Coletivo di Tambor

•March 26, 2014 • 1 Comment

The Coletivo di Tambor is made up of musicians from Timbalada, Baiana System, Orquestra Rumpillez among others and presents on his first EP a globalized mix between Bahian styles like Samba and Ijexá, as well as Carimbó, Merengue African Music and electronic elements.

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Bondoro: New MOZ Dance & Beats

•March 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Bondoro is a quite new dance and music style from Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city in the central part of the country. In several aspects it is similar to South African Kwaito and Kuduro from Angola. Bondoro is a slang word that means plaster and that name was given to the dance because of the first moves where the dancer seems to have a plaster on one of his extremities.

Download some tunes here.

STANK

•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

STANK is a duo formed by DJ Dolores and Yuri Queiroga. Live they value improvisation, mixing original tracks with records, samples, guitar and gadgets leading to a rare case of combination of experimentation and full dancefloor.
The EP is a compilation of remixes done for artists of different origin, from Maga Bo to the traditional group Coco Raízes de Arcoverde passing by Eddie, China, Naurêa and an own track.

Get the EP for free here or listen to some of the tracks:

Wladimir Gasper

•February 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Wladimir Gasper, nephew of a Russian filmmaker, was born in Ukraine and came to Brazil when he was still young. He left the former Soviet country to venture into the inspirations of the tropics and created his bunker here. He could be a metaphysical or a freestyle philosopher, but is a musician among zillions of other things.
Thus, the artist Pedro Bernardes transforms his inner psychedelic reality into unusual sounds, which can be marked to the beat of his own body. Full of metaphors and improvisations, he’s a guy of intersections, no belongings: ‘I like to materialize music dynamically, independent of instruments or styles. My sound is like a puzzle: I have the pieces, but I can arrange them the way I want.’ says the beat-maker, instrumentalist and arranger. In the fantastic world of “vintage instruments” Wladimir Gasper lives a talented musician who always plays live.
He is self-taught, says he has no knowledge of aspects, schools and does not invest a lot of time to listen to other artists. His commitment is to himself and his ideas, which turn into dazzling sonorities.
- ‘It’s not necessarily a music that will influence me, it’s the people, an attitude, an architecture. It’s all synesthesia. I relate to the sound in an immaterial form, it’s spirit. I have so much fun in this intimate process of creation and experimentation. It is a joy when you have an inspiration in mind and can materialize it’ he reveals.
Despite appearing to ramble in a parallel world, Pedro, 28 and from Rio, is inserted in various means, doing a bit of everything, as he has complete aversion to labels. He has worked with artists such as MArcelo D2, Gabriel Pensador, Bebel Gilberto, Timbaland, Carlinhos Brown, Sergio Mendes, Marisa Monte, Mario Caldato, Seu Jorge, Beck, John Legend, among others. Experiencing the creative process in other areas, he designed a cradle-harp which was selected for the Design Fair in Dubai 2012. He directed the film presentation for the para-Olympic brand and created the sound for it.
- ‘I never wanted to stop and pick something to do. I never had existential questions. I’m naturally allowed to be spontaneous. I do what I need yo, it’s physiological, my health. Confusing stimulates me more than explaining,’ the multiinstrumentlist says in a freestyle way of speaking.
Pedro takes the tone of improvisation to the places where he plays, always in the company of his case which is loaded with electronic beats and free organics, a bunch of multi-effects, synthesizers and a few other toys.
- ‘What I like is the load of presence, the energy devoted to that particular moment I’m playing, the emotion I feel at the time, I think it prints my identity, my production has a very strong accent of the now’, states Pedro.

Suena Pacífico Mixtape

•February 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

Mixtape of Afro-Colombian music from the Pacific coast, basically Currulao and Chirimía.

Latino Resiste released in 2012 an excellent compilation (Root A Pacífica) with remixes of those styles and learn more about Colombian music and culture in Sounds and Colours’ book on Colombia.

Cover foto taken from a live performance of Las Rucas.

Tracklist:
1. Amarildo y su Son Guerrero – Currulao pa Chango
2. La Bruja Embustera
3. Facunda
4. José H. Mena – Sabor a currulao
5. Caderona
6. Lucy – El Martes Al Amanecer
7. Bello Litoral
8. El Birimbi
9. La Vamo a Tumba
10. El Tate Quieto
11. Chirimia en Festival
12. Borracho y Amanecido
13. Abuelo
14. El hombre ajeno
15. La Culebra
16. Miedo en el Monte
17. Unknown

3 MOZquiteiros – FRELIMU (Frente de Libertação de Música)

•February 7, 2014 • 1 Comment

Mozambique is actually not much on the musical map of the world despite it’s original music styles such as Pandza, Marrabenta and the sound of the Mbila (kind of xylophone). Regarding Hip Hop and electronic music the national artists focus more on copying the western style or those of the big brother South Africa.
But there is a group that makes a difference: Three young talented rappers (Rainha Da Sucata, Eddie Angel e Neovaldo Paulo) from Maputo present a crazy fusion of Hip Hop, Trap, Kwaito and traditional elements of Mozambican music on their mixtape FRELIMU.
The name of the mixtape is not just a phonetic imitation of the party FRELIMO that is ruling Mozambique now, as Neovaldo Paulo explains: “The use of the name is as well a reference to the fact that we are trying the same as FRELIMO did in the socio-political field which was freeing the country from colonization, but we want to liberate it in a musical and cultural way to the world. In the track FRE-LI-MU we aproach the current situation in the country that suffers a ‘cultural semi-colonization’.” And it has to do as well with another current situation in Mozambique: The return of the civil war. “The problems of the country make the people look for refuge in everything that comes from outside as a form of ‘relaxing’. And we want to show that this is possible with what is ours mixing the music of the ‘good cultural era’ with new music, more globalized, creating the fusion of the mixtape”, explains Neovaldo.

Get the whole thing here or from Soundcloud and check the video.

Funk Carioca Hybrid 19: Conjunto Tipico Vallenato – Cumbia Cienagera (Afro Kumbé Remix)

•February 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

 
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