August 15 2008
Well, Marcus checking in here with the details on this weeks episode of Sound Travels, "Baileduro." Now I think I just invented this word, sort of born from the music I had a yen to spin for you today, both Baile Funk and Kuduro. Styles of music the common theme being in their tone being born from the Lusophone (Portuguese Speaking) lands of Brazil and Angola. As the shared language implies, the connection between these countries is easy to reference, though the sharing is deeper than that. Brazil, the syncretic stew that it is(much like America), imported many Africans from Angola to work its vast sugar plantations when both nations were subjects of Portugal. So certain sensibilities of Africa permeate the culture. From that melange many musical styles have emerged, but it's Baile Funk that, with its energy and unabashed emotion that reminds me of the music from Angola known as Kuduro.
So when the week rolled up I thought why not, it works in the mix. And while I have an understanding of the styles, you may not, so just click the links for more proper elucidations of the origins of these styles if history is your bag. If you want to skip the details, and hear what it all sounds like, here you go...
And I wasn't joking all week when I said megamix, because this week I flowed about 13 cuts into the blend. No worries, each song is separated by a Sound Travels drop and I have details on the artists in order here :
1. Track 12: Diplo Presents Favela Strikes Back : In typical Diplo fashion, this compilation of Baile beats is served sans track information to protect the artists who, as it seems, sample from material already based on samples. This cut, though unknown does rely on Professor Longhair's Creole stomper "Big Chief" for its melody, though the beat is pure Baile rolling like mutant Miami Bass.
2. Buraka Som Sistema : "Yah (Cosmic Mix)" : Portugal’s Buraka Som Sistema play kuduro, a syncopated, skittish version of house music that originated in Angola and then disseminated into Lisbon and its suburbs. Over the past year or so—due in no small part to the efforts of Buraka—the sound has exploded around the globe, lodging itself into DJ sets of heads like Switch and Diplo and winning over fans like M.I.A. (with whom the group toured this year). The three dudes in Buraka have been relentless in their hustle, traveling and touring extensively and bringing the kuduro sound to unsuspecting ears everywhere. Here is their first video, which is for the song I played for y'all today...
3. Bonde De Role : "Awa Na Re" : Tony Allen's Lagos Shake Up : Lagos shakes indeed, in perfect sync with Tokyo, New York and Rio, among others. This all-star comp of remixes of Tony Allen songs confirms pretty much what one might expect about Blur's Damon Albarn: he's a regular cat, like you and me, in that if we had our own record label and relatively unlimited funds, we'd say, "huh, not much going on today, I think I'll take recordings from my favorite drummer and have a bunch of people remix them, if for no other reason than to add another cool record to my collection." And while there may not be much data as to how this comp came to be, a few listens create that effect, and in the best way possible. Honest Jon's has paired a number of established acts, as well as a few lesser known ones, with the work of an Afro-Beat legend, and the result bears considerable fruit. Including Brazil's Bonde De Role's tribal Baile cut here in this megamix.
4. MC Gringao : "Berimbau" : 'Gringao' (Portuguese for gringo/white guy)is the debut full length from MC Gringo, a guy who claims to be 100% Rio Baile Funk though he is 100% German. But it's good too, and a far cry from the slightly underwhelming slew of Brazilian-related releases recently every track is impeccably produced and has an energy that's impossible to ignore. You've got to hand it to MC Gringo and his collaborators for this heavy heady mix. Synth stabs, horns and otherwise cheesy latin samples are the order of the day, but everything is rolled together into an assertive and sometimes aggressive battle cry, something you can imagine calls people to arms in the Rio slums, but would just as happily work in a club.
5. Kotas (Supergroup) : "Força Angola (Afrobasket Angola2007)" : This is a special mainstream tune recorded for the Afrobasket Angola 2007(Angola's national basketball team) For the 2007 edition in conjunction with the African Championship held in Angola, a bunch of reputed old traditional Semba singers try it mixing harder new Kuduro with a soft Kuduro style. But, the new generation gives a helping hand, with some back vocals.
