This Samba De Véio is one of the oldest and most unique popular cultural manifestations from Brazil.
It is the result of the mixing of rhythms from Indians and the black people Quilombolas.
Quilombolas is the common name for slaves refugees in Quilombos, or descendants of black slaves whose ancestors, during slavery, fled the plantations of sugar cane and small farms where they performed various menial jobs to form small villages called Quilombos.
In contrast to the quiet and peaceful life of the village, the month of January is marked by commemoration of Festa de Reis. A group of residents gather to ask for offerings, knocking on the door of every inhabitant of the island. The voice of a Samba De Véio's singer, added to the rhythm of drums, pandeiro, caracaxá, triangle and guitar allows the formation of a 'ronda', where residents and visitors dance and clap to thank offerings.
Check 'Eu Vim da Ilha' e 'Flor de Aurora'
extract from the CD 'Samba De Véio da Ilha do Massangano'
And don't miss a chance to give a look to those videos!
TCHADE, MARIOLA & OLIVEIRA - CANTO DEL NEGRO.
ZIYA ERTEKIN, alias BLUE FLAMINGO, born from Dutch and Turkish parents, is the guy behind this 78rpm compilation on EXCELSIOR RECORDINGS.
Record collector, he digs for the forgotten sounds and styles from all over the world. He is also
a musician and a Dj playing 78 rpm shellac discs live.
This 'CONGO JAZZ' compilation is a second in a serie of three. The first is humbly titled '78 R.P.M.', and the third, released on those days, is named 'A search for CMS'.
The title is misleading because it injustement suggests that the whole compilation is dedicated to old Congolese Jazz when in fact, this 2nd volume consist in three remarkable mixes of rare and sometimes one-off 78rpm shellac records.
Each of those mixes focus on a different musical genre:
‘Jungle Crawl’ (1920′s-1930′s Hot Jazz Jungle Exotica),
‘Congo Jazz’ (1950′s Congolese Rumba) and
‘That Old Time Religion’ (1930′s-1950′s Jubilee, Gospel & Hard Gospel).
Check 'CANTO DEL NEGRO' by Tchade, Mariola & Oliveira
extract from 'Congo Jazz' Cd on Excelsior Recordings.
the form. [...] In a world increasingly focussed on comfort, collecting 78 rpm records is an exercise in immeasurable preparedness to make an effort in exchange for a wonderful experience. I hope that with this cd Ican communicate all of this to you, dear listener.
Check out the whole compilations and more infos following those links:
BLUE FLAMINGO Official Website
BLUE FLAMINGO - 78 R.P.M. (SoundCloud)
BLUE FLAMINGO - CONGO JAZZ (SoundCloud)
Here is the 1st version composed and played by Ernest Léardée and his orchestra in November 1930 in Paris, and released the same year on Salabert record.
Deep, sensitive and beautiful document from the very beginning of the French Caribbean music in Paris, this fantastic part of the patrimony has been compiled by the over interesting label 'Frémeaux & Associés' on a double cd only.
extract from 'Biguine, Valse et Mazurka Creoles (1930-1943) Vol 2'
ERNEST LÉARDÉE (1896-1988)
In 1919, Stellio comes from Guyana and hired him to play with him at the Gaumont Cinema in Fort-de-France. In April 1929, is the departure for Paris. But Léardée soon left Stellio to form his own orchestra Bal Blomet. He records his first records in 1930 on Salabert. He then abandoned the violin to start playing clarinet and tenor saxophone. He opens successively several cabarets in Paris (l’Élan Noir, le Mirage…).
In February 1938 he went on tour in Germany, Austria and Hungary. In May 1940 he is in Lille when the Germans invaded France. He retired in the Yonne department during the four years of Occupation. From the Liberation Ernest Léardée restarts his musical activity as a conductor in numerous Parisian cabarets, dance halls of the Marne, Province's balls, beach resorts in the summer...
