Worldbeat Sessions launch party Sat Mar 21 with guests Lady Ra and Yoro Noukoussi at Backstage Lounge

After a 10-year run as co-producer of ELECTROPICAL, DJ Michael Laycock is looking forward to launching WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for dancing.

From Latin to funk, Arabian to Balkan, and Indian to African, Worldbeat Sessions connects the dots of an international dance floor journey. Michael teams up with an evolving roster of DJs and musicians to explore the global soundscape.

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Lady Ra and Yoro Noukoussi

For the Worldbeat Sessions debut on Saturday, March 21 at the Backstage Lounge, Michael welcomes special guest DJ Lady Ra, co-founder of the BEATS WITHOUT BORDERS collective.

BWB throws cutting-edge world-fusion dance events and celebrated its 10th anniversary in February. Lady Ra has both hosted and shared the stage with musical wizards such as Gaudi, Makyo, SubSwara, and Nickodemus.

Joining Michael and Lady Ra onstage for the 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. He is a master drummer and a crowd favourite.

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