May Saturday 11th 2019 FUNK -is what we play- @ Ying Yang’s Shanghai

Funk, jazz, soul, fusion, crossover, disco, boogaloo, latin soul.. Like George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic) said: ‘ Funk is an attitude! ‘

On may 11th, a collective of local and international DJs will launch FUNK -is what we play-

, taking over YY’s, one of the coolest underground bars in Shanghai since 1996.


This is a brief introduction to the sounds of FUNK

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and progenitor of Funk.

Inventor of funk, powerful soul singer, early rock ‘n’ roll star, disco innovator: James Brown had an incalculable influence on modern music.

Motown has been paving the way for music and culture for 60 years.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t play soul gems from its eternal rival Stax and some rarities as well..

Jazz-funk, fusion, acid-jazz & hip-hop

A bit of soulful Disco!

And latin soul – latin funk – boogaloo – afrocuban sounds!

– 5.11 DJ LINE UP –

ZULU


DJ Zulu, of world-renowned Barcelona, has been an avid vinyl collector, and ‘crate digger’ for the last 22 years of his life, and according to the man himself, it’s time well-spent.

Zulu knows more than a thing or two in his repertoire. He started his musical voyage playing in clubs and radio shows during the late 90s’ acid jazz, and rare groove era across all Europe.

CAPTAIN BATTY

Captain Batty: the man behind ‘Old-School Funk & Soul’ , another popular vinyl-only event in Shanghai.

Hamburg native, music lover, guitarist of Shanghai’s band Front Page Crime and dedicated record collector.

These 2 guys met in a social event at The Melting Pot, DJ Rochaos’ record store in Shanghai.. and they soon decided to team up for the cause: improving the sonic quality of your nights out in Shanghai.. and reducing your probabilities of getting fake stuff as well: Real music = real people! 🙂

SOULARK

DJ Soulark from Chengdu first came into contact with deep funk/soul music through hip-hop. After five years studying in Japan, influenced by friends, he came into contact with vinyl. He collected a lot of records in Japan, famous for its rich vinyl resources. After returning to China, Soulark started DJing. In the tide of computer/USB, He always insisted on using only vinyl to play songs. In a country where vinyl records are not common, he still uses his keen sense of smell to dig into various crates.

In the current electric current trend, he still insists on playing his favorite roots music from 70s/80s, which has also won a group of listeners.

YY’s

Basement level, 

125 Nanchang Rd, near Maoming Nan Rd
南昌路125号, 近茂名南路

From 22:00h till late

FREE ENTRY

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

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

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!