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December Friday 7th 2018 DJ Zulu @ Funkytown Chengdu

Decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Shanghai for a few days, I headed to the Wild wild West for a bit longer than a weekend. Well, a place I’ve never been before in China: Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan Province (the land of pandas, spicy food and beautiful women, some people say)

One of the main reasons for my visit was a couple of bookings, including a gig at a small bar in the center called Funkytown.

  

Every DJ loves Funkytown. Cause yeah, it’s incredibly small. It’s incredibly crowded in and out and it’s also extremely fun to pass by or work there. Real DJs love authentic places over business, hype, glamour and popularity in a similar fashion as how real food lovers choose restaurants.

The day after i joined an underground event in the parking lot of a shopping mall with about 20 other DJs, where local hip-hop dancers, poppers and lockers took over the improvised dancefloor for an epic battle. It was really interesting to see these scenes growing strong and healthy in such a remote place!

In overall: I made a few friends, caught a massive cold (plan to go to see the pandas cancelled), tried some good food.. yes spicy. And yes, women are very beautiful too.

Chengdu will be a “funky town” as long as those young event organizers and local DJs keep pushing forward with their unconditional love for music.

It was good to be there!

  • Funky TownAddress: 58-3, North Kehua Road.  科华北路58号附3号。Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China

Friday 11th 2018 DJ Zulu @ Migas Mercado Beijing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by traditional Barcelona food markets, Migas Mercado is a big bustling multi-spaced complex overlooking Beijing’s iconic landmarks.

Occupying a prime spot of the new China World Mall’s top floor, Migas Mercado is bringing Migas’ fun-loving Mediterranean vibes to the CBD. The space is inspired by the famous markets of Barcelona (‘mercado’ is Spanish for ‘market,’ FYI), and is set to feature Migas’ award-winning Spanish gastronomy and mouth-watering cocktails alongside a picture-perfect view of Beijing’s iconic CCTV Headquarters. So whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch or long, riotous Friday night, grab a drink and enjoy.

 

I had a great time playing at the (in my humble opinion) best music spot in the Beijing’s nightlife.

They have an eclectic program with different music styles every day of the week (except sundays). Mondays and tuesdays are dedicated to current latin social dances like salsa and kizomba. Wednesdays to afro-house, while weekends are open to all sorts of funky rhythms for the dancefloor.

Being a native from Barcelona, I felt like at home at Migas.

Many thanks to María And Ciccio for the hospitality!

Guomao (China World Trade Center)
7/F, China World Mall, 1 Jianguomen Waidajie
Chaoyang District
建国门外大街1号国贸商城7层
Daily 10am-10pm (kitchen 11am-2pm, 5-9pm)
Phone: 6500 7579

March 10th 2018 in Taipei – “The Soul, Sweat & Swank Show” – 10 Year Anniversary

On Saturday March 10th, 2018, “The Soul, Sweat & Swank Show”, the most successful funky party in Taiwan, celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary in style. Join us for what will be a huge night, paying homage to our history and the genres of funk, soul, disco, jazz and r&b.

Over the last ten years, ‘SSS’ has been held at Taipei’s Barcode (x1), Roxy Rocker (x4), The Beat (x1), Revolver (x5), Triangle (x1) and Bliss LiveHouse (x4).


Honestly, ten years ago we never dreamed we’d make it this far, so we are indebted to everyone who’s been involved, from the performers, to the fans and the venues/staff that have helped stage so many wonderful shows.

[Special Feature #1]
For this party we feature long time collaborator and resident, Mr DJ Zulu, who returns from Shanghai for one night only! Plus, he will be promoting a Compilation CD which showcases some of the finest Taiwanese Funk and Soul from years gone by. This stuff is rare and took over two years to compile! It includes full liner notes and can be purchased at the event.

[Special Feature #2]
Live Electric Guitar from Flo Philippe! Flo is aFrench guitarist based in Taiwan who will be providing some extra fire to proceedings. He is also celebrating his birthday on March 10th so be sure to buy him a shot!

The full lineup features performers from five different countries. All the DJs use turntables and vinyl. See you at Rocker, March 10th and let’s make this the best one yet!

DJ Re:Soul (UK)
DJ Zulu (Spain)
DJ Agustin (Mexico)
DJ 吳俊雄 (Taiwan)
Flo Philippe: LIVE Electric Guitar (France)

ROXY ROCKER

台北市和平東路一段177號B1

B1.No.177, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Taipei 106

Jan 19th – Soul Funk United at Unïco Shanghai

Take a deep dive into dance culture, from the roots of timeless tunes to the latest dancefloor anthems, this Friday January 19th at UNÏCO Shanghai.

Carrying with them a baggage of more than two decades spinning records, DJ Zulu & DJ Titi are set to unearth the grooviest tunes for a night of endless dancing alongside Thomas Dyani on Live Percussion.

UNICO SHANGHAI – Three on the Bund, 2F, No. 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road by Guangdong Road

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

DJ Zulu Presents The Secret Grooves vol. 2: Taiwan Soul

This is Taiwan Soul.

3 years in the making, and 5 years after the first volume, The Secret Grooves vol. 2 is out!

34 taiwanese tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s containing raw eastern soul, massive funky breaks, rare latin kicks, deep aboriginal roots and amazing boogie / disco edits

Unveiling beats still unknown to many serious crate diggers, music collectors, rare funk DJs and sampling producers. Limited number of CD copies available!

Many thanks to everyone involved in this project!

Very special thanks to Kevin Hsen and DJ Andy K.

ORDER A COPY HERE

Osaka Monaurail 25th Anniversary!

On Friday, June 9th UNÏCO Shanghai witnessed what it really was a “Feast for Fans of Ferocious Funk”. The funkiest vibes took over the Bund site with the Japanese band Osaka Monaurail, led by soulful vocalist Ryo Nakata, in an extremely energetic Live that celebrated 25 years since the formation of the music band!

Unico Shanghai presents Lady Ipanema

EVERY THURSDAY

LADY IPANEMA
SAMBA, LATIN HOUSE, NEW BRAZILIAN BEATS

Every Thursday at UNICO SHANGHAI, LADY IPANEMA, takes you into the fascinating world of Brazilian sounds that inspired generations of artists. Fusing the classics of Latin Jazz, Sambas and Soul Bossanovas with Baile Funk and other beats directly from the Favelas, DJ Zulu will ensure the freshness of the selection.

 

Freshly made Fruit Caipirinhas are 50RMB each for all guests all night FREE FLOW FOR LADIES FROM 9:30PM TO 10:30PM



Address:
Three on the Bund, 2nd Floor No.3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai Crossing Guang Dong Road
上海市黄浦区中山东一路3号近广东路,外滩三号二楼