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French Hip Hop Culture Week - Breakdance

Thursday 29 April 2021

We are delighted to bring French Hip Hop Culture to Scotland with a series of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin with our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye. We would like to extend our thanks to our guests for their participation!

Every day during the week 26-30 April 2021, we will release an interview with one of the guests on their specific Hip Hop style. Be ready to discover the five main branches of Hip Hop: Rap, DJing, Graffiti, Breakdance and Beatbox.

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DAY 4: Virtual interview with journalist Olivier Cachin
and BREAKDANCE artist Fabrice Fiossonangaye

Interview in French (with English subtitles)

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About Fabrice Fiossonangaye:

Professional dancer, emblematic figure of the French Hip-Hop scene, Fabrice Fiossonangaye has been on the scene for more than thirty years. He is one of the founders and leaders of the legendary Breakdance Crew Figure 2 Style (F2S) created in 1996, which quickly took on a national and international scale. Since its creation, Figure 2 style transformed into an association in 2001, then into a dance school in 2009 located at the Resid’danse of the cultural centre Le Cèdre in Chenôve (France). Fabrice is a pillar in the transmission of hip hop culture and bases his work on the tradition of culture, based on respect, tolerance and sharing, with audiences of all ages.

About Figure 2 Style:

Figure 2 Style (F2S) was born out of the Positif Force group, which developed in Chenôve (Dijon metropolitan area) in the 1980s. The F2S group took shape in 1996 and exerted such an influence on Dijon that it took on a national scope. A strong core was formed, composed mainly of members of the same family (Fiossonangaye) and childhood friends. They at first participated in many dance workshops (Capoeira, African dance, oriental etc.). On April 25, 2001, the Figure 2 Style association was created to promote Hip Hop culture in Dijon and its surrounding area. Today, F2S has fifteen dancers (most of them with international fame such as Crazy Monkey, Sarah Bee, Ced-Rock, Julee-One, BG Manuela, Cyreal) and take part in performances, battles, debates and other cultural projects.

Official website of Association Figure 2 Style and Figure 2 Style Residence

About Olivier Cachin:

Olivier Cachin is a journalist, writer, TV/Radio presenter and lecturer famous for being one of the first journalists who has ever put light on French Hip Hop culture. He founded L’Affiche magazine and the television show Rapline, the first TV show dedicated to French rap music in the 90’s, and was editor in chief of hip hop magazine Radikal. He is the author of publications such as L’Offensive Rap, 100 Albums Essentiels Du Reggae, or Pop Life (the biography of Michael Jackson), or NTM biography. Every Saturday, he was on air with the radio station Mouv’ with his show La Sélection Rap. He interviewed artists such as Prince, James Brown, Chuck-D, David Bowie, Eminem, Dr Dre, Janet Jackson, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee.

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