THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE presents: Black Christmas ‘James Brown Tribute’ Feat James Locksmith (JembeMusic)


Its official, REAL MUSIC IS UNIVERSAL!

Our good mate James Locksmith of JembeMusic put me on to this dope event on this weekend in Beirut where a posse of SOUL, FUNK & Rare Groove fans are throwing it down in homage to the musical legacy of James Brown at the annualBlack Christmas‘.

THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE presents ‘THE BLACK CHRISTMAS’ (THIRD EDITION)

(In Memory of the Fifth Anniversary of JAMES BROWN’s Death)

For the third X-mas in a row THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE keeps the tradition of funk, soul, rare groove and breaks in this city and the Middle East, alive. However this time we are getting closer to the heart of the action by taking over the former infamous CLUB SOCIAL where three of THE BGC DJs used to spin regularly (DJ Stickfiggr, Ernesto and Ramsay Short).
This time THE BEIRUT GROOVE COLLECTIVE commemorate the fifth anniversary of James Brown’s death, with long list of DJs, artists and visual artists. To top it all off, this year Supreme Sandwiches and Samosas will be on sale from Firas Yatbokh!

  • Natalie “Baby” Shooter (Opening act)
  • Brother Jackson ( afro-funk/hip-hop) + Heavy G (Hard funk)
  • Chris Bail (dance music)
  • DJ Spindle aka Ernesto ( rare groove,deep funk, breaks)
  • James Locksmith (nu-disco, afrobeat)
  • DJ Wah ( Italo-Disco)

Visuals by Nadim Saoma

“In Memory of James Brown” an art project by Tom Bone,Jeanne Fouchet, Semaan Khawam, Lilly in the rain aka Nanou, Ernesto and short fuse.

Shortfuse Film will be releasing their music video for BGC collaborator Wriggly Scott aka DJ Solo’s new single entitled “Hierarchy/Anachy”.

BGC Links:

Documentary – Rhymes and Revolution: The role of HIP HOP in Arab Pro-Democracy Movement


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This is Free Speech Radio News for July 4, 2011. Unprecedented pro-democracy revolutions have gripped the Middle East and North Africa since December. Popularly known as the Arab Awakenings or Arab Spring, these revolts have been led by Arab youth aged 18 to 30 who make up the largest age group in the Arab world. From the outset, these youth-driven protest movements included a strong musical component, and among the most powerful forms of music to emerge during these revolutions has been Arab hip-hop. Stay tuned for Rhymes and Revolution: Soundtrack to the Arab Spring, a special FSRN Documentary produced by Jackson Allers.

+ Big ups to our goodmates at Jembe Music for putting us on to this one too.

Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?


Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?

Well. I’m not too sure about that as I essentially only got listening to Iraqi/Canadian politically aware MC, Poet & Author “The Narcicyst’ about a week ago.

What I can tell you nonetheless is that I’m seriously impressed by what the man has to offer to Hip Hop; Well-constructed rhymes, political messages and even an odd reference to my favorite Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. He may not be circulating masterworks comparable to ‘The Prophet” as yet, but he is one of the few MC’s dropping Real-world knowledge & consciousness if you ask me. The more I listen to the more it is  evident the man was first and foremost a poet/writer and literature enthusiast way before he picked up a microphone.

It would be great to see what he has to say this Wednesday in his element in a spoken word setting at Tonic this week.

Check out P.H.A.T.W.A ( not sure who put the clip together either but that pretty bloody crafty too)

The Narcicyst – P.H.A.T.W.A

Up coming shows include;

One Mic @ Tonic (Wed 11th May)

“ONE MIC” is Tonic’s First Spoken Word night featuring some of Sydney’s established and emerging performance poets, bringing to life words that are essential to be digested, words that are essential to be heard, words that dispense a sense of light love and laughter, and words that carry responsibility.

Click for more info on Facebook

Thanks to Information and Cultural Exchange Program (ICE), we have the amazing opportunity to host a night featuring internationally acclaimed Iraqi/Canadian hip hop lyricist, journalist and academic THE NARCICYST as the headliner for ‘ONE MIC’!

Having just finished the Murs and R.A The Rugged Man Australian Tour, he has made appearances on the influential TEDx conference, opened for high profile acts such as Public Enemy,Talib Kweli, Madlib, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, and Non Phixon to name a few.

