DJ Arias Gives Us the Lowdown on the Muévete Tropical Bass Party
On 22 September the basement of Zafran in Wyndham Street will be transformed into a tropical warehouse, complete with art installations and banging global dance music guaranteed to make you want to move. DJ Arias tells us about Muévete and their upcoming Muévete vrs. Cosa Nuestra! event.
Whilst you wouldn’t believe it with my thick London accent – both my parents are from Colombia which is where my love for music comes from. This meant that I had unbridled access to a world of music and dance, from cumbia to salsa, to vallenatos, to a more afrosound of Palenque and champeta not to mention, ranch music, tangos and boleros. It’s all fiery, emotional and romantic but most of all its danceable. I love DJing because I love hearing my music loud! I love seeing peoples reactions when they are not quite sure – but end up loving it! When at first they see something traditional then are comforted by the modern take – Teaming up with Neil Shingaddia a Garage, D&B and Good Times DJ who missed a scene that was full of diverse people, we set up our first party last year and called it Muévete!
Cosa Nuestra crew is run by very cool dude from Brooklyn New York – similar upbringing to me – but his roots are Mexican. Rudy Ibarra runs the Spanish and Latin Meet up groups which connect people to Latin related music, dance, food, jobs & cultural events! He also happens to be a Kung Fu Master. We met a while back and new we had to mix Muévete with his New York Style “Latin Thang” and here we are!
Muévete vrs. Cosa Nuestra!
What’s in a Name
We call it Muévete! because its a call to action. To shake your ass, to see something new, to be daring and to open your minds. Its a term my mum used to push me out of bed and get me going! That’s the kind of vibe we want to give! Swapping my mums foot with some serious Bass music from around the world! Cosa Nuestra is a take from the Cosa Nostra musicians of the Fania All Stars the pioneers of modern day Salsa music in Spanish Harlem.
Our DJs and Musicians
Deep down in the basement of Zafran in Wyndham Street, we hope to transform it into a tropical warehouse, with art installations from our friends Afritude and Kazze Arts and afrikan culture people, plus photographic exhibitions from some Latin based artists. The idea is that you can appreciate these culture from far and wide – in the context of a banging night club.
We have 2 rooms. the first room is where we move from Brixton and Kingston through Lagos and Freetown. Its where we experiment with old and new global music. Expect a fiery dance floor. We have lots of DJs on rotation from Vik Sohonie (Ostinato records ) flying in from his European tour of his latest exploration of Samalia exotica, to DJ Rayshizzle promising a fiery set of Dancehall and Afrobeat, to DJ Soopie with Ghanain funk then I will turn up the heat with some rudeness! Some Dembow, with D&B and jungle – mixed with a twist of reggae and moombahton. For all the early morning ravers we will move back to London with special OLSKOOL UK garage D&B from Muevete family DJs Kurfew and Shindigg. All supported by Afro drums and the famous Florin on Flute!
At the same time, DJ Cali takes us back to his old skool Puerto Rican garage party days. We then bring it back to Hackney London where DJ Joseph will play a selection of afro Latin from London to Bahia and finally some roots Colombian sets from our Cali born DJ Alejandro. This room will have some serious Hi octane salseros, rumberos and reggaetonseros, backed up by live percussion and sax from HK’s best latin musicians.
Showcasing Art from Kaze
Amongst others we are showcasing works by Kaze. Kaze’s art is striking, surprising, brilliant and sometimes confusing. The eye contact of his subject is strong，the philosophy inspiring and its concept unique, one thing is certain: whether we appreciate or not , our fingers are drawn，irressistibly, irerevocably, and we start to touch the art. Watch out for works on sale!
Zafran have offered to open their kitchen for some midnight Mexican street treats! OH YES!
When & Where
Get some sleep on Thursday and get there early on Friday 22 September because this party is from 9pm-6am – (hasta La madrugada!) don’t miss any of it ! Sign up to our Facebook page to get more info.
Thanks to our sponsors Estrella Damm and Zafran for their support.
Check out this mix for a flavour of room https://www.mixcloud.com/