Legendary Banda Black Rio to play two dates at Ronnie Scott’s

Gilles Peterson simply says he loves them. And probably would you if you heard or caught Banda Black Rio live during their best days in the 70’s and 80’s. After a long pause they got back together in the year 2000 to record a new album with a different formation.

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During their hiatus, Banda Black Rio had a cult following in the UK thanks to Far Out’s Joe Davis who helped local DJs to rediscover BBR in the early 90s supplying DJs such as Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay with the imported vinyl. Not long after that celebrated artists such as Mos Def and Incognito recorded their songs to further resurrect the legendary band’s name.

BBR finally arrived back with a brand new formation for their comeback album Movimento in 2000, which was given a European release as Rebirth before launching their most ambitious project to date with 2011’s Super Nova Samba Funk, a unification of black music styles, rhythms, artists, and generations rising up like an exploding super nova star. It is the group’s sixth studio album produced and led by Oberdan’s son William Magalhães.

Banda Black Rio’s philosophy remains as it always has: celebrating the musicality of black Brazil through strong lyrical representation and its unique combination of jazz, funk, soul, samba and gafieira. Expect razor tight jazz-funk, powerful samba and pulsing grooves, Black Rio style, as Banda Black Rio bring the power of Brazilian groove to London. Unmissable!

Banda Black Rio
Ronnie Scott’s, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
September 24th and 25th, 6pm (door time)
Tickets from £25


One Comment

  1. Phil Tuths

    enter me for Black Rio tickets!

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