Staff Picks | Our favourite Brazilian songs

Posted on June 6th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


It’s impossible to escape, so better to embrace the carnival atmosphere taking over the world the next six weeks. Here are some of our favourite Brazilian tracks and records.

Jorge Ben – ‘Mas Que Nada’ Nasim
Nothing like a classic.


Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil – Tropicália 2 Jo
It was the summer of 1994 and I was working at a jazz festival in France where I got my first taste for Brazilian music. The whole place seemed to be gripped by football mania, especially all the visiting Brazilian musicians!


Jorge Ben – ‘Ponta de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma)’ Simon
I’m afraid it’s a football song. I think umbabarauma is slang for dribbling.  The lyrics translate as ‘see how the whole city empties out on this beautiful afternoon, just to see you play.’ Nice video to match.


Furacao 2000 – ‘Mengao 2000’ Alex de Lacey
A bit silly, but reminds me loads of a few summers back, had it on repeat driving around. Perhaps just Favela Booty Beats in general.


Injecao – ‘Deise Tigrona’ Edward
Going to have to agree with Alex above; it’s all about the booty bass this summer.


Seu Jorge – ‘Carolina’ Alexandra


Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben – ‘Filhos de Gandhi’ Amar


Marcelo D2 & Claudia – ‘Desabafo/Deixa Eu Dizer’ Rebecca


In the new July (#101) issue, Russ Slater talks to Gilles Peterson about his latest Brazilian project and we also reveal our Essential Ten new Brazilian artists. Buy the new edition here.


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