Os Afro-Sambas (DRG, 2011)
The great Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell and composer Vinicius de Moraes had one of the most successful partnerships in Brazilian Popular Music (MPB). In 1966 they recorded an essential album titled Os Afro Sambas that explored the African roots in Brazilian music.
This release, also titled Os Afro-Sambas is a reissue of a new version of the album which Powell recorded in in 1990. The reason for recording the album again is that Baden Powell was not satisfied with the sound quality of the original recording. “It was remade with modern technology and of course – as you can hear- in the end, my goal is that this work crosses our century with dignity!” said Baden Powell. Unfortunately, Vinicius de Moraes had died 10 years earlier so he was not able to participate in the new recording.
This version of Afro-Sambas was never before released on Compact Disc in the United States so this is an excellent opportunity to listen to an important recording in Brazilian music history.
The line-up on this album includes the late Baden Powell on guitar, vocals, percussion; Alfredo Bessa on afoxé, ganzá, cuica, tamborim; Ernesto Gonsalves on bass; Paulo Guimaraes on flute; Valdeci on pandeiro, tamborim; Sutinho on percussion; Flavio Neves on surdo, afoxé, ganzá; and Quarteto Em Cy on vocals.
Os Afro-Sambas is a superb album of Afro-Brazilian music performed by one of Brazil’s finest guitarists and composers.
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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 worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (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.