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The always great Wax Poetics has just published a new issue entirely devoted to the music of Brazil. Among the highlights are in-depth profiles on or interviews with Gilberto Gil, Arthur Verocai, Airto Moreira, Jards Macalé, and Tim Maia. There’s a cool piece with Joel Stones, owner of the New York record shop Tropicalia in Furs, which I’m dying to visit on my next trip; he shares his thoughts on ten ultrarare singles, most of them produced by the country’s rock scene in the 60s and 70s.
The timing is good for the magazine, particularly given Wax Poetics’ longtime devotion to the Black Rio movement from the 70s. Strut Records recently issued a terrific DJ Cliffy-curated compilation called Black Rio 2: Original Samba Soul 1971-1980 that focuses on obscurities of very high quality. There are a couple of familiar names, like Emilio Santiago (doing his version of “Bananeira”) and Claudia (doing “Salve, Rainha”), but I’d never heard of the overwhelming majority of the 18 artists. When it comes to Brazilian music it seems like the well will never run dry.
Starting today I’m going to do my very best to include links to samples from the albums in my daily playlists. I never intended to frustrate the curious, and I hope the links make it a little bit easier to check these things out.
Miles Okazaki, Generations (Sunnyside)
Various artists, The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From the Congo, 1954-55 (Honest Jon’s)
Darren Johnston, The Edge of the Forest (Clean Feed)
Mamane Barka, Introducing Mamane Barka (Introducing)
Various artists, Ililta! New Ethiopian Dance Music (Terp)