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  • Höröya – Mansa Fela

    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:

  • 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.

  • Bondoro: New MOZ Dance & Beats

    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 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

    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.