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April 15: DJ Mundi | Olu, Bramani, Jennifer Faust, Sadira, Millie Maddox

This week, we have Special Guest OLU from Los Angeles, CA, joining residents Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jennifer Faust and Sadira. Taking the decks this week is new resident DJ Mundi.

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Olu is a diverse performer who works in venues ranging from private parties, corporate events, night club promotions and dance theater.  She’s had the pleasure of performing for a dynamic array of audiences and has collaborated with several well noted artists along the way. With a style all her own…….personality along with a solid background in American Cabaret and Tribal Fusion are infused with the never ending inspirations from day to day life. As an improvisational dancer, Olu goes where the music, theme and vibe take her.
Olu is known for her musicality, earthy presence and skill in using props such as zills, veil and sword.  She is also known for her technique, snake-like undulations, passion and grounded nature. This eclectic balance of mediums allow Olu the ability to perform for a wide range of audiences.
Olu can be seen in public performances in and around th LA area as a Soloist and also as a member of Lumina Bellydace Company and Elysium Dance Theatre.  www.olubellydance.net
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Resident Performer info. will be added to the site this summer on our new DANCER page, which is in progress. 
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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.

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

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Join us Every Tuesday for global beats and dance performances with rotating resident and special guest DJs, dancers and musicians.
Tuesdays 9pm-1am
Dance Performances at 10pm
f8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF
$5 cover ($5-10 sliding scale on Special Nights).
Free before 9:30, if you ask.
Drink Specials each week.
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March 18: DJ Santero, Amberetta, Larissa Archer, Azure

Please welcome DJ Santero to Underground Nomads. We’ve been waiting to get him behind turntables at f8 and it’s happening this week. One of SF’s most versatile musical treasures fits right in to the Underground Nomads vibe.

You will also enjoy dance performances by resident dancers AmberettaLarissa Archer and Azure.

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DJ Santero

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Amberetta – Underground Nomads resident

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Larissa Archer – Underground Nomads resident

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Azure Bellydance – Underground Nomads residents

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Santero comes from a long family tradition of Latin musicians and Sonidero sound system deejays. He was raised in the mountains, jungles and Atlantic coasts of Central America where he travelled extensively from Guatemala to Panama performing with his father’s Salsa & Cumbia bands. He came to the United States at a young age as a refugee escaping the political upheaval that was tearing Central America apart in the late 70’s and 80’s.

Once in the US, Santero immediately started the musical street hustle that would later define his style and sound. From the ghettos of New York and New Orleans to the barrios of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Santero refined his sonic palette and delivery by performing relentlessly in nightclubs, warehouses and on street corners. Drawing from such diverse musical influences as Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Funk and Hip-Hop, Santero incorporated his traditional Latin upbringing with these western music styles and developed his own brand of international fusion beats.

Eventually his constant touring and performing led him back to his roots in Latin America. After an extended stint of travelling and performing in Central America and the Caribbean, he found himself in Habana, Cuba. This would be a crucial turning point in his musical trajectory. While in Cuba, Santero was initiated as a priest in the Yoruba/Santeria religion. He was crowned as an avatar to the African deity Obatala, spirit of peace and light. From that point onwards, Santero dedicated his musical energy towards exposing a new generation of Latinos and Latin music lovers to the spiritual essence of the Pan-African Diaspora through club friendly rhythms and rhymes.

Santero now resides in Oakland, CA where he hosts a hugely successful weekly global music showcase called The Jet Set. He splits his time working as a recording artist, producer, deejay and radio host. In 2005 he was named Best New Artist by Batanga magazine for his first album and made Remezcla’s 2008 Top Ten list.

Santero’s sophomore release El Hijo de Obatala has garnered critical acclaim, having been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered & Latino USA. Santero’s sophomore effort made several critics’ top 10 lists for best album of 2009 in the Village Voice, SF Weekly & other publications. Santero was nominated for a 2009 SF Weekly Music Award and was featured on many prominent music blogs. He is constantly touring and performing and exploring ways to fulfill his musical destiny.

El Hijo de Obatala (2009 City Hall Records/Round Whirled Records) is Santero’s second album, a fresh release that brings together the bump of urban beats with elements of traditional salsa such as banging Latin percussion and horn sections. Santero is joined by veteran multi-Grammy nominated Producer Greg Landau (Patato Valdes, Susana Baca, Maldita Vecindad, Quetzal) and legendary beat maker One Drop Scott (E-40, Scarface, Mac Dre, Luniz) to create a unique Urban Latin sound that goes beyond the frontiers of Reggaeton and Hip-Hop to fuse the old and new school in a unique way that spark spontaneous combustion on the dance floor.

The third album by Santero, entitled Afrika (2013 Baylando Records), is an exploration of the impact African rhythms have had on the music of Latin America. Funky Afro-Beat drums, poly-rhythmic Couper Decaler dance beats & Angolan Kuduro styles blend with Latin percussion & call and response vocals. Santero reaches deep into his Latin roots & African diaspora sensibilities to bring together the best of two musical worlds in this utterly danceable & celebratory release.

SANTERO albums “El Hijo de Obatala” & “Arawaks & Maroons” in stores now in the US & Canada through City Hall Records. Also available in Japan through Music Camp Records and digitally worldwide on Round Whirled Music (iTunes, Amazon, Verizon, etc.)

March 4: Fat Tuesday w/ DJ Dragonfly, Adara, Chandala, Angela, Andrea, Malia – Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras with us on Fat Tuesday with DJ Dragonfly dropping a global mix of sounds from Egypt to New Orleans. In festive spirit, he will surely some gems from Creole country mixed in to his extended dancefloor set.

Performances by residents Chandala Shiva and Angela, plus Special Guests Adara Dance Co., Andrea and Malia Delapenia from Hawaii (Performances start promptly at 10pm).