In the '50s and '60s, he participates in the new vogue for Cuban and Latin American rhythms: Cha cha cha, Mambo, Baïon, Samba, Guaracha, Rampa ... which he recorded several records. He retired in 1970 at Fontenay-sous-Bois, where he died in April 1988. Ernest Léardée also led a casino in Saint-Pair-sur-Mer, he founded a music publishing, he is the interpreter of a television commercial for a brand of rice, and left to SACEM more than three hundred compositions.
Don't forget to check out Frémeaux's official website by clicking on the above logo and to support contemporary music by buying records !
Last Wednesday, at Matilha Cultural, probably the best alternative place in Sao Paulo, I discovered the music of the trumpeter Guilherme Mendonça aka Guizado. Playing his trumpet over homemade beats controlled by some machines, the vibe was very deep and raw, reminding me the Abstract HipHop scene in early 2000 or even the mood of some dj Krush productions.
extract from 'Punx' Cd.
extract from 'Calavera' Cd
Of course this is only a very small part of his work and I really strongly recommend you to have a full listen of his albums to get a better and deeper idea of his work.
'Calavera' is available for free here.
"Brazilian music is one of the most varied and rich cultural universes and sound of the earth" says Alfredo.
In 'Nos Quintais Do Mundo', recorded between 2002 and 2010 in Brazil, Europe and Africa, the members of the band interpret perfectly the diversity and musicals variations of Brazil.
Check 'Sou Massapé (My Community is Humanity)', a Maracatu Sergipano influenced track.
extract from 'Nos Quintais Do Mundo' Lp
Don't forget to have a look to 'Mundo Melhor' website
Elo Da Corrente is a Brazilian hip hop band formed in Sao Paulo in 2000 with Caio, Pitzan and dj PG.
Thereby they offers an original work based on two driving principles: rhythm and energy.
Check 'Pas de Chauffage'
extract from their 1st instrumental Ep 'K'
Here is the single from this Paulista AfroBeat band !
Earth, Roots & Water is the studio session band of Jerry Brown, owner and founder of the Ontario-based Reggae label Summer Sound Studios. Located just outside of Toronto, the studio is known as Canada’s answer to Lee Perry’s Black Ark.
Brown released his first record in 1974 with Johnnie Osborne’s "Sun Rise". Earth, Roots & Water will be credited for the first on the same year, accompanying Bobby Gaynair on "Come Together".
Therefore, Earth, Roots and Water will be the backing band of some of the best reggae music legends who passed through Brown’s now defunct basement studio such as none Prince Jammy, Jackie Mittoo, Willi Williams, Noel Ellis, Johnnie Osbourne, Stranger Cole, Leroy Sibbles, and Carl Dawkins to name a few.
The 'Summer Records Anthology' (1974-1988) released by Light In The Attic contains crucial catalogue tracks, unreleased masters, and never heard before alternate takes
and his a testament to the dedication and persistence of Jerry Brown and his masterful sonic vision.
Check 'Come Together'
extract from 'Summer Records Anthology' compilation released by Light In The Attic.
.STAFF BENDA BILILI - MOZIKI.
The debut album from Staff Benda Bilili 'Très Très Fort', has been released in April 2009 on Crammed Discs, producer of Konono N°1, Kasai Allstars and Congotronics serie (typical music of Kinshasa's urban areas). The majority of the tracks has been recorded outdoors, especially in the zoologic garden of Kinshasa, where the group usually rehearsal. The musical style of Staff Benda Bilili is unique and very different from what we know of the usual contemporary Congolese music like Papa Wemba for example, but reflects a great inner wealth.
Florent de La Tullaye and Renaud Barret, whose original project was to make a documentary about the urban music of Kinshasa, decided to devote to the group a feature film, Benda Bilili!
Genuine and deep human adventure, the result is a true fairy tale, an african 'Buena Vista Social Club' with customized wheelchairs, telling how a band of disabled musicians swapped the streets of the Congolese capital to the scenes of Europe.
The film has been presented at Cannes Festival in 2010 as part of the Directors' Fortnight and was released to cinema in October 2010.
To read more and buy their record, check the Crammed Discs WebSite