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Fun Fun Fun – The Birth Of „Funatrap“

.LusAfro is a project that brings together international artists to network and exchange their experiences. Exciting shows in Praia, Cape Verde and Cologne, Germany were on result. The concerts always culminated with a joint performance of the song “Funatrap” that became something of a hymn for LusAfro. Watch a video of the song performed at Odyssee Festival 2017 in Mülheim this July. 

Daniel Haaksman, Berlin based DJ/Producer and artistic director of LusAfro in Praia created the song before travelling to Cape Verde in April. He told us about the creative process and about performing the iconic track with the LusAfro artists.

How was “Funatrap” created?

3 generations of Kuduro + Daniel Haaksman (from left DJ Marfox, Daniel Haaksman, Tony Amado, Kalaf Epalanga)

When doing research on current Cape Verdian music on Youtube last winter I noticed the amount of Funaná videos circulating on the internet. They were all very exciting but basically no Funaná song had any tempo changes. Knowing from my DJ sets that European audiences find it difficult to dance to a 160bpm track for more than 3 minutes I decided to produce a halftime / double-time rhythm track which starts „slow“ and with a dancehall inspired beat and then switches into Funaná with a built up aesthetic that was borrowed from trap music, in the middle it breaks down again to halftime and it really works on the dancefloor. The working title for this track was „Funatrap“, eventually the track was named „Fun Fun Fun“ and was officially released as an instrumental track in July on my label Man Recordings. When I went for Lusafro to Cabo Verde I was really happy to see the immediate, enthusiastic response by fellow Lusafro artist particpants to the track, also the audience danced manically to it. Portuguese Kuduro king DJ Marfox played „Fun Fun Fun“ all summer and liked the song so much that he also remixed it. His remix will be released early October on Man Recordings.

In your opinion what does “Funatrap” represent?

I think it embodies the cultural dialogue that we aimed to establish with Lusafro, bridging music styles from Cabo Verde with music from other parts of the world and creating something new out of it. It´s a track that can be played both in Cabo Verde as well as around the world. It´s a sonic ambassador for the Lusafro spirit.

How was the process of preparing the live performance for Odyssee?

When in Cabo Verde we recorded vocals on top, basically all particpating vocalists spat a verse or two on top of the instrumental. In the end I had so many voices that I had to do one version with Cape Verdian vocalists and one version with the „exterritorial“ vocalists like Tony Amado, Dama Do Bling, Gata Misteriosa, Mr.Santos. When we went on tour with Lusafro in Germany in July we performed „Fun Fun Fun“ at the very end of the three hour show, when all vocalists came on stage. It was amazing to experience the live performance of „Fun Fun Fun“ as the band usually joined in towards the end when I looped the final mix-out beats of the track and the vocalists and band went all freestyle. It was a proper live jam!

>>> Experience a selection of LusAfro artists in Berlin on +++25th November+++ in Club Gretchen. The popular annual club night by WDR Cosmo (former Funkhaus Europa).

DJ Marfox, suburban and ghetto legend in Lisbon, renown for his pumping kuduro productions and  also part of the LusAfro artist family made a hot remix of the track which was just released. Check it out!

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LusAfro Artist Choice Playlist #3 Dama Do Bling

. Dama Do Bling is the queen of Rap in Mozambique, one of the country´s biggest stars and named amongst the best female rappers in Africa. As if that´s not enough she is also a mother, successful fashion designer, children´s book author and marketing manager.

In the LusAfro project she is one of  the many strong female voices alongside Ceuzany, Fattú Djakité, Nissah Barbosa, Gata Misteriosa (lead vocalist of Gato Preto), Perera Elsewhere and Lucibela.

Check out this awesome performance of her feature Song with Berlin based DJ/Producer Daniel Haaksman, owner of Global Bass Label Man Recordings: 

She told us her most important influences and some of her favourite artists from her teens, twenties and from today. From Old School Rap, fine Soul and to songs from 21st century Pop Stars like P!nk and Rhianna:

„…When i was young like 14 I was listening to…“

Mc Lyte

Da Brat

Queen Latifah

Snoop Dogg

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg

„…in my 20’s I loved…“

Erikah Badu – Tyrone

Donnel Jones

Destinys Child – Say my name

Anita Baker

„…and from that time to now…“

Pink –  Try

Rihanna- Disturbia

Ludmila

Claudia Leitte

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LusAfro @ Odyssee – Recap of an amazing experience…

.Bringing lusophone sounds from all genres to German audiences

Last week on the 17th July the LusAfro Family met again in Cologne after their 1st encounter in Praia, Cape Verde in April.  After only 2 1/2 days of rehearsing the 16 artists from Mozambique, Germany, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Portugal wrapped together show that was performed in 4 cities across Western Germanys Ruhr district from the 19th until the 22nd July. The 2 hours long performance was an insight into the amazingly wide range of musical styles and mixtures from lusophone African countries.

