Comfusões 1: From Angola To Brasil

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Out Here Records presents the first volume in a project that explores intersections and fusions between two cultures that have more in common than just the language. Comfusões 1 presents Angolan pop music from the golden '60s and '70s as heard through the ears of modern Brazil. Songs by legendary singers such as Teta Lando, Artur Nunes and Bonga were passed into the hands of the most exciting Brazilian producers of today. For a long time, Angola was cut off from the rest of the world due to a civil war that has been raging in the country since 2002. Times have changed. Today, the economy is booming and the country's amazing music is starting to move beyond the borders of the African continent, with kuduro being the latest craze to spread into international club culture. Long before that, in the '60s and '70s, some of the most soulful tunes ever to come out of Africa had been recorded in Angola. Melancholy Portuguese fado is infused with African rhythms (not unlike Cape Verdean music) and it is a bewitching albeit confusing mixing and mingling of two cultures with a shared language and a somewhat related history. The story of exchange started in the 1600s when Africans were forcibly brought to Brazil via the African Slave Trade, and the tumultuous partnership continued right up until Angola declared its independence in 1975. The mastermind behind this project, Maurício Pacheco has been active in the Brazilian music scene as a producer since 1994, and he has travelled frequently to Angola since early 2000. For Comfusões, he went digging for the roots of Angolan pop at the RNA (Angolan National Radio) archives and listened to piles of master tapes and CDs, mainly from artists that were at the height of their careers in the '60s and '70s. After selecting the tracks, Maurício passed the music on to some of his friends back home: Mario Caldato Jr. (producer of the Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Beck), DJ Dolores, Moreno Veloso, Kassin & Berna Ceppas, and many others, producing quite a natural synthesis of slow African grooves backed by irresistible modern electronic/lounge, hip-hop and dance music with a Brazilian accent.