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Une danse qui fait bouger

Plus qu’une danse, le hip-hop se veut un mouvement, une attitude, un état d’esprit. L’idée consiste à canaliser la violence urbaine des quartiers du Bronx pour commencer à l’amener vers la compétition artistique. Le mouvement voulait inciter les jeunes à se défier dans la musique et la danse plutôt que dans des combats de rues. C’est dans la rue que la danse hip-hop trouve ses racines et s’invente constamment par des improvisations au gré des rencontres.
Tout d’abord s’il y a une phrase à retenir du Hip-Hop, c’est sa devise qui résume l’état d’esprit de sa communauté : « Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun » (paix, amour, cohésion et plaisir).

Les 3 grandes disciplines artistiques du Hip-Hop
La Musique, est la forme la plus répandue du Hip-Hop. Elle commence par le « DJing » qui correspondait à la base à l’art du mixage sur des platines à l’aide de disques vinyles.
Puis le Rap, expression vocale et rythmée sur fond musical. La musique hip-hop se développe sous bien d’autres formes encore.  C’est à travers la musique que la culture Hip-Hop est arrivée en France et a été d’emblée fortement médiatisée avec l’émission H.I.P.-H.O.P. animée par Sidney sur TF1 en 1984. Après l’arrêt de l’émission (l’année suivante), le Hip-Hop poursuit son développement dans différentes directions, chaque discipline artistique suit son propre chemin.
Le Graff, est l’expression graphique de la culture Hip-Hop. Ce sont des peintures, des écritures ou des fresques réalisées sur des murs, bien souvent à la bombe. Activité interdite dans les espaces publics, le graff suscite tout de même un fort engouement par les amateurs d’art. Aujourd’hui, des rues entières sont graffées, des graffeurs exposent dans des galeries et des expositions sur le street art se développent de plus en plus.

Les danses hip-hop :
La danse hip-hop distingue, elle aussi, plusieurs disciplines que l’on « classe » en 3 catégories.

 1 : Les Danses debout
Qui comme son nom l’indique, rassemblent tous les styles de danses hip-hop qui se dansent… debout.
Une multitude de styles existent parmi les danses debout. Nous allons citer ici les plus influents, mais il faut savoir qu’il existe à peu près autant de styles de danses que de danseurs hip-hop (c’est à dire énormément) et c’est ce qui fait la richesse de cette culture.
Nous commencerons par les trois mouvements considérés aujourd’hui « Old School » car leur émergence précède les années 80/90.

-Le Locking : style initié par Don Campbell (le fondateur des Lockers) à la fin des années 1960 sur la côte Ouest des Etats-Unis. Le locking décline de nombreuses techniques qui repose sur un travail avec les articulations des bras, des jambes et des poignets.
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-Le Popping : initié par Boogaloo Sam (le fondateur des Electric Boogaloo) sur la côte Ouest américaine à la fin des années 1970, le popping fut popularisé par une émission de télévision américaine « SoulTrain ». Il consiste en des micro-contractions des muscles qui sont combinés à des déplacements plus ou moins rapides.
 -La Hype : Née à la fin des années 80, début des années 90, la danse Hype développe un aspect plus chorégraphié et dégage une impression de force par la synchronisation des danseurs. Parfois dite danse de « clip », elle s’inspire de diverses influences comme la danse africaine, jazz…

2 : Le Breakdancing, Breaking ou Bboying
Représente la version la plus répandue et médiatisée de la danse hip-hop, celle où, dans l’imaginaire commun, les danseurs « tournent sur la tête ». Les danseurs de cette discipline (B-boys et B-girls) exécutent des figurent acrobatiques au sol.

3 : La Newstyle
Plus tardive annonce l’ère des mélanges et des non-règles. Il s’agit d’un style hétéroclite où chacun s’inspire et s’exprime à sa façon. Le terme « New » ne signifie pas Nouveau mais vient de « New-York », berceau de ce mouvement.

Le développement d’un style hip-hop émerge de la volonté du danseur qui l’initie. Un danseur se découvre plusieurs inspirations, provenant d’autres danses et de son propre vécu, qu’il concentre dans une danse unique en son genre. Il décide de la diffuser, notamment lors de battles* pour qu’elle soit remarquée, reprise, transmise, bref, il s’agit de lui donner une légitimité dans le milieu Hip-Hop.

Girl drummer? Why not!

In every concert that we attend to, we always see a man behind the drum set. We only see ladies as dancers, backup singers or lead singers. Rare are bands or drummers that are women. Few people encourage women to become drummers. Being the cousin of Kristina Schiano, whom I believe is an excellent girl drummer, we both think that not only men can play drums, but girls can also play and beat the drums! Being a drum player myself, I too encourage women to stand behind the set with a good pair of drumsticks and start beating the hell out the rhythm of the song!

