During the Brazilian World Cup I worked with the embassy in India on a 5-part Radio Series. With all eyes on the Rio Olympics I thought i'd share this to give you a musical overview of the beautiful country! The 5-part series covers the following:
1) TRIP ACROSS BRAZIL
Episode one is a journey from the North to the South of Brazil where we'll be starting in Bahia by exploring the sounds of the game Capoeira and religion Candomble; then heading to the tropical coast and slowly moving our way to the dry arid hinterland of the Sertao which is home to Brazil's cowboys. From there we move to Rio! Big beats of the Batucada Samba drumming, football chants at the Maracana and sun-kissed Bossa beach vibes in Ipanema. Concluding the journey in the urban jungle of Sao-Paulo with more somber and fresher sounding productions.
2. CLASSIC BRAZIL
In the second episode we're heading back a few decades! We'll be celebrating 60s and 70s Brazil with timeless classics and rare cuts. A socially and culturally rich period that gave rise to new musical styles like Tropicalia and Samba Soul rhythmically born out of Samba and Bossa Nova. We'll feature the more well-known likes of Jorge Ben, Marcos Valle, Orlann Divo to lesser known artists - a treasure trove of musical gems!
3. BRAZIL NOW
We're going fresh. Part three of the Brazil Series looks at some of the most exciting new producers and artists coming out of and inspired by Brazil. Expect big beat Batucada sounds, experimental producers, Nu-Bossa breakbeat and newer genres like Baile Metal.
Love the varied direction Brazil's music landscape is giving the world and shout out to my partners Far Out, Mr.Bongo and the Brazilian embassy in India; plus Gilles Peterson whose stellar Sonzeira sounds feature and artists associated with Mais Um Discos, Chico Dub and Tru thoughts.
The original game changer. Afro-Brazilian music and culture has influenced so much of what it means to be Brazilian. I'll be looking at the heart of the sounds through notable artists, various styles of Samba with funk, soul and jazz, as well as cultural turning points with the 70s Black Rio Movement. Shouts to partners the Brazilian Embassy in India and labels Mr.Bongo and Far Out.
5. BOSSA LOVE
The sound that seduced the world. In the last episode of the Brazil Series i'll be looking at the transition of Bossa Nova from the early 50s with the likes of Neyde Frega, Marcos Valle through to today's Nu-Bossa with cuts from Da Lata, Democustico and even J-Dilla. Loved producing this project and big shouts to partners the Brazilian Embassy in India, Mr.Bongo and Far Out.