Feb. 4: Marco (Bissap Baobab), Shondell, Bay Area I.T.S. with Calamity Sam & Zoe Jakes.

An Extra Special Tribute / Extra Important Underground Nomads night
… See why below.

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DJ Marco aka Marco Senghor, Bissap Baobab restaurant and club owner,
DJ and promoter of African and World Music events.

Chef/owner of the very much loved Bissap Baobab restaurants and clubs, Marco Senghor, has been a long time supporter and friend of Chebi Sabbah. The last reincarnation of Cheb i Sabbah’s Legendary Nickies Tuesdays took place at Bissap Baobab Village (Bollyhood cafe at the time), and Underground Nomads had our first nights there. DJ Amar and Marco put on numerous fundraisers at Bissap Baobab for Chebi Sabbah, and hosted regular events with FatChanceBellyDance and Helm. It was Marco’s idea to bring back a weekly event to keep the global music vibe alive in SF and to help keep chebi playing for as long as he could (and he did keep playing until his very last days).

Due to a fire at Little Baobab in May of last year (which is where Underground Nomads was set to start that month) and the Bissap Baobab crew having to consolidate all their parties and move the restaurant into one venue, it made sense for us to move to our current venue, F8. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to have Marco with us as, representing the African vibe and global soul that he helped bring to San Francisco nightlife, along with Chebi and a few others.

Marco and the Bissap Baobab family’s support of Cheb i Sabbah’s nights is invaluable. Bissap Baobab also hosted ‘Tribal Nights’ and numerous special events with DJ Amar and the tribal belly dance community. Bollyhood Cafe / Bissap Baobab Village became quickly FatChanceBellyDance’s favorite SF venue to do shows at when we kicked off Tribal Nights there.

Proceeds from this night will go to help the fundraising efforts to re-open Little Baobab. Some funds were raised through Indiegogo, and they still have a ways to go. In addition to coming to Underground Nomads this week, you can help them by going to Bissap Baobab Village for a wonderful dinner experience anytime. The food is delicious and the environment they create is warm and friendly.

Excerpts from a 2003 San Francisco Chronicle article/Profile:

… Senghor isn’t just a restaurateur. He’s also a sought-after DJ (his moniker: DJ Marco, of course) and a music producer who brings African singers to the Bay Area. Seeing Senghor in his two restaurants (the other, called Little Baobab, is just around the corner from Bissap Baobab) or spinning songs or overseeing an African show, it’s easy to assume that he inherited his family’s genes for success — but the stories Senghor tells of his short-circuited ventures, his low-status jobs, his health challenges and a collapsing roof are all bridges to a recent past … (Read Full Article)

Dance Performances by:

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Shondell arrived in the Bay Area back in 2006 … with no pants on. Little is known of her life,
but she will always be remembered for her one hit wonder, “The No Pants Dance.”

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Bay Area I.T.S. (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance)
UNMATA / HOT POT style Featuring Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes

Photo: Calamity Sam and Zoe Jakes with UNMATA at the recent
sold out Beats Antique show at The Fillmore, SF. See video.

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Jan 28: Dulce Vita, Little Beasties, Erica Lingrell, Tatyana +

Dulce Vita‘s back this week for Her 2014 kickoff at Underground Nomads. Featured dancers will be Little Beasties (featuring Laura Elizabeth and Amina Zareh), Erica Lingrell and Tatyana, with a special dedication to Cheb i Sabbah by Jenna Anjali.

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As usual, we will start at 9pm with some downtempo global beats. Dance performances begin shortly after 10pm.

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Erica Lingrell

 

Following the dance performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks and the dancefloor is yours for the rest of the night.

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Tatyana

 

 

Come early for Happy Hour. The bar is open in the evening with happy hour appetizers and drink specials. Entry is $5. Free before 9:30 if you ask. Proceeds go to the DJs and toward keeping the event going. We appreciate your support.

9pm-1am . $5 . 21+ . at F8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF.

