Chico Science still shines
Two artists from the Northeastern State of Pernambuco will represent Brazil in the next edition of WOrld Music Expo (WOMEX): Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda and the Bongar (pictured above). The event will held in Cardiff from October 23rd to 27th.
Anna Poetzsch, WOMEX director of Media & Communications, explains that many Brazilian artists vie for a place in the Expo every year: “we received over 850 artists proposals this year, including 40 from Brazil. A jury of seven people is invited every year to select a handful of those.
“WOMEX will also feature conferences on Brazilian topics, such as Fora do Eixo (a collective of Brazilian technology and culture experts), the World Cup and the Olympics. Plus, there will be a documentary film about Renato Borghetti Quarteto (an accordeon artist from Southern Brazil)”
The Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda (OCO) will play on October 24th. They will also perform in London, Brighton and Liverpool. The group are now working on their third album, which will released in 2014. Their (eponymous) first work was nominated for the 2009 Latin Grammy and for the Brazilian Music Awards.
Bongar will perform two days later. The group is formed by members of the Xamba Nation, a candomble group (an Afro-Brazilian religion) from the outskirts of the quaint and historical city of Olinda.
“It’s great to see that the music from Pernambuco still attracts attention, even after Chico Science, and that Afro-Brazilian music still shines”, said the singer Guitinho de Xambá. Both artists have been influenced by manguebeat – a cultural movement led by Chico Science & Nação Zumbi in the 1990s mixing electronic music, folk music and literature.
D2, Seu Jorge, Lenine, Karina Buhr, BaianaSystem, Spok Frevo Orquestra, Nação Zumbi, Trio Mocotó, Yamandu Costa, Samba Chula de São Braz, Hermeto Pascoal and many other Brazilian artists have showcased their work in past editions of WOMEX.