The Rough Guide To Samba
Also available on Limited Edition Vinyl LP
Samba is the dancing spirit and rhythm of life in Brazil. This Rough Guide features the best of old and new from the Afro-Brazilian inspired Mart’nalia and underground artist Loop B to legendary sambista Alcione and superstar vocalist Marisa Monte.
Includes bonus CD by Ruivão
- Listen Alcione: Duas Faces (5:15)
- Listen Partideiros Do Cacique: Meu Bloco (3:08)
- Listen Velha Guarda Da Portela Feat. Marisa Monte: Volta Meu Amor (4:24)
- Listen Roge: A Nega E O Malandro (4:49)
- Listen Teresa Cristina: Coisas Banais (3:42)
- Listen Samba Urbano: Deixa (2:07)
- Listen Moyseis Marques: Samba ,Ciência Da Graça (3:16)
- Listen Samba Um: Malandro Dpdp (4:23)
- Listen Luísa Maita: Lero Lero (4:45)
- Listen Odilara: Já É (3:43)
- Listen Mart'Nalia: Cabide (2:19)
- Listen Márcio Local: Soul Do Samba (3:18)
- Listen Loop B: Drill Samba / Samba Da Furadeira (2:33)
- Listen Mané Sagaz: Um Samba Que Não Sai (4:17)
- Listen Samba Chula De São Braz: Samba, Cachaça E Viola (9:18)
- Listen Criação É Ato Contínuo (3:01)
- Listen Todas As Cores Num Hino (3:58)
- Listen O Jogo Termina Aos 90 (3:37)
- Listen Sou Sambista De Fé (3:32)
- Listen Pout-Pourrit De Partido Alto: Dia De João/Apelo/Disfarce (4:22)
- Listen Sambas Da Vida (3:43)
- Listen Eu Vejo (3:01)
- Listen Sol Bordado (3:09)
- Listen Pingo Da Vela (3:50)
- Listen Rapaz Sagaz (3:56)
- Listen Não Me Encarregue De Enviar Fax (3:08)
The Rough Guide To Samba
Samba is Brazil’s cultural stamp, recognised the world over as the swinging dancing rhythm that represents the South American nation. Samba is a flexible form that is interpreted anew by every generation and clique of artists. This Rough Guide charts the dazzlingly diverse sounds of samba.
The contribution of female sambaista’s to the form is referenced by the inclusion of Alcione, the foremost of the older generation, with a regal stage presence and a thunderous voice. Also heard is Marisa Monte, the most successful Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) vocalist of the last decade or more. Her repertoire considers many styles but never neglects her first love, samba. Mart’nália brings a distinctive African feel to her music, and leading young sambista Teresa Cristina nails traditional favela sambas perfectly.
The traditional-revivalist thread of samba is represented by two groups and two solo artists: Samba Urbano clip along at double-time with an elegiac, flute-led piece; Partideiros Do Cacique bring Rio Carnival to the studio; Moyseis Marques’ minor-key samba expresses a whole spectrum of emotion and Luísa Maita’s ‘Lero-Lero’ is pure samba.
For the club and dancefloor there’s newcomer Odilara, the welcome return of prodigal son Rogê and soul sensation Márcio Local, all bearing the irrepressible hallmark of classic samba-suingue with killer horn arrangements. And finally, for good measure, we have Samba Um, with their tale of the malandro from Porto Da Pedra, a famous favela in São Gonçalo District, Rio.
The bonus disc is a full album from accomplished sambista Ruivão, an artist with a mid-range voice that flows from silky tunes to fast tongue-twisting tempos with ease.