As part of BME’s efforts to promote Brazilian music around the world, the November/December edition of Songlines magazine, will bring to its readers a CD-selection of Brazilian tracks chosen by our international PRs Jody Gillett and Robert Singerman, and international contributor Zjakki Willems. The magazine and CD will also be distributed at this year’s Womex trade fair in Cardiff.
01. Siba – A Bagaceira
Praised by The Guardian as “one of the mavericks of the Brazilian music scene,” Siba mixes Northeastern Brazilian rhythms, rock ‘n’ roll and romantic Brazilian ‘brega’ music with African influences such as 70s Senegalese guitar music and Congotronics. A pioneer in the manguebeat revolution of the late 90s, he’s redefined contemporary Brazilian roots music with his folk orchestra Siba e a Fuloresta, and now, he turns a new page as a tropical rocker with a collection of songs hailed by Brazilian critics as one of the top albums of 2012.
02. DJ Mam & Trio Manari – Sambarimbó (Moombathon Step Mix)
DJ Mam – stage name of Rio producer and songwriter Marco Aurélio Marinho – has headed such projects as Brazilian Lounge and Estudando o Som. Along with Marcelinho da Lua he received the Night Rio 2012 Awards for best MPB/Regional DJ. He has performed for over two million people on the main stage of New Year’s Eve on Copacabana beach, he’s the songwriter of “Oba Rio” (the official anthem of the city!). His latest album is entitled Sotaque Carregado, Sotaque Carregado, mixing regional rhythms such as funk carioca, carimbó, tecnobrega, baião, coco, xote and samba de roda with afrobeat, disco, reggae, dancehall, moombahton, dubstep, reggae and rock.
03. Filarmonica de Pasargada – Por Um Fio
Formed in 2008 by music students, the Filarmonica de Pasargada originally focused on performing the songs of the group’s principal songwriter Marcelo Segreto (who promised fame and financial success). Performing contemporary MPB, with influences of Los Hermanos, Radiohead and Tom Zé, the group has won prizes at various music festivals. The band name is a tribute to poet Manuel Bandeira, whose poem (“I’m off to Pasargadae”) speaks of an imaginary place where you can achieve what you can not accomplish in life.
04. Dona Onete – Jamburana
Dona Onete has had a lifetime connected to the culture of the state of Pará. After a many years as a teacher, she was discovered by the group Coletivo Rádio Cipó who performed a mixture of dub, rock and carimbó. She recently acted in the local film Eu Receberia As Piores Notícias Dos Seus Lindos Lábios” and has toured most of the country’s principal music festivals. In 2009 she made her first solo recordings, with her first official album released in 2012.
05. Mawaca – So Perewatxe
During their 15-year career, the band has produced six albums and a DVD. The last album – “Rupestres Sonoros – A tribute to the people from the forest” presents indigenous songs from different regions of the Amazon (and ranked 4th in World Music Charts Europe), and has revealed an inner Brazil, unknown to most people. Under band-leader Magda Pucci, they have developed a solid career, and even with no support of the mainstream music industry, the band regularly sells out concerts both in Brazil and abroad.
06. Rodrigo Campos – Sou De Salvador
Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. One of the best composers of the new Brazilian music wave, his second album Bahia Fantástica, has been acclaimed by Brazilian and international critics, such as the New York Times. With his musical roots as a samba musician, Rodrigo’s latest album evokes 1970s MPB. Guest participations from Criolo and Luísa Maita.
07. Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda – No Ar
The band started in 2007, a meeting between traditional frevo musicians and expressive names of the new generation of musicians from Pernambuco. Conceived by drummer Gilú Amaral (considered by Naná Vasconcelos as one of the most creative names of the new generation), the group features two major musical traditions from Pernambuco: the percussion and the wind instruments (with a tuba quartet, sax, trumpet and trombone led by Maestro Ivan do Espírito Santo), all hailing from the first professional school of music from Pernambuco, the Grêmio Musical Henrique Dias, founded in 1954.
08. Lanny Gordin – Riff 01
Lanny Gordin was born in Shanghai, China in 1951. He lived briefly in Israel, until the family came to Brazil in 1958. At 16 he was playing guitar and bass in Stardust, a night club owned by his father, in downtown Sao Paulo. In 1968 he was discovered and shortly thereafter participated in recordings with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, usually with harmonies by maestro Rogerio Duprat. Lanny’s daring improvisation attracted the attention of artists such as Tim Maia, Elis Regina, Jair Rodrigues and Erasmo Carlos, with whom he also came to play. After a number of years away from the spotlight he’s back touring and recording.
09. Naurêa – Casa De Preto (Electric version by Alex Sant’Anna)
With a sound baptised as forró-punk, Naurêa has a vast and respectable resumé. In 2012 London Olympics welcomed the band. They also performed for official FIFA events in Germany 2006 and Panamerican Games in Rio 2007. Over the past 10 years they’ve toured Brazil and much of the European festival circuit. Their last EP – Furdunço – translates to English as mess, party, noises. And that’s the intention, to mix up Sambaião, Zouk, Cumbia, Reggaeton, eastern European, Dancehall… all of it put together as one to tell the story of a multicultural land in the 21st century.
10. Revista do Samba – Só Eu Só
Based in São Paulo, this trio was formed in 1999 and since then is successfully performing around Brazil and abroad. With 2 albums released in Europe by Traumton, as well as an album with French group Tante Hortense, the band recently recorded a DVD of their performances at Festival au Désert in Mali and Burkina Faso.
11. Ully Costa – Pindorama
Singer with the samba-rock act Sandália de Prata, Ully Costa’s first solo album establishes a bridge between best traditions of MPB and soul. She also performs with Vozes Bugras who perform songs from the Iorubá and Tupi-Guarani traditions.
12. Alafia – Em Punga
The soul groove, reflecting the black dance clubs of the 70s or the latest rap, with rhythms mirroring the urban chaos of the metropolis, or the hypnotic drumming of the samba schools, are all part of the rich cauldron of popular music of the city. Aláfia are a São Paulo band.
13. Maga Bo – No Balanço da Canoa feat. Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka
Maga Bo’s work as a producer, DJ, and musician has received international acclaim. He has worked and performed in over 40 countries including performances at WOMAD UK, Mundial and Transmediale. He counts among his collaborators the likes of Mulatu Astatke, Marcelo Yuka and Issa Bagayogo. His music and remixes have been released by Sound Way Records, Tru-Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Cumbancha, Soot and many others.