• Tag Archives Afrobeat
  • Sigauque Project

    From their website:

    “The music of Maputo-based Sigauque Project takes most audiences by surprise. With musical influences spanning across the continent – from a new take on Marrabenta to Senegalese Mbalak and Nigerian Afro Beat, with some smooth sounding jazz thrown in the mix, the band is a pan-African musical journey on the Mozambique stage.

    While other musicians lean more and more towards fewer instruments and more techno beats, this band’s two singers, full horn section, throbbing bass, and rhythmic percussion creates an attention grabbing wall of fresh sounds. Listen closely, and you’ll hear that in addition to the local Portuguese, Changaan, and Sena lyrics, the vocalists sing in English, French, Swahili, and Zulu.

    The band is the creation of Canadian-born Daniel Walter, a radio producer and musician who heads up a media company specialising in communication for social change, CMFD (Community Media for Development) Productions. What most of the audience probably don’t realise is that most of the tunes played by Sigauque Project were originally created and recorded by CMFD Productions as part of music and radio projects broadcast across Africa – this music has a message.

    Some songs were created during projects specifically using music to speak out about a message For example, Musicians Against Xenophobia, which includes the songs Sigaouke and Sinjengomfula, brought musicians from Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa together to produce four songs about xenophobia and discrimination.

    Other songs were produced as theme music to accompany serial radio dramas. Crossroads, Caminhos Cruzados, and Pistes Croissees, are regional variations to music for a radio drama of the same names, the story an old, corrupt police chief and a market woman who switch bodies, for a hilarious insight in how men and women experience life differently in Africa. “Bravos do Zambeze,” originally recorded with Isaú Meneses, also the theme song for a drama of the same name, is a mellow tune that warns of being prepared for impending floods.”

  • Bixiga 70 (2013)

    New album by Modern Brazilian Afrobeat pioneers Bixiga 70: Download for free.

    “The music is instrumental, but the message is clear. Bixiga 70 releases his second album: the groove became heavier, guitars and keyboards are now on the front line along with the brass; percussion, bass and drums drive the arrangements without massage. Anger spreads the tones, the melodic lines, the riffs – the temperature rose overall. Terreiro, Jamaica, jazzy dynamics, Pará, Ethiopia and a climate of “blaxploitation à brasileira” mingle with balance. The influence of Afrobeat – above the critical acclaim of the first disc, 2011 – now is diluted in a sea of ​​references and the sound reached identifies the band as a fingerprint. Africa, after all, is the whole world.”

  • Iconili – Tupi Novo Mundo

    From their website:

    “Iconili is a Brazilian band from the city of Belo Horizonte composed by eleven musicians. Its instrumental compositions bring a peculiar mix of musical timbres, merged into an trancending atmosphere. Brasses, electric guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments promote rhythmic and cultural crossovers, summoning musical styles like Jazz, Afrobeat, Rock and Brazilian music. Exploring new and old rhythms combined with a wide range of musical and visual aspects, Iconili brings a tropical and psychedelic sound experience to the stage.”


  • Afrobeat BR Mixtape

    Brazilian music is known for its vast influences from Africa, but how about Afrobeat? Well, the slaves that brought African music to Brazil were deported from their homeland until one century before Fela Kuti and Tony Allen invented the explosive mixture of Jazz, Funk, Soul and African rhythms. In the late 60ies Brazilian musicians were looking much more to the US and Europe and there was not much more than Gilberto Gil in the 70ies and then Nação Zumbi in the 90ies that got inspired by West-African Afrobeat. But there is a very interesting recording before that time: The song “Liberdade” from Orquestra Afro-Brasileiro (1957) has amazing similarities with “Shenshema” by Fela Kuti. Their whole album “Obaluaye!” is a surprising mixture of jazzy arrangements and African rhythms that by that time was very innovative as African percussion was regarded to be “barbaric” whereas piano and saxophone were “civilized” instruments.
    Since a few years the Afrobeat revival reached Brazil too and well known artists like MPB singer Vanessa da Mata, rapper Criolo or Céu use elements from Afrobeat in their music and there is a bunch of other artists doing so as well that are less known internationally. And with Bixiga 70 and the Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra Brazil has at least two bands dedicated to play Afrobeat at full power.


    01. André Abujamra – Origem
    02. BNegão & Os Seletores De Frequência – Bass Do Tambô
    03. A Roda – 26
    04. Afroelectro – Padinho
    05. Abayomy Afrobeat Orquestra – Eru
    06. Bixiga 70 – Tema Di Malaika
    07. Rodrigo Campos – Sou de Salvador
    08. Lucas Santtana – Músico
    09. Pipo Pegoraro – Sofia
    10. Tonho Crocco – Abre-Alas (O Carro Destemido)
    11. Rabujah – O Que Meu Samba Tem
    12. André Sampaio & Os Afro Mandinga – Bumaye
    13. Anelis Assumpção – Sonhando

  • Afroelectro

    “Founded in 2009, the band Afroelectro creates its sonic identity revisiting the African continent through contact with artists and their contemporary sound production, the direct experience of some members of the band with musicians from there and the experience of living in a large metropolis like São Paul, who has been the major catalyst of Brazilian and world culture. It is where the Brazilian styles like Côco and Embolada get in dialogue with Hip-Hop, where Rock meets Camdomblé, where tradition meets the new.
    Brazilian culture is found with great force in the music of Afroelectro, especially in the verses and sung parts. Chants from popular cultures from different regions of the country such as the singing of the Tambor de Crioula de Taboca do Maranhão, Seahorse verses that originate in Nazaré da Mata (Pernambuco), Capoeira and Candomblé chants are evident in the songs of the group.
    In 2012 Afroelectro released his first album, the result of a year’s work between hours of studio and live performances, thus creating an album differentiated in rhythmic and sound experiments but at the same time accessible and danceable.”

    Get their CD for free from their website.

  • Positivo

    Positivo is a multicultural music project with five ingredients: Roots Afro Beat from Mozambique, Rocking blues from Austria, Reggae dub live, hip-hop and french contemporary punk jazz.
    But it’s not only about music, from their website:

    “Associação Positivo Moçambique is a group of artists and activists created in 2007 with the aim of using music in a truly unique participatory approach for HIV/AIDS campaigns and awareness raising. Using music as a tool for social change Positivo has developed a method for highly effective public health messaging in Mozambique. Positivo listen to communities and record their lyrics with powerful and relevant messages about HIV/AIDS. We do not impose messages from outside. We work together with communities, have them raise questions and work together on a knowledge basis to reduce misunderstanding and myths on HIV/AIDS topics.”

    Here are some tracks of their album “No Time” that has been released in early 2009 on Guten Tag Verlag:

    Positivo – Passane Pão (Download or listen)

    Positivo – Africa (Dub Version) (Download or listen)

    And get more tracks and recordings on their website.