Tuesday, December 2, 2014

starRo "Lust"

Ugh! I mean that in a good way. I LOVE THIS TRACK. What starRo did with it is just so nice. That straight samba pandeiro going about 80 miles per hour and then **!bam!** starRo flips it. Here's a bit about starRo, Shinya Mizoguchi (from his Bio on Soundcloud): A native of Tokyo, Japan and now resident of Los Angeles, California - starRo, the rising sun whose story permeates much farther than the music he makes, but rather an embodiment of sacrifice, persistence and passion...read more.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sango - Da Rocinha 2


This was released January 14, 2014. Sorry I took so long! I honestly don't like to say too much about the music I post, I want you to experience it for yourself. The whole album is dope, but one of my favorite tracks is "Baile Somebody". You'll recognize the sample from Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" Brazilian music heads will recognize the baile funk rhythms throughout. I really dug the bass he put on there. Anyway, enjoy! (psst, free download! click the link ;)) Also be sure to check out the first Da Rocinha.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

#WorldCup2014 Realness Pt. 2: Street Child World Cup



Okay, I had to do a Part 2 on the World Cup (please spare me all your CPT jokes).

On a more uplifting note, there was a Street Child World Cup held in Rio this year. British charity Street Child United in association with Save the Children and several global partners held the second ever Street Child World Cup in Rio in April. Over 230 former street children from 19 countries came together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a unique football tournament, festival of arts and a participatory conference. The event got support from Pope Francis, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, World Cup winners Gilberto Silva and Bebeto and football legend Zico.

Watch the video above to see footage from the kids who participated.

Street Child United aims to provide a platform for street children to be heard, challenge negative stereotypes of street children and to promote the rights of  street children.

Since the Rio 2014 games, teams have returned to their countries and spoken to Presidents, Prime Ministers, Parliaments, Governments, national television, communities, schools and street children championing their triumphs and the rights of street children across the world. To find out more about their impact visit https://www.streetchildunited.org/what-we-do/our-impact/.




#WorldCup2014 Realness Pt. 1: Rich vs. Poor




Yes, the World Cup is long over but I still have to say my piece. Many people already have a notion of Brazil as the country of coffee, soccer, samba, and sex. As a cultural worker, I suppose I'm representing the last two. I found out that it's deeper, though. Brazilians take a different attitude toward all three. Soccer is not just a game in Brazil (or in a majority of the world for that matter), Brazil is soccer's "spiritual home." Almost everybody plays, it's part of the cultural fabric. That's why this World Cup is so special.

I love that more people are paying attention to everything about Brazil now that it's hosting the World Cup, and soon, the Olympics. The vast and rich culture including its music and dances from the folk to the contemporary--there's a lot to discover and appreciate in the "country of the future."
I'm glad there are more eyes and ears on Brazil both for the fact that there's so much beauty there and also for the prospect of people broadening their perspective of the country. As your local Samba Queen, it means I definitely have to stay on top of my game while representing the art of Samba abroad. But just as important for me is the opportunity to bring attention to viewpoints not present in mainstream news, which was my goal with this post:

So several people are shocked that I'm not in Brazil for the World Cup. I'm honestly not a big sports fan, so football madness wasn't really appealing. My glamorous life of Samba Dancing in the big apple has me busy just making rent these days anyhow. After watching the Vice News World Cup reporting I wouldn't want to be there anyway, my first world guilt might get the best of me. Tim Pool reports from the ground in "Contra a Copa: The Other Side of Brazil's World Cup", showing how chaotic the lead-up to the games has been and documenting the dissatisfaction of many Brazilians with the government's prioritizing a major international event over domestic conditions and social services. Pool and his guide go from marching and encampment protests numbering in the thousands in Rio, to the largest favela (slum) in Latin America, Roçinha, where rapper Weelf gives a tour pointing out the 24-hour police surveillance cameras installed upon pacification; the Maracanã stadium where games are being held and rich fans chant for poor fans to shut up; and into Rio's new central hi-tech surveillance center where all police forces, civil, federal and military, watch over the city. Burning cars, an apparently innocent civilian disappeared, civil unrest. This is that realness the international media reported on in 2013 when million of Brazilians took to the streets sparked by a public transportation fare increase. For many Brazilians the games are out of reach because it's so expensive to get tickets, and even local street vendors have been banned from selling immediately outside the stadium. It's like everyone is invited to your house for a party but you're not allowed to leave your room. But you're not a kid, you're a full grown adult. And your parents decided to go ahead and renovate the living room but you'd have to pay to go in it. You get it. You would be protesting, too. All of this just makes me look at that Coke commercial with the cute black kids dancing a little differently. Also note the music in this piece, by DJ Babao. Gunshots are part of the baile funk beats.

