The band I.F.Á. Afrobeat from Salvador/Bahia State just released his first EP featuring Nigerian singer Okwei V. Odili. Apart of Afrobeat, Ijexá and Funk they insert elements of Dub and Reggae confirming the importance of the historic link between black cultures of the diaspora.
Mixtape of Hip Hop and Rap stuff from Jakarta, formerly known as Batavia.
1. Sweet Martabak – Ada Sumur Di Ladang
2. Saykoji – So Wat Gitu Loh
3. Rotra – Jagal Prabu
4. Saykoji – Eyyo
5. 2nd Clan – Benthik
6. Too Phat – Nasty Girl
7. Ahli Fiqir – Inilah Barisan Kita
8. Panji – Bajak Lagu Ini
The new Afro-Brazilian Band Höröya from São Paulo wants to re-frame the origins and influences of African and Afro-Brazilian cultures in a new format. Made up of Brazilians, Senegalese and Guineans they reinforce the cultural dialogue between Brazil and the African continent. The name of the band is of Mandeng origin and means freedom and autonomy.
This mini-documentary is only in Portuguese:
Macumbia is a band based in Joao Pessoa in Northeastern Brazil. They mix Caribbean and Latin with traditional Brazilian rhythms. As the groups members are from different cultures and nationalities such as Brazil, Venezuela and North America the lyrics are in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They believe in the union of the Latin American people through music.
Download their second album for free from their website.
Rafa Dias who is one of the main heads of the Bass scene in Salvador, capital of Bahia State in Brazil. He comes here up with very interesting tracks he produced with samples from Bahias music master Dorival Caymmi. Brazilian old school music meets Trap, Funk Carioca and other electronic sub genres.
Iconili is a band from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State in Brazil. After their debut album “Tupi Novo Mundo” from 2013 they just released their second long player. Still based mainly on Afrobeat they go further in this excellent work adding to the Afro references Jazz and Funk, but especially Brazilian ingredients like Carimbó, Samba and Minas Sound creating a mixture psychedelically tropical.
Free download here.