I am a passionate fan of brazilian music in all its forms. From the evolution of samba to the psychedelic tropicalia period, Brazilian’s have always managed to innovate while uniting under a truly national sound. You may remember YeS McCan‘s great piece well I want to take you on a similar journey.
If an image is worth a 1000 words than I wonder what a video is worth to songs, because these youtube clips contain some of the most stunning and trippy footage I’ve layed my eyes on in a while. All artists I should post about in detail but simply read the short description, marvel at the videos and don’t hesitate to purchase their music on sight. Que belleza que a musica brasileira!
Dom Salvador e Elis Regina
Dom Salvador’s soaring piano is backed by a serious rythm section and the sublime Elis Regina tops things off.
Roberto Carlos – Nao vou ficar
Carlos is an artist to get familiar with; here he displays the raw side of his oeuvre
Som Imaginario – Feira Moderna
Ensaio was a great program that allowed us a glimpse to some rare footage, Som Imaginario are just wreckin!
Tim Maia – Que Belleza
Tim Maia is one of Brazil’s funkiest and most soulful performers and here he interprets my favorite song
Os Mutantes – Fuga no2
The psychedelic troup of legendary figures puts on a trippy show for the puzzled audience
A lot of the Tropicalia artists got their break on national TV participating in bossanova Tv shows and startling audiences into accepting the psychedelic esthetic. Once they became the norm, they took stage performance to an intricate new level, more like a live theatre/music video mash up than a performance here are two of brazil’s biggest legends doing just that.
Gal Costa – Relance
Jorge Ben – Os Alquimistas
Marcos Valle & Quarteto em Cy – Andy Williams Show
Before Marcos Valle and Quarteto Em Cy went psychedelic (and recorded their best music) they charmed audiences across america with their syncopated polyphonic bossa musings.
Os Tincoas – Ogun De
This group brings harmonic vocals and traditional music to a whole other level…what a revelation!
Milton Nascimento & Chico Buarque – O que Sera
This is truly a timeless piece of profound serenity. Two of brazil’s greatest songwriters and voices unite..o que sera
Tania Alves – Funeral de um Lavrador
This song is a nordeste worker anthem in honor of the hardworking peasants and their miserable conditions how ironic that it’s featured on the national broadcaster Globo
Hermeto Pascual – Musica da Lagoa
I’ve kept the best for last, there are truly no words to describe this just stand in awe of the beauty of the landscape and musical heritage