A Fusion of Urban Brazilian Styles

Da Cruz – Disco e Progresso (Boom Jah Records / Broken Silence, 2014)

Swiss band Da Cruz play a modernized version of Brazilian disco. It’s got funk, Brazilian samba and even an Afrobeat brass feel which makes it more exciting than the regular cheesy disco music of the 1970s.

The band is led by Brazilian vocalist Mariana Da Cruz who brings an authentic flavor to the band’s music. Disco e Progresso is a two CD set with one disc called Bright Side and the other titled Dark Side.

As the title indicates, Bright Side showcases the easygoing side of Brazil with a nice mix of dance tracks and Brazilian pop. Disc 2 features cutting edge rhythmic electronica with Portuguese-language vocals.

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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.