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As part of BME’s effort to promote Brazilian music around the world, our team has signed an arrangement with World Music magazine Songlines, in which the publication that will be available for the participants of 2012 Midem (Cannes/France) will also bring to its readers a selection of 14 Brazilian songs chosen by our international PRs.
Artists and producers were invited to upload their material, and among all those who participated, these are the following songs that will be compiled – artists that make new music in different scenes and locations across the country, from the Amazon to the heart of the megacity:
Compiled by Jody Gillett and Zjakki Willems.
01 – Tiganá Santana – Muloloki
Tiganá Santana is a singer-songwriter from Bahia, a young Brazilian poet exploring the African cultural legacy which resonates so deeply in his state and his nation. Muloloki is a song with Angolan accents from his debut album “Maçalê” which won accolades from fellow Bahian musicians Naná Vasconcelos and Virgínia Rodrigues.
02 – Anelis – Mulher Segundo Meu Pai
With her velvet voice and charismatic delivery, Anelis has carved out her own glowing reputation on the current São Paulo scene. Mulher Segundo Meu Pai, written by her father, the late great Itamar Assumpção, opens her debut album “Sou suspeita, estou sujeita, não sou santa.”
03 – Retrofoguetes – Maldito Mambo!
Bahian instrumental trio Retrofoguetes mix surf music, mambo and rockabilly into this bouncing track. Maldito Mambo! (from their album “Chachachá”) could be the sound-track to a 60s spy thriller or the theme-tune of a retro circus rolling into town.
04 – DJ Tudo e sua Gente De Todo Lugar – Sou Massape: My Community Is Humanity (live)
Alfredo Bello (AKA DJ Tudo) is on a mission to take Brazilian traditional sounds global. One of the leading researchers into popular Brazilian music, he mixes samples of field recordings with the explosive sound of his own band Gente De Todo Lugar. On Sou Massape – My Community Is Humanity, funk goes live with maracatu from Sergipe.
05 – Orquestra à Base de Corda e Roberto Corrêa – Parecença
Roberto Corrêa is a highly respected guitarist/composer from Brasilia. This project, withOrquestra à Base de Corda, beautifully adapts the European orchestral model to Brazilian arrangements played on bandolins, cavaquinho, viola caipira and rabeca violin.
06 – Luísa Maita – Fulaninha
Since the release of her debut album “Lero-Lero” in 2010 Luísa Maita has toured the world and made her mark as one of the rising young voices of Brazil. Fulaninha is a sweet Afro-Brazilian baião about the struggle to realize your dreams.
07 – Pagotech – Os Tambores Do Meu Povo
Pagotech inject dreamy dub and digital beats into Bahia’s powerhouse percussive traditions. Pagotech pay tribute to pagode, Salvador’s favourite samba style, and create a new vision for the tradition via technology and a whole-hearted love of Bahian popular music.
08 – Graveola – Babulina’s Trip
Belo Horizonte’s Graveola do easy-going but never simple. This samba-funk track swings along, partying with old and new influences in the best anthropophagic traditions of Brazil’s Tropicalia pop giants – it takes sweat to sound this breezy.
09 – Swami Jr. – Paladino
Swami Jr. is a brilliant and versatile acoustic guitar player (7-string), bass player, producer, arranger and composer based in São Paulo. He has recorded with countless Brazilian greats as well as working extensively with Cuban legend Omara Portuondo. This track is a choro dedicated to the guitarist Dino Sete Cordas, one of the greatest choro players.
10 - Orquestra Imperial – Ela Rebola
Orquestra Imperial is a 25-piece all-star band from Rio de Janeiro founded by Kassin and featuring Rodrigo Amarante, Nina Becker and Moreno Veloso (who sings lead vocals on this track). Their mission to revive the retro dance-hall samba style called gafieira has been a spectacular success. A new album is on the way.
11 – Sacassaia – Pega O Gringo
Sacassaia is the name of a ferocious type of soldier ant, and this band from Brasilia are on the march, devouring silence with their mix of dancehall, electronica and hip hop. Pego O Gringo mixes Brazilian and international flavours just like their ultra-modern capital city.
12 – Caçapa – Coco-Rojão No. 4
Guitarist/producer Caçapa is from Recife and pulls on North-Eastern roots riches to create music with subtle digital effects. He has played with many Pernambucan greats including Siba, Alessandra Leão and Nação Zumbi. Coco-Rojão (from his 2011 solo album “Elefantes Na Rua Nova”) is a hypnotic take on traditional coco, where virtuosity meets heart.
13 – Iracema Hot Sound – Compositor da Rale
Guga de Castro has been rocking Fortaleza beach parties for years, and has become one of Brazil’s fave DJs. Now he’s here with his project Iracema Hot Sound creating new tropical dance genres like house-carimbó and ska-tecnobrega. Compositor da Rale takes guitarrada to clubland with lovely, happy, hazy horns.