Line Up:

Africaine 808 (Germany)| Buruntuma (Guinea Bissau / Portugal) | Ceuzany (Cabo Verde) | Dama do Bling (Mozambique)| Daniel Haaksman (Germany) | Fattú Diakité (Guinea Bissau / Cabo Verde) | Gato Preto (Mozambique / Germany) | Helio Batalha (Cabo Verde) | Lucibela (Cabo Verde) | Rapaz 100 Juiz (Cabo Verde)

Singers of Mournas in the style of Cesária Évora met experimental beat producers, Cape Verdean rappers clashed with an acoustic backing band that then entered Jam Sessions with DJs. A creative mixing and mingling with no genre boundaries that was also appreciated by the big and content audiences of the cities of Hagen, Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Recklinghausen and Bochum.

Enough of words – the best way to feel the LusAfro vibe if you were not there for the show is to watch the video provided by Cosmo.

The video shows the final part of the concert were all artists gather to perform the Track „Funatrap“ produced by Daniel Haaksman. The Track evolved into a spontaneous jam session of the artists and an amazing party for everyone present:

Next LusAfro Event:
Big-Up! Club Night | Berlin, Germany | Sat 25 November 2017

The Roadfestival Odyssee: Musik der Metropolen is organized by Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in Mülheim, Pelmke Hagen and the Cultural Instutute Recklinghausen in cooperation with WDR Cosmo and supported by the regional cultural policy of Nordrhein Westfalen.
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The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation “Kulturstftiftung des Bundes” within the program TURN which aims to encourage artistic exchanges between Germany and Africa and display African contemporary creation.

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LusAfro goes „ODYSSEE: Musik der Metropolen“

.LusAfro artists play 4 shows at German roadshow festival


JULY, 2017. Following an overwhelming start in Cabo Verde, Praia in April, LusAfro continues to foster musical exchanges between lusophone Africa and Germany as a selection of artists will take part in the four-day road show „Odyssee Musik der Metropolen“.

Line – Up
Africaine 808 (Germany) | Buruntuma (Guinea Bissau / Portugal) | Ceuzany (Cabo Verde) | Dama do Bling (Mozambique)| Daniel Haaksman (Germany) | Fattú Diakité (Guinea Bissau / Cabo Verde) | Gato Preto (Mozambique / Germany) | Helio Batalha (Cabo Verde) | Lucibela (Cabo Verde) | Rapaz 100 Juiz (Cabo Verde)

The three stops of LusAfro 2017:

Workshops, roundtables and live presentations
as collaboration of Atlantic Music Expo
Praia, Cabo Verde, 06-11 April 2017

Odyssee: Musik der Metropolen
Wed 19 July 2017 – Bandshell at the public park, Hagen,Germany
Thurs 20 July 2017 – Stadtgarten am Ruhrfestspielhaus, Recklinghausen,Germany
Fri 21 July 2017 – Roundhouse Ruhr · Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Sat 22 July 2017 – Freilichtbühne Wattenscheid, Bochum, Germany

The Roadfestival Odyssee: Musik der Metropolen is organized by Bahnhof Langendreer, Bochum, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in Mülheim, Pelmke Hagen and the Cultural Instutute Recklinghausen in cooperation with WDR Cosmo and supported by the regional cultural policy of Nordrhein Westfalen.
More info

Big-Up! Club Night
Berlin, Germany
Sat 25 November 2017

The project is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation “Kulturstftiftung des Bundes” within the program TURN which aims to encourage artistic exchanges between Germany and Africa and display African contemporary creation.

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.Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation

       

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Kalaf Epalanga (Angola / Portugal) music

The Soundtrack of… Kalaf Epalanga by COSMO

Discover an interesting „sonic biography“ of our LusAfro participant Kalaf Epalanga.

He talks about growing up in Angola, moving to Portugal not planing to stay, then eventually staying because of civil war in Angola. All stages of his life are commented by himself and the music that inspired him and that he loves.

Thanks Cosmo for that nice insight into the development of an interesting person & artist.

Go to Cosmos Website for the full story + the audios:

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LusAfro Artist Choice Playlist #2 Dino D’Santiago

. Our brother, positive spirit and popular Cape Verdean Soul singer told us his about some of the most influential artists for his own music. The result is an obviously very soulful but also varied list with some interesting picks. Discover it yourself:

DJ Jeff Afrozilla (Angola / Portugal)

Branko (Portugal) 

Boddhi Satva (BEL)

D’Angelo (US)

Bob Marley (JAM)

Tito Paris (CV)

Bilal (US)

Salif Keita (MLI)

Bon Iver (US)

Ms Lauryn Hill (US)

 

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LusAfro Artist Choice Playlist #1 Buruntuma

. One of the youngest LusAfro participants, the talented Afro House DJ Buruntuma gives us an insight into his mayor musical influences compiling this groovy playlist – ENJOY!

Salif Keita – Mandjou

Forever a fan of Mali music, grew up influenced by this West African music.“ 

 

Robin S – Show me Love

„This song marked my youth. Got a lot of air time on tv and radios back in the 90s in Guinea-Bissau.“

 

Shana – Out

„Released in 2009, one of the first Afro house tunes that i got into it. By the former group of my favorite DJ Black Coffee“

 

Vado Poster – Boemios

„What a beat! One of best Angolan producers right now!“

 

MCM Geomagic – Salif (Remix Afro House)

„One of the best newcomers on the afro house scene, from Angola.“

 

Mbambu Records – Mãe do Zongue

„Summer 16 Hit in Portugal.“

 

Dj Lilocox – Principe 2015

„One of the finest representatives of the underground sound of Lisbon that is taking over Europe.“