latin and dub, Hubbz cooks up a musical feast. He seamlessly threads borders of all genres while keeping the floor on lock. Hubbz last appeared at Worldbeat Sessions in November.
Hubbz in the mix: soundcloud.com/hubbz/madrugada-boogaloo
“Virtually all Cuban music has been influenced by African rhythms,” DJ Marc Fournier says.
“Cuban popular music has strands from both Spain and Africa, woven into a unique Cuban cloth. Replying back to its source, in the 1950s, Cuban music had a big influence on the music of West and Central Africa, completing a circle where dancing rhythms are kings and queens. A dance party like no other because CubAfrica is going to be my best birthday party in a long time! Just added to the line-up are DJ Julio Montero and master percussionists Jack “Jackito” Duncan and crowd favorite Yoro Noukoussi.”
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Celebrate 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
Join 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.)!
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Beat the winter blahs with two great gigs brought to you by the DJs behind Electropical.
Join 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.
And 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!
Join 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.