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

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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.

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Quero Bater No Pandeiro

  • from Nos quintais do Mundo
  • by DJ Tudo

Coming at you from: Brasilia

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O Carnaval Quem É Que Faz

  • from A Parada Ta Frenetica
  • by BaianaSystem

Coming at you from: Salvador de Bahia

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Sou Negrão

  • from Sujecito Homem
  • by Rappin' Hood

Coming at you from: São Paulo

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Rappin' Hood
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Trama
Released
2003

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Morena Russa

  • from Do Amor
  • by Do Amor

Coming at you from: Rio De Janeiro

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Supermercado Do Amor

  • from Carnaval So Ano Que Vem
  • by Orquestra Imperial

Coming At You From: Rio De Janeiro

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Totolo
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Samba Do Blackberry

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  • by Tono

Coming at you from: Rio De Janeiro

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Lero-Lero [Seiji Remix]

  • from Luísa Maita Remixed
  • by Luísa Maita

Coming at you from: São Paulo

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Luísa Maita Remixed
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Luísa Maita
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Cumbancha
Released
2010

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