• Carimbolando Mixtape

    This is a selection of mainly 70’s Carimbó, Siriá and other styles from Pará State in the North of Brazil. Carimbó is an Amazonian rhythm and dance style of indigenous origin which received influences from black (percussion and sensuality) and Portuguese (woodwinds) culture. The women dance barefooted with long, round and colorful skirts with floral prints. Due to its origin, the music and dance suffered repression by the government of Belém, capital of Pará, in the late 19th century being prohibited to be practiced. The most prominent Carimbó musicians are Mestre Verequete and Pinduca. The style became popular in the Northeast of Brazil (some songs in the selection) as well where it has been fused with Forró and other rhythms of that region of Brazil. Samba singer Eliana Pittman from Rio de Janeiro had a big hit with her song “Mistura de Carimbó” from 1975.
    Carimbó is also one of the main influences of contemporary popular music styles such as Tecnobrega and Lambada. In recent years Carimbó had a comeback as it appeared prominently in a telenovela.
    The newest Carimbó star is 88 years old Dona Onete who had a big success with her excellent album “Banzeiro” in 2016.



    01. Os Muiraquitãns – A Misturada
    02. Pinduca – Cantina da Lua
    03. Osvaldo Oliveira – Barco do Abaeté
    04. Orlando Pereira – Carimbó Para Yemanjá
    05. Mestre Cupijo e Seu Ritmo – Caboclinha do Igapó
    06. Verequete e Seu Conjunto Uirapuru – Piria
    07. Siluca – Saudades Dela
    08. Carlos Santos – Bom barqueiro
    09. Grupo Da Pesada – Baía do Guajará
    10. Vieira e Seu Conjunto – Lambada do Mapinguari
    11. Janjão – Axila da Sabá
    12. Tony Wilson e a Moçada do Carimbó – Carimbó Da Vovó Janoca
    13. Raimundo Soldado – Carimbó do Pará
    14. Dom – Carimbó do Espinho
    15. Alypyo Martins – Doutor, Quero Uma Chupeta
    16. Ely Farias – Corrupção
    17. Messias Holanda – Pescaria em Boqueirão
    18. Elino Julião – Carimbó da Senzala
    19. Candango Do Ypê – Moça Solteira Da Bahia
    20. Marinês – No Laço do Carimbó
    21. Carrapeta – Molho de Murupy
    22. José Uchoa – Carimbo de Altamira

    Cover photo by Marcelo Valle shot at Carimbloco’s carnival show in Rio de Janeiro

  • Punta de Perlas Mixtape

    The Garifuna people is a black ethnic group that has a quite turbulent history. They are a mix of shipwrecked slaves, Arawak and Carib Indians from Saint Vincent, but have never been enslaved. After the British definitely took control over the island, they where deported to Roatán Island/Honduras from where they spread over the Caribbean coast of Central America, mainly Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua. Their rich cultural heritage has been recognized by UNESCO in 2001. Their traditional music styles are Punta and Paranda. From the 80ies on Punta developed into what nowadays is called Punta Rock. This style incorporates elements from other Caribbean genres such as Soca and Salsa.
    The tracks of this Mix of Punta Rock have been gathered mostly with a local DJ from Laguna de Perlas/Nicarágua where the cover foto has been shot too.

  • Chillumbia Mixtape

    A guest mixtape with some chilled out Cumbia for the 34 Mag from Minsk for their New Years Eve (pre/after)party special which features more mixtapes from Stereobeaver, KorneJ and others as well.


    01. Rafael Aragon – Mi Secreto
    02. DJ Nirso – Cumbiambera Tripolar (Señor Chancho Remix)
    03. Los Titanes – Linda Yolita
    04. Sonidos Profundos de la Cumbia – Tierra madre
    05. DJ Neber – Ven Mi Amore
    06. El Remolón – El Preferido (Qechuaboi remix)
    07. SidiRum – La Danza De Las Trompas (Cocotaxi Remix)
    08. Tribilin Sound – Barrancore (TropiKhongo Remix)
    09. Reptilian Commander – Kay Pacha
    10. Panther Panther! – Sueños Profundos
    11. Cuerdas de Venezuela – La Arpita Mágica (El Búho Remix)
    12. frijoleroryddim – Zouk-Tiken jah-Amadou Et Mariam-Salif Keita (Cumbia Edit)
    13. Panchasila – Lam Pheune (Cumbia Molam)

  • IFÁ – Ijexá Funk Afrobeat

    IFÁ from Salvador/Bahia just release their first album entitled “Ijexá Funk Afrobeat”. Apart of the music styles mentioned in the title they incorporate elements of Dub and Reggae and reference other African traditions while using sounds and groove from Bahia. Like that, they they point to future with their own vision of Afro-brazilian music.

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  • Tsonga Dance Mixtape

    The high speed lo-fi music from South Africa called Shangaan Electro came to the ears of a wider global public with the release of a compilation in 2010 and due to its insane dance style. Created by Nozinja (watch him in the video below) this music style combines uptempo midi beats with marimbas, African chants and traditional influences from the Shangaan/Tsonga people of Eastern South Africa. The mixtape presents a selection of this pure craziness I grabbed when visiting Soweto some years ago.


  • Voodoohop: Entropia Coletiva I

    Outstanding compilation from São Paulos cultural underground activists of Voodoohop collective.
    Here is what they say:
    “VOODOOHOP is an outlandish art collective born from a series of underground parties. Djs, performers, dancers and visual artists together create a multi sensory tropical cabaret. Brazilian traditional heritage mix with ritualistic performance. Nomadic in nature, the collective transforms spaces from abandoned buildings to natural hideaways. Always experimenting Voodoohop is in constant flux.”
    “Among hot asphalt and the freshness of the waterfall you create a meeting that spins a new story. A living organism resurrecting the ghost of ancient chants. Out of the imperfections disordered melodies are born. Entropy and collective joy of a great compilation made with care in chaos.”

  • Èkó Afrobeat

    Èkó Afrobeat is one more excellent Afrobeat band coming out of Brazil where the renaissance of this music style seems not coming to an end.
    Created in 2009 with the name “Clube de Bolso Afrobeat” as a parallel project of a Jazz-Funk band they re-named themselves to “Èkó Afrobeat” as they have been very accepted by the audience and seven more musicians joind the group. Their sound is a mixture of Afrobeat, MPB (música popular brasileira – Brazilian popular music) and Afro-Brazilian music. Political and social content is very important for their lyrics.

    Here are some of the tracks that will appear on their album which will be released soon:

  • Thiago França – Sambanzo: Coisas Invisíveis

    Thiago França from São Paulo plays saxophone with Metá Metá among many other projects. On his last album “Coisas Invisíveis” (Invisible Things) with his solo project “Sambanzo” he created a great minimal but rhythm fueled mix of just Afro-Brazilian percussion and saxophone. The record aims to capture energy, invisible, but concrete from a nearby and distant Africa, present and past. The intention, according to França, is to evoke the myth of a pre-diasporic African unity, in which several societies have developed by taking a horizon with habits and relatively common beliefs.


  • Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra – Abra Sua Cabeça

    The second album of the Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra is less Afrobeat than its predecessor exploring new sound elements and speaking of ancestry with delicacy of who perceives the world of possibilities and combinations. There is greater diversity of influences that guarantee a new freshness and strength of sound. Produced by Pupillo (drummer of Nação Zumbi) the album features Brazilian musicians such as Céu, Otto and Jorge do Peixe and as well as Tony Allen.