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An Evening with Carlinhos Brown in New York City

Carlinhos Brown

Brazilian star and innovator Carlinhos Brown is set to perform on Saturday, July 15 at 8:00 pm at David Geffen Hall in New York City.

Carlinhos Brown is an acclaimed songwriter, percussionist, and record producer from Salvador, Bahia. He mixes Brazilian and African rhythms with rock, folk music and pop. His shows feature spectacular percussion, a full band that includes electric guitars and brass, colorful costumes, and non-stop dance.

His most recent albums are Marabó, Vibraaasil and Sarau du Brown.


Rising Talent from Bahia

Alê Kali – Alê Kali (independent, 2016)

The self-titled album by Alê Kali reveals a fascinating vocalist and songwriter from Bahia (Brazil). She is now based in France, near Bordeaux, where she recorded the album.

Alê Kali is an exquisite recording where Alê Kali’s expressive vocals are accompanied by a wide range of acoustic percussion, bass and various other instruments. Although the majority of the influences are Brazilian, Alê Kali has absorbed additional influences in her new home, such as North African, Gypsy and Balkan.
Her Brazilian musical influences include samba, Brazilian popular music and Nordestina music (forró, côco, maracatu)

The line on the album includes her band, featuring Anthony Duvalle (France) on percussion and Josias Liashw (Brazil) on bass. Guests include Matthew ‘Teteu’ Gillemant on guitars; Patricia Sireyjol on cavaquinho; Celia Reggiani on Fender Rhodes;, Jorge Solovera on guitar; Hugo Lins on viola 12 strings; Mathis Pollack on saxophone; Paolo Chatet on trumpet; Silvano Michelino on percussion; Karine Huet on accordion; Pierre Carrie on keyboards; and Michelino Matteo on guitar.

Alê Kali showcases the talent of a great new vocalist from Brazil, who tastefully combines Brazilian traditions with global music influences.


A Bold, Tense Album by Elza Soares

Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos, 2016)

The Woman at the End of the World (originally released as A Mulher do Fim do Mundo in Brazil in 2015) is the latest album (her 34th) by iconic Brazilian artist Elza Soares. She is a well-known samba and Afro-Brazilian singer with a husky voice, and an activist who fights for the rights of blacks and the poor in Brazil.

Woman at the End of the World teams up Soares, who’s in her late 70s now, and musicians from São Paulo in what they describe as dirty samba (samba sujo). The musical result is an extraordinary mix of irresistible samba beats, trance-like distorted electric guitars, contemporary electronics, brass riffs, ambient sounds, improvisation, reggae, rock, and Elsa’s unmistakable samba-soul voice.

The lyrics center around significant topics of 21st century Brazil: discrimination, blackness, domestic violence, sex and drug dependence.

Elza Soares became popular in the 1950s and 60s. Her hits included “Se Acaso Você Chegasse” (1960), “Boato” (1961), “Cadeira Vazia” (1961), “Só Danço Samba” (1963), “Mulata Assanhada” (1965) and “Aquarela Brasileira” (1974). She married Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most famous football (soccer) players.

The Woman at the End of the World shows the vitality of a veteran artist who is willing to experiment and take her music across the familiar samba boundaries.

Buy The Woman at the End of the World in the Americas

Buy The Woman at the End of the World in Europe