From Tahira: It was my first time in Recife (Brazil), the city always seen as a great musical melting pot. A lot of great musicians are from the state of Pernambuco: Nana Vasconcelos, Lia de Itamaraca, Chico Science, Alceu Valenca, Dominguinhos, Renata Rosa, Siba and much much more great talents. It was a really amazing opportunity to DJ in a line up with so many big stars, in a very special musical city.
For the last 5 years I’ve been changing my play brazilian music. Since i read a book about Jackson do Pandeiiro, I started to see Brazilian music a bit differently than most DJ’s. I got into the african-brazilian indigenous direction. The roots of brazilian music comes from that. I used to be very into 70’s Sao Paulo-Rio de Janeiro samba style and when i start to travel to North America and Europa i realized most of the djs play brazilian music with strong american influences. Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco. They never played the roots stuff: african or indigenous Brazilian music. I was missing that portion of our heritage.
So, I let my curiosity take me to the this side and I discover (and still have a lot more to discover) a new world of rhythms. Maracatu, Ciranda, Cavalo Samba de Coco, Embolada, Frevo etc etc. And one more very important fact: new music from Brazil has never been so rich in diversity and quality. We have everthing with or without Brazilian influences: Samba, Soul, Hip Hop, House Music, Cumbia (yes, we do cumbia too !!), re-edits. We got it all! So, my set had the intention to show this. New and old music form here with a focus on this African-indingenous influences.
Nowadays as the same way we have great labels going deep into African music further than Fela. Or like the fantastic Quantic did with Cumbia (before people just know latin music as Salsa, Merengue and Bogaloo). Brazil have the same rich musical history. There are a lot of music to discover here yet. So, this is my contribution to make other people get curious too about Brazilian music.