The Brazilian music genres arise from a fusion of melodic and rhythmic elements given by European, African and Indian influences.
Therefore Brazil offers extensive musical diversity, which renews and reconstructs itself continuously, giving space to new bands and musicians that appreciate their historical roots and create music that transports this musical diversity.
Among the bands and musical personalities (a few were already mentioned in my previous blog post: Brazilian Music – Diversity of sounds (part 1)) which are known for their originality, some express this Brazilian new sound quite well:
Cordel do Fogo Encantado:
A revelation of Brazilian music, the group Cordel do Fogo Encantado started in the year 1997, in the city of Arcoverde, Pernambuco’s countryside. The group won Brazil over with their ontological performance, which mixed percussive instruments, such as the African drums, and the outstanding performance of the vocalist Lirinha, who interpreted their songs under the influence of the Cordel literature: he sang stories in form of poetry. The band came to a sad end this year, but it is still worth it to check out their amazing musical work such as their first CD Cordel do Fogo Encantado and their second: Palhaço do circo sem futuro.
The singer Céu is already known internationally: she won a Grammy in 2007 and sold 100 000 CDs in the USA. Her work brings influence from MPB, Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B, Pop and a mix of Brazilian,Jamaican and American music. Her last album, Vagarosa, placed her among the main feminine singers in Brazil and is acclaimed around the world. With her smooth voice and cool rhythm, Céu gains ground with modern and melodic interpretations that go from Jazz to Reggae.
Nação Zumbi was born within the Manguebeat Movement and kept existing after the death of its old lead singer: Chico Science. The band is still one of the highlights of the independent Brazilian music scene. Even though they use regional instruments in their compositions, like the beating sound of the Alfaias, their last CDs featured musicians from other countries. This created an innovative sound: a kind of samba mixed with maracatu, electronic and psychedelic influences.
Now that you know some of so many great Brazilian bands, it’s time to sit down, listen and enjoy 🙂