February Saturday 16th 2019 DJ Zulu @ Malanga Café Ibiza

http://djzulu.es/2019/03/07/february-saturday-16th-2019-dj-zulu-malanga-cafe-ibiza/Malanga Café is another favorite spot, not only in world-renowned Ibiza, but for all the funk lovers across the globe.

Malanga Café is another favorite spot, not only in world-renowned Ibiza, but for all the funk lovers across the globe.

Far from the typical concept of a loud super-club filled with shiny celebrities, bottle service and other usual gimmicks on the island, Malanga offers an intimite space for music fans where everyone, customers and performers, can connect instantly: a DJ or two, a live band or all of them together.

Good vibes and raw energy can be perceived all over the place: if you go to Malanga Café and don´t start dancing right away, you probably won´t last long. Zero pretensions. Indeed, people go to dance to good music there. As simple as that.

After 3 years operating, the bar took good care of its program, recruiting every gatekeeper of the groove around and beyond. Nowadays places like Malanga are tailormade for those soul survivors: heavyweight funk, soul, disco, latin & afro DJs with over 2 decades of experience are their average guests on the decks.

They also host super-solid live bands which are as groovy as you can imagine. And of course, the crowd too: a healthy mix of mature music enthusiasts, spontaneus dancers, club patrons taking a rest from their money-making business and long-term residents looking for real music and real people.

It took a bit to find the right time for a gig there due to my long-term residence in Asia. But it was worth the wait. A long night with good music and friendly people.

Many thanks to Enrique (DJ Bebe) and Juan Soul for their professionality and great work: top DJs, dedicated businessmen and fantastic human beings.

Malanga Café

Carrer Carles V, 11, local 15
07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain

January 5th 2018 – DJ Zulu at Marula Café Barcelona

It’s always a pleasure to play at home. Especially when it’s in a proper place, with the proper music and crowd.

Marula Café (both in Madrid & Barcelona) is an oasis for music lovers in Spain. But also is for those scarce vinyl DJs into funk, soul, latin and disco grooves with no fillers. Its customers, composed by regulars and random visitors, are mostly a well-balanced (I should say well-educated) audience and they know what to expect inside. Basically open-minded, eager to enjoy the night while keeping odd song requests to the minimum and very spontaneous on the dancefloor, as long as the energy keeps flowing between them and the DJ with a healthy variety of rhythms; avoiding long and dull mixes at constant BPMs, so common in those mostly computerized, auto-synced and quantized DJ sets of today.

The Marula Barcelona’s resident DJs are doing an awesome job for the last decade, keeping the weekends of this medium-sized club on fire: better known as The Presidentes (the big boss Antonio Requena, record dealer Machito Boogaloo from Barcelona City Records and veteran DJ Harry Callahan -also half of the great label Rocafort Records), their nights are a journey through the best afrolatin sounds, all sorts of funk and soulful disco, brazilian rarities and boogie beats.

If you are in Barcelona (or Madrid), you definitely should stop by Marula Café. Also keep an eye on their program of concerts and live acts, with top-notch local and international funky bands mostly every week. Oh, also drinks are good, and the bar staff is friendly.

It has been a pleasure both as a listener and DJ. Thanks and see you next time!

Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 49, 08002 Barcelona, Spain