Something Good is Happening in Pernambuco

Various Artists

What’s Happening in Pernambuco (Luaka Bop, 2007)

Luaka Bop continues its series of groundbreaking world music compilations with a collection of some of the hottest music from the Brazilian city of Pernambuco.

The CD What’s Happening in Pernambuco focuses on the new sounds and neotraditional musicians coming from the urban center located in the northeast of Brazil. Forró, maracatú and other Brazilian beats are weaved with pop, American soul and electronic beats.

The artists selected include traditional performers like Siba, Tine, Vates e Violas; the retro sounds of Cidadio Instigado; the neolounge feel of Mundo Livre; the Brazilian surf guitar of trendy Naçao Zumbi; as well as cutting edge electronica and turntablism modernity in the case of Otto, Mombojó, Cabruera, and Alex Sant ‘Anna.

The best cut in the album is "Instante Feliz" by Junio Barreto. The piece integrates inspired vocals with electronic layers, acoustic jazz bass, electric piano and a groovy percussive unit.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.