The “Brazilian Beyoncé” brings her tecnobrega to London
It has been a slow year for Brazilian music in the UK, with local producers shying away from the new sounds from the Tropicália country. Marisa Monte is the only exception: she performed for an almost sold out Hammersmith Apollo last May.
This is about to change thanks to record label Mais Um Disco, joining forces with the Barbican Centre. On July 25th they will present “New Sounds of Brazil”, with three new and upcoming talents, to the delight of every type of listener and audience.
Gaby Amarantos is the biggest star, and she will be performing in London for the first time. In Brazil, she is the queen of dance-hall and has been nicknamed “The Brazilian Beyoncé”, due to her lush dashing looks, vibrant performances and fiery vocals of disco beat and techno music.
Gaby became known and famous mostly for her technobrega songs, a music genre born in the Amazon city of Belém. It blends remixed and reworked songs from popular music and also tracks from the 1980s. She became well-known in every corner of Brazil last year after one of her songs, Ex-My Love, was used for the opening credits of a popular soap opera. (Click here to listen to the song)
Another highlight is Lucas Santtana, who has already perfomed in London a few times, including the Barbican and Koko. The singer and songwriter from Bahia has pleased Londoners with his dub, afrobeat and hip-hop and returns to perform tracks from his critically acclaimed last album O Deus que Devasta Mas também Cura.
Hailing from Minas Gerais, Graveola wraps up the night with their quirky Nova-Tropicália sounds, using the oddest objects to play music, from mobile phones to plastic bells and flutes during their fun and creative performances.
For more info on the three acts, watch this special video about the show.
Mais Um! – New Sounds of Brazil