His poetry addresses the ideological complexities of power and politics, deconstructing, critiquing, questioning and celebrating humanity in one breath.

+ Local Poets on the night include;

  • MILES MERRILL: Miles Merrill is the creative director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels. He is also a writer, performer, facilitator and event co-ordinater who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and occasionally political confrontation.
  • BRAVO CHILD – Sydney’s most energetic, thoughtful, humourous and witty performance artists, writer and currently a documentarist. Bravo Child is like no other. He is synonymous in the Spoken Word Poetry movement combining performance theatre, song and dance to make you appreciate life just a tiny bit better.
  • FARID FARID – Egyptian/Australian, Farid Farid is STRONG in his delivery and conviction. His days are filled with workshops aiming to improve and inspire the young school kids from the western suburbs through music and laughter.
  • NEW AGE POET – New Age Poet has published a book titled ‘Emotions of A NewAge Poet’ which was written over a 9 year span, and is one of Sydney’s exciting emerging poets.
  • 2EYEC – a poet with a difference, in your face, raw and never silent.
  • CHUX MONTANO – working two jobs and a Rapper by night (Sydney’s emerging poet and hip hop recording artist).

Is The Narcicyst 'Rap's Khalil Gibran' ?


Is The Narcicyst ‘Rap’s Khalil Gibran’ ?

Well. I’m not too sure about that as I essentially only got listening to Iraqi/Canadian politically aware MC, Poet & Author “The Narcicyst’ about a week ago.

What I can tell you nonetheless is that I’m seriously impressed by what the man has to offer to Hip Hop; Well-constructed rhymes, political messages and even an odd reference to my favorite Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran. He may not be circulating masterworks comparable to ‘The Prophet” as yet, but he is one of the few MC’s dropping Real-world knowledge & consciousness if you ask me. The more I listen to the more it is  evident the man was first and foremost a poet/writer and literature enthusiast way before he picked up a microphone.

It would be great to see what he has to say this Wednesday in his element in a spoken word setting at Tonic this week.

Check out P.H.A.T.W.A ( not sure who put the clip together either but that pretty bloody crafty too)

The Narcicyst – P.H.A.T.W.A

Up coming shows include;

One Mic @ Tonic (Wed 11th May)

“ONE MIC” is Tonic’s First Spoken Word night featuring some of Sydney’s established and emerging performance poets, bringing to life words that are essential to be digested, words that are essential to be heard, words that dispense a sense of light love and laughter, and words that carry responsibility.

Click for more info on Facebook

Thanks to Information and Cultural Exchange Program (ICE), we have the amazing opportunity to host a night featuring internationally acclaimed Iraqi/Canadian hip hop lyricist, journalist and academic THE NARCICYST as the headliner for ‘ONE MIC’!

Having just finished the Murs and R.A The Rugged Man Australian Tour, he has made appearances on the influential TEDx conference, opened for high profile acts such as Public Enemy,Talib Kweli, Madlib, Dead Prez, Brother Ali, and Non Phixon to name a few.

His poetry addresses the ideological complexities of power and politics, deconstructing, critiquing, questioning and celebrating humanity in one breath.

+ Local Poets on the night include;

  • MILES MERRILL: Miles Merrill is the creative director of the literary arts organisation, Word Travels. He is also a writer, performer, facilitator and event co-ordinater who combines poetry with theatre, experimental audio, hip-hop beats, stand-up and occasionally political confrontation.
  • BRAVO CHILD – Sydney’s most energetic, thoughtful, humourous and witty performance artists, writer and currently a documentarist. Bravo Child is like no other. He is synonymous in the Spoken Word Poetry movement combining performance theatre, song and dance to make you appreciate life just a tiny bit better.
  • FARID FARID – Egyptian/Australian, Farid Farid is STRONG in his delivery and conviction. His days are filled with workshops aiming to improve and inspire the young school kids from the western suburbs through music and laughter.
  • NEW AGE POET – New Age Poet has published a book titled ‘Emotions of A NewAge Poet’ which was written over a 9 year span, and is one of Sydney’s exciting emerging poets.
  • 2EYEC – a poet with a difference, in your face, raw and never silent.
  • CHUX MONTANO – working two jobs and a Rapper by night (Sydney’s emerging poet and hip hop recording artist).