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.
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From the press release on their website:
“Alabê presents the traditional percussion of the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé in a jazz context. The compositions are dialogues between the percussion of the Ketu nation and the saxophone, like the Rum (the drum that leads the ceremony) converses with the Orisha (a spirit embodied by a person in trance).
Brazilian music has its roots in the African rhythms which were played in places of worship of the Candomblé. Around the world, African musical heritage has spread giving birth to Blues, Jazz, Rumba, Salsa and Samba.
The riches of African percussion are immense. This knowledge is transmitted from master to apprentice in ritual spaces and ceremonies. Each sacred drummer, called an Ogan, possesses a piece of that knowledge. In this oral tradition, where there is no formal study, it is rare for outsiders to encounter archives of these musical treasures. Many famous Brazilian percussionists are inspired by this tradition, but it is very rare to encounter it in its original form outside of the Candomblé.
Bringing this traditional knowledge in a contemporary setting and making it accessible to a larger public is a way to contribute to the preservation and the valorisation of this intangible culture.
The group was founded by Antoine Olivier, a French percussionist living in Rio de Janeiro who performs as an Ogan in the Candomblé, and Brazilian saxophonist Glaucus Linx (Isaac Hayes, Salif Keita, Elza Soares, Carlinhos Brown…). The band also features the Grand Master of the Candomblé drums : Dofono de Omolu and percussionists Tiago Magalhães e Gabriel Guenther.
The sacred rhythms of the Candomblé offer their power and complexity in a modern context: this is Alabê Ketujazz. Four percussionists and a saxophonist explore new musical landscapes with original compositions and classics by the likes of Baden Powell.”
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.
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.”
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.”
01. Quarteto Bossamba – Chegança
02. Conjunto Sergio Carvalho – Balaio
03. Sambossa 5 – Câo Xângo
04. Os Seis Em Ponto – Samba Do Carioca
05. Mandrake Som – Soul Samba
06. Waltel Branco – Lady Samba
07. Mario Negrão – Canela De Velho
08. Claudio Medeiros & Victor M – Soar
09. Hareton Salvanini – Primitivo
10. Dominguinhos – Baião Violado
11. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax – Tá Legal
12. Grupo Medusa – Ferrovias
13. Heraldo do Monte – Forrozin
14. Som Imaginário – A 3
15. Grupo Um – [B(2)/10 – O.75 – K.78] – P(2) – [O(4)/8 – O.75 – K.77]
16. A Divina Increnca – Ufa
Phonogram-Polygram released between 1978 and 1981 a series of records called MPBC which means Música Popular Brasileira Contemporânea (Contemporary Popular Brazilian Music). But has less to do with MPB or other Brazilian Pop music, but in fact with Jazz and Fusion combined with Brazilian styles like Samba, Bossa Nova and Forró. The purpose of the 11 LPs was to show new diverse tendencies of instrumental music from professional musicians, composers and arrangers.
Download the whole album of each artist by clicking on the name, thanks to the great Abracadabra blog.
01. Djalma Côrrea – Piano de cuia
02. Luiz Cláudio Ramos – Ladeira do Tambá
03. Robertinho Silva – Bionico
04. Célia Vaz – Mar á tona no Leblon
05. Nelson Ayres – Mientras
06. Marcos Resende & Index – Macacheira
07. Aécio Flávio & Quartesanato – Zero grau
08. Túlio Mourão – Barro doce
09. Octávio Burnier – Aproximação
10. Nivaldo Ornelas – Ninfas
11. Stenio Mendes – A barca dos homens, Aquarela do Brasil, 2001 uma odisséia no espaço, Hava nagilah
This mix is a tribute to the master of Sambarock, Jorge Ben, containing cover versions of his songs in various styles of Brazilian music of the 60’s and 70’s.