14 – Felipe Cordeiro – Legal e Ilegal
Belém, the city at the mouth of the Amazon, is a music hot-spot to watch in Brazil andFelipe Cordeiro’s name is buzzing. Embracing the local bubble-gum pop (brega) and liquid guitarrada riffs, his sound nods to tecnomelody and lambada and winks at you from the dancefloor. Legal e ilegal is from his debut album “Kitsch Pop Cult”.
Juliano Zappia is a journalist and producer. He lives in London for ten years, where he serves as publisher of monthly and bilingual JungleDrums Magazine. In the British capital, he already had organized the first Brazilian Film Festival (New Brazil in 2005), and the largest outdoor event with Brazil as a theme, “Tô Dentro!” by the river Thames in 2006. He also produced and promoted several shows of great Brazilian artists such as Maria Rita, Vanessa da Mata, Adriana Calcanhoto and Céu.
This cultural agitator is another character in the series of our ” International Tours” interviews.
- What is the right time to try a Brazilian artist an international tour?
There is no formula, but having the CD released in Europe or the U.S. helps a lot, mostly to draw the attention of local media.
- What is the greatest difficulty in terms of production? Are there are striking differences in relation to the Brazilian market?
Depends on the artist and the stage of career. A Maria Rita may want to bring the same tour of Brazil and it´s gonna be the same to make the show. But smaller artists surely have found conditions like never seen in Brazil. The greatest difficulty is to understand that the artist has to adapt his show out.
- In general, what is the most difficult to organize an international tour?
Nowadays with the crisis in Europe, falling dollar and strengthening of the real, is the high amount of tickets that the producer needs to sell to avoid losing money. Getting support from the press in some countries is also very complicated (the competition with African music gets in the way Brazil. Costs are high and the return pro producer and band, low.
- The internet is an ally in these cases? Is it easier for the planning and distribution network account?
Totally. Facebook is a major tool, as well as the Spotify player. Most ticket sales are made online. And today sites like Mondomix, Sounds and Colours, blogs and everything else, helps to sell tickets.
- What is the advantage of attempting an international tour? What kind of precautions must be taken not to throw money away?
In recent years it´s hard get good reasons to invest, since the domestic market (Brazil) walks in expansion and the foreign, in shrunken, but depending on the stage and style of the artist, is worth a lot. For example, if a good band percussion find the partner / right audience, can play in various festivals / locations around the world, something that in Brazil sometimes wouldn´t be possible. Others may have a foreign sound (rock band singing in English) and the market outside of Brazil may be essential.
- Which foreign market opens more space for Brazilian artists today? Are there places where brazilian music penetrates more easily?
France remains a strong partner in Brazil, and Portugal. Already other countries is more complicated. Even in England, Latin music and other African countries seem to have more public than that of Brazilian.
The River Raid band from Pernambuco is ready to pack! Winner of the national phase of the Global Battle of Bands, GBOB, they were selected to represent the Brazilian indie scene in Malaysia, and performs in Kuala Lumpur on February 25.
We searched for the musicians that, before boarding, talked a little bit about the event. Check out:
GBOB is a competition that happens since 2004. Here in Brazil was the first year that happened. It’s one more opportunity to independent bands disseminate their work and draw the attention of the media. Also, the award to the mundial phase winner band is very interesting. Besides a share in cash ($ 10,000.00), the winner is entitled to record an album and tour with 10 dates in London, outside all marketing that is done upon the winning band.
Who told us that in 2010 there was a national phase of the contest was one of the organizers. Any band can participate, simply register with the site of the GBOB Brazil and pay the rate. This year the selective took place in Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo.
The first stage took place in Recife, among the jurors were Paulo André (Abril Pro Rock) and two journalists and music critics of the city. Only this is a tremendous opportunity for independent bands, to have a feedback from Paulo André, curator of the biggest music festivals in Brazil there, watching a perform of your band is a great chance!
Represents a great responsibility and an honor too, we were delighted to win the national stage in Rio de Janeiro, we played at Circo Voador with Nação Zumbi. And once again, the jury made the difference: Victor Kelly (A & R at EMI), Marcelo Lobato (O Rappa band) and Richard Schott (Billboard journalist). Altogether there were 120 bands entered in Brazil.
We are traveling with the idea of giving the best, as we always did until today, if we gonna win or not the mundial final stage is hard to tell. But winning the national stage the way it happened for us is a victory.
The preparation has no secret, just need practice a lot. We will perform own two music, just as it was in the stage of Recife. We chose “Team Up” and “Summer” that has a very direct language and up. Besides being two songs that were in the Top 500 of the 16th Billboard World Song Contest.
We released in Fortaleza in the second half of 2010 and we are scheduling the release in the rest of Brazil. The album reflects a new moment of composition of the band. The first album has compositions from various stages of the band’s career, that we entered the studio to write and record. It’s an album more mature in terms of harmony and melody, which does not leave the rock style that we always have, but has more pop compositions as well. The album was recorded with the support of the Ministry of Culture (Lei Rouanet).