Blubell is a brazilian singer and composer who grew up in São Paulo and since 2006 has a solo career. Before that, she was part of a few bands, made special features in shows of the Brazilian big band Funk Como Le Gusta, and borrowed her voice to jingles for TV commercials. Her first album - Slow Motion Ballet - released independently in 2006, brought only songs written by the composer, except for a version of “Junk”, by Paul McCartney. Slow Motion Ballet was well received by the critics in newspapers such as Folha de S. Paulo and O Estado de S. Paulo [...]
Quelques rares morceaux possèdent cette magie unique qui fait que dès la première écoute vous savez qu'ils vous poursuivront toute une vie. C'est le cas du titre " A Gira " et son goût d'absolu. Fils et filles du chanteur-compositeur Umberto Silva, le Trio Ternura composé de Robson, Jussara et Jurema commence sa carrière dans les années 1960 en participant au télécrochet Rede Record , grand-messe de la Jovem Guarda . En 1970, ils remportent le concours du Festival Internacional da Canção en interprétant la chanson "BR-33 accompagné du chanteur [...]
A film directed by Miguel Faria Jr. , "Chico: Artist and Time" is a documentary that will examine the life and work of the great Brazilian song writer. The film will seek to draw parallels between Chico , his work and the progression of Brazilian society over the past half a century. The film will begin shooting next February and is expected to be released in 2014.
"Histórias de Canções – Chico Buarque" and "Histórias de canções – Tom Jobim" are books that give a detailed history of each of the songs done by Chico Buarque and Antonio Carlos Jobim . Written by Luiz Roberto Oliveira and Wagner Man, they will be release together in a box set from LeYa publishing.
Três Valetes e uma Dama is a group based in bossa nova’s motherland of Rio De Janeiro. The quartet is comprised of Mariana Mello (Drums and Vocals), Pedro Rodriguez (Percussion and Vocals), Diego Moreira (Guitar and Vocals) and Thiago Gama (Cavaco and Mandolin). As the name suggests (translates to three jacks and a queen in English) the band is comprised of 3 men and one lady. However, the name may take a doubly meaning as they appear to be jacks of all trades, performing bossa nova, choro, samba and forró. Naturally, we will focus on bossa nova. Below is a [...]
It’s a simple track really, instrumental and thus without a single lyric...unless you count Sabrina's whispers. But I find it incredibly soothing after a long day of work. Chilled, rhythmic, head-bobbing stuff. It goes brilliantly with a glass of chilled wine or whatever else you serve yourself to unwind. You can find Equilibria (Instrumental) on singer-songwriter Sabrina Malheiros album Vibrasons (which we talked about here ), a collection of the Brazilian’s songs from her debut effort (also named Equilibria) remixed by various DJs. Equilibria (Instrumental), however, doesn't list a single DJ as a [...]
Brazilian musicians Toquinho and Milton Nascimento have been selected by the organizers of the Latin Grammy Awards to receive this years Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to Latin culture. The awards show will take place on November 15, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Perth based Brazilian singer Juliana Areias presents " Jazz Brazil Show" on the 20th of September at the The Ellington Jazz Club in Perth , Australia. Expect to hear bossa nova and samba classics along with the more modern sounds of MPB. Accompanying her will be a number of austrailian musical talents including Tal Cohen(piano), Bronton Ainsworth(drums) and Robin Murray(bass).You may make bookings at the Ellington Jazz Club website. Here's Juliana in 2011:
Angelo Malka ( We Say Go ) está desenvolvendo um novo trabalho solo, onde mistura influencias de tropicália, hip-hop, jazz e experimentalismo. Ontem à noite ele lançou seu primeiro single e promete lançar um EP e um live act em breve. Acho que ces vão ter uma noção da minha ansiedade pra ver isso assim que escutarem essa música: Malka - Electropicalia VIVA A BOSSA -SA- SA !
Listen to Gold Panda 's two new songs "Mountain" and "Financial District" below. U.K. producer Gold Panda is back with two new songs and a video, to make us feel extra super special. Both of these tracks will appear on a new 73 single released in June or if you're impatient, you can download them today. To my knowledge these are the first new tracks that aren't remixes since last year's "MPB" , though I'm sure I could've [...]
Photo by Live PA Festival Kassin is a stalwart in Brazil’s MPB music scene. One of the country’s best modern producers, his work can be heard in the music of such familiar faces as Vanessa da Mata, Bebel Gilberto, Marisa Monte, and others. He’s like an audiophile King Midas – everything he produces turns to aural gold. Thus, it’d be a bit unfair to try to squeeze Kassin’s career, which spans over two decades, into a few blog post lines. I’d have to delve, in detail, into his work with [...]