Like anyone else, everybody I believe has begun his career somewhere. Take Kristina for example: since her young age, she started playing drums and making song covers on YouTube. She constantly kept doing covers until the present time in which she has grown many “YouTube fans” of hers throughout the years. From her covers going through her different live streams that she has done many times lately, there are lots of people from around the world who kept watching her and asking question to her in order to improve whether it concerns their YouTube channel, her drum kit, the drum gear she used throughout the years, what kind of mics and/or camera she uses for her covers etc… In only 8 years, she has become like a YouTube star. She started with like less than ten subscribers, and still counting with her 375000 subscribers nowadays. Every of her own cover video make at least 16k to 20 or 30k views, all people from around the world. She has started with her drums inside her bedroom and still going through her own recording drum studio in her house aside from her bedroom.

Wanting to do kind off the same with song covers, recording myself playing on my drum set, I tried once to do it and uploaded it on YouTube! When I was young, my very first instrument learning was the guitar, which I kept playing for like a year or so. I than started learning the piano for like three or four years with my brother who was going through his fifth year, but he then stopped it. After the years of piano, I wanted to learn a new instrument, so I started learning the drums which kept me playing it for more than three or four years. I even started to play in bands with my friends throughout the years. We participated in many events, and made many concerts with them!

Anyway, let’s not get away from our main subject! As I said, there are few known girls who play the drums around the world, besides, talking about drum girls, aside Kristina, a girl in school was a drummer in a band too! She was a great drummer too! But their band didn’t last that long I think. Their band was called “Inochia” and they were playing very good songs indeed!

But for now and for everybody’s knowledge, let’s list a top 11 of girls, like Kristina does it, who prove to us that girls can and should do it too! so here it is:

[11] EMILY MAXWELL OF DADDY ISSUES
[10] AMBER GRIMBERGEN OF HINDS
[9] LUCY GILES OF DOG PARTY
[8] LAURA “THE KID” KELSEY OF DEATH VALLEY GIRL
[7LELAH MAUPIN OF TACOCAT
[6] JULIE EDWARDS OF DEAP VALLY
[5] MARIAN LI PINO OF LA LUZ
[4] ANNE-MARIE VASSILIOU OF WHITE LUNG
[3] CELESTE “CC” SPINA OF LITTLE HURRICANE
[2] STELLA MOZGAWA OF WARPAINT
[1] SHISHIDO KAVKA

You can check them any time you want! I’m sure they are great drum players!

But the main thing is: Keep up the good work girls! We hope that one day we will see more girls taking the stage in order to make it beat like the sound of the drums!

See you around later !

Is Lofi music making people lazy ?

Lofi is a musical genre that consists of the beefiest most chill hiphop jazzy beats known to men below you will find out how this music affects different people !

Its name means Low Fidelity (LoFi) which means that to have this chill relaxing beat it should be sampled to 32000 sample rate or lower and it is recorded with a tape recorded in order to have the tape hiss so it could have even less fidelity this is the signature AESTHETIC of this genre. Lofi is mostly accompanied by some nice looped visuals of distorted images of The Simpsons or some chill laid back images that make you relaxed.

Now to talk about the REAL DEAL, this music is so chill that most people complain that its making them feel very relaxed and they start procrastinating so they end up not doing their work just because of this relaxed state their in because of it.

 

 

 

The real problems here are the 24/7 Youtube channels such as ChillHop, Steezy ASF, ChilledCow etc. because they’re so accessible, they keep playing 24 hours per day 7 days a week and believe me when i say this, once you’re on a Lofi channel you’re not removing it until you fall asleep and your laptop or phone battery dies and you can’t listen to it anymore! It is very addictive and some parents started saying that Lofi is the music of the devil because it makes you lazy. Have a listen!

But enough of the « Parents » point of view, people who listen to Lofi are less likely to start fights, be involved in crime etc. These as they call themselves « Chilled-ren » say that this music makes them relaxed after work or college without having to resort to drugs or alcohol which is something we all need!

As the livestream master of the Youtube channel CALM RADIO TobiJKF says: « we get nothing but good comments and vibes in our channel, it is amazing to finally see a youtube comment section with no hate comments, and this is the primary proof that people like me who are Chilled-ren are not hostile. Another fact about our subscribers, they all seem to be studying, working or plain relaxing after a long day while listening to our music as they say in our live comment section, so most of them aren’t really unproductive after all! »

Dietitians have taken an interest in knowing if music affects people losing or gaining weight, as expected people who listen to high-tempo or fast music are more likely to lose weight because the music doesn’t let them chill they always feel energized and ready to work. On the other hand people who listen to down-tempo music like LoFi are 34% more likely to gain weight faster than people with different taste in music.

