Fashionable Lounge for Uncensored Conversations

3  Na Massa
3 Na Massa
3 Na Massa (Nublu Records, 2008)

Members of well known hip Brazilian bands got together in an attention-grabbing project called 3 Na Massa, which celebrates the feminine mystique. The concept was conceived as a soundtrack to the erotic comic book frames of Italian comic book illustrator Milo Manara.

Producer Rica Amabis of the São Paulo based collective Instituto; and bassist Dengue and drummer Pupillo of Pernambuco rock band Nação Zumbi, got their inspiration from women’s intimate, uncensored conversations about their amorous experiences, such as moments of seduction and desire.

The sound of the album is a collection of seductive neo lounge songs, performed by well known Brazilian female vocalists. They are backed by retro samba beats combined with vintage organ and surf guitar.  The women featured include singers and actresses: CéU, Nina Miranda (Smoke City), Thalma de Freitas (Orquestra Imperial), Karine Carvalho (soap opera star) and Alice Braga (“City of God”).

I quickly fell in love with the 3 Na Massa project for its sort of vintage, sexy sound, played by three musicians I consider to be among the best of the current crop, soaking in the best possible references: Chico Buarque, Serge Gainsbourg, etc," says singer says CéU. "How could you not fall in love with songs sung right in your ear, half confessional, capturing the feminine essence but coming from the masculine imagination?

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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.