Fiesta Africana – Sat Feb 18th – Backstage Lounge

Back by popular demand and celebrating Black History Month; DJ Marc Fournier presents FIESTA AFRICANA at The Backstage Lounge !

The whole African diaspora will be represented in music (as much as 4 hours allows….) including Soukous, Champeta, Cumbia, Coupé Décalé, Kizomba, Azonto, Axé, Salsa, Timba etc.

DJ Marc Fournier will be sharing the stage with two of the best percussionists in the city, bringing the beat to a new heat: from Benin, West Africa, local legend Yoro Noukoussi and from Cuba, master drummer Israel Toto Berriel.
Saturday Feb 18 – The Backstage Lounge (Granville Island) 10pm/10$

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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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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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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/

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

Update: Percussionists Liam, Sacha, and Yoro join us onstage this Sat Nov 16 for Electropical’s 9th birthday bash

Liam MacDonald, Sacha Levin, and Yoro Noukoussi

Liam MacDonald, Sacha Levin, and Yoro Noukoussi

This just in… For this Saturday’s 9th anniversary edition of Electropical, we’ll have the pleasure and the abundance of three percussionists! Sacha “Percussionista” Levin, Liam MacDonald, and long-time collaborator Yoro Noukoussi will share the stage with us.

They’ll help us celebrate nine years of urban sounds with a tropical edge. Once again, huge thanks to all our musical collaborators, the Backstage Lounge, and — most of all — our many loyal guests who have supported us for almost a decade. We couldn’t do it without you!

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