MIDDLE EAST MEETS SOUTH WEST
On paper, retro Arabic funk music sounds like a very niche genre, and most people will act very confused when it’s mentioned in casual conversation.
However, once the high pitched sounds from the nay (middle eastern flute) or the syncopated riffs from the oud (Arabic guitar) are heard over a classic western disco track, it’s hard not to let go and embrace the groove of the night.
When veteran Bristol-based DJ, John Stapleton, connoisseur of all things funky and Arabic, Jannis Stürtz, and Cardiff soulmaster Miles Day, team up at intimate venue Cosies to bring the funk, it guarantees to be one of the most fun nights out in Bristol.
JANNIS STÜRTZ BROUGHT OVER HIS COLLECTION OF HAND-SELECTED MIDDLE-EASTERN VINYLS ALL THE WAY FROM BERLIN (WHERE HIS LABEL, JAKARTA RECORDS IS BASED).
To get a feel of for the type of Middle Eastern folk music mixed over the disco tracks check out Jakarta Records’ “Habibi Funk 001 Mix”:
A few examples of tracks played throughout the night include:
- P.I.M.P (50 Cent) – Egyptian version (Explicit)
- Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang) – Dubbed in Afrikaans
- What if I go? (Mura Masa) – Arabic version
Towards the end the emphasis turned toward modern hip-hop anthems, which seemed to contrast the slower folky tone reminiscent of the early hours of the night. This is where John Stapleton’s experience shined, timing each switchover perfectly to keep the dancefloor energised.
Give Jakarta Records’ full ‘Habibi Funk’ set from Paris a listen to get a feel for the night’s vibes:
Darius Ghadiali (Underground Curator)
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