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  • Superlage

    Superlage comes up with an excellent mix of Cumbia and regional flavors from North Brazil such as Carimbó and Brega. With it’s tripping tropical off beats this will for sure warm up every heart and soul suffering from winter dark- and frostiness.

    From their press release:
    “Superlage is Global Beat, breathing in urban music and sweating out Latinidade. It brings together musicians from the Brazilian states of Pernambuco, Amazonas and Pará to create a musical stew simmered in tropical sounds, mixed in a base of electronic music, and with a flavor that is uniquely Brazilian. Within the sound of the band, it’s not difficult to identify the desire to throw an all-night dance party where legs, arms, bellies and hips get joyfully twisted together on the dance floor, or in the street, all pure color and full of light like Brazilian Carnival itself.
    Born in Olinda, Pernambuco, Superlage is made up of a duo who composes, arranges, plays, mixes and produces songs based on Cumbia, mixed with Dancehall Reggae, Baião and Carimbó.
    The band is formed by the beatmaker DJ Incidental, a Pernambucan gem, grandson of a master of popular dance and a veritable human library of all possible styles of Cumbia, and Raimundo Alfaia, originally from Amazonas, bassist, singer and producer.
    To interpret this first collection of songs produced by the pair, Jana Figarella was invited. A singer from Pará with a flair for Carimbó and the riverside culture of the Amazon, the voice of Figarella redefines and amplifies the emotional geography of the songs, already thoroughly miscegnated by the Latin and Northeastern rhythms present within the beats of Incidental and Alfaia.
    Superlage shows off the party culture of an Afro-Latin Brazil, integrating it to the re-valorization of Cumbia with modern electronic sounds, rhythms that have inspired young musicians and crowds all over the world.
    The songs have their poetry inspired by the cordel literature of Northeastern Brazil, urban journeys to the beach, and coconuts. It’s the feeling of ocean wind in your hair, glowing bonfires, Carnival… An invitation to dive into a sea of sounds, full of joy and vibrant colors, all carefully produced in the rich ambiance of sweet tropical swing.”

    Download from their website.


  • Goma-Laca – Afrobrasilidades em 78 RPM

    Goma-Laca is a kind of research center dedicated to discover Brazilian music from the first half of the last century that is registered in 78 RPM shellac records (goma laca in Portuguese). Since 2009 the journalists Ronaldo Evangelista and Biancamaria Binazzi look for an exchange between archives and approaches, eras and generations, investigating contexts and contemporaneities that they realize radio programs, articles, music selections, records and shows.
    They started by publishing on the website recordings found in public and private collections including the first releases of Afrobrazilian music ever. In 2011, the project Goma Laca Vol. 1 focused on a library created in 1935 and developed together with the Cultural Center of São Paulo a partnership for a concert and a radio program about the history of music of African origin registered on Brazilian records.
    For the show the instrumental group Sambanzo led by Thiago França and including Kiko Dinucci invited Emicida, Juçara Marçal, Marcelo Pretto, Luisa Maita, Bruno Morais and Rodrigo Brandão for recontextualizing the Brazilian music production of the times of the gramophone.

    That concept went further in February 2014 with the recordings of the album “Afrobrasilidades em 78 rpm” that presents reinventions based on Candomblé, Capoeira, Jongos, Coco-Rojão, Emboladas and Choros from the decades of 1920 to 1950. The musical direction and arrangements are in charge of Letieres Leite and this time the invited vocalists are Karina Buhr, Lucas Santtana, Russo Passapusso and Juçara Marçal. Together with the band they created a spiritual-jazzistic sound with Afro-Bahian rhythms that resulted in a new way of Brazilian music from the first half of the 20th century. With collective creativity they find new significations between origins and actuality.
    Download the album for free from their website.
    You can listen to the original songs here and the booklet contains interesting information of the roots and routs of the compositions.


  • Russo Passapusso – Paraíso da Miragem

    Known for being lead vocalist at BaianaSystem and Bemba Trio one would expect from Russo Passapussos debut album some Reggae, Dub and Dancehall infused Bahian music or the like, but it’s not. Produced by Curumin, Zé Nigro and Lucas Martins he rereads vintage MPB, Samba, Funk and Rock with special participations of BNegão, Edgard Scandurra, Anelis Assumpção e Marcelo Jeneci.

    Download for free from his website.


  • André Sampaio & Os AfroMandinga – Desaguou

    André Sampaio is lead guitarist of one of the most popular Roots Reggae bands from Brazil, “Ponto de Equilibrio”, and a pioneer of the new wave of Brazilian musicians working with Afrobeat. But the ingredients used for his first solo album “Desauguou” do not finish here. Jazz, Blues, Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Dub and Samba are also part of the explosive and diversified mixture that he and his band brew together. Counting with the participation of guest musicians from Brazil, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Portugal André Sampaio says he is dedicated to contructing a bridge to “unite tradition and modernity, africanity and brazilianess through sound”.

    Mixed in big by Buguinha Dub the record gains a 60s/70s flavor and extra Dub versions from Brazil’s Dub master.
    Apart of own songs the album counts with two cover tracks from Jorge Bem and Nelson Cavaquinho.

    Free download from his website.


  • w∆lla-C – T∆mborimOdyssey

    “wΔlla| C is an MC/Beatmaker from Rio de Janeiro, now resident in Perth WA. Producing beats for over 2 years now, he draws from diverse influences such as jazz, funk, blaxploitation, afrofuturism, glitch, lo-fi beats, afrobeat, brazilian folk, amongst others.
    T∆mborimOdyssey consists of 6 instrumental tracks combining rap beats, traditional brazilian music, synths and textures. The work implies a suave atmosphere with acoustic guitars, percussion and striking samba rhythms.”

    Free download from his Bandcamp page.