La Samba Chula (ou Samba de Roda) est au Brésil ce que le Delta Blues est à l'Amérique du Nord, en ce sens qu'elle a influencé une grande partie de la musique populaire brésilienne . Maintenant en voie de disparition, elle fut introduite à Bahia par les esclaves Bantous et s’est développée dans les champs de canne à sucre. Avec leurs familles et amis de la petite communauté de São Braz, les frères Saturno tentent de garder la Samba Chula aussi vivante que possible. Une sorte [...]
" Saudade ". Ce mot intraduisible en français est peut-être celui qui résume le mieux l'oeuvre de Jorge Ben , l'homme qui a marqué la musique auriverde d'une pierre blanche. Fils des favelas de Rio, il se passionne d'abord pour le futebol et réussi à intégrer l'équipe junior du Flamengo. C'est son père, Augusto Menezes, joueur de pandeiro pour le groupe Cometas De Rio qui initie le jeune Jorge aux rythmes de la samba . Sa guitare à la main, il se produit pour ses copains dans les bars et [...]
En 1996, Chico César sort son deuxième album Cuscuz Clã (l'homme ne manque d'humour) et cartonne grâce au tube " Mama Africa ", véritable ode à la mère de famille. Epine dorsale de la culture africaine et donc brésilienne (le pays compte l'une des plus importantes populations afro-descendantes du monde), Mama Africa allaite son petit, après une journée de dur labeur à emballer des paquets dans une chaîne de supermarchés. C'est à cette dévotion et à travers elle aux valeurs familiales que César rend ici hommage. Les propres parents de Chico César [...]
Sunday nights are always a good time for exploring new music. I was in the mood for something relaxed and flowing, and Moça Bonita by Penna Firme fits the bill perfectly. I was introduced to this Brazilian artist by Henrique, the one of the minds behind Zarpante . Penna Firme's samba is light, modern, and urbane; it's very easy to listen and goes down splendidly. The album, Levando a Vida Assim, is Penna's first and is available for free download over on Musicoteca's website . Among the standout tracks, besides the contagious Moça Bonita, are the excellent Sonho [...]
Cantautrice raffinata e apprezzata, Adriana Calcanhotto è la nuova voce femminile del Brasile, con il vantaggio di essere un’intellettuale e, quindi, di personalizzare i generi della MPB. “Maré”, uscito tre anni fa, forse è la sua punta di diamante ma “O Microbio do Samba” è un lavoro più maturo e astruso, nonostante sia facilmente catalogabile come samba. In realtà, quel ritmo costantemente ripetuto ricorda solo il genere trattato e diviene un altro da sé, una deriva inconfondibile, inedita e d’autore. Anche le tematiche sono propriamente quelle della canzone popolare e del samba ma l’approccio è [...]
Hoje vamos começar com um bootleg de Chuckie para Simone - " Caminhando ", para quem não conhece Simone é um dos maiores nomes da MPB e tem uma carreira de quase 40 anos. Além de Simone , temos também bootleg paraVertigo do nosso querido Alan Braxe , com um toque bem dirty-house. E para finalizarmos, um remix do Laidback Luke para um dos maiores singles de David Guetta - " Baby When The Light "; para quem não lembra a pouco David lançou seu novo albúm - " Nothing But [...]
The whole world is wondering (or should be wondering): "What's coming out of Rio?" A better question might be, "what hasn't been coming out of Rio?" While the city - Brazil's second largest, after Sao Paulo - does not possess the deep, immediate Afro-Brazilian musical roots one more often associates with Bahia, its music is unmistakably grounded in those same Afro-Portuguese strains that define the country's musical DNA. I could spend a lifetime talking about Bahian genres - really, they're more like the genres of Brazil itself due to the infusion of African strains in its music - [...]
Mariana Aydar, by Khadija Alves I found out about her and that beautiful, assured voice of hers in the most random of places: my Last.fm profile, which I visit maybe twice a month on a good month. So my ‘discovery’ of this stellar Brazilian singer was due to a bot on Last.fm telling me I might like her music. I clicked on the link and, two albums later, I owe that bot a huge thank you. Mariana Aydar is part of the resurgence of innovative MPB singers (neo MPB/nu MPB [...]
Tiê is among my favorite musical discoveries of this year. I fell in love not only with her music but with her the manner with which she approaches her music, the honesty and introspection of her lyrics, and the intimate nature with which she invites us to share her compositions. So I was quite excited to hear her sophomore album, A Coruja e o Coração. However I have to say that after several listens I wasn’t quite as impressed; the magic of Sweet Jardim just wasn’t there for me. Perhaps it was always going to be an uphill battle to [...]