Macbeth: My first opera experience

In January I wrote a blog post about my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. One of my resolutions was to go to the theater once in a while, because it’s something that I’m not really familiar with. Well, since the beginning of 2016, I tried two different pieces. The first one was a play called ‘Robin Hassan Hood‘, a story about the fact that people who live in the suburbs all over the world are facing the same struggle. It’s like living in a jungle where you have to find a way to survive. I did like the play, but it didn’t move me in any way. But then this weekend I saw Macbeth in the KVS, an opera directed by Brett Baily. Wow! After seeing it I wasn’t able to talk because I was fighting back tears. I will show you a short video at the end so you can have an idea of what to expect.

7 Owen Metsileng as Macbeth - photo by Nicky Newman(photos by Nicky Newman, source: KVS website)

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Roberto Fonseca @ Flagey!

Ooooh Roberto Fonseca … I saw him at the AB in Brussels a few years ago and I was so enthusiastic that I bought his cd the next day. This man has so much energy that it is impossible to sit still in your chair. It’s like you’re on some kind of music drug. Back then, I went to his show after seeing only one Youtube video of him playing the piano. Besides that, I had never heard of him before, so I went there without any expectations. Often these are the best experiences!

This time, on 20/11/2015, he is performing together with Fatoumata Diawara, a famous singer and actress from Mali. Expect a combination of Afro-Cuban music, jazz, soul, funk and traditional Malinese music (Wassoulou).

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The Sound Of Belgium

Yes, that’s right. Belgium has a sound 🙂 .

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The Sound Of Belgium is the name of a music documentary directed by Jozef Devillé about the Belgian dance music scene in the late 80’s. It has its origins around the time I was born. Why am I telling you this? Two reasons:

  1. It’s a very amusing feel-good documentary that you should see if you like electronic music.
  2. They organize parties in Brussels! The next one is 28/08/2015 @ Club Vilaine (see link below).

The movie tells the story of the rise of New Beat music in the Belgian dance temples like Boccaccio, Sherrymoon, La Rocca and Fifty Five. Today, Belgian dance clubs are very mainstream, but in the late 80’s it was the place to be for alternative electronic dance music. New Beat is a unique sound that is invented in Belgium. It’s a cross-over of EBM (Electronic Body Music, like Front 242) and acid, that has 100 to 115 beats per minute, which is rather slow. You can see it as the frontrunner of House and Techno. Do you know ‘This is the sound of C‘? It’s from Confetti’s, one of the major Belgian new beat bands, like Lords of Acid.

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Kamasi Washington!

Kamasi Washington is coming to the AB in Brussels on the 16th of November 2015!

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Kamasi Washington is a contemporary jazz artist who was born in California. He started playing in different bands as a tenor saxophonist and pianist at a young age, very much influenced by John Coltrane.  By now, he’s also an experienced  jazz band leader and composer. He played with lots of musicians from the soul, hiphop, electronic music and jazz scene, like Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Nas and Flying Lotus. Lately he became more noticed because of the arrangements he made for the album ‘To Pimp a Buttterfly‘ from Kendrick Lamar.

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This weekend: Reggaebus Festival!

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If you are in Brussels this weekend, there is a great festival @ Tour & Taxis on 7 & 8 August 2015!  A few years ago, on a sunny day, we were walking past the Park Cinquantenaire when we heard some really good reggae music. There was a free party going on in the middle of the park, organized by Reggaebus Brussels. A few years later, they moved to Tour & Taxis in order to expand & attract more people. If you like reggae & dub music, you will like this party!

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Bruksellive 2015

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Bruksellive is a small festival that is organised every year by the Brussels’ youth houses. This year is the 11th edition and the main concept is still the same. There are 4 stages in the Osseghempark, very close to the Atomium, that present more than 30 music dj’s and bands! And the best news of all: it’s FREE!

This is what to expect on the 4 stages:

  • Groentheater stage: rock, singer-songwriter, brass bands and Brussels’ dj’s with a mix of house, hiphop, beats & other
  • FM Brussel stage: electronic music (hiphop beats, techno, acid house, rave)
  • 54 stage: a Brussels dj collective (reggae, jungle, dub, dubstep)
  • Br(ik youth house stage: local bands & dj’s, like for example Jef Karakol
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