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Country : Brazil Label : Glitterbeat Genres and styles : Afrobeat / Funk / Latin Jazz Year : 2018
Bixiga 70

Quebra Cabeça

· by Rupert Bottenberg

Bixiga is the São Paulo neighbourhood they call home, and the “70” is a nod to Nigerian Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti, a simple summary of the transatlantic trading this ferocious 10-piece engage in. There’s room for further elements within Bixiga 70’s expansive yet dense compositions — cumbia here, Caribbean there, even some freaky B-movie sounds-of-science — but the baseline the Afro-Brazilian connection, a link expressed in many imaginative ways but always bold, emphatic and undeniable.

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