We will have Mardi Gras inspired Drink Specials and lots of fun on the dancefloor and at the bar!

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As one of the West Coast’s most notable and sought after old-school DJs in the festival scene, Dragonfly drops deep selections of ghetto tech’d, entheo-mystic ritual bass and trans-globalized whomp. Featuring smoldering rhythms and scorching selections that reference Gypsy, Balkan, Afro-Latino and Indo-Arabic sounds, samples and idioms, he integrates Bass Music’s sound design and steadfast genres of Glitch, Dubstep, Drum n Bass, Trap, House, Dub and Breaks.

Expect the unexpected; you’ll never hear the same set twice!

As a consummate crate-digger his days are spent down the rabbit-holes of sound, constantly discovering emerging talent and the hidden gems of sonic possibility. With an ear for the exotic and a background in movement arts, his approach is through the emotive keyhole of the psyche, while unlocking the heart of community. As a percussionist who’s adventured extensively throughout the near and far east, his mixes span all tempos and all genres of electronic dance music and are drenched in global idioms, accented with tribal motifs and woven into intoxicating rhythms and groove.

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Andrea is a performer and dance and fitness instructor from San Francisco. She has a background in Egyptian bellydance, but loves to mix it up with colorful props and other international dance styles. She directs and choreographs for her troupe Urban Mirage, who is producing a large show in July. Check her out on Facebook at Andrea Dance and Fitness or her website AndreaBellyDance.com.MaliaDelapeniashadows
Malia Delapenia is the people’s choice in Hawai’i as a Middle Eastern dance performer and instructor. Her energy and ability to captivate any audience with her crowd-pleasing choreographies and use of enchanting props has taken her to numerous prestigious events throughout Hawai’i, the US mainland, and Europe. We are very lucky and pleased to feature this talented performer during her tour of the SF Bay Area! Follow her on Facebook at Malia Delapenia or twitter at Bellydancermuse.

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Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.
Chandala
Chandala Shiva is an award winning belly dancer and yoga instructor from the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Training with as many of her heroes as possible, she is completing her certification in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Bellydance.  She is inspired by hard work, all things velvet and sparkly, and captivating music – but above all else, she dances from her heart.
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Adara Dance Company is a melange of world dancers that fuse belly dance, central asian, and romance dances with contemporary choreographic sensibilities. The company’s influences include art nouveau, mythology, and surrealism. Under the direction of Natalie Nayun, Adara Dance Company dancers bring you a unique exciting performance experience.

Every Tuesday at F8 – 1192 Folsom, SF. $5 cover. 9pm-1am. Performances at 10pm.
Free before 9:30 or 2-for-1 until 11 if you ask.

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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.

New Venue starting July 30th – Moving to F8

Dear supporters, Please note that we are moving to a new venue at the end of the month.

We  are excited to be moving to F8 at 1192 Folsom St. (@ 8th) in the SOMA area of San Francisco. The new venue has an awesome sound system, nice and still intimate dancefloor, great bar with some excellent drink specials, and an overall nice friendly vibe.

Kicking off our residency at F8, we will have more nights with Cheb i Sabbah – August is Cheb i Sabbah Month !

Moving forward, we are planning on having 2 DJs (or one DJ and one live act) each week. We will still have the dance performances. We are not taking anything away, just adding more. We plan to bring in occasional special guest DJs and music acts. We will also be starting a little earlier, so you can enjoy some Happy Hour drinking and snacking while we get the night rolling.

We have loved doing nights at Bissap Baobab, and will continue to do occasional events there, but this move opens up some amazing new possibilities us as well as for them. Please join us at F8 on any Tuesday on or after July 30th.

The resident DJs are on somewhat of a regular monthly rotation. Due to our tour schedules, we may be occasionally swapping weeks. For example, Amar and Dulce are switching nights for August, so Dulce can rock it out at Burning Man. Cheb i Sabbah will be traveling in October to work on his upcoming new album, so we will be filling in for his nights. You can always check the website for the most up to date schedule if you wish to see a particular one of us on a night. We plan to post our schedules at least a month out, and will post any changes as soon as we are able to.

Below is our schedule for our July 30 Launch and for the month of August. We will post all of the details once we confirm the lineups. Please check back in after the weekend or subscribe for updates. You can also find our updates on the facebook page. Help us spread the word by sharing this post on facebook and twitter and following us there. We thank you for your continued support.

JULY 30: Opening Night with Special Guest JEF STOTT

*- August is CHEB i SABBAH month -*

AUG 6: CHEB i SABBAH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AUG 13: LAUNCH PARTY with DULCE VITA + more TBA

AUG 20: DJ SEP + more TBA

AUG 27: DJ AMAR + more TBA

DANCE PERFORMANCES EVERY WEEK curated by GINA GRANDI

Full lineups for each week will be announced soon.
September schedule will be announced at the beginning of August.

Here are a few pics of the new venue.

The dancefloor: separated from the bar, nice wood floors, clean but not too fancy.

Our view of You from the DJ booth – nice and close 🙂

Some couches for you to lounge in, relax and have a drink, hang out with friends.

Our flyer designed by Jimmy Love, edits by Calamity Sam

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June 18: DJ Sep

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DJ Sep will be fusing her signature Dub Mission vibes with a global flair, offering a multi-cultural Bass Experience on the Bissap Baobab Village dancefloor. Sep was one of the founding members of Electric Vardo, and is no stranger to SF’s Tribal Belly Dance, Bhangra and Middle Eastern music scenes. In fact, She was among the first, along with Cheb i Sabbah, to break ground bringing Electronic World Music to the forefront of SF club culture.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the Dancefloor for Sep’s first night with the Underground Nomads.