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Stockholm at the weekend: Clubs, concerts and art

Weekend club, concert and art tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Steam room dance:

Tonight sees the premiere for a new club venture. Pure Purpose and friends are behind the Sweat concept. We have secretly listened to his mega mix all week and can promise it will be funkalicious and fantastic.

Locomotive Chaos:

Don’t Blame The Youth visit the best club for party-goers at H62. Residents Brint and Meekus play between ten and twelve. At midnight Vemdetta, Tinkiet, and Mell-B take over. It will be techno-testosterone, kuduro and the best Baltimores.

Italo Marathon:

Who doesn’t love soft synth pop, hard bass and lyrics in dodgy English? When 80’s dedicates the night to the world’s most encouraging music genre and invites the great Italo disco enthusiast, DJ Galliano, be prepared to go to bed late with major pains in your feet.

<a href="http://www.kalendarium.se/?konst=&action=sh&mn=klubb&id=721&kategori=&spliced=2008-04-04"Sweaty techno:

We don’t really know how many times we’vegone on about Slick now. But we just have to do it one more time. Pjotr and Patti are two of the best and on Saturday they meet in a colourful DJ-duel. The last time Slick took over Kägelbanan we saw our favorite professor Tiina Rosenberg smile at everyone. Now we’re hoping for a repeat.

Electro Fusion:

Culture clashes are exciting. At least when the best of two world meet in one huge electronic music party. We are obviously talking about Fuse, the club that brought together synth pop enthusiasts and electro-hipsters in one large heap of glow sticks and dyed hair.

The Hardest Concert:

Stockholm continues to be spoled with top-notch concerts. Onyx and Saigon are coming here on Friday. Put your fists in the air.


A big thank you to the Swedish Music Club. We love you with all of our heart. We have listened to The Keys continuously for two weeks. Rubies. Debaser Medis. Friday. Heart.


Tree Shimmer:

In My Tree is Swedish photographer Jenny Källman’s first individual exhibition in Stockholm since her graduation from Konstfack in 2002. With their subdued shimmer and painting-like expression, Källman’s photographs describe both strange and completely normal parts of daily life. Her work often touches people who find themselves between the ages of youth and adulthood, a time that is willingly portrayed in film and literature. You can now see Källman’s work at Crystal Palace.

Egyptian Architecture:

Swedish photographer Mats Eriksson presents his third individual exhibition at Mia Sundberg Gallery. In the new photo series, Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt, he examines a specific Egyptian city project south of Cairo, designed by the architect Hassan Fathy.


Meet the Spanish rapper bringing flamenco and bossa nova into hip-hop

Spanish rapper C. Tangana was taking a big risk when he started mixing old-fashioned influences like flamenco and bossa nova into his hip-hop -- but it's this eclectic sound that has turned him into a phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic.

Meet the Spanish rapper bringing flamenco and bossa nova into hip-hop
Spanish rapper Anton Alvarez known as 'C. Tangana' poses in Madrid on April 29, 2021. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

The 30-year-old has emerged as one of the world’s biggest Spanish-language stars since his third album “El Madrileno” — the Madrilenian — came out in February. That ranks him alongside his superstar ex-girlfriend Rosalia, the Grammy-winning Catalan singer with whom he has co-written several hits.

C. Tangana, whose real name is Anton Alvarez Alfaro, has come a long way since a decade ago when he became known as a voice of disillusioned Spanish youth in the wake of the financial crisis.These days his rap is infused with everything from reggaeton and rumba to deeply traditional styles from Spain and Latin America, with a voice often digitised by autotune.

“It’s incredible that just when my music is at its most popular is exactly when I’m doing something a bit more complex, more experimental and less
trendy,” he told AFP in an interview.

And he is unashamed to be appealing to a wider audience than previously: his dream is now to make music “that a young person can enjoy in a club or someone older can enjoy at home while cooking”.

‘People are tired’

The rapper, who sports a severe semi-shaved haircut and a pencil moustache, has worked with Spanish flamenco greats including Nino De Elche, Antonio Carmona, Kiko Veneno, La Hungara and the Gipsy Kings.

In April he brought some of them together for a performance on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk Concert” series, which has already drawn nearly six million
views on YouTube.

Shifting away from trap, one of rap’s most popular sub-genres, and venturing into a more traditional repertoire was a dangerous move — especially for someone with a young fanbase to whom rumba, bossa nova and bolero sound old-fashioned.

“I think people are tired. They’ve had enough of the predominant aesthetic values that have previously defined pop and urban music,” he said.

Parts of his latest album were recorded in Latin America with Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club, Uruguayan
singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, Mexican folk artist Ed Maverick and Brazil’s Toquinho, one of the bossa nova greats.

“What struck me most everywhere I went was the sense of tradition and the way people experienced the most popular music, and I don’t mean pop,” he said.

A new direction

C. Tangana started out in 2006 rapping under the name Crema. When the global economic crisis swept Spain a few years later, hard-hitting trap was
the perfect way to voice the angst of his generation. But after more than a decade of rapping, things changed.

“When I was heading for my 30s, I hit this crisis, I was a bit fed up with what I was doing… and decided to give voice to all these influences that I
never dared express as a rapper,” he said.

The shift began in 2018 with “Un veneno” (“A poison”) which came out a year after his big hit “Mala mujer” (“Bad woman”).

And there was a return to the sounds of his childhood when he used to listen to Spanish folk songs at home, raised by a mother who worked in
education and a journalist father who liked to play the guitar. The Latin American influences came later.

“It started when I was a teenager with reggaeton and with bachata which were played in the first clubs I went to, which were mostly Latin,” he said.

Studying philosophy at the time, he wrote his first raps between stints working in call centres or fast-food restaurants.

As to what comes next, he doesn’t know. But one thing he hopes to do is collaborate with Natalia Lafourcade, a Mexican singer who dabbles in folk, rock and pop — another jack of all musical trades.