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Top of the World: Siba – Avante

Posted on January 10th, 2014 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Russ Slater

siba-avanteRender unto Siba that which is Siba’s

He played a key role in the recent resurgence of interest in traditional music from the north-east of Brazil, initially with the band Mestre Ambrósio and later with his brass band Siba E A Fuloresta. Now Sérgio Veloso, aka Siba, is something of a revered figure in Brazil. Swapping his rabeca fiddle for a guitar, he’s now working with a small group of tuba, drums and vibraphone. Avante is an incredibly personal and experimental record that marks a big step away from his earlier work. Siba’s conversational but passionate singing style is central to all of the songs, setting the scene with rapid-fire vignettes that detail his life in pure poetry.

What’s magical is the way the songs so often erupt once the words reach their natural conclusion. Tumbling percussion and marching tuba lines, occasionally augmented by flute and keyboards but always wrapped in Siba’s spiralling West African-influenced guitar lines, take the songs off in completely new directions, which show that Siba’s inspirations go way beyond the traditional Brazilian music he is so often associated with. Perhaps that’s why, despite it being his most personal and inventive record to date, it’s also his most accessible.

TRACK TO TRY: ‘Cantando Ciranda Na Beira Do Mar’

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Katie Derham’s playlist and the 10 best new releases

Posted on December 6th, 2013 in Recent posts by .

The January/February 2014 (#97) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the world’s finest new releases. The CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC Radio and TV presenter Katie Derham.


The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Congolese legends Black Bazar; banjo whizz Noam Pikelny; Brazilian music icon Siba and many more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these fresh new tracks:

* Black Bazar ‘Black Bazar Round 2 (radio edit)’ on Lusafrica
* Siba ‘Preparando o Salto (Prepare to Jump)’ on Mais Um Discos
* Ellika, Solo & Rafael ‘Sanka/Virrvals’ on Country & Eastern 
* Noam Pikelny ‘Cheyenne’ on Compass Records
* Eliades Ochoa ‘All Along the Watchtower’ on Buda Musique
* Arun Ghosh ‘Sufi Stomp (Soul of Sindh)’ on Camoci Records
* Alsarah ‘Salaam Nubia’ on The Nile Project
* Will Pound ‘Amazing Grace’ on Lulubug Records
* Mamar Kassey ‘La Famille’ on Innacor Records
* Ashwini Bhide Despande ‘Ustav Pancham se Gara’ on East Meets West Music

Plus Katie Durham’s playlist:

* Milton Nascimento ‘Louva-a-Deus’ on Warner Bros Records
* Seu Jorge ‘Carolina’ on Mr Bongo
* Joyce Moreno ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ on Far Our Recordings
* Bebel Gilberto ‘Bananeira’ on Ziriguiboom
* Amicklar & Chocolate ‘Som de Preto’ on Mr Bongo

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Siba’s new album, Avante, to be released September 30

Posted on September 15th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

Siba (roof & guitar)

Mangue beat pioneer Siba shall be releasing his latest album at the end of September. It’s a diverse work, blending rhythms from northeastern Brazil, brega, with African influences; from Senegalese guitar music to Congotronics.

In support of the release Siba will be playing at the Barbican on October 20, supporting Milton Nascimento, and on October 22 at La Bellevilloise in Paris.

The album will be released on Mais Um Discos, responsible for releasing Brazilian music by artists including Lucas Santtana and Graveola. You can see a 90-second teaser for the album, including clips of tracks, here:

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