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beirut groove collective

Now into its seventh year, the BGC has become the premier destination for deep funk, soul, northern soul and African funk in the Middle East. Throwing monthly parties in Beirut everywhere from basements clubs and beaches to warehouses on the suburbs of the city, the Beirut-based collective of DJs has also hosted some of the leading international DJs, tastemakers and crate-diggers from the funk and soul scene, loyal to the format of the 45. Established in 2009 by pioneer DJ Ernesto Chahoud, the BGC began by organizing “house party” style events with a premium on utilizing alternative, community-oriented spaces as a means of drawing parallels to the underground funk and soul parties that used to occur in the major urban centers of America and Africa in the 1970s. Since then the BGC have built a loyal following, introducing crowds in Beirut to little-known music varieties and sounds as diverse as African-American soul and funk music, Arabic funk from the ‘70s, Vintage Ethiopian Grooves and Northern Soul. Playing music that often comes with an important social or political context, it’s no surprise that their parties have become a kind of community movement themselves – where music is a unifying force. Over the last few years the BGC has built a solid reputation among the international scene, hosting and playing alongside DJs and producers such as Keb Darge (BBE / UK), Andy Smith (Ex-Portishead / UK), Jan Weissenfeldt (Poets of Rhythm / Germany), Mr Thing (BBE / UK), DJ Format (aka Matt Fox, Jurassic 5; UK), OllieTeeba (Herbaliser / UK), Marc Hype (Dusty Donuts / Germany), Janis Jakarta AKA Habibi Funk (Jakarta Records / Germany) and Nickodemus (Wonderwheel Recordings, Turntables on the Hudson / USA). The BGC have also taken their musical philosophy around the world, wowing crowds across the Middle East and Europe, from Dubai and Amman to London and Vienna. The BGC has become an attraction for the best diggers and DJs in the world, where they can spin their obscurest records to an open-minded crowd and exchange music knowledge and rare records with the Beirut Groove Collective’s resident crate diggers.

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