So this might not be the first or last compilation to feature the music of every footie fans favourite “second” team (assuming that you’re not Brazilian to start with) and because it’s on Mr. Bongo Records it’s that little bit special.
Kicking off with the Brazilian commentary to the 1970 Carlos Alberto goal (that for some reason is as famous as the goal itself), there’s some massive Brazilian tunes that will get the Latin jazz dancers sweating like Rooney twisting something in the warm up to the first game against the USA on Saturday. For the batucada from the favelas, ‘Ba-Tu-Ca-Da!’ and ‘Batumata’ are a couple of a big tunes (and more to follow) along with the sing-a-long G.R.E.S. Mociadade Independente de Inha??ma.
The Mr. Bongo label have had a long association with Brazilian music including Sound Affects, AfroReggae, Brazilian Beats ‘n’ Pieces, Jose Conde & Ola Fresca and loads of more so you know that some old classic favourites are going to be here like Jorge Ben‘s ‘Take It Easy My Brother Charlie’ but they’ve gone back even further and dug into real history with a Carmen Miranda and the Dinning Sisters!
Four years ago it was Paz E Futebol, but Ginga: The Sound Of Brazilian Football is the soundtrack for South Africa 2010 and an excellent companion album to Garrincha!! Estrela Solitaria (The Lonely Star) in more ways than one as there’s a bit of psych-pop-samba with ‘Batido do Corpo’ that’s in total contrast to the beach time siesta of ‘Hino da Bahia’ by veteran of the tropicalia, Caetano Veloso.
So that’s half-time out of the way and the second half is just as action packed as the first the funky pop of ‘Fio Maravilha’, some samba funk, more carioca and a bit of MPB for good measure.
Older readers may recall that the seminal British band the Ballistic Brothers released a Pele tribute 12″ on Mr. Bongo with Arakatuba back in 1996 and it’s sounding just as good now as it did then. But the winners are the serious and brilliant percussion of Dom Um, Jadir de Castro, Portinho and Nicos Jaritz (phew!)
The album finishes with the all-time greatest ever player, Edison Arantes do Nascimento (aka Pel?©) who teamed up with the musical legend Elis Regina. It’s no surprise that Pel?©’s voice was never as good as his ball control but a suitable finish none the less.
Once the games start, you’ll be sick to death of those vuvuzelas before you know it so this CD is the true soundtrack to the World Cup Carnaval do Futebol. Mr. Bongo knows best.
“Vividly captures the romance and passion that we expect from Brasilians… immensely enjoyable” Norman Cook
Reviewed: V/A – Ginga: The Sound Of Brazilian Football (Mr Bongo) Cat. No. MRB072 Release date: June 2010
1. Carlos Alberto Goal From The 1970 World Cup (0:15)
2. Tamba! – Mas Que Nada (2:44)
3. Par Ney de Castro – Ba-Tu-Ca-Da! (8:18)
4. Jorge Ben – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie (2:36)
5. Flamengo Goal (0:53)
6. Cesar Camargo Mariano – Futebol De Bar (2:28)
7. Mociade Inhauma – G.R.E.S Mocidade Independente De Inha??ma (4:48)
8. Baterista – Batida do Corpo (1:05)
9. Caetano Veloso – Hino Da Bahia (1:35)
10. Dinning Sisters – Brazil (2:37)
11. Carmen Miranda – Tourradas Em Madri (2:38)
12. Portinho – Batumata (4:33)
13. Marijo – Fio Maravilha (3:55)
14. Gavioes Da Fiel – Mitos E Magias Na Triunfante Odisseia Da Criacao (4:40)
15. Dom Um And Jadir De Castro – Oz?¥nio (2:59)
16. Jackson Do Pandeiro – O Rei Pel?© (2:06)
17. Nicos Jaritz – Ot?£o E Eu (5:03)
18. Batida do Corpo – Percussao do Corpo (2:07)
19. Arakatuba & Ballstic Brothers – Pel?© (6:42)
20. Portinho – R?°pido (3:52)
21. Dom Um And Jadir De Castro – Repimar (5:18)
22. Batida do Corpo – Goleiro (0:54)
23. Pel?© Goal From The 1970 World Cup Final (0:09)
24. Elis Regina & Pel?© – Perd?£o N?£o Tem (3:21)