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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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May 2014: Top 10 UK Live Events

Posted on May 7th, 2014 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

We’ve compiled a list of the top ten concerts happening this May to help make sure you don’t miss out on this month’s best shows. 

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita


The Songlines-award winning duo will tour this May. Their album Clychau Dibon won the Cross-Cultural Collaboration award for their blend of Welsh traditional harp and the Senegalese kora. Don’t miss them on their 12-date trip across the UK. They’ll also be playing WOMAD and Shambala this summer.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 2-17. More info.





A Hack and a Hacksaw


The American folk duo will perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of a programme that explores the folk music of Eastern Europe. The programme features works by Bartok and Ligeti, plus a brand new piece has been written especially for the collaboration, which will be premiered on the night. There is also a free pre-concert gig in the Front Room from Firefly Burning.

Where & When: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, May 7. More info.





Mamane Barka


Nigerien biram master Mamane Barka will visit these shores for a string of dates in May. It’s a great chance to see the sole remaining player of this wonderful harp-like instrument.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 8-23. More info.








Will Holland, aka Quantic, will play eight dates – including a full live show at London’s KOKO – to celebrate the release of his new album Magnetica, which comes out on Tru Thoughts this May. The co-founder of Ondatrópica  has collaborated with Pongo Love on the lead single from the new release, which can be viewed here.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 8-29. More info.





Gilles Peterson

@Youri Lenquette. Cuba .La Havane . 06/2009 .Projet Gilles Peterson present Havana Cultura .

The fantastic Franco-Swiss DJ/producer is curating an all-dayer at Dingwalls on May 11. Peterson is also performing at a  launch party for the upcoming release of his latest collaboration with Brazilian artists, Sonzeira, which is out on May 19. He’ll be supported by DJ Nuts.

Where & When: Dingwalls, May 11 & Club Bam Bam Bam, May 15 (both London). More info.





Alchemy Festival


Now in its fifth year, the Alchemy Festival at London’s Southbank Centre presents some of the best music, dance and art from South Asia and the UK. Our spotlight star – read more in issue #100 –  Soumik Datta (pictured) will perform with his project Circle of Sound, a duet with percussionist Bernhard SchimpelsbergerTheir album was a Top of the World in #84, and his new solo album was released on May 1. There is also a special performance from Susheela Raman, in anticipation of her first album release since 2011’s Vel.

Where & When: Southbank Centre, London, May 15-26. More info.




Rodrigo y Gabriela


The inimitable Mexican guitar duo will play two dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall this May. Their new album 9 Dead Alive was released on April 29, and these dates come as part of a huge worldwide tour in support of this release.

Where & When: Royal Albert Hall, May 20-21. More info.





9 Bach


9Bach are Real World Records’ first Welsh act, and the six-piece are about to release their second album, Tincian, on the label. The music of the album reflects their home environment of Gerlan in North Wales, and they will tour this May in support of the release. They shall also be playing at Green Man Festival and WOMAD this summer.

Where & When: Across the UK, May 15 – June 6. More info.










Rough Guide Live!


This event sees a coming together of three brilliant acts in celebration of both 20 years of the World Music Network, and 25 years of Riverboat Records. The Ethiopian band Kraar Collective will perform alongside Carnatic violin virtuoso Jyotsna Srikanth and Greek folk duo Krissi Stassinopolou & Stathis Kalyvioti. The anniversary celebrations will be hosted by BBC presenter Lopa Kothari.

Where & When: Rich Mix, London, May 17. More info.





Caetano Veloso


The legendary Brazilian musician will play the Barbican for a special one-off gig in the UK as part of his European tour. One of the key figures of the tropicália movement, Veloso has since received nine Latin Grammy awards, including Best Album for his most recent release, Abraçaçao. He shall be primarily playing material from this album as part of this show.

Where & When: Barbican, London, May 27. More info.  





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Latin Grammy nominees 2013

Posted on September 28th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Spanish singer Buika, from Mallorca

The 14th Annual Latin Grammy awards will be held on November 21 in Las Vegas, and the nominees were announced this week

Songlines favourites Buika (pictured) and Caetano Veloso have both been nominated for Record of The Year with La Noche Mas Larga and Um Abraçaçao respectively. However, they face stiff competition from electro-house abominations of LMFAO and karaoke king Ricky Martin.

Caetano Veloso has also received a nomination for Song of The Year with ‘Um Abraçaçao’.

Bombo Estereo’s Elegancia Tropical has received a nomination in the Alternative Field.

For a full list of nominees, visit the Latin Grammy Website.

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Top of the World: Caetano Veloso – Abracaco

Posted on May 15th, 2013 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Alex Robinson

Bossa nova gets a big post-modern hug

Caetano Veloso signs off his letters and emails with ‘um abraçaço’ (a big hug) and with this CD he signs off a trilogy which began with and Zii e Zie, both of which received widespread critical acclaim. Abraçaço is a fusion of Caetano’s older tropicalia style and the indie-infused pop of contemporary urban Rio. His backing band comprises Pedro Sá (guitar), Marcelo Calado (drums) and Ricardo Dias Gomes (bass) – younger musicians at the current Carioca vanguard, who have worked with amongst others his son Moreno.

Abraçaço is altogether quieter and more melancholic than its two predecessors. It kicks off with an irreverent homage to bossa nova which sets the tone, almost subverting the genre. ‘A Bossa Nova e Foda’ translates as ‘bossa nova is fucking great!’, which is hardly the sunny, softly spoken bossa spirit. While the mood throughout Abraçaço is reflective and introspective, it is never sweet, and it never recalls some imagined golden past. Guitars jar rather than soothe, and Caetano’s lyrics are packed with lament, loss and invective. The sunny, poetic happy melancholy of the bossa ballads of Vinícius de Moraes are turned visceral and prosaic. 

The dream of middle-class Brazil which dominates bossa is undermined by Caetano’s exposure of its often cruel political reality: ‘O Império da Lei’, whose quiet mood is underscored by a clatter of north-eastern Brazilian drums, tells the story of the murder of the Catholic environmentalist Dorothy Strang in the Amazon. All this is hard to appreciate if you speak no Portuguese, of course. It is a shame that language should be such a barrier to a full appreciation of this rich and truly contemporary album, which proves that, like David Bowie, Caetano is still relevant and exciting.

TRACK TO TRY: O Império da Lei

(On Decca Records)

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