San Francisco (California), USA – The Rough Guide’s latest
release is The Rough Guide To The Music Of Brazil: Rio De Janeiro (RGNET1157CD). It’s a compilation of music from one of Brazil’s most important
centers for musical creation.
Some of Brazil’s better known styles, like Carnaval music, bossa nova (a
popular style derived from samba and jazz) and MPB (Popular Brazilian Music)
developed in Rio. Brazil’s cocktail of African, European and indigenous cultures
are reflected in The Rough Guide To The Music Of Brazil: Rio De Janeiro.A hugely popular DJ on the carioca scene, Marcelinho Da Lua has worked
alongside Carlos Lyra’s Cariocas and Wanda Sa and his group
Bossacucanova has released three successful worldwide albums. ‘Cotidiano, a
Buarque composition, is from Marcelinho’s first solo album and it features
the vocals of Rio’s latest star
Jorge. Jorge, who recently released a solo album, is best known
internationally for his role in the film
City of God.
Equale formed in the 1990s, and they found popularity interpreting the works
of artists such as Tom Jobim,
Bosco and others Popular on the live circuit, they have a large number of
awards to their name and have also lent their talents to many local artist
recordings. ‘Aquele Abraco’, included here, was written in 1969 by Gilberto Gil
and was used by Equale on their first album, Equate No Expresso Gil.
Singer, guitarist, composer arranger and actor Jards Macalé was born in
Tijuca but moved to Ipanema when he was 8 years old. Closely linked to the
artists of the tropicalista movement in the 1960s, he directed shows, performed
with and had his music recorded by the likes of
Costa. ‘Rei De Janeiro’ is taken from his self-titled album.
With a successful career as a samba and pagode singer, Beth Carvalho has sold
over a million records She has rediscovered and recorded classics by artists
Cartola and Nelson Cavaquinho and Noca da Portela. Nelson Cavaquinho and
Guilherme de Brito originally wrote the song included here, ‘Folhas Secas’.
Trio Mocoto, regarded by many as the ‘Fathers of Samba Soul’, initially found
fame in 1969 as
Ben‘s backing band After a twenty-year absence they released a new album in
2001, which was followed by
Beleza! Beleza!! Beleza!!!
One of the few old school samba legends still active, Nelson Sargento was
born in 1924, and he learned to play guitar from samba greats such as
Cartola and Nelson Cavaquinho. His biggest success, ‘Agoniza Mas Nao Morre’,
was released by Beth Carvalho in 1978, and became a hymn of resistance for the
Born in 1942 in Iraja, Rio de Janeiro, Nei Lopes dedicated himself to
literature and music, and the theme of the Afro-Brazilian experience is
constantly present in his music and books. The track here, ‘Samba De Elegua,
incorporates Cuban music influences as well as samba.
Paolo Bellinati, one of Brazil’s top contemporary guitarists and
Mónica Salmaso revisited one of the great landmarks in Brazilian popular
music in 1995 the album
Afro-Sambas. ‘Canto De Ossanha’ has been arranged from the original
1966 album, on which poet
Vinicius de Moraes and guitarist Baden Powell mixed bossa nova with the
Afro-Brazilian culture of Bahia.
Fernanda Porto‘s version of the Tom Jobim classic ‘So Tinha De Ser Corn
Voce’ was her commercial breakthrough. A multitalented artist, she mixes drum
‘n’ bass, bossa nova and MPB, with regional references and electronic music.
Sahan singer-songwriter Moises Santana mixes local Brazilian rhythms like
samba, bossa nova, with rock funk and electronic music. Taken from his first
album, ‘Alegria’ is a samba classic.
Born in Tijuca, in the north of Rio de Janeiro, Ed Motta’s music mixes MPB,
soul and jazz, and during his career he has created a series of highly
innovative and challenging albums.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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