Here you have it! Does Lofi make you lazy? Your parents say yes but your friends say no… It will be an ongoing argument for years to come! here’s a link to one of the most famous Lofi Youtube channels, have a listen and tell us how you feel after you do in the comment section below!

 

 

The nightlife in Lebanon

Lebanon is one of the countries in the Middle East that includes many fields and domains connected to each other. It is known best for its ruins and tourism attraction, its cuisine and delicious food, its friendly and welcoming population, its strategic location, and finally, its amazing nightlife. Its nightlife attracts people from around the globe and proves itself to be more than great and wonderful, and especially during the summer. That does not mean it is non-existent during the winter, it just is highlighted during the season of joy, happiness, and great weather.

In Lebanon, some of the clubs close during the winter and open during the summer whereas there are other cases that happen to work vice versa. 

The citizens in the country do not miss out on going to the best clubs in town, the best pubs to relax and have a drink, or the best outdoor parties and events organized in a non-venue place. 

Lebanon is indeed mostly known for its nightlife, and especially Beirut, the capital of this amazing country. Beirut contains hundreds of clubs and pubs where people can go and enjoy their night that would start well; let’s face it, afternoon. People usually go to pubs after having an exhausting day at the office or in class, and grab a drink during happy hour that goes from 5 till 8 p.m. They are then able to go to another pub or stay in the same one until the night ends. This routine can be repeated during the weekends, but must be joined by partying at one of the famous nightclubs or rooftops in Lebanon. Depending on the kind of music that is wanted, there are many options people can go to during summer, and these options might have a nightclub atmosphere while being on a rooftop. Caprice is a great example to this case, where depending on which night, people can enjoy an RNB night, a French night including old but gold songs, Arabic bands performing, or a simple Bazaar night that joins many kinds during the same party. On the weekend, there are two ways to finish your night properly and they both start at 2 a.m. a person either goes to B018 after to continue their night with a deep house music experience in one of the most famous places in the country (or can go to cunxtsat) or goes to one of the famous nightclubs in Beirut where there would be a one man show performing for the people in Arabic while they dance and enjoy it (Taiga, Volume, Nurai…)

The authentic way to end a proper night in Beirut is to have a fatty sandwich after the huge amount of alcohol the people have been drinking throughout their whole great night out in this beautiful city that literally, does not even shut an eye to rest. Some restaurants open during the whole 24 hours on weekends ready to welcome drunken people at any time given and gives them a great environment to stay and just finish their night properly. 

 This description might give an impression that Beirut is the only city which has an awesome nightlife in Lebanon, but that is definitely not true! It’s awesome night out atmosphere starts from the north of the country, heading to the south, literally, no exceptions. One of the most famous areas spread in this country is Batroun, where there are more than ten different pubs and nightclubs ready to welcome you and including different types of music to the people who have different preferences. Some places prefer Hip Hop and RNB while others prefer French music to relax, Arabic to just go and party till dawn, and of course, deep house. 

Next to Batroun comes Jbeil, known as Byblos, one of the oldest cities in the country and including many of the nicest nightlife places in Lebanon. They are either spread in the old Souks of Byblos or in Publicity, a place that had more than eight pubs united and playing the same music all night long. Jbeil has so many restaurants where people could start their night in a very relaxing and delicious way, whether they feel like having some Mexican food, Italian food, and of course, some delicious Lebanese food (that would be so hard to resist!) The step that follows would be a lot of partying and enjoying the night out in such a beautiful city where people can see the remains of previous cultures and learn more about them. Some cafés and restaurants would still be waiting for the people after their parties, in order to provide them with the best dinner/breakfast in town!

Jounieh is next, and has some of the most beautiful pubs in Lebanon. The Souk of Jounieh, kind of similar to the Jbeil one, is famous and attractive to people from all around the country. It includes different kinds of pubs and music, and does not fail anyone when it comes to partying. It is one of the oldest locations where people used to go to have drinks and just spend an awesome night. 

The nightlife of Lebanon does not end here, and hopefully will not end anywhere anytime; some clubs have started opening on the highway to Beirut. In the area of Dbayeh, more than five clubs have opened in that region and attract people from everywhere because of their great atmosphere and ambiance where everyone can enjoy them properly.

Many other areas in Lebanon include so many nightclubs and pubs and welcome people who want to party and go crazy till dawn, where the people are great, friendly, and most important of all, happy. So the advice that should be given to people who just want to have fun while going out in Lebanon is to stay happy, stay safe, and certainly, drink! (But do not drive!)

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