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”.