Tropical Beats

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Tropical Beats Live Samba Reggae & Afro Funk Mash Up

The next killer instalment of Tropical Beats Live is only 5 days away ! And this time we have a Friday night(11th) at Underbelly in Hoxton so can party until 3 in the morning !!!

We have a great line up, Batala London, see them in action here, will be playing some heavy #samba #reggae sounds and Olubundi, watch them here, will be smashing it with their unique Nigerian/London style of #Afro #Funk.

On top of that Batala will be giving a free drumming workshop at 8ish before they hit the stage.

We also have an amazing drinks promotion with 4 bottles of Sol for £10 before 9pm (only available in our downstairs bar)

Also as we love you so much we are putting on a special door offer. Bring 3 friends and you get in free, so come in groups for cheap entry! (it’s only £5 anyway )

Finally to top it all off we will have an exclusive DJ set from KtoK radios finest purveyors of funk Mister Mumbles and Uncle Vibes. With the Tropical Beats crew taking up the mantle to keep you shaking it with some Tropical vibes until late.

It’s gonna be the most fun you can have in a single night out, all killer no filler. Hope to see you all their and help bring the unique vibe we have created at these nights, it’s will be a big one and one not to be missed !!!!

Check out the event details here

Carnival vibes in the house !We bring the absolutely amazing Carnival sensations Batala London (fresh from there Wembley appearance) and Afro-Funk sensations Olubundi for another night of Global music mayhem at Zigfrid von Underbelly of HoxtonThis is gonna be a killer night of beats, brass and bedlam!The summer festival vibes will be in full swing as we’ll be warming you up with the mighty Samba Reggae sounds of Batala all the way from Salvador de Bahia via London.Batala have been smashing it up with tracks on Brasil world cup compilations and shows at Wembley as well as a recent T.V advert for ITV’s world cup coverage.

Carnival vibes in the house !
We bring the absolutely amazing Carnival sensations Batala London (fresh from there Wembley appearance) and Afro-Funk sensations Olubundi for another night of Global music mayhem at Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton

This is gonna be a killer night of beats, brass and bedlam!

The summer festival vibes will be in full swing as we’ll be warming you up with the mighty Samba Reggae sounds of Batala all the way from Salvador de Bahia via London.
Batala have been smashing it up with tracks on Brasil world cup compilations and shows at Wembley as well as a recent T.V advert for ITV’s world cup coverage.

Tonight’s the night people.  We’ve been banging on about it long enough – our first Tropical Beats  event will be starting in a few hours.
Gracing the stage will be renowned multi-instrumentalist  and dancer Seby Ntege, and  the bombastic bass vibes of samba reggae troop Tribo – as if that wasn’t enough to whet you whistle, there will also be live DJ sets from the Tropical Beats crew, plus resident KtoK DJ’s Uncle Vibes & Mister Mumbles.
Before all of that though there will be film presentations from the organisations that we’ll be supporting with proceeds from the night – including KtoK Radio, In Tune For Life and Recording Africa.
Recording Africa is the brainchild of friends Tobias Brent & Olly Burton, who both harbor a strong passion for earthy world music and travelling, the pair met whilst studying music in Leeds. Eager to set up a project which united their interests – the pair created Recording Africa, a non-profit travelling record label aiming to support musicians and communities worldwide creating a fair global exchange.
Raising funds with the help of backers and donors, the pair embarked on their first trip to Senegal in 2012, I where they studied and recorded traditional sounds from the nation. The pair returned released their first music package in June 2013 – 11 golden tracks, a 30 min documentary and  an accompanying 12 page booklet featuring original artwork and stories.
Tobias told us about their latest project: ‘We were approached by Liam Butcher, he’s a brilliant London based sound engineer -so we loaded him up with all the gear we had! He’s just left on a 3 month trip to Ghana to work with disabled women and children. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he comes back with… We’re also launching an Indigogo campaign this week to raise £1500 for the communities we work with, to go towards sustainable development, nutrition, education and building work’
Sound engineer Liam is headed to Sadema, a in northern Ghana  which he said is ‘famous for a number important traditional genres and exciting new fusions…I can’t wait to document the incredible music and in exchange offer aid to communities that need it the most’
On top of the incredible work the guys are doing (100% of the profits go straight back into the Recording Africa community account), the recordings they bring are rich, vibrant, perfectly capturing the stories and traditions of the musicians they encounter.  Check out this video, and come down tonight for great vibes whilst you do your bit to support them!

