Monday, January 23, 2012

Bixiga 70 - Bixiga 70

Bixiga 70 - Bixiga 70

label: self-release
released: November 2011
style: afrobeat brazil funk nujazz beats
format: 192kbps mp3

Excellent release from Bixiga 70, a group of 10 musicians from Sao Paulo’s Traquitana studio/label in the Bixiga bairro. The group includes two saxes, one trombone, one trumpet, two percussionists, guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, and they make a sound that is most definitely afrobeat. What’s so good about the group, and this album – their debut – is just how strongly they understand the rhythms and power of afrobeat. Just listen to “Balboa da Silva” and it’s sheer funk brilliance.
It’ll be interesting to see how this influence of afrobeat continues to grow in Brazilian music. Céu has begun performing a Tony Allen song live, and “Sonhando” off Anelis Assumpção’s recent album had a strong afrobeat flavour. It’s definitely an influence that’s on the rise.

01. Grito de Paz 04:26
02. Luz Vermelha 04:26
03. Tema di Malaika 04:07
04. Mancaleone 04:58
05. Zambo Beat 06:16
06. Balboa da Silva (homenagem a Nilson Garrido) 04:19
07. Desengano da Vista 06:45
08. Balboa Dub 04:25
09. Dub di Malaika 02:53
10. Dub Vermelho 05:02

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