Check out Vice's World Cup Coverage playlist on YouTube. 

Oh, yeah, and a quick Google search of online English-language media today returned just this 300-person protest in Sao Paulo on Tuesday reported by NDTV. So maybe football fever has taken hold and folks are wary of protesting..


Friday, August 22, 2014

Souleance - "Mais Um"

New Favorite. Probably gonna do some choreography to this.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Brazil Now

Afropop Worldwide's latest show on Brazil highlights the sounds Brazilian artists are creating now. Apparently there's a pervasive feeling of being unbound by traditional sounds of samba and Brazilian percussion. Baile funk has been influenced by Caribbean sounds and some artists are exploring electronic music more. It all makes for an interesting aural landscape. Also of note is Brazilian artists' reaction to the World Cup; many are upset at FIFA (soccer's governing body) rules and see the infrastructure created for the games as ultimately useless in the long term, although now a celebratory atmosphere pervades the country. This is definitely worth the listen! Free download as well ;). Enjoy.

Brazilian Boogie





Sometimes I get so excited about some tracks that I just post them up and say nothing, hoping folks will trust my impeccable taste and just listen. This mix was one of those moments. The selections are just so FUNKY and the perfect tempo for summer, lilting and carrying that groove, just right to get you in the mood for the beach or straight chillin'. I'm going to post the track list for this soon, stay tuned.

Check out this article by Allen Thayer on my beloved WaxPoetics.com about Lincoln Olivetti, Brazilian musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Get descriptions and insights about every track in Thayer's article.

Track list:
1. Dicró “Disco Voador” from Dicró (Continental) 1979
2. Marcia Maria “Amigo Branco” from Marcia Maria (Capitol) 1978
3. Erasmo Carlos “Alem Do Horizonte” with Tim Maia from Convida (Polygram) 1980
4. Jorge Ben “Rio Babilonia” from Dádiva (Som Livre) 1983 (this is my joint!!)
5. Tony Bizarro “Estou Livre” (Elektra) 1983
6. Painel de Controle “Black Coco” (RCA) 1978
7. Tim Maia “Não Vá” from Tim Maia (Polygram) 1980
8. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti “Eva” from S/T (Som Livre) 1982
9. Emilio Santiago “Dentro De Você” from Ensaios de Amor (Polygram) 1982
10. Almir Ricardi “Tô Parado Na Tua” from Festa Funk (RGE) 1984
11. Cristina Conrado “Sempre Juntos” (WEA) 1984
12. Gang Do Tagarela “Melô do Tagarela” [“Rapper’s Delight” Instrumental] (RCA) 1980
13. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti “Aleluia” [B-side to "Babilonia Rock"] (Som Livre) 1982
14. Sandra Sá “Pela Cidade” from Vale Tudo (RGE) 1984
15. Painel de Controle “Relax” from Chama A Turma Toda (RCA) 1979 [mine’s from a “best of” collection]
16. Dedé “Sinceramente” (CBS) 1983
17. Cristina Camargo “Moral Tem Hora” from S/T (CBS) 1980
18. Junior Mendes “Copacabana Sadia” from Copacabana Sadia (RCA) 1982
19. Marcos Valle “Bicicleta” (Som Livre) 1984
20. Sandra Sá “Se Grile Não” (excerpt) from Olhos Coloridos (RGE) 1982
21. Claudia Telles “Conselhos” from S/T (CBS) 1978
22. Viva Voz “Fugitivos De Azul” (Som Livre) 1984
23. Jon Lucien “Come With Me to Rio” (Som Livre) 1983
24. Emilio Santiago “Velhas Içadas” (exceprt) from Ensaios De Amor (Polygram) 1982

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Track: "Bam Bam Bam" with Seu Jorge






The unmistakable Seu Jorge blesses Gilles Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" project. Much of the album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro, but this particular track, "Bam Bam Bam", was done in L.A. Seu Jorge swag. Listen to a playlist of selected tracks plus exclusive behind the scenes commentary from Gilles about the artists and making of the album here.

