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Stockholm clubs and concert tips: April 24 – 26

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

Deca Disco:

24:hours and T invite Hercules and Love Affair from the hip New York label DFA for a unique DJ set. The band’s sweaty combination of Chicago house, glitzy electronic disco and “fists in the air” makes its debut in Sweden at one of Stockholm’s best dance floors.

Safety Twee:

Indie pop non stop! Legendary pop band Ladybug Transistor and the critically acclaimed debutant My Brightest Diamond, both from Brooklyn, play live at Lava while Fritz’s Corner becomes a club night open to all.

Luxury Lobby:

Four clubs show the different sides of electronic music and take turns hosting Saturdays at Nordic Light Hotel’s delightful bar. Socially Hazardous is arranging the opening night with electronica, house and techno straight from the underworld. Galleri Kleerup maximizes the club experience with visuals and art.

Sugar Show:

Hootchy Kootchy celebrates its two year anniversary with a show in the best Carmen Miranda-style. Total sugar shock with stylish, sugary sweets from Gateau Chocolat, the lemon queen and gender bender Leroi the Girl Boi, seductive Sugar Kane and the club’s own Swiss meringue, The Hootchy Kootchy Hussies. Take your hottest banana hat with you and come party with the tropical beauties at Södra Teatern. If you want to skip the show, entrance costs 100 kronor.

Greek Rave:

It’s time to surrender to a whole night full of dance, sweat and snacks at club NaxXxOs. The guests are Patrick Crotty, Chrystelle, and The Captain who is one of New York’s best party planners. FInd out for yourself how good it can be when he

stands by the DJ booth and if you are one of the first guests you will get a bottle of Brahma.

Saturday hip hop:

B-Line play at Hotel Rival on Mariatorget. Red wine, cold beer, and drinks in the company of good friends to the accompaniment of the best hip hop mix from Sam and Moon Suck.

Valborg Love:

It’s Valborg and Grodan is arranging a crash party. The lower floor will be jam-packed with a young all star feeling as the crazily talented Risky Bizniz and the wonder kids from Boeoes Kaelstigen join Pacemaker, Serato, DJ-Controller and cd in the DJ booth. It will be rock hard, crazy, well-mixed and an altogether fantastic dance experience.

Send In The Clowns and Windup Sthlm will be on the top floor. Yes, you heard right. Stockholm’s best “indie club” and its best friend provide the music. It will be full of euphoria, hands in the air and many hugs in the city’s freshest bar.

The best of two worlds, on two floors. DJ equipment from the future and dance all night. Your Valborg is saved!


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.