Tag: Afropop Worldwide

The Soul of Black Brazil (2004)

 

I realized some people may be coming to this site from Discogs….I’m not so sure you’re interested in the new music and artists I’ve posted about lately, I figure you’re into Brazilian funk from the 1960’s and 1970’s…I love that stuff, don’t get me wrong. But I’m restless by nature and there’s so much good music to explore throughout the “Brazilian Diaspora” and Lusophone world, that I can’t just focus on that genre and time in this blog.

If you’re looking for specialists, check out DJ Greg Caz, DJ Questlove’s dedicated set (April 2020), Epic Vinyls from Brazil (they also did a special Afro Brazil Orixa mixtape series that is dope), Mayer Hawthorne’s Christmas Caipirinhas mix, and “The Soul of Black Brazil“, a podcast from Afropop Worldwide that first aired in 2004.

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.