Tag: Brazilian music

Martinho da Vila, “Lusofonia” (2000)

I’ve been meaning to post about this album for the longest. I was introduced to it around 2007 and it became a fast favorite, introducing me to rhythms, history, artists, and lands of the “Lusophone” world. Cabo Verde, Mozambique, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, Guinea Bissau. Maybe it can be called a fusion album — samba and  lots of pandeiro but with lilting bass lines, cheerful horn arrangements and guitar riffs that are undoubtedly African. It felt like traveling without moving. It may have been the first time I heard different Portuguese language accents besides Brazilian in song. I was already a fan of beloved living samba legend Martinho da Vila, and this album made me appreciate his oeuvre even more.


I’m tempted to skip ballad “Vasco da Gama” (ft. Mart’nalia) and slow march/marchinha “Viva Timor Leste” (ft. Luis Represas), which recount significant histories pertaining to the Portuguese empire. One covers exploration/conquest, the other revolution, so I guess I appreciate the balance there. Taking the album as a whole I can dig that those songs were included for their slower tempos and rounding out the variety of rhythms. Besides, I’d rather learn history via song than read it, and I always appreciate a larger historical context for the music I enjoy.

Favorite track: “Carambola (São Tomé e Príncipe)”.

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

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.

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!

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.

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 funk 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)