Tonight’s the night people.  We’ve been banging on about it long enough – our first Tropical Beats  event will be starting in a few hours.

Gracing the stage will be renowned multi-instrumentalist  and dancer Seby Ntege, and  the bombastic bass vibes of samba reggae troop Tribo – as if that wasn’t enough to whet you whistle, there will also be live DJ sets from the Tropical Beats crew, plus resident KtoK DJ’s Uncle Vibes & Mister Mumbles.

Before all of that though there will be film presentations from the organisations that we’ll be supporting with proceeds from the night – including KtoK RadioIn Tune For Life and Recording Africa.


Recording Africa is the brainchild of friends Tobias Brent & Olly Burton, who both harbor a strong passion for earthy world music and travelling, the pair met whilst studying music in Leeds. Eager to set up a project which united their interests – the pair created Recording Africa, a non-profit travelling record label aiming to support musicians and communities worldwide creating a fair global exchange.

Raising funds with the help of backers and donors, the pair embarked on their first trip to Senegal in 2012, I where they studied and recorded traditional sounds from the nation. The pair returned released their first music package in June 2013 – 11 golden tracks, a 30 min documentary and  an accompanying 12 page booklet featuring original artwork and stories.

Tobias told us about their latest project: ‘We were approached by Liam Butcher, he’s a brilliant London based sound engineer -so we loaded him up with all the gear we had! He’s just left on a 3 month trip to Ghana to work with disabled women and children. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he comes back with… We’re also launching an Indigogo campaign this week to raise £1500 for the communities we work with, to go towards sustainable development, nutrition, education and building work’

Sound engineer Liam is headed to Sadema, a in northern Ghana  which he said is ‘famous for a number important traditional genres and exciting new fusions…I can’t wait to document the incredible music and in exchange offer aid to communities that need it the most’

On top of the incredible work the guys are doing (100% of the profits go straight back into the Recording Africa community account), the recordings they bring are rich, vibrant, perfectly capturing the stories and traditions of the musicians they encounter.  Check out this video, and come down tonight for great vibes whilst you do your bit to support them!

People. People. The big day is almost upon us. Big like first day at school big. Big like first date big. So big that our friends at Sounds & Colours, Movimentos, Rhythm Passport & Wormfood have all shared the news – that big! And who are any of us to argue with these supreme authorities of sound?

Our first Tropical Beat event is tomorrow night at the Underbelly in Hoxton Sq, where we’ll treat you  to some samba reggae vibes courtesy of Tribo to banish the  January blues, topped off with the sweet, sweet melodies of Seby Ntege –  and all in aid of three great causes.

Check out the video from the In Tune For Life crew. We caught up with Holly and she told us about the story behind ITFL’s forthcoming album in Malawi, nation with a high maternal mortality rate. For this project, they worked  with Future Kings Vibrations (who they’ve worked with before) to continue with organisations work of creating music with messages – with this album advising and spreading health education about maternal health.

“They wrote the songs themselves, the health messages were checked by the Ministry of Health and Christian Aid, and we then spent two weeks recording them. I went on a visit to Karonga (northern Malawi) to talk to the health workers in the clinics to see how the music can be used to disseminate messages to the community. As it’s so remote, music’s such a vital way for them to carry their message, and it really catches on village to village. So now we’re mixing and mastering that album of five songs, all in the local languages. It should be ready by February, and it will then be given to the local clinics and hospitals as a resource for them to use to disseminate messages!”  

Blinding work, which you can support it by paying 4 squids on the door to party. 

PLEASE NOTE: 2 for 1 Mojitos on the night. We figured that this is incredibly important information.