Hong Kong Beat mobile disco listens to sounds of Africa for Sunday Selection

From the edges of the Saharan desert, to the cliffs of The Cape, and from the Indian to the Atlantic Ocean, Africa has produced music for thousands of years, and has influenced popular music around the World, especially contemporary music from Cuban and Latin beats, to blues, soul, and rock.

Enjoying some songs from different countries of the Continent for this Sunday Selection. 

Kadi Kadi by Ali Farka Toure  (Mali)
Nzaji by Mario Rui Silva (Angola)
Dança Ma Mi Criola by Tito Paris (Cape Verde)
La Milonga de Ricardo en cha-cha-cha by Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Congo)
Lekela Muadi by Tshala Muana (Congo)
Abiani by Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast)
Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada (Kenya)
Avelo by Tarika (Madagascar)
Sawale by Kotoja (Nigeria)
Masakhane by Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Mfan Omncane by Dorothy Masuka (Zimbabwe)
Wasuze Otya? by Samite (Uganda)
Wake Up by Oliver Mtukudzi (Seneg

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco presents the New Soul Men

Many people regard the 60s and 70s as the era of the great soul men – Wilson Pickett, the Reverend Al Green, Barry White, Marvin Gaye… And certainly it seemed that during the next couple of decades, R&B moved away from soulful tunes and voices in the main, although the advent of neo soul kept an undercurrent alive.

However the past 10 years or so has seen a resurgence in the popularity of great soul music with some new neo soul male artists, notably D’Angelo and of course John Legend, who’s voice seems to be popping up everywhere from his own albums, to Tarantino movies, to dance tunes, to hip-hop. But they are not alone in reviving the feeling that only a silky tenor or baritone can bring to a set of heart grabbing soulful lyrics.

So for Soulful Saturday this week, Hong Kong Beat presents a selection of some of the New Soul Men in the Millennium.

What’s going on, indeed.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco funkin’ it with 90s R&B for Funky Friday

The 90s brought a lot of change in music, in part due to the availability of electronic means of making music and, in a big part, the ability to sample old tracks. This was especially true in dance and R&B, where sampling older funk tracks in the 80s gave musical life to the street poetry of rappers.

R&B by the 90s had developed into several streams (rather than genres I would say), hip-hop/rap, new jack swing, neosoul, jazz-funk/soul-funk being what I would call the main streams.

Underlying all of these streams though were the funky rhythms and bass licks that the 90s R&B artists had grown up listening to with their parent’s music.

Here’s a little selection of funk infused 90s R&B tracks for Funky Friday.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco plays chart music with the top 2 singles from around the World

Thumping Thursday presents the 12 tunes currently at number 1 or 2 of the singles charts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK and USA.

El Perdon (Official Remix), Nicky Jam Feat. Enrique Iglesias – #1 Netherlands
Like I’m Gonna Lose You, Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend – #1 New Zealand
Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd – #2 Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA
Stole The Show, Kygo feat. Parson James – #1 France
Shine, Years & Years – #2 UK
Black Magic, Little Mix – #1 UK
Cheerleader, OMI – #1 Canada, USA
Are You With Me (Original mix), Lost Frequencies Feat. Easton Corbin – #1 Australia
Reality (feat. Janieck Devy) [Extended Mix], Lost Frequencies – #1 Germany
Goodbye, Feder feat. Lyse – #2 France
Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates), Robin Schulz – #2 Germany
Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better), Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – #2 Netherlands

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco raw and rocking with 70s UK pub rock

For this Wild Wednesday I’ve put together a set I’ve been meaning to do for along time, 70s UK pub rock, precursor and progenitor of UK’s punk rock movement.

As the image of UK, and especially London, changed with the passing of the 60s from a swinging town of pop and psychedelia to a far more honest image of a gritty urban sprawl, beset with extremes of poverty and wealth, unemployment, racial tension, and largely run by vicious gangsters, moods of people in the rock and roll business also began to rebel against the psychedelia and corporatization of rock with big venues, the glitzy costumes and make up of glam-rock, and the (viewed by some) pretentiousness of ‘out-of-touch’ progressive rock.

This gave rise to a return to live rock and roll at smaller venues, mostly around north London and it’s near environs, hosted in traditional pubs that had been around decades, if not centuries, and who were themselves struggling to keep open.

By the mid 70s, pub rock, as it had been christened, had become a strong movement although it’s proponents failed to gain any notable chart success or even, in most cases, make any commercial releases. Consisting of older rock and rollers who had started out in the 60s and who had become dissatisfied with the music industry, and new raw – some would say unskilled – talents, they epitomized the ordinary working class in spirit, music and style.

But it was short lived. Having reached prominence by around 74 or 75, a year later the pub rock movement spawned the punk scene with bands like the Sex Pistols who had played live support act to a number of the pub rock bands, but who felt that they had failed to attack the big venue corporate rock industry and anyway, in the words of Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones, “the chords were too complicated”, meaning I guess it was still not raw enough. I know where he was coming from… I could never get my fingers around those minors and 7ths.

Some pub rock bands and band members, notably The Stranglers, Joe Strummer, Ian Dury, and Elvis Costello, transitioned to the punk rock movement and, later, to the new wave era, and although some of the pub rock bands were getting critical acclaim by the late 70s, the movement was largely unseated by the punk explosion that had taken over playing in the same pubs.

If you’re into naming genres, pub rock has since been called ‘proto punk’ but if, like me, you prefer to call things as they were then it will always be ‘pub rock’, raw, belting extorted sounds, fag ends and sawdust on the floor, strippers between bands, and a pie and pint – or ten – before heading off for a late night curry or, if you didn’t “look right”, ending up in a fight.

Now, where’s me jack handle?

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco chills with some acid jazz and rap for Tuesday Chill-out (some explicit lyrics)

Visiting Tokyo a few years back on a business trip, got talking to the owner of a beat club I was taken to by the business hosts and invited me to me play a 60 minute guest set from my laptop the next night. Found the playlist recently and thought I’d re-create the set.

Jazz… Nice.

Planning a Halloween party disco? Hong Kong Beat mobile disco is the solution

The biggest themed party event of the year, Halloween, is pressing it’s bloodshot eyes against the window, and rattling the door handle with it’s warty claws, so time to start planning a party to invite it in!

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco has the look and the effects needed to take your party decorations from great to outstanding, with a lighting set that can be themed to the look of the party, and set off with flame projection effects, UV lights, strobes and stinky smoke!

And of course, it isn’t just about the look, you need great music to make the party sizzle like the Devil’s BBQ.

With a music collection of Halloween related subjects amounting to more than 24 hours of continuous music, the playlist can be either strictly themed to Halloween subjects, or impact sets of horror tunes can be inserted in between more general dancing music. And just about all tastes in music can be catered for, whether it’s kids’ tunes, rock, pop, or club music, or a mixture of everything.

So, solve the puzzle and get Hong Kong Beat for your Halloween Monster Mash!