Jan. 21: DJ Mundi, Amberetta, Sadira

DJ MUNDI is an unusual kind of DJ. In latin, mundi means ‘of the world’ and indeed his soundcloud page features an extremely wide range of music including Zimbabwean mbira, Afro-house, Colombian cumbia, Indian/UK bhangra, Egyptian shaabi, Reggae Dancehall from around the world and more.. Based in Oakland California, his eclectic mixes and live sets have gained respect from far and wide and have recently been featured in multiple online magazines and blogs such as Afropop Worldwide, Generation Bass and Global Ghetto.

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Listen to his recent Egyptian Electro Sha3bi Mix on Generation Bass.

He credits the public library across the street from where he grew up as his greatest musical influence because it was there, at a young age that Mundi began listening to, reading about and collecting music from across the globe. Currently he’s working on things as varied as “a mix of new African music from all around the continent, South African house, Angolan kuduro, Ghanian azonto, Ivorian coupe decal” and a “General Levy dancehall-rock remix with arabic strings” among them. Follow him on soundcloud and facebook to keep up with the latest.

https://soundcloud.com/djmundi

AMBERETTA

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Amberetta is a second generation bellydancer who began performing at the age of five, studying ballet, jazz, and tap, as well as the piano.In 2004, she began studying Tribal Fusion dance with Andrea Perkins and performed with the Dandasha Dance Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In addition, Amberetta obtained her 230 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Alliance through the Asheville Yoga Center in June 2010. In September of 2010, she relocated to the San Francisco area to pursue performance opportunities and further her dance education. In addition to her solo work, she performs Tribal Fusion Bellydance with RockaBelly under the direction of Kamille Hitz. She presents the dance form she loves with a special mix of strength, independence, femininity, and dangerous curves.

Sadira
A Tribal Fusion dancer currently studying under Rose Harden, Kae Montgomery, Jill Parker and Zoe Jakes. With only a year of bellydance under her belt, Sadira draws from her experience and knowledge of theatre where she has been performing since she was 12, to blend and bring life to her dance.

Upcoming Tuesdays – New DJs, Live Acts, Dancers

As you may have noticed, we are bringing in new DJs and Live acts to the Underground Nomads mix of musical talent. We are also expanding our dance performance lineups with occasional Extra-Special big weeks.

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Keep posted here and check in on our Facebook page for weekly updates.

Upcoming  next Tuesday, we have DJ Mundi, for his first DJ set at Underground Nomads. More info will be posted soon.

We thank you for your support.

Jan 14: DJ Amar, FatChanceBellyDance, Wendy Martlatt, Calamity Sam

2nd Tuesdays residents DJ Amar and FatChanceBellyDance are joined by Wendy Martlatt and Calamity Sam. We are kicking off the new year right, and look forward to seeing you. Come early to catch Happy Hour and the performances.

Take a look at the new Calendar tab for upcoming lineups.

Wendy Marlatt is known internationally for her uniquely elegant and vibrant dance. Her performances weave a divine fabric that invite the viewer on a journey thru world dance history blending the ancient with the contemporary. Wendy began her study of tribal belly dance after an inspiring trip to Egypt. She began her studies with Carolena Nerriccio and FatChanceBellyDance® in 1995. She is based in San Francisco and is available for instruction and performance.Wendy continues to cultivate her own style of world fusion bellydance.

Her goal is to invite the viewer on a global journey through movement. A journey where the viewer meets dancer in a place of authenticity and genuine spirit as it evolves through movement.

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FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Presents the original improvisational bellydance form called American Tribal Style.

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Most known for her musicality and ability to connect with the audience, Calamity Sam is not afraid to ham it up and show her sense of humor on stage. She has been a featured performer and instructor in France, Holland, Spain, England, and across the U.S. Sam is based in Oakland, CA where she teaches Unmata/Hot Pot I.T.S.,co-produces Taverna Nights with Tatyana Balte, and the Tribal Fest Afterparty with DJ Amar.  You’ll find her regularly in Los Angeles performing at Zulu Lounge, and producing an Improv night in L.A. called Eclectic Ensemble with DJ Amar.

