World Treasures Music Radio: 2017 Highlights and 2018 Preview


Georgian State Merited Ensemble of Folk Song and Dance/Anzor Kavsadze – Chakrulo

Unknown (Voyager Golden Record) – Greetings (excerpt)

Okyerema Asante – That’s My Girl

Esa – Rent-A-Disc

Unknown (Voyager Golden Record) – Greetings (excerpt)

Majid Bekkas – Soudani Manayou (Cervo Edit)

Dr. Alimantado – Born For A Purpose/Reason For Living

Geoffrey Landers – So

Maria Rita – Cantico Brasileiro No. 3 (Kamaiura)

Moral Fibro – Take A Walk In The Sun

Alex Rosa – Sistem

Dub Oven – Dub Oven

Zazou/Bikaye/Cy1 – Eh! Yaye

Patrick Cowley – One Hot Afternoon

Minoru ‘Hoodoo’ Fushimi – Nikuzuke (Living Desk OF Flesh)

Kingsley Bucknor – You Gotta Keep On Luvin’ Me (Instrumental Hot Re-Mix)

Burnin Beat Feat. Olive Masinga – Searchin’

Focus – Rock Batlanga

Unknown (Voyager Golden Record) – Greetings (excerpt)

Donny Benet – Konichiwa

Daisho – Simba

Los Camaroes – Miss Ya Ntem

Iftiin Band feat. Mahmud Abdalla “Jerry” Hussen – Anna Qaylodhaankaan

Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baiana (Tahira Re-edit)

Senyaka – Bayanyonyoba

Mugwisa International Xylophone Group – Drop the Beat (FYI Chris Acid Drop)

Ambrose Roan Horse, Chester Roan, and Tom Roan – Navajo Night Chant, Yeibichai Dance

Arthur – Close To You

Reissued trio shows musical mastery of Brazil’s Erasmo Carlos on Light In The Attic

Light In The Attic have reissued three classic LPs of Brazilian legend Erasmo Carlos. All of the usual quality research and excellent archive photos have been included, plus the pressings sound joyously good.

His collaborations with singer Roberto Carlos are some of the most commercially successful compositions in Brazil. These LPs display another side to this legendary singer and songwriter.

Erasmo Carlos E Tremendões includes a Caetano Veloso song Saudosismo in the Tropicália style, an Antônio Adolfo art-pop song Teletema and Ary Barroso song Aquarela Do Brasil. It’s a mixed bag that gets better listen after listen.

The volatile and violent political atmosphere and subsequent music that veiled criticism of the oppressive government led to artists being arrested and repressed. Veloso and Gilberto Gil were still in exile at the start of the 1970s, Rita Lee had quit Os Mutantes and Gal Costa was into a new style also. It meant that Erasmo’s 1971 album was the closest thing to Tropicália at the time.

Erasmo signed to Polydor where his sound also inspired by hippie culture, acid rock and soul music found a home. Carlos, ERASMO . . . features arrangements by Rogério Duprat and three players from Mutants: lead guitarist Sergio Dias, drummer Dinho Leme and bassist Liminha, as well as renowned psychedelic guitarist, Alexander Gordin, aka “Lanny”.  It was co-produced by the Tropicália producer, Manoel Barenbein.

Sonhos E Memórias (1941-1972) features keyboardist José Roberto Bertrami, drummer Ivan Conti, aka “Mamão” and bassist Alex Malheiros – this trio became Azimuth. The LP features a wide range of styles such as bossa nova, rock and soul, but the album remains a cohesive whole and is highly autobiographical with emotive ballads.

This is a fantastic collection of previously overlooked work, not by high end collectors though – and with the exception of the Polysom pressing of Carlos, ERASMO in 2003 – you would have to dig deep in Brazil or your pocket to own them on vinyl otherwise.  

Here’s a World Treasures mix of choice cuts from the three albums:

Sublime Brazilian singer Luiza Meiodavila on European tour

FLYER EUROPA amendmentSão Paulo born and raised Luiza travels to Europe this April for her first European tour. During eight shows of jazz-influenced Brazilian music she will be accompanied by Lipe Torre on semi-acoustic guitar, Zé Victor Torelli on acoustic guitar and Renan Cacossi on saxophone and transversal flute.

Her album, Florescer – which means “bloom” – reunited some renowned musicians, such as Walmir Gil (flugelhorn) and Jarbas Barbosa (guitar) and Cuca Teixeira (drums). Along with Teixeira and her tour musicians, she also performs with Gabriel Gaiardo (keys) and Felipe Galeano (bass).

The album was mixed by Luis Paulo Serafim and mastered by the grammy award-winning Mike Couzzi, earning a  positive reception with the Brazilian press, such as Rolling Stone Brasil magazine and Billboard Brasil. Luiza also performed in the project Sofar Sounds, the Soul Mates Festival, the Estúdio Showlivre and music venues like Tom Jazz, Sesc Sorocaba and FNAC Pinheiros.

Photo: Renan Rego

Photo: Renan Rego

Of her musical influences, Luiza says: “Elis Regina, Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte and Tim Maia were very present during my musical education. From around the world, Ella Fitzgerald is a huge reference for me, and Led Zeppelin are one of my favorite bands. Lately I’ve been listening a lot to Esperanza Spalding, Hiatus Kaiyote, Snarky Puppy, Roy Hargrove, and Kings of Leon.”

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