B A R C E L O N A – P L A Y I N G F O R C H A N G E
Ive had a bit of time off.. The gig I was preparing for in my last post was cancelled sadly, but will be happening soon so any House and Techno lovers in London – I will keep you posted.
So after that I still took my flight to Barcelona to see some of my much missed friends, who are also full time passionate musicians.
Los Made In Barcelona are one of the best Salsa, Reggae and Latin jazz bands I know ! They are originally from all corners of the earth and have come together in the essence of true music to make you dance 🙂
HAhaha – they are nutters ! Always so much fun and such original and kind people !
You can find Los Made In Barcelona on the Port Vell on the way to the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona.. Thursday to Sunday daytimes 12-5pm
To find them on Facebook click on the photo below:
Then with these lovely bunch we all went to see Pierre Minetti and Francois Viguie and more of their friends playing Live at the Apollo Barcelona with PLAYING FOR CHANGE. I had met these musicians 5 years ago at my first visit to Barcelona when Playing For Change was just releasing its first video – ‘Stand By Me’. Playing For Change is a foundation set up from one mans idea from when he was traveling to work everyday in New York. On his way to the recording studio to record Paul Simon, he noticed that himself and so many other people would stop and listen to the buskers. He said they always drew such a big crowd, were so talented and made him and everyone smile. He got the bright idea to record the street musicians and to bring the same equipment he would use in the studio but onto the street. So that is where it began, Mark Johnson recording all sorts of cultures and musicians and giving them the opportunity to record their great music! Now he has set up a brilliant foundation that has helped thousands of children and families in developing countries to access music and instruments. By building schools and music rooms and also promoting and presenting the world with the music from their streets. Using over 150 musicians who have recorded albums and music DVD’s to continue this growing foundation of PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.
So far the most successful music video on Youtube – STAND BY ME
and the most emotional Live performance ive ever heard!
Here are some photos I took during my trip and at the Apollo:
Los Made In Barcelona
caneck selling cd’s – one of the most important jobs in order to make a living!
1 for £10 , 2 for £15
Latin Jazz jam session Marrula Bar
Apollo pre gig.. acoustic gig
Acoustic gig in Apollo hall
Roberto Luti wowing us all!
Grandpa Elliot in admiration
Tula, Titi and Orbe
The final bow!
Me and Mark Johnson , after show drinks.
Tonight the Mighty Diamonds played a lovely set of their old time classics in early Roots Reggae from the 1970’s 🙂 backed by beautiful Rasites who opened the show for them with strong harmonies and sweet bass rhythms they nearly stole the show 😛 but when Bunny and Judge came onto stage they had everyone whooping and bouncing 🙂
RASITES – London Based Reggae Trio
What a lucky and awesome experience, to see such classic band.. ive loved them since i first heard them about 6 years ago. They played my favorite songs in the middle of the set ; Right Time, Have Mercy, I need a roof, and so many sweet love songs 🙂
The Mighty Diamonds – taken by Elma Houghton
Concorde 2 hosted a fabulous show with great sound and vibes yet again 🙂 ..
Im tired but am filming tomorrow with Vinnie Rose at the Brighton arts club! , come down 🙂 we will be playing a set from 10pm 🙂 so i definately should go to bed!
‘Have Mercy’ – The Mighty Diamonds – taken by Elma Houghton
BEE’S MOUTH BAR BRIGHTON – HIP HOP LIVE – SPOKEN HERD BAND – AND LIVE FREESTYLE MC’S
ONE ROOTS AT PADDLE ROUND THE PIER FESTIVAL
ON STAGE at 4:45
– ALL DAY EVENT-
LINK TO PADDLE ROUND THE PIER LINE UP
ONE ROOTS AT THE BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL – BRIGHTON SEA FRONT!
6-10 PM -BEACH PARTY!
BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL webpage
THE FOUNDRY PUB BRIGHTON
– LIVE MUSIC – ELMA AND CLAUDE FROM ONE ROOTS – REGGAE NATION
7:30-11PM – open mic 8-9pm —
ONE ROOTS ARE SUPPORTING FOFOULAH @ THE BLIND TIGER CLUB
Brighton Noise presents:
FOFOULAH + ONE ROOTS + HYPNOTIQUES & DJ Sets from YE YE FEVER
Fofoulah is a London-based group mixing Senegalese voice and West African rhythms with dub basslines, sci-fi synths, raw guitars and intense grooves.
“Hypnotic African drumming and uplifting praise song”
ONE ROOTS AT BLIND TIGER CLUB LINK
Come and support ONE ROOTS nice and early at around 8:45pm. ………
…..then ELMA JUMPS in a taxi and speeds up to the BEE’S MOUTH .. to play with ‘The Spoken Herd’ Brightons current HOTTEST Hip Hop band! Positive vibes , FREE-STYLING mc’s , Improvisations and a selection of sweet tunes written by ‘The Spoken Herd’ 🙂
Come from 9-1am at the Bee’s Mouth
‘The Spoken Herd’ Hip Hop Band link – Bees Mouth
Big love xxxx
I joined One Roots in September 2012 and have been performing with them in Brighton and London, We have supported Mungos hi-fi Djs and Solo Banton Mc at the Magic Garden Pub, Battersea, London.
This month we performed at one of Brightons biggest venues Concorde 2 – Supporting Zion Train, Prince Fatty and Unity HI-FI 🙂 the gig was a massive success here is a video from the night:
We have recently recorded and printed our first E.P with Prince Fatty himself at Ironworks studios in Brighton, here is one of the tracks, I feature on sax in the Intro Keep On Waiting – One Roots – ‘Feel Alright E.P’
Follow this link to another on of our E.P tracks , I take the solo on Sax She’s Going Back To Her Roots – One Roots ‘Feel Alright, E.P’
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Band Camp, and buy our music if you like it and want to support us in our careers. 🙂
Much Love and Enjoy the Music 🙂 xx
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