The Kid is back! Older, wiser but just as cool as he ever was even if he’s lost his Clark Gable pencil moustache!
It might have been the last night of the tour but as the Afrobeat message beats loud again, this was one not to be missed, as Gilles Peterson said earlier this year, “If you ever get the chance to see Seun Kuti live, you’ve got to go!”
One thing you can say about Ashley Beedle (actually, there lots of things but without contradiction), he is possibly the most polymath of musicians around today and he never lets us down; bring on the Darkstarr!
The well informed will know that the literal translation of ‘forro’ is ‘party’ where like minded folks get together to have a good time and dance; so can Forro In The Dark light a candle to past masters?
Luaka Bop started life as the pet record label of David Byrne as an outlet for his Brasilian musical discoveries but it wasn’t long before it developed into one of the finest independent record labels on the planet, defying pigeon holes, albeit with a fondness for all things Brasilian, to become a home for interesting music rather than any particular genre.
Abraham the Gypsy had two sons, to Flamenco he said, ‘guard the purity of your sound, it will see you through some bad shit’ and to his other son Rumba Catalana he said ‘mix it up, add a little from here, leave a bit of your sound over there, let’s see how it works out.’ His descendant Peret is the undisputed king of the Rumba shakedown.
Two great musical heroes and World music fans get together for the first time in years on this album that was released last year as Byrne takes to the stage in the UK.
In the very distant past, early Roxy Music was a really great band. Thirty years on, they’ve been remixed in a 2007 way by some of our favourite knob twiddlers
Despite a career spanning more than 15 years, Marisa Monte has yet to put a foot wrong. A string of perfectly-formed albums have brought both critical acclaim and international success, establishing her as the foremost MPB artist of her generation
You may know Sandoz better as Richard H. Kirk who was once a third of post-punk electro dance band Cabaret Voltaire.
It is a good time for Luaku Bop to re-release this CD as we seem to be ready for some Brazilian showmanship.
Luaka Bop continue their series of re-releases with Susana Baca’s second album, Eco de sombras. Baca’s star has been in the ascendant since the album was released in 2000, with acclaim for subsequent releases, a nomination for BBC Radio 3′s Awards for World Music and a growing international public eager to hear her music.
At the end of the eighties, David Byrne came out of the closet with his love of Brazilian music. A series of compilations followed, covering Samba, Pagode and Forro but first off was this celebration of Tropicalismo or MPB.