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NeoBrazilians on 11/20/2012 at 03:45PM

Quincas

"Quincas" is part of the soundtrack of Brazilian film Quincas Berro Dágua, based on a novel from Brazilian author Jorge Amado, originally named "A Morte e a Morte de Quincas Berro d'Água." I've never seen the film, but the book... actually, the author, is one of my favorites.

The story happens in the Northeastern state of Bahia - from where the writer is from; a place full of beaches and known for a society of very calm and easy-going people. Quincas, the main character, lives a low-profile life until one day, fed up of his own style, decides to let loose and enjoy life. He dies twice, and that's basically all I can say without spoiling it.

I came across this soundtrack from well known Brazilian composer and producer Beto Villares and thought this song was beautiful. Very representative for those who know the character. Very easy to listen to if you're just browsing around, searching for some new music.

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NeoBrazilians on 11/15/2012 at 01:41PM

November Playlist

The key for listening to this November Compilation of Brazilian songs is to... wait for the unexpected.

Even though there are a lot of different styles in this group of tracks (rock, trip-hop, electronic, hip-hop, cumbia, carimbó, experimental, instrumental), we can say that almost all of them do a great job of playing around with the rhythm and order of things. If the first 20 seconds of the track are not exactly your style, wait for the next 20 seconds, and it will probably change drastically.

The artists featured on this mix include Pipo Pegoraro, Mamma CadelaKarina BuhrMassa GrossaNSISTADJ IncidentalMacaco BongThe Soundscapes and Seychelles.

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NeoBrazilians on 11/02/2012 at 09:31PM

Circo Vivant - AfroAmericaLatinidade

I first heard Circo Vivant when I was working as a producer back in São Paulo, a couple of years ago. We were organizing a few shows as part of one of the SP's many independent festivals, in a small, alternative, live music place; one of those bookstores-turned-bar. The group, originally from the Northeast of the country, to be more specific - from the city of Olinda, was playing at the occasion. We had never heard of them before. There was a slight tension in the air, but a lot of excitement too.

Hmmm…

I remember calling some friends during the first song: "Guys, do you wanna dance and have some decent amount of fun? Then come and check this out!".

Circo Vivant is a great band to be seen live (take them to your country!).
The natural energy of their songs added to an extremely energetic and full of attitude lead singer is just one of those great combinations. Everything flows.

I kept imagining how they would sound on their debut album - that they enthusiastically talked about, and was still being recorded at the time...

… Well, this is how it sounds:

Afroaméricalatinidade, Circo Vivant's first album, is just as the name suggests, a mix of all sorts of African and Latin American influences, so common to our ears in Brazil that it feels almost natural. Very… Brazilian I would say. ;-)

Produced by Sonic Jr., the album plays around some pretty serious stuff: funk, soul, afrobeat, ska, rock and the traditional frevo - known as one of the most popular rhythms of the state of Pernambuco.

Saravá!



For the complete album: http://www.circovivant.com

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NeoBrazilians on 07/16/2012 at 05:58PM

Bem-Vindos!

A lot is always said about Brazilian music and even though it seems that we're definitely past (thank God!) those obvious associations of Brazil = samba/bossanova/carnaval, there are still tons of modern styles and rhythms to be introduced to the the international audience. And that's our goal here in  NeoBrazilians. It is our mission to keep you guys updated on what's really new and upcoming in the country's (huge) creative scene. And when we talk about new, we really mean it. Enough of the same commercial beats, or those said to come from indie bands, but that hide behind groups and influent contacts. Our focus here is to give the opportunity of promotion for the really independent, those making their way through a very tough market with lots of creativity and, why not say, good will.

Not attached to labels or any specific style, we will try to show in this space a little bit of everything!

Artists: feel free to send your material! There's always a great band just about to be discovered.

Hope you enjoy :)

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