Gilles Peterson's Sonzeira "Brasil Bam Bam Bam"





Here are some selected tracks from Gilles Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" album recorded January 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Sonzeira is a grouping of legendary Brazilian artists, musicians, producers and singers.

Be sure to peep exclusive commentary from Gilles about the making of the album and artists throughout the playlist. See my earlier post on "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" and watch video on making of here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gille's Peterson's "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" and "Southern Freeez"





Gilles Peterson, British DJ, broadcaster, producer and label owner, is at it again.

This time he's brought together some of Brazil's legendary recording artists all on one album, "Brasil Bam Bam Bam". The line-up, under the Sonzeira collective, includes: Seu Jorge, Marcos Valle, Elza Soares, Emanuelle Araujo and Arlindo Cruz among others and aims to be a sort of "Buena Vista meets club culture but sonically very modern."
The album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and features all new material, of which "Southern Freeez," with vocals by Emanuelle Araujo, is the first track released:




The making of "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" marks the first time Gilles spent an extended period of time in Brazil. I found this a bit surprising for someone who's "championed" Brazilian music for the last 25 years, but it's all good (better late than never!). I still find it surprising that he hadn't heard "Brasil Pandeiro," a song popularized in the early 1970's by Novos Baianos, until this trip to record the album. I'll forgive him that, though. Brazil's got a lot of music to discover.


Get some insight on the making of the album in the trailer for "Brasil Bam Bam Bam":






Listen to more on the making of "Brasil Bam Bam Bam":







And stay tuned, we're told Seu Jorge is next up!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Brasil Music Exchange - More than Samba and Bossa Nova




Only one tenth of Brazil's music makes it abroad, according to research by the Brasil Music Exchange, a project by Brasil Musica e Artes (Brazil Music and Arts) and Apex-Brasil, organizations dedicated to promoting Brazilian culture abroad.
This compilation by Brasil Music Exchange features 12-tracks by up-and-coming artists in 12 World Cup 2014 host cities. Enjoy!

Carnaval Underground 2014




I was happy to see this track by Orquestra Imperial in my Soundcloud stream today, posted by Afropop Worldwide.The online music magazine dedicated to music from Africa and the African Diaspora has paired with label Mais Um Discos to premiere "Cair Na Folia," a song from Orquestra Imperial's coming album, "Fazendo As Pazes Com o Swing" ("Making Peace With the Swing"):
We are VERY excited to be pairing with the label Mais Um Discos to premiere "Cair Na Folia," a track from Orquestra Imperial's forthcoming album, "Fazendo As Pazes Com o Swing" ("Making Peace With the Swing"). Since their debut album in 2007, Orquestra Imperial has been making waves that emanate from Rio to caress the eardrums of fans in the U.S. and Europe. Founded with the goal of interpreting the old-school gafieira samba style of the 1940s orchestras, their music contains clear echoes of Brazilian street-music heros like Cartola, but also include the smooth sounds of later groups like Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66. "Cair Na Folia" opens with tinkling glockenspiels, sparky percussion toys and distant wooden flutes, creating an aural texture reminiscent of the experimental moments in the music of Os Mutantes and Hermeto Pascoal. But when the beat drops, we are deep into the swing of samba carioca, treated with the most up-to-the moment musical aesthetics. This group has certainly made peace with the swing- we hope you can do the same.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Mayer Hawthorne's "Christmas Caipirinhas" Mixtape


I know it's past Christmas already, but I had to share this mixtape. Those of you already educated on Brazilian music will recognize many of these classic samba and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) tracks. Those just getting started, enjoy! Track list below.

01 Doris e Miltinho - A Pedida É Samba
02 Djavan - Serrado
03 Cravo e Canela - Preco De Cada Um
04 Tenorio Jr - Nebulosa (Haircut Edit)
05 Tamba Trio - O Amor Que Acabou
06 Jorge Ben - O Telefone Tocou Novamente
07 Maria Bethânia - Último Desejo
08 Quarteto Em Cy - Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
09 Jongo Trio - Feitinha Pro Poeta
10 Os Novos Crioulos - Mar Afunda
11 Emilio Santiago - Bananeira
12 Burnier e Cartier - Mirandolina
13 Orlandivo - Tamanco No Samba
14 MPB4 - Palhaços e Reis
15 João Donato - Amazonas
16 Marcos Valle - Mais do Que Valsa

(Download this mix free at Soundcloud)