Thanks for the hint, Wayne!
Thanks for the hint, Wayne!
From their website:
“The music of Maputo-based Sigauque Project takes most audiences by surprise. With musical influences spanning across the continent – from a new take on Marrabenta to Senegalese Mbalak and Nigerian Afro Beat, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, the band is a pan-African musical journey on the Mozambique stage.
While other musicians lean more and more towards fewer instruments and more techno beats, this band’s two singers, full horn section, throbbing bass, and rhythmic percussion creates an attention grabbing wall of fresh sounds. Listen closely, and you’ll hear that in addition to the local Portuguese, Changaan, and Sena lyrics, the vocalists sing in English, French, Swahili, and Zulu.
The band is the creation of Canadian-born Daniel Walter, a radio producer and musician who heads up a media company specialising in communication for social change, CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions. What most of the audience probably don’t realise is that most of the tunes played by Sigauque Project were originally created and recorded by CMFD Productions as part of music and radio projects broadcast across Africa – this music has a message.
Some songs were created during projects specifically using music to speak out about a message For example, Musicians Against Xenophobia, which includes the songs Sigaouke and Sinjengomfula, brought musicians from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa together to produce four songs about xenophobia and discrimination.
Other songs were produced as theme music to accompany serial radio dramas. Crossroads, Caminhos Cruzados, and Pistes Croissees, are regional variations to music for a radio drama of the same names, the story an old, corrupt police chief and a market woman who switch bodies, for a hilarious insight in how men and women experience life differently in Africa. “Bravos do Zambeze,” originally recorded with Isaú Meneses, also the theme song for a drama of the same name, is a mellow tune that warns of being prepared for impending floods.”
A percussive Funk Carioca Hybrid tune by João Hermeto from Rio.
“The music is instrumental, but the message is clear. Bixiga 70 releases his second album: the groove became heavier, guitars and keyboards are now on the front line along with the brass; percussion, bass and drums drive the arrangements without massage. Anger spreads the tones, the melodic lines, the riffs – the temperature rose overall. Terreiro, Jamaica, jazzy dynamics, Pará, Ethiopia and a climate of “blaxploitation à brasileira” mingle with balance. The influence of Afrobeat – above the critical acclaim of the first disc, 2011 – now is diluted in a sea of references and the sound reached identifies the band as a fingerprint. Africa, after all, is the whole world.”
The project Estudio de Criação (“Studio of Creation”) is a realization of the cultural group “Jongo da Serrinha”. Jongo is a cultural manifestation of essentially rural Africans directly linked to African culture in Brazil. Aimed at an audience of young people and adults the project realized creative activities in the field of music, especially dedicated to composition and production in the studio.
Luis Filipe de Lima about the CD:
“African heritage on Brazilian ground, synthesis of ancient fertility rites, the border between music, dance and magic. So is Jongo – Jongo of the old blacks, which came to our days by the hand of his great-grandchildren and today enchants people beyond the hills, terraces and Quilombos where it was planted. Result of this entrancement, the CD “Estudio de Criação” brings together eight tracks where Jongo is freely revisited by producers and composers from Rio and of various profiles, with the common element in the use of modern digital tools for recording, editing, mixing and sound processing. Sign of these times in which the musical creation is increasingly embedded in technology. The Jongo of the ancestral drums is here electronic too, jongo jungle, reframing and experiment.”
Russian Funk Carioca track from the Midget Ninjas album.