Once every few months one of Shemspeed’s resident DJs, DJ Balagan, hits us with a free mix for the velt. This time it’s a blend of Baile Funk joints off CDrs which he collected while in Brazil. If you want to get a chance to check Balagan out live with Electro Morocco this summer, they will be performing at the DC JCC Jewish Music Fest along with Ivri Lider and Miri Ben Ari (BUY TICKETS NOW BEFORE IT SELLS OUT!).
Here is what the Jewish Times wrote about Balagan in an interview from last week:
On June 10 at 8 p.m., the festival will present Electro Morocco and DJ Balagan at the restaurant and lounge called Station 9, at 1438 U St. in northwest D.C. Electro Morocco is a band that performs a mixture of electro beats and Middle Eastern flavor, while DJ Balagan (aka Sam Hopkins) samples dance tracks incorporating Sephardic elements and other ethnic musical styles.
“Being the nation’s capital, there’s a big capacity for the DC JCC to show the international community there the diverse musical tastes of Jewish culture today,” said Mr. Hopkins, a Kansas City native who moved to Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood four years ago. He said the festival will be a “mosaic of what’s going on in Jewish music today. I’m excited not only to perform there but to see the other entertainers.”
Mr. Hopkins, 26, said he hopes members of the local Jewish community will attend the festival and sample the musical fare. He views the festival as part of a Jewish renaissance taking place in Washington’s downtown area.
“To have D.C. and the D.C. area trying to reestablish its Jewish core is healthy for everyone in this area,” Mr. Hopkins said. “I hope people from Baltimore come out. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity.”
click here for original article.
track listing below:
01) Marinho/Funk Boy – Montagem 3000
02) Bolinho e Bill – Bufalo Bill
03) Passinho da Penha
04) Bonde Zoeira – Barack Obama
05) Os Ousados – Senta Pros Ousados
06) Montagem MSN
07) Montagem Atencao
08) Byano DJ – Montagem Pica Pau
09) Maozinha – Yes We Can
10) Mouzon’s Electric Band – Everybody Get Down
11) DJ PT – Montagem Jacare Lacoste
12) Byano DJ – Pão na Manteiga
13) MC Maiquinho – A Zona Sul é Nossa