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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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Back2Black Festival

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 in Recent posts by .

Photo by Joao Wainer

Back2Black Festival, a celebration of the African roots in music and culture, is coming to town as part of the London 2012 festivities and will take place in Old Billingsgate Market in East London from June 29 to July 1.

Launched in Rio de Janeiro in 2009, the annual festival has established itself as one of the foremost cultural events in Brazil. Back2Black explores new ways of presenting music and aims to entertain, raise awareness and further cultural exchange, bringing Brazil back in touch with its African heritage. 

This first London Back2Black festival features an impressive line-up and emphasises UK-African connections and communities including Afro-Caribbean artists and brings together a heady mix of different traditions and musical genres. Artists include Gilberto Gil (pictured), Hugh Masekela, Toumani Diabaté, Marcelo D2, Roots Manuva, Amadou & Mariam, Fatoumata Diawara, and Macy Gray to name a just a few. 

The festival is produced by the Barbican, Zoocom Events and Serious and will also include talks, debates, exhibitions, drumming displays and workshops involving young musicians from East London and the Pracatum School from Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

For more information or to book your tickets, visit the Back2Black Festival website


Be sure to check out our Back2Black Festival Sampler bonus CD in the next issue (#84 June 2012, on sale April 27).





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