01. Que Maravilha – Os Brazões
02. Cadê Tereza – Os Originais Do Samba
03. Chove Chuva – Elza Soares
04. Que Pena (Ele Já Não Gosta Mais De Mim) – Gal Costa
05. Crioula – Os Incríveis
06. Ela É Minha Menina – Os Carbonos
07. Agora, Ninguém Chora Mais – Erasmo Carlos
08. Morre O Burro, Fica O Homem – Osmar Milito
09. Amante Amado – Emílio Santiago
10. Tá Na Hora – Bedeu
11. Rita Jeep – Osmar Milito
12. País Tropical – Dom Salvador
13. Fio Maravilha – Tania Maria
14. O Telefone Tocou Novamente – Som Três
15. Cosa Nostra – Meirelles E Sua Orchestra
16. Taj Mahal – Brasil 4 Ever
17. Capoeira – Eumir Deodato & Os Catedráticos
18. Mas Que Nada – Os Intocáveis
19. Oba Lá Vem Ela – Milton Banana Trio
20. Pulo Pulo – Zimbo Trio
21. Tim Dom Dom – João Donato e Seu Trio
22. Por Causa De Você Menina – Bossa Rio
23. Zazueira – Elis Regina
24. Bebeto Vão Bora – Wilson Das Neves
25. Caramba!… Galileu Da Galileia – De Savoya
26. Camisa 10 – Luis Américo
27. Brother – Emílio Santiago
28. Maria Domingas – Trio Mocotó
Jorge Ben whose real name is Jorge Duílio Lima Meneses is known for his special guitar and music style. In his first fase he was dedicated to Bossa Nova. His first and maybe biggest hit “Mas Que Nada” has gained new popularity in the version of Sérgio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas in 2006. When he adopted to play electric guitar in the 70’s he created the style called Sambarock. The records of this decade are marked as well by esoteric influences. In the 80’s when his sound tourned into more Pop he became famous in the US. By then he changed his name to Jorge Ben Jor. The reason for this seems to be not quite sure, but most probably the purpose was not to be confused with George Benson. His latest record Recuerdos de Asunción 443 comprises almost only unreleased material of the 70’s and 80’s. The songs only have been finished in 2007 after the forgotten tapes have been found in the studio of Som Livre residing in Rua do Assunção 443 in Rio de Janeiro.
Get most of his records here and specials and more goodies here.
The best new recent covers are from Los Sebosos Postiços. The band is made up of members of Nação Zumbi and Mundo Livre S/A from Recife’s Manguebeat movement. They make re-interpretations mostly of the less popular songs and do this in an unique style between MPB, Indie and Dub. Get a live recording here.
01. Antonio Adolfo – Aonde Você Vai – Artenazal (1977)
02. Brasil Show – Pense Em Mim – Vôo Livre (1983)
03. Wando – Se Quiser Chorar Por Mim – Beverly (1977)
04. Azymuth – Tamborim, Cuica, Ganzà, Berimbau – Atlantic (1977)
05. Grupo Medusa – Baiana – Som Da Gente (1981)
06. César Mariano & CIA – Fábrica – RCA (1977)
07. Sérgio Mendes – The Circle Game – A&M (1972)
08. Pascoal Meireilles – Condiderações à respeito – Moleque (1981)
09. Eumir Deodato – Arranha Céu (Skyscropers) – Equipe (1972)
10. Banda Black Rio – Na Baixa do Sapateiro – Black Rio (1979)
11. Gerson King Combo – Just For You – Polydor (1977)
12. Tim Maia – Rational Culture – Seroma (1974)
13. Rita Lee – Agora é Moda – Som Livre (1978)
14. Carlos Dafé – Hello Mr. Wonder – Warner (1977)
15. Jair Rodriguez – Deixa Isso Pra Lá – Philips (1974)
16. Elis Regina – Wave – Philips (1969)
17. Milton Banana Trio – Opinião – Odeon (1965)
18. César Mariano – Samblues – RCE (1965)
19. Balanço Trio – Aleluia – Imperial (1965)
20. João Donato – Sambongo – Polydor (1963)
21. Brasilian Explosion – Krioula – EMI (1974)
22. Bebeto – Muito Amor E Liberdade – Copacabana (1975)
23. Jorge Ben – Palomaris – Philips (1971)
24. Os Devaneios – Embalo Differente – EMI/Coronado (1978)
25. Copa 7 – Mulher Absoluta – Top Tape (1979)
26. José Roberto – Mon Ami – Philips (1970)
27. Elis Regina – Vou Deitar E Rolar – Philips (1970)
28. Jorge Ben – Velhos, Flores, Criancinhas E Cachorros – Philips (1975)