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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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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 25: Dulce Vita, Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jadeera, Fayzah

We have another extended dance performance lineup this week with Fayzah from New York joining us. Also residents and Special Guests Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox and Jadeera. Following performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks for some late night global beats.

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Fayzah Fire is a multidisciplinary performer based in New York City. Classically trained from a young age growing up, she continued exploring different dance styles, mainly based on the music that moved her. Her own ‘World + Street Styles Dance Method™’, blends elements of  World Dance styles, Popping, Waving, Hip Hop, & Groove theory.
She is an accomplished Tribal-Fusion dancer, Fire performer, Argentine Tango dancer, innovator of Tango-Bellydance Fusion, & DJ. She holds a teaching certificate in Middle Eastern Dance Arts, & co created Puerto Rico’s first Tango community before her move to NYC. Fayzah is a part of the NYC Street Styles dance scene and has co taught & performed with various legends & pioneers in this genre, in theater shows, & at famous NYC Hip Hop events, such as Guardians of Dance, 92St Y, & Behind the Groove. She has danced with Neville Dance Theater in NYC since 2006, and been cast in various roles in company repertoire, as well as contributing her own solo works to Off Broadway productions.
She is greatly influenced by nature, especially by creatures who live in the ocean, (both real and fantasy).
Fayzah has taught master classes & performed in various countries in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean,
as well as across the US. NYC teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey’s, & Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre. She is the co founder of Triple Treat Dance workshops, which combines healing arts & dance, & has led trance dance retreats in the rain forest. Her choreographic works are featured on several performance DVD’s, and she has two instructional DVD’s out, “Fluid Tribal” & “Android Goddess”. Fayzah’s web site: DanceSpiral.com

Marci

Marci Ann discovered bellydance in 2001, on a whim, when she and her sister picked summer classes at the Discovery Learning Annex in Chicago. Her left brain linguistics sister pick Japanese 101, while Marci thought Beginner Cabaret Bellydance would be a lot more fun. Immediately falling in love with the dance she sought out Jasmin Jahal School of Dance. In 2006 Marci’s dance life changed forever when she discovered Rachel Brice on a performance dvd. She gravitated to the snaky salutary movements and the ethnic aesthetic of Tribal Fusion Bellydance. Not having access to Tribal Fusion in Chicago she taught herself thru educational dvd from Rachel brice, Fat Chance BellyDance, Zoe Jakes, Kami Little and others, often traveling to take workshops from these artist. At this time she performed in the Chicagoland area developing her technique and personal dance aesthetic. Marci Ann started studying Javanese dance with Danielle Meijer and became interested in fusing the two dance forums. She won First Place and Audience Choice in the 2008 Midwest Bellydance Challenge, for a Javanese Fusion piece. She began teaching Tribal Fusion at Arabesque Chicago and also creating two dance troupes, Akasha a yoga bellydance fusion group sponsored by Yoga Now Chicago, and Turkish Drop with Danielle Meijer and Christina Cornier. In 2010 Marci Annmoved to San Francisco to continue her dance education. She immersed herself in the dance culture and aesthetic of west coast. Always enjoying the creative process of making her own costumes Marcibegan freelancing for Medina Maitreya Designs and has made costume numerous dancer including Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique. She is currently producing a line of headdress under her brand Turkish Drop. Marci Ann is excited about exploring the possibility of Indonesian dance and the prospects The Bhoomi Project.

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Jadeera Rose is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional sacred dance artist. She is a professional performer who experiences dance and performance as an opportunity to connect with and share with others the beauty and wisdom of ancient arts and cultures as well as the spirit of the present moment. Jadeera has performed with many dance companies, live bands, and as a solo artist at a variety of venues including: theatres, clubs, festivals, restaurants, private parties, schools and senior centers. She has traveled internationally as a dancer and has performed dance for H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. She dances in the “Mandala of Tara” a sacred dance prayer based on the qualities of the divine feminine. Jadeera is a teacher of the “Tara Dance” and other forms of movement as she is also a certified teacher of yoga and qigong. She spent the past summer on Maui teaching Brazilian Dance, Belly Dance, Kids Dance, Yoga and Tara dance.

As a Belly Dancer, Jadeera Rose offers “Sacred Spirit Belly Dance” which is her own unique style that has blossomed from the center of her being. When she dances, she intends to be a channel of Qi and invokes the spirit of the ancestral belly dancer to bring joy, light and healing to the space, the audience and herself.

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+ UN Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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And the BIRTHDAY GIRL + DJ for the night … DULCE VITA

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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.

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.

Launch Party … Dulce Vita + Kitty D

We are coming up on the Official Underground Nomads Launch Party, and doing it up big with a bass-bangin duo that you will not want to miss.

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You know her from the Massive dancefloors of the Opulent Temple: Underground Nomads resident Dulce Vita …

… Joined by Beat Church’s Kitty D, together on one night to celebrate our new weekly.

As usual, we will feature dance performances by some of the bay area’s most revered performance artists (performance lineup to be added this weekend).

As is the deal every week, we start at 9pm. You can come early and chill for Happy Hour at the bar. $5 cover starting at 9:30. Dance Performances at 10pm. DJ sets following, for the rest of the night. Official end time is 1am, but we will keep going as long as you’re dancing – all the way till 2.

2-for-1 cover before 11pm (just mention it at the door).

Come hang out with us to celebrate our new home: F8 at 1192 Folsom (formerly Icon Lounge). Enjoy a bigger amazing sound system, spacious dancefloor with an intimate vibe, couches to lounge on, a well stocked bar with awesome drink specials and a very friendly staff. A welcoming experience from the moment you walk up to the doorstep.

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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 25th Dancers

Joining us for this Tuesday night’s performance is a great collection dancers.  On the decks is the fabulous Miss DJ Dulce Vita.  Dulce is part of Opulent Temple as well as being a very well rounded, well respected female DJ.  We are so pleased that we will be joined by Sam, Shanti and Parya for this night for the bellydance performances.

Calamity Sam

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.

Shanti Jourdan

Shanti performs and teaches Tribal Fusion belly dance, specializing in American Tribal Style. Her dancing is unique in the level of grace, musicality and nuance found in her movements. The joy she feels for this art form is immediately felt by her audiences and students alike.Having studied western dance and yoga for many years before belly dancing, Shanti understands the body’s movement from the inside out. Her teaching style is warm and encouraging with a focus on technique and clarity of movement.

Parya Saberi

“Starting with Persian dance lessons at age 7 in her home country of Iran, Parya Saberi began her love affair with dance. For over 10 years, she trained in On2 New York Style Salsa and performed as part of Melaza Dance Company at numerous venues including the Los Angeles Salsa Congress. More recently, she is training her buns off with many of the best belly dance instructors of the Bay Area (and beyond), including Andrea Sendek (Suhaila Salimpour format), Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker, Rachel Brice, and Kami Liddle. She is currently a member of the Suhaila Salimpour Repertoire Ensemble.”