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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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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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/

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/

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/

Take two: Clandestinos on Sat Apr 18, Worldbeat Sessions on Sat May 16, at Backstage Lounge

The DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL are back with new editions of their latest gigs this spring.

clandestinos_iiJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) this Saturday, April 18 for CLANDESTINOS II.

It’s the second serving of a dance party featuring reggaeton, hip hop, cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, and more. As DJ Marc says, ”Because we had such a good time last month, and because we didn’t play half of what we wanted to share, we’re doing it again!” More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_flyer_CS5_May2015_v1And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Tasteoftee (Love Supreme, Vancouver Groove Movement) on Saturday, May 16 for the second edition of WORLDBEAT SESSIONS, a new night of global grooves designed for dancing.

Worldbeat Sessions connects the dots of an international dance floor journey. This month’s trip explores Latin, funk, African, and more. More info here.

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

We look forward to spinning for you again!

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

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

Electropical DJs launch two new global music nights

After a couple of months off, the DJs who brought you ELECTROPICAL return to the Backstage Lounge this winter and spring with two exciting new global music events.

clandestinos_FB_cover_photoJoin DJ Marc Fournier (Electropical) and DJ Su Comandante (Raul Espinoza of Los Migrantes) on Saturday, February 21 as they appear together for the very first time as CLANDESTINOS!

It’s a dance party featuring reggaeton, hip hop, cumbia, AfroCuban, Chicha, Tropidelica, and more. More info here.

worldbeat_sessions_v4_march2015And join DJ Michael Laycock (Electropical) and guest DJ Lady Ra (Beats Without Borders) on Saturday, March 21 for 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. More info here.

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

We look forward to spinning for you again!

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

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