NeoBrazilians on 11/02/2012 at 09:31PM
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.
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.
For the complete album: http://www.circovivant.com