This Week On Alt.Latino: All About Brazil Part II

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Tono (pictured above) kicks off the second week of our profile of Brazilian music.

Tono (pictured above) kicks off the second week of our profile of Brazilian music.

Camila Mesquita de Macedo/Courtesy of the artist.

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Take a look at Brazil on a map.

Now think about each part of the country having its own musical traditions. While they all have Africa as a source, each region's music is a unique reflection of Africa's musical interaction with the indigenous population and Europe.

Now imagine how difficult it was for us to narrow down our playlists for these two shows.

With the help of our musical guide, producer Beco Dranoff, we managed to pull together a wide swath of contemporary Brazilian music that is respectful of the past while always looking forward.

Like the track "Quero Bater No Pandeiro" from DJ Tudo: It's built around the nonstop groove created by the traditional, one-sided tambourine-like hand drum called pandeiro. The modern beat superimposed over it could be hip-hop, it could be contemporary jazz or both.

Or take the guitar on "O Carnaval Quem E Que Faz" by BaianaSystem. It reminds me of music I've heard from various parts of Africa. But the electronics and killer groove make it the kind of song that sounds familiar but is in fact new to you and to us.

Then there is the music that is simply universally appealing and just happens to be delivered in Portuguese. Like "Morena Russa" by Do Amor. Its chameleonic groove is a perfect match for lyrics sung in English, French or Spanish.

Those are just three examples. We only touched the tip of the proverbial iceberg, and having to leave some things out was frustrating. The silver lining is that we can continue to explore contemporary Brazilian music in our show. Tell us if you like what you hear, and which artists we should be listening to.

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Todo Sobre Brasil, Parte II

Busca Brasil en el mapa.

Ahora imagínate esto: cada rincón de ese enorme país tiene su propia tradición musical. Y aunque todos los géneros tienen un ancestro común, África, también reflejan la interacción particular de cada región entre Africa, los indígenas, y los europeos.

Pueden imaginarse lo dificil que fue seleccionar las canciones para incluír en nuestra serie acerca de la música brasilera.

Con la ayuda de nuestro guía musical, el productor Béco Dranoff, logramos crear una selección que abarca todo lo que es la música brasilera contemporánea, respetuosa hacía las tradiciones de ese país, pero siempre mirando hacia adelante.

Por ejemplo, la canción "Quero Bater No Pandeiro" de DJ Tudo: Esta construída sobre una base de instrumentos tradicionales, como el pandeiro. Pero un ritmo moderno de hip hop y jazz se le suman, creando una melodía verdaderamente única.

Algo parecido ocurre con el uso de la guitarra en "O Carnaval Quem E Que Faz" de BaianaSystem. Me recuerda a la música africana que he oído. Son los elementos electrónicos y de rock que hacen que la tonada se sienta familiar y a la vez completamente revolucionaria.

También en el show de hoy notarán que hay música que podría ser de cualquier parte del mundo, simplement cantada en portugués. Por ejemplo "Morena Russa" de Do Amor. Es una música camaleónica, que cabería a la perfección con letras cantadas en inglés, español o francés.

Ahí tienen tres ejemplos. Y esto es solo un fragmento- lo que más nos duele de hacer este programa es todo lo que no tenemos tiempo de incluír. Pero por suerte continuaremos en nuestra exploración de la musica brasilera. Y como siempre, queremos pedirles que nos ayuden con sugerencias sobre artistas de Brasil que no nos podemos perder.

This Week On Alt.Latino: All About Brazil Part II

Tudo

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Quero Bater No Pandeiro

  • Artist: DJ Tudo
  • Album: Nos quintais do Mundo

Coming at you from: Brasilia

Baiana

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O Carnaval Quem É Que Faz

  • Artist: BaianaSystem
  • Album: A Parada Ta Frenetica

Coming at you from: Salvador de Bahia

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O Carnaval Quem É Que Faz
Album
O Carnaval Quem É Que Faz
Artist
Baianasystem
Released
2011

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Rappin Hood

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Sou Negrão

  • Artist: Rappin' Hood
  • Album: Sujecito Homem

Coming at you from: São Paulo

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Sou Negrão
Album
Sujecito Homem
Artist
Rappin' Hood
Label
Trama
Released
2003

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Do Amor

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Morena Russa

  • Artist: Do Amor
  • Album: Do Amor

Coming at you from: Rio De Janeiro

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Orquestra

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Supermercado Do Amor

  • Artist: Orquestra Imperial
  • Album: Carnaval So Ano Que Vem

Coming At You From: Rio De Janeiro

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Supermercado Do Amor
Album
Carnaval So Ano Que Vem
Artist
Orquestra Imperial
Label
Totolo
Released
2007

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Tono

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Samba Do Blackberry

  • Artist: Tono
  • Album: Tono

Coming at you from: Rio De Janeiro

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Luisa

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Lero-Lero [Seiji Remix]

  • Artist: Luísa Maita
  • Album: Luísa Maita Remixed

Coming at you from: São Paulo

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Lero-Lero [Seiji Remix]
Album
Luísa Maita Remixed
Artist
Luísa Maita
Label
Cumbancha
Released
2010

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