Electric Vardo November newsletter – Part 1

A note from Amar:
Dear friends and supporters. You may have heard the news already of Dear Cheb i Sabbah’s passing a couple of days ago. He was an inspiration, friend and uncle to me. He was one of the key people who gave me the opportunities which brought my career to where it is today. I remember back in 2004 when I was a new DJ, he asked me to sub for him at his Tuesday night weekly at Nickie’s while he was travelling. That is a big part of what kickstarted it all for me.

He was diagnosed with stage  stomach cancer just a day after he played at the Tribal Fest Afterparty in May of 2011. The music and support of all of the people from around the world who stepped up to help him with his medical treatments that and filled the dancefloors that summer forward is what kept him going longer than the doctors ever believed possible (they gave him an estimate of just a few weeks to live). Following alternative treatment in germany and India, he strongly snapped back and continued travelling and rocking dancefloors. He was still coming out and DJing until just a few weeks ago. Holistic treatment kept him healthier for the time he was here than chemo ever would have. He chose the right thing so he could be present rather than slowly fade away. His message to all who love him is to send him off with meditations wishing him well on his journey into the next realm.

His partner during the last few years of his life, Eloise, who was by his side and took care of Cheb i Sabbah from beginning to end, shares this message: “Please take a moment to recite mantra for Chebiji’s liberation, for world peace, for true happiness for all sentient beings. “OM MANI PADME HUM” … It was my honor to care for him, to share life and love together. He is forever with me, he is my angel. OM MANI PADME HUM!”

Eloise is His angel, and is a permanent member of our family. Blessings go out to Eloise, to the rest of Chebiji’s family – including his close friends who he considered family just the same – and to his extended family of supporters who stood by his side from near and far.

This coming Tuesday, we will be honoring him at the new Tuesday weekly that we started in part as a way to keep his dream alive. Cheb i Sabbah, DJ Sep, Dulce Vita, Gina Grandi and myself launched Underground Nomads together as a new event to bring together the world music vibes that were created by Cheb i Sabbah’s legendary Tuesdays at Nickie’s, by the Thursday nights at El Rio back in the day with Ultra Gypsy, DJ Sep, myself, Soulsalaam and Jef Stott, the belly dance nights at Amira and other regular world music inspired events that we all used to go out to, perform at and enjoy. We are continuing and Growing our Underground Nomads nights in honor of Chebiji.

The streaming link is at the f8 website.


Electric Vardo Event Recommendations, shows we support, shows we are involved in:

November 10 – 6pm-9pm: Dangerous Beauties at New Parish, Oakland.

Dangerous Beauties – the Long Strange Trip, A tribute to the Founding Mothers of the 60s and 70s. Evening show, doors at 6pm. Show ends at 9pm.


November 10 – 9pm-2am: Dub Mission featuring Mad Professor.

An extra-special Dub Mission lands at the Elbo Room this Sunday with Mad Professor, Joe Ariwa, General Levy and DJ Sep. Resident DJs and Special Guests are presented every Sunday, with an extra-big bang on the long weekends. This Veteran’s day weekend is not exception. I highly recommend arriving early.


Tuesday November 12th: UNDERGROUND NOMADS Tuesdays at F8.
Tribute to Cheb i Sabbah. Special Guest Mo Corleone (Ambient Mafia) JoinsDJ Amar with resident dancers FatChanceBellyDance and Masha, plus Special Guests Jade Itiene and Rasa Vitalia.
We will start the evening this Tuesday with a Meditation / Prayer Session for Chebiji from 8-9pm, with DJ sets and dance performances following. We will stream live, for those of you out of town who wish to join from home.

Underground Nomads Upcoming Weeks:
Nov. 12: DJ Amar, Mo Corleone. Dancers FatChanceBellyDance + more. 
– 8pm Meditation/gathering for Cheb i Sabbah before the show.
Nov. 19: DJ SEP. Dancers Heather Shoopman, Calamity Sam
Nov. 26: Dulce VitaDan Cantrell. Amar’s Birthday Party, Extended Lineup featuring The Lady Fred, Jodi Waseca, Verbatim, Tatyana, Jennifer faust, Millie Maddox (and some surprises, I hear 🙂


Saturday November 16th (San Francisco): Non Stop Bhangra

Resident night with your Non Stop Bhangra crew: Your hosts DJ Jimmy Love and Dholrhythms. Residents Rav-E (DJ, Dhol), Pavit & Mehul (Dhol), Amar (Visuals), Odell Hussey (Photography). Non Stop Bhangra brings an eclectic bhangra vibe to Public Works in SF every month. This will be the last NSB of 2013. Come party with us before we take a month off to refresh for the new year leading up to NSB 100 and upward.


Sunday November 17 (Nov. 16, featuring Unmata & Calamity Sam,
is sold out): Beats Antique at the Fillmore with Alam Khan.


Beats Antique: A Thousand Faces tour, 2 nights at the Fillmore. Saturday night is Sold Out. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for Saturday, you will get to see UNMATA and Calamity Sam joining Zoe Jakes’s Special Guest performer crew. I hear they might be back on Sunday (but this is not confirmed). Tickets are still available for Sunday, when they will be joined by Alam Khan.


Thursday December 5 (Los Angeles, CA): Zulu Lounge
– A Vaudeville Holiday

DJ Amar and Calamity Sam return to their So-Cal residency joined by a smash-bangin lineup of LA’s top dancers, musicians and DJs. This show will showcase a wide range of dance performance styles, with dancefloor music spanning genres and cultures across the globe. We are back at our wonderful home in Hollywood: The King King, for a holiday spectacular that you will not want to miss. Discover the magic and music of Zulu lounge with resident DJs Amar and Psychotropic rockin the dancefloor with a special ATS and ITS jam on stage leading you into the night after an evening chock full of amazing performances.


Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. classes with Calamity Sam

Calamity Sam is the Official Bay Area Hot Pot instructor, teaching level 1 UNMATA I.T.S. in the East Bay. Level 2, and classes in SF coming soon.
Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville, CA.
Level 1: 8:15-9:45pm.
Level 2 coming soon.

DJ Amar’s Facebook Page .Electric Vardo Facebook Page

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