Sometimes I feel like I’m a detective--a musical detective. Perhaps my name should be “Magnum Columbo” or “Inspector Dorkus,” because on this week’s World Music Show (2/2/18), I try to uncover some interesting musical tidbits not often heard on the radio. And in this week’s two-parter episode, I’ll be exploring all Brazil has to offer.
We’ll head back to the 60s when some Brazilian musicians gave some nods to the country’s Afro-Portuguese roots. In the region of Bahia, the country’s most “Black” part of Brazil (as said by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso), the Africans came from several different regions during the slave trade. And with them came various religions--all of which merged to become the Afro-Bahian religions of today. Off a CD called “Afros e Afoxes Da Bahia,” we’ll hear from Gilson Nascimento who does a song called “Afrekete,” which stands for “God, who opens the way for Others.”
Moving up the 1970s, we’ll hear some Samba Soul music from Erlon Chaves as well as some “Fuzz Bananas,” which is a term about Brazilian guitar sounds. Off a CD actually called “Fuzz Bananas,” we’ll check out a song that came out in the late 60s by an artist called Fabio. He wanted the Brazil to experience what he was experiencing when he took LSD. Hence, his song “Lindo Sonho Delirante,” has the initials of that drug. Though Fabio was a big star in that era, this song didn’t get much traction.
Not to be outdone in terms of style, we’ll also explore the musicians who made up the Tropicalia movement. This movement, which came out the mid 60s, encompassed not only music, but art, film and literature. It became a cultural celebration of all things Brazilian.
From this genre, we’ll hear Sergio Mendes (who partners with Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas), Caetano Veloso and Tom Ze.
In another style of Brazilian music, we’ll check out what Timbalada is all about. Created by percussionist Carlinhos Brown, this style--as you can guess--is full of big beats.
In hour two, I’ll highlight some of the amazing women Brazilian music, including Ceu, Dom La Nena, Bebel Gilberto, Monica Da Silva and Daniela Mercury--who is one of Brazil’s most popular artists. She’s sold millions of albums.
It seems that many Brazilians are adept at creating styles (Tropicalia, Timbalada) and with the artist Silva, he’s crack at this is a style called Brazilian Dream Pop. And yes, it’s dreamy. Other musicians not to miss this week are: Moreno Veloso, Forro in the Dark (who partner with David Byrne) and the singer Tamy.
After all that, you’d think we’ve run out of Brazilian styles to feature? Nope, Magnum Columbo is on the job because we’ll also check out some Brazilian Hip Hop and some electronica sounds from BossaCucaNova. Plus, we’ll “Play” with Nina Miranda and hear a song called “Never Met a German,” by Brazilian Girls (who have a new CD coming out, by the way).
So when you look at the show as whole, there’s no mystery as to why you’ll need to tune into the World Music Show Saturday beginning at 8:00 p.m. on 88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio. Get in on the fun by following the show on Twitter, @wcveworldmusic and on Facebook by looking for The World Music Show on WCVE.