Calamity Sam is currently the Exclusive Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. instructor, offering classes in the East Bay on Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville. Visit thecalamitysam.com for details.

9pm-1am. $5 (free before 9:30 if you ask). 1192 Folsom St. SF.
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Jan. 7: Bob Duskis, Millie Maddox, Bramani

Kicking off 2014 with Underground Nomads First Tuesday Cheb i Sabbah Tribute night featuring Six Degrees Records’ BOB DUSKIS

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Bob Duskis is the co-founder of San Francisco based, independent record label Six Degrees Records www.sixdegreesrecords.com and the host of the popular weekly, internet radio broadcast, Six Degrees Traveler.  In its 18 year history, Six Degrees Records has released a series of genre defying albums from such artists as Cheb i Sabbah, Bebel Gilberto, Karsh Kale, Niyaz, Ceu, The Midival Punditz, Vieux Farka Toure, Dom La Nena and many, many more.
Bob’s DJ sets reflect a similarly eclectic approach to his label, taking a free-form approach to the dance-floor which is rooted in Global Electronica but also explores a wide range of styles, textures & genres.

Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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Dec. 24: Maneesh the Twister, DJ Amar, Improv Dance Jam – Holiday Party

Yes, Underground Nomads is happening on Christmas Eve. We’re having a holiday party. Every one is welcome, regardless of what holidays you celebrate or don’t celebrate. We are about the music, the dance and the hanging out with friends at our favorite bar.

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Come join us after your family festivities, if you are doing Christmas Eve with family. We will be playing music straight through to 1am (or later if you all still feel like partying). If you’re not doing anything, come join us early for Happy Hour.

The night will begin with some downtempo beats, kicking off at 9pm. Shortly after 10pm, we will have our All-Improv Dance Performance Jam featuring some of our favorite dancers, and hosted by our MC TATYANA.

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Following the Performance Jam, MANEESH THE TWISTER and DJ AMAR will take the decks and rock out the dancefloor with their Surya Dub vibes for the rest of the night.

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Maneesh the Twister is founder of Surya Dub, the Ambassadors of Dread Bass. He has brought together dubwize communities from Roots & Dub Reggae to Dubstep and Ragga to Dread Bass, UK Funky, Tropical, and Drum’n’Bass to Bhangra, S. Asian Electronica and Global Bass Beat worlds together. Surya Dub has won Best Club Night in the SF Weekly Music Awards & Best Ambassadors of Dread Bass from SF Guardian Best of the Bay. Also Maneesh was awarded the Best Club DJ of San Francisco by the SF Bay Guardian! He is also a resident of the longest running weekly dub & roots night in the World, Dub Mission, which is 17+ years and dubbing!

Maneesh toured India, UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and played the VH1 NYE with 3000 folks on Baga Beach in Goa on New Year’s Eve! Maneesh has shared the stage with legendary Jamaican producers Lee “Scratch” Perry & Scientist, Thievery Corporation, Francois K, Kode 9, Adrian Sherwood (On-U sound), Mala (DMZ), The Bug & Warrior Queen, Flying Lotus, Mad Professor, Bassnectar, State of Bengal, Smith & Mighty/RSD, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Bobby & Nihal (BBC Radio 1), DJ Hatcha, Headhunter, DJ Vadim, Z-Trip, Sub Swara, Eskmo, Blutech, Kush Arora, Poirier, Badmarsh & Shri, MIDIval PunditZ, 2562, Lazer Sword, Gas Lamp Killer, Dum Dum Project, Cheb I Sabbah, Dan the Automator, Mark 1, Badawi, Lyrics Born, David Starfire, Dub Gabriel, Jah Warrior Shelter, DJ G, J Boogie, Roommate/Babylon System, Juju, Antiserum, Navdeep, & Solomonic Sound (Rob Paine).

Check out the 2009 SF Station Interview:
Maneesh the Twister – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

Tuesdays at F8 (1192 Folsom)