August 30, 2009

Funk Como Le Gusta - Agente 69

Funk / Jazz / Alternative : Recorded live in May 2009 at Trama Radiola TV.


August 26, 2009

Andrea Marquee - Urubu Malandro

Jazz , scat : vocal and electric guitar. From São Paulo .

Witty and expressive facial expression ( 01:10 onwards ) video clip.


August 15, 2009

Deize Tigrona & Tigarah with Turbo Trio

Baile Funk: Deize Tigrona with Japanese rap singer " Tigarah" . Start at 01:00 . Japanese rap at 3:17 with Tigarah.

... " After contemplating a career as a politician or ambassador, TIGARAH felt she could best speak her mind if she made music her life. So, shortly after majoring in political science at Tokyo's renowned Keio University, she started writing lyrics on her own in her tiny room in Tokyo, inspired by the Baile Funk music from Brazil. In several trips to Sao Paulo and Rio, TIGARAH immersed herself in Brazilian culture and recorded music together with local musicians. It was in Rio where TIGARAH met MR. D, who was on tour in South America at that time. Since 2003, they have been recording tracks together. After self-releasing an EP with 7 original songs, they landed a record deal in 2006. Expect their new material to transcend cultural boundaries. " ( from Tigarah's My Space )


August 12, 2009

Afro Reggae Movement documentary

WONDERFUUUUUUL scene ,@ 04:51, primary school kids practicing with Junk percussion. @5:32 useful vocal percussion to remember. @6:17 the kid on the left , "caixa player" , forefront playing his heart out ! .

. . . . " Born out of desire to counteract the violent drug industry and police oppression, Grupo Cultural AfroReggae -- GCAR ("AfroReggae Cultural Group") was formed in January 1993, initially around AfroReggae Notícias ("AfroReggae News") -- a newspaper designed to add value and disseminate black culture. The newspaper primarily targeted young people interested in reggae, soul, and hip-hop, among other musical genres. The group soon thereafter opened its first "Culture Community Center") in the Vigário Geral favela (a slum area) in 1993. In a short period of time, this center was offering its first workshops -- dance, percussion, garbage recycling, soccer and capoeira -- the foundations for new social projects. GCAR knew exactly what it was seeking with its programs: to offer a cultural and artistic education for adolescents living in slums. By affording local youth more chances of strengthening their citizenship, GCAR hoped to provide a viable path away from entanglement in the prevalent drug trade.

In 1997, AfroReggae opened Centro Cultural AfroReggae Vigário Legal , a landmark in its history. With structured facilities within the community, they were able to enhance the quality of their programs and transform the initiative into a reference point for social and cultural practices in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

In conjunction with workshops in music, capoeira, theater, hip hop and dance, Vigário also became the home for the "Criança Legal" project, designed to give support to preschool kids through programs aimed at socializing and literacy. Participant children's parents also take part in weekly meetings where subjects such as domestic violence and personal hygiene are discussed; they also receive basic-food baskets.

Of all activities offered, music has been the major driver in attracting teenagers to participate in GCAR. The success attained by Banda AfroReggae, both in artistic terms and as a social-project model, has attracted other teenagers who want to follow this same path. Today there are three other bands that have also been making public presentations: Banda Makala Música e Dança, Afro Lata and Afro Samba. There are also subgroups: Afro Mangue, Tribo Negra, Akoni and Kitôto.

( Info that come with this video clip )

August 11, 2009

O Pedido - Jam da Silva e Junio Barreto

Jam da Silva ,on an unconventional set up of of the drum kit, collaborates with singer Junio Barreto on vocal. Others on keyboard , laptop and electric guitar. A reinterpretation of an old song " O Pedido " ?

August 9, 2009

Siba Veloso and The Fuloresta


One of the main acts of the new generation of ciranda and maracatu nowadays. Siba has returned to Nazare da Mata, Pernambuco state, to modernise and revive this musical tradition.

The above documentary features the spectacular and colourful parade of this region . Distinctive Street Art or "Graffiti" . Music involves lot of brass instrument.

Very good audio tracks on Siba's My Space , better than any video clips currently available on You Tube

August 7, 2009

Mart'nália - Pretinhosidade

Mart'nalia plays pandeiro and sings with her band , informally, in her hotel room. Can hear the pandeiro clearly.

All acoustic with acoustic guitar and percussion stuff.

One hour concert , in FULL , >>> live in Berlin. <<<<
What a treat ! ( 128MB size file ) Just Samba and Bossa stuff. Surdo, whistle, pandeiro . . . and lots of pandeiro playing. Learn a lot just by watching them play.


August 4, 2009


Abstract Electronica.

Quite beautiful , visually, ( @1:07 bubbles response to Samba /Cuica sound ) but the music could be disturbing at times. Some melodic classical music as well .

This Brazilian collective group of artists, from Sao Paulo, is described as : " . . . their governing concept is to set up a laboratory stage left, pottering about with glass bowls, tubes, and tanks filled with a variety of oily fluids, which are mixed, squirted, bubbled by blow darts, boiled, shaken and stirred, . . . . filmed all the while from all angles, with real time image ranged around multiple screens. . . . the music is suitable panoramic, minimally spread into slowly shifting blocks of sheer rumble, flecked by cascading crinkles. "

Laborg in action .

For more videos of these squirted oily bubbles
Laborg /My space


Lucas Santtana - Tijolo

Samba inspired work . Melodic . Recorded in a slight electronic distortion with added visual stimulation via a fish-eyed lens.

Vocal, cavaquinho, drumkit, electric guitars, congas, tamborim, shekere, trumpet and trombone.

August 2, 2009

Beto Villares - Meio dia em Macapa

An uplifting and infectious rhythm . Love the natural dancing style of the back up singer in the dress. Lots of twirls , less "swishes" . Not strictly Samba.

Live : Electric guitar, trumpet, congas, cuica, and other percussion stuff.

Beto Villares : founder of the Ambulante Discos music label. Supporter of North-Eastern Brazilian music and friend of Siba Veloso .