Louis César Ewande
BEN Ó FAOLÁIN
Dingle native dj Ben Ó Faoláin’s genre-blurring eclecticism was inspired by dancefloor encounters with the djing of Coldcut, Afrika Bambaata and DJ Food while living in Bristol during the halcyon days of that city’s mid-90s music scene.
Chief music writer with Nós Iris (www.nos.ie), Ben’s years as a presenter of the seminal ‘An Taobh Tuathail’ music show on RTE Radio saw The Irish Times’ Jim Carroll label him “the best music dj on RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.”
Ben’s return visit to Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne will see him focus on the music of the world’s hot places – a Tropical dancefloor trip through the irrepressible energies of ‘50s Columbian big band jazz, heavy Afro-funk ‘n’ disco, sun-baked batucada, Trinidadian calypso and soca, punchy cumbia, skanking Jamaican ska ‘n’ rocksteady, swingin’ boogaloo and a twist of contemporary Tropical bass styles!
BRIAN FLEMING is a traditional percussionist, specializing in Irish percussion instruments, the bodhrán and bones and the West African drums djembe and dunduns. He also combines elements of drum kit, congas, cajón, etc. to fashion custom kits for particular tasks, for playing with a range of different bands, singers and dancers
He has played with many of Irelands best known musicians, such as the Chieftans, members of the Dubliners, Davy Spillane, Jack L, Julie Feeney, Vivienne Long, Kíla, Emer Mayock, Seán Tyrell, Cormac Breathnach and West African musicians such as Mamady Keita and the Freres Guissés.Recent musical projects include The Bahh Band, Jack Harrison, The Vendetta Orchestra, the Imogen Gunner Trio and Tig Linn
Brian has played all overWestern Europe, Scandinavia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, the US, Japan, India, Thailand, Singapore, Cuba, Gambia, Senegal, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Korea.
Mintesinot Getachew is a traditional and contemporary trained dancer, from Ethiopia, a Student on the Ma Contemporary dance programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. He also attained professional training in Traditional & African Contemporary dance workshop in Senegal at Jant-bi/Ecole des sables.