For the next five weeks we're going to have a Brazil takeover! I'm really excited about having the chance to dive deeper into a country with so many irresistible sounds and styles that cross decades. I've partnered with the Brazilian embassy in India to make this series happen together with labels Far Out and Mr.Bongo.
Founder of Far Out Joe Davis, is the man that brought Brazilian music to the world. Twenty years ago the DJ / Record Producer started the label and today it is the by word for quality Brazilian music reissuing classics and releasing cutting-edge sounds from new and established artists. Mr.Bongo was and still is the original bearer of hard to find classic Latin music, especially Brazilian. Established in 1989 it first started selling records and then later became a label and film company. It's a real privilege to have labels i have held in such high-esteem partnering with me and shouts also go to Mais Um Discos, Chico Dub and Gilles Peterson's Sonzeira for their support on the episode 'Brazil Now.'
Here's a lowdown of the specials:
June 9th // Trip to Brazil
A musical journey across Brazil starting in the North in the state of Bahia that explores the sounds of the game Capoeira and religion Candomble. We then head to the coast and slowly move our way to the dry arid hinterland of the Sertao where the Brazilian cowboys reside. From here we move to Rio! Sounds of the big batucada samba drumming, football shouts at the Maracana and sun-kissed Bossa beach vibes. Ending up in the concrete urban jungle of Sao Paulo bringing more somber but fresher sounds.
June 16th // Classic Brazil
Rare and Classic sounds of 60s and 70s Brazil. We delve into Samba, Bossa Nova and Brazil's largest cultural movement Tropicalia, showcasing the key players - some real gems!
June 23rd // Brazil Now
A look at some of the freshest sounds and producers coming out of and inspired by Brazil. Expect Nu-bossa, hip-hop, ragga, electro and metal baile funk…yes.
June 30th // Afro Brazil
The influence of African culture has touched every part of Brazil's music landscape. The culture, religion, the everyday rituals of Brazil's Afro Brazilian culture are an everyday occurrence in the North East and other parts of Brazil. This episode highlights those key influences and influencers from the old to the new.
July 7th // Bossa Lova
Who doesn't love Bossa Nova? I'm going to be looking at sounds from the 60s, the influencers on North American Jazz right through to today with Nu-Bossa and Bossa Electrica beats #bossa #love