Alexandria Truex of Dutruex Hula Hoops and Hooping Idol 4 is ready for a hoop to hoop duel with her twins. In this fun springtime hooping video she’s keeping busy having some fun in the sun, showing off her impressive double on-body hoop splits and some sweet isolations and body rolls too. Filmed by Casi King and Ilex Thomson, Alexandria currently lives in Portland, Oregon, USA. The soundtrack for this one is “Nuages” by Leon Hunt, or at least that’s what Shazam keeps telling us.
Making his hooping.org debut, Mickael Bellemene of Maison Bellemene Productions spins up something graceful in this mini hoop dance with the sky as his backdrop. Filmed at the Sky Garden at the Pinnacle@Duxton in Singapore, his expressive style and mini hoop tech flow really caught our eye. Mickael is currently based in Los Angeles, California, USA, and the soundtrack is unknown to us, so if you know it please share with the rest of us in the comments below.
Jeremy Rand, otherwise known as SpaceDragon of SpaceDragon Hoops, has put together a home made hooping demo that’s got some beautiful isolations, amazing body rolls, mini hoop magic and some seriously funky and fun flow. We love this guy! And the slow motion stuff of his hair is pretty mind blowing too. Jeremy is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, and the song he’s hooping to is “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion and you can score a copy of it for your own music collection quite easily on iTunes.
Snake Hooper, aka Lou Cat of Lou-Cat.com, returns with her favorite kind of fusion – belly dancing and mini hooping of course! Watch her shimmy and captivate you with the kind of fluid movement that is well-known to belly dancing, and see how seamlessly she incorporates her hoops in this. She currently lives in Paris, France, and the song used in this video is “Turkish Honga (StreamerPilot Rare Remix)” by Ot Azoj Klezmerband and you can download a copy of it for your own collection over on Soundcloud.
Shaheen Van Der Schyff of The Fiery Pixies spins up some very intriguing mini-hooping shapes and patterns here, ones he’s been working on for the past three months. “Its been giving my brain a serious workout too,” Shaheen told us. Filmed in Bali, Indonesia, the end result is beautifully mesmerizing! Shaheen lives in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, and the soundtrack for this is unknown to us, so if you know it please share with the rest of us in the comments below.
by Philo Hagen
Cosmic Village is a conscious folk collective led by Uche Nkanginieme, a 19-year-old Nigerian singer/songwriter and hooper. Born in the UK, she relocated to the United States when she was 6-years-old, where she grew up musically in the Ohio music festival scene. Today she writes songs to elevate her audience, sharing what’s real with a sense of comfort and “Twinkle”, their debut single, does just that. The brand new music video that was released this week not only has Uche singing too, it also has her hooping in it as well. Directed and edited by Derrick Schweizer of the 32nd Bellwood, while watching the video I became an instant fan so I spoke with Uche to find out more about her, her music and her hooping.
Philo: I just watched your music video for the first time. When and how did you start hooping?
Uche: I started hooping at the very first music festival I went to almost two years. The festival was called Hoopla In The Hills and it was in Athens, Ohio. The headliners were EOTO and Keller Williams and I had never been exposed to advanced hooping before. When I saw some girls blowing my mind with their hoops me and my best friend at the time became inspired to give it a shot.
Philo: A year later you were performing at that festival, right?
Uche: Yes! 1 year after I played my first ever music fest as a musician at Hoopla In The Hills 2014 – featuring Papadosio, Ott, Phutureprimitive, Moon Hooch, Cosby Sweater, etc.
Philo: And now it looks like you’ve been playing music and hooping for years.
Uche: Believe it or not, spinning fire in my music video was only the 2nd time I had spun hoops on fire.
Philo: How has hooping changed your life?
