Hong Kong Beat mobile disco tributes 90s rock played back then by Filpino cover bands at Dusk Till Dawn bar

One of the great things about the Hong Kong night life scene is the number of bars offering live music by locally based and often part-time musicians, from folksie-blues rock and rollers at pub venues around Wanchai and LKF/SoHo, like The Wanch and Backstage, to local indie hip-hoppers, usually in almost “underground” or, at least, limited exposure venues hidden among the higher floors of commercial and residential buildings of Mongkok and other former industrial areas of Kowloon, providing a mix of their own music or remakes of old classics.

The jazz scene in particular is of a very high standard with traditional, Dixie and smooth jazz being offered by rolling acts at The Fringe and Grappa’s Cellar, and some very well known international acts love the scene in Hong Kong because it is so intimate. If you haven’t rubbed shoulders over a pint with Georgie Fame in between sets in a Hong Kong jazz bar, you must be living in a monastery!

In many of the more commercial bars though you will find many cover bands made up from highly accomplished Filipino musicians and singers, who often sound as good, if not better, than the originals, and covering everything from Black Eyed Peas to Nirvana in terms of commercial and style spread.

During the 90s, a group of friends and myself used to frequently hang out at Hong Kong’s Dusk Till Dawn bar, which had a rotation of two or three bands a night and was one of the best venues for these cover bands, especially with a happy-hour two-for-one deal from 6 to 10 pm, then again from 1am until closing, all with great live music throughout the night.

I put this 90s alternative rock and grunge set together as a tribute by the real acts to the wild nights in Dusk Till Dawn and the great music played by those cover bands.

For more info on Hong Kong’s great live music scene, pick up a copy of HK Magazine for free at any coffee shop or most bars/pubs, or go to their website.

For now, sit back and enjoy a little rock and rolling, 90s style, for Sunday Selection 🙂

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 80s soul weekender part 3

Sunday Selection rounds off the 80s soul weekender with a little more uptempo and funky soul tunes.

Blow your whistle.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco grilling on the BBQ with a little country music

I can’t say I was a fan of country music ‘back then’, but modern country does hit a note with me, more of a rock and blues edge to the music, little more soul in the lyrics that resonate with kicking back and chilling out or kicking off and having fun, or just letting off about the ups and downs of life.

So, here’s a selection of contemporary country artists to boot scoot along to while getting the BBQ grill warm for Sunday Selection this week.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco gets experimental with indie rock

Sunday Selection this week finds Hong Kong Beat in an experimental mood, listening to some off the track indie and alternative music.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco goes back to the 40s with big band jazz and swing

As a young child in the late 50s and early 60s, I remember watching war era movies and being amazed by the big bands shown on them. The way sections of music switched from one set of instruments to another, the snazzy smartness of the band members’ suits, the way a section would leap to their feet to play a couple of chords like jacks-in-the box.

And of course, this music was still on the radio my mother listened to around the house in those days and, later, played at the dinner balls that my parents would take me to, where they dressed up just as smartly and danced around the floor all night.

So, while at the time I was digging the Beatles, Stones and later, soul, funk, and almost every other kind of popular music, the music of the big band swing era had forever etched a place in my love of music.

So this week’s Sunday Selection presents just a few of the greats of that era.

You’d have to be made of stone not to be snapping your fingers and tapping your toes to these.

Sultry jazz and blues divas for a simmering Sunday Selection from Hong Kong Beat mobile disco

What better way to lazily get Sunday morning brunch going than with some jazz and blues classics from some of the best jazz divas, with an honourable mention of a new voice or two.

Artwork: jamesvannart.com