Worldbeat Sessions finale Sat Nov 18 with guests DJ Hubbz and percussionist Raphael Geronimo at Backstage Lounge

Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Hubbz (The Payback), and percussionist Raphael Geronimo (Rumba Calzada) on Saturday, November 18 for the final edition of Worldbeat Sessions at the Backstage Lounge.

You know what they say about “All good things…” Sadly, after almost four decades, the Backstage Lounge will shut down at the end of this year and eventually reopen as a restaurant without musical acts. So Saturday, November 18 will be the last call for Worldbeat Sessions at this legendary Vancouver venue.

Come help us mark the end of an era in this city and move to some fine global grooves. One last time, we’ll explore the space where Latin, African, funk, and electronic music meet — mixing sounds from the past, present, and future. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported this musical experiment over the past three years at this gem of a waterfront venue.

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Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Sept 16 with guest DJ Julio (Havana Fridays) at Backstage Lounge

After a summer break, Worldbeat Sessions is back on Saturday, September 16 at the Backstage Lounge. Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Julio (Havana Fridays) for a night of hip-shaking global grooves.

We’ll go deep into the space where African, Latin, funk, and electronic music meet as we explore the grooves we have in common. Michael and Julio last met up on the decks at the March edition of Worldbeat Sessions, and the dance floor was cooking. We had such a blast, we thought it was time to do it again.

Guest DJ Julio co-produces the Havana Fridays parties at Lux Lounge. Born in Cuba and raised in a family obsessed with music and dance, Julio lived in neighbourhoods renowned for their strong traditions of Conga, Son, and Afro-Haitian rhythms. He spins an eclectic mix of dance music spanning the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. When he’s not on the decks, Julio is an acclaimed salsa dance instructor.

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Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat May 20 with guests DJ Nils and percussionist Kurai Mubaiwa at Backstage Lounge

Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Nils (Beats Without Borders), and percussionist Kurai Mubaiwa (Zimbamoto) on Saturday, May 20 at the Backstage Lounge for the next edition of Worldbeat Sessions — a night of global grooves.

We’ll go deep into the space where African, Latin, funk, and electronic music meet as we explore the grooves we have in common. Plus, DJ Michael marks 50 laps around the sun on the long weekend, so there’s plenty to celebrate.

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. Nils last appeared at Worldbeat Sessions in January 2016.

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Worldbeat Sessions second anniversary bash Sat March 18 with guests DJ Julio Montero & percussionist Sacha Levin

Join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical), guest DJ Julio Montero (Havana Fridays), and percussionist Sacha Levin on Saturday, March 18 at the Backstage Lounge for the second anniversary of Worldbeat Sessions – a night of danceable global grooves.

To celebrate two years of Worldbeat Sessions, we’ll go deep into the space where Latin, Caribbean, and African music meet as we explore the grooves we have in common.

Guest DJ Julio Montero co-produces the Havana Fridays parties at Lux Lounge. Born in Cuba and raised in a family obsessed with music and dance, Julio lived in neighbourhoods renowned for their strong traditions of Conga, Son, and Afro-Haitian rhythms. He spins an eclectic mix of dance music spanning the Caribbean, the Americas, and Africa. When he’s not on the decks, Julio is an acclaimed salsa dance instructor.
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Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Nov 19 with guests DJ Oga Rossco and percussionist Yoro Noukoussi

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_cs5_nov2016_rossco_yoroJoin 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.

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CubAfrica returns Sat Oct 22 with guest percussionists Israel Toto Berriel and Yoro Noukoussi at Backstage Lounge

cubafrica_22oct16After a successful first edition in August, DJ Marc Fournier is thrilled to present a second edition of CubAfrica with percussion masters Israel Toto Berriel from Cuba and Yoro Noukoussi from Benin.

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.

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Worldbeat Sessions returns Sat Sept 17 with guests DJ Hubbz and percussionist Robin Layne at Backstage Lounge

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_Sept2016_Hubbz_v1Join 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

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CubAfrica debuts Sat Aug 20 with guests DJ Julio Montero and percussionists Yoro Noukoussi & Jack Duncan

cubafrica_aug2016“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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Viva La Musica! at the Backstage Lounge, Fri Jun 17

viva_la_musica_17jun2016Exceptionally taking place on a Friday night, Viva La Musica! will be a celebration of African & Latin dance music dedicated to ”Le Roi des Ambianceurs,” Papa Wemba, who left us recently.

DJ Eric Lenger, producer of the Backstage Lounge’s famous C’est Extra Vancouver nights, will join DJ Marc Fournier behind the decks while long time collaborator and ambianceur himself, Yoro Noukoussi, will add his percussion skills to the mix.

Looking for a place to keep the African party going after
Alpha Blondy‘s concert?
Look no further!

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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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