Uche: To me, hooping is meditation – some call it liquid meditation which is a very fitting description. It has brought profound peace into my life and I truly think it is something sacred. I think geometric patterns manifest themselves all throughout nature, so when I hoop I feel as though I am honoring the geometric tendencies of our natural world. When I hoop I like to believe that my body is the nucleus of an atom with the electrons orbiting around the nucleus. I’ve also discovered a whole lot of workout moves to tone my arms, abs, and legs with hooping. I am actually really excited to make custom hoops for my whole family for Christmas this year. They think I am strange for dancing with hoops, but I am hoping they will use the hoops as a form of exercise at least. Hooping has also given me a new-found appreciation for music. I have discovered so much new music after going hooping and going to music festivals.
Philo: Tell me about your music journey. How long have you been making music?
Uche: I started at the end of my junior year in high school. I am only 19, so that was a little over 2 years ago. I first got a ukulele so I could learn “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye because I was in high school and obsessed with that song. But then I just never stopped messing around with my ukulele. I truly never planned to be a musician or write songs. But it’s been made clear to me that this is what I should be doing so I feel as though Creator is clearing the path for me to share my art with people who can benefit from it.
Philo: You’ve had a pretty intense debut this year.
Uche: I played at 14 festivals, travelled 8,000+ miles and my band page already has over 1,100 fans, so it is a good enough sign for me to keep on creating.
Philo: If I have any say in it, I think you should. What’s the story behind Twinkle?
Uche: “Twinkle” is a re-interpretation of the classic nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” It is a lullaby based on the ever present cyclical tendencies of nature and reflection. Its purpose it to uplift, inspire, and remind. Hip Hop meets folk for this track and it’s a combination that can sooth listeners both before bed or when they have a flow toy in hand! We chose this track as our debut track because we want to start of our musical journey of a positive vibration. We hope to look back on this years from now, proud that we started our journey with love, integrity, and consciousness in mind.
Philo: Excellent. How does it feel hooping to a soundtrack of your own creation?
Uche: It’s definitely not something I do often. It was refreshing because I almost always hoop to dubstep music or some kind of electronic music, so it was a nice change to hoop to some chill folk music. It also made me feel like I was truly embodying my art in the music video, because music is my art form, but hooping and flowing is also my art form. So it was as if I was giving/releasing myself to my music.
Philo What’s coming on the horizon for you and Cosmic Village?
Uche Well, my loop pedal is set to arrive tomorrow. So next year during my sets there will be a lot of beat-box looping and vocal looping. Also, we are currently booking for 2015 festival season and we already have some pretty hefty festivals lined up that we cannot start announcing until the festivals announce their lineups first. But more importantly, Twinkle is the first track off of a 4 song EP that I am releasing in March 2015.
Philo: I saw that you can preorder it and that the proceeds are going to a greenhouse?
Uche: Yes! We are using the EP to fund a geo-dome greenhouse for an urban garden/spiritual center in Akron, Ohio. I was inspired by The Polish Ambassadors permaculture action tour. I have a really hard time charging people money for the music I create, so what I decided to do was to use all the EP sales and donate that to a Kickstarter Campaign (launching mid-March 2015) that will fund the greenhouse. All we have to raise is $500 and we can provide Akron with an all-year organic 16ft in diameter greenhouse so they can grow food year-round in the city. I live in Cleveland so I see a lot of the problems that exist in cities. But Cosmic Village doesn’t believe in running away from our problems. We want to help build new city models that will make the current ones obsolete. So we want to see a greener future and plan on doing a lot more green work throughout the rest of our career and lives.
You can find out more about Cosmic Village on their website, follow them on Facebook, and pre-order a copy of the Twinkle EP on Bandcamp. Cosmic Village seeks to utilize sound, visual artistry and performance arts to bring about positive social change. Through peaceful activism such as environmental initiatives, self-love, artistic collaboration, and giving back to the global community in holistic and sustainable ways.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Winter may be arriving for those of us in the northern lands, but in the Southern Hemisphere spring has truly sprung and Alvin Lopez takes his mini hoops into a rather magical looking forest to spin up some mini hoop manipulations that we all enjoyed. Whether it’s with a single hoop or several, his hoop tech work and isolations are really a joy to watch. Alvin lives in Quezon City, Philippines, and the soundtrack for this is a song called “Shift” by Serph and you can score a copy of it for your own music collection quite easily over on iTunes.