7. Grandpamini : "Les Princes Du Tiers Monde" : Mash up star from Paris who specializes if Bass Music and umm...Kuduro in this case it seems. Here he works the genre with a French lyrical flavor that does Angola proud by revealing the continued rise in the style's international appeal. The title by the way, means "the princes of the 3rd world."
8. DJ Sujinhio : "Baile Rock" : Nossa :The tequila and cheeseburger fueled asthmatic Dance Music producer/Dj is one half the NOSSA DJ Tag Team... Music has always been dominate in Sujinho's life... The son of a West Indian Drummer Sujinho, Born Kienyo Timothy Coleman pretty much Bleeds broken beats. He was brought up and tortured in a catholic school where children were "angels that should be seen and only heard if singing". "I feel lucky, most people have to decide what they want to be in life. I've never had to make a choice. Music is all I am.". Turntablelab.com labeled Sujinho a "NYC vet". As a NYC DJ Suji holds court with a strong following of club goers that trust he will only book and play with the toughest gunners on the planet. True to his schizophrenic love of music, Suji's remixes absolutely defy genre and his hard textured, "mean beat-but beautiful" production style is unmistakably his own. It's a full emotionally direct sound that you can't get just because you own some equipment. Whether its Elecrto Rock,Hip-hop,Funk,Dance Hall,Juke Music,House,B-more, Freestyle, D'n'b, Baile Funk or country music. Sujinho brings a truckload of balls out energy to the dance floor every time. He has an energy that demands of crowds all over the globe to give it right back.....
9. DJ Znobia : "Tchilo (Diplo Mix)" : Don't know too much about this cut other than it's hot as hell and thaat sounds about right describing almost any Diplo-produced cut. I do Believe that Znobia is a member of the aforementioned Buraka Som Sistema and is a highly charged person amaing crowds the world over with his dedication to the young genre that kuduro really is.
10. M.I.A. : "Bird Flu/Guns Up Buraka" : MIA is a genius with global sounds, here she get the goods with a remix from the ever-hot Buraka Som Sistema on a cut from her latest album Kala
11. Frederic Galliano : "Mwana Tchouwa feat. Tony Amado" : Kuduro Sound System : Galliano was born and raised in Valance, southeast of France. Yet Africa, with its expanse and multitude, has always been a second home for this artist soul. He is educated in sculpture but abandoned that profession to instead concentrate on music. Before the debut album with “Frédéric Galliano: Espaces baroques” (1998), he worked as a dj within house and garage on the French scene. At that time dance remix was the most interesting thing. But he gradually passed to more experimental styles, such as abstract jazz and house that he remixed with African music. Year 2000, the record label Frikyiwa was founded by Frédéric Galliano. The kora king Ali Boulo Santo and the electronic musicians Lipitone and Louïs 2000 (who performed at Clandestino #3/2005) have released their album on this label, among many others. The unique thing with Gallianos approach is that he comes to the artists and records in the local place, instead of taking them to his studio. His intention is that the most interesting music comes from the countryside, and it should be taken care of right there. On this cut from the awesome kuduro comp he recently produced, is Tony Amado. Amado, is considered the creator of Angola’s “kuduro” music. The Luandan growler combined local instruments, techno beats and the strut of Jean-Claude Van Damme to invent a sound he baptised “hard ass” in Portuguese. That was back in 1991 and the singer from central Angola has not looked back since
12. Bonde Do Tiagro : "O Baile Todo" : Rio Baile Funk- Favela Booty Beats : Hard to resist, "Who Let The Dogs Out" in a Rio De Janeiro revision, 2 Live Crew would be proud.
13. Buraka Som Sistema : "Kalemba (Reso's Aguardiente Mix)" : exclusively online, this is the latest single from a crew discussed at length here, so this one is for the future your ear. Enjoy.