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Various Artists - Black Rio 2 : Original Samba Soul 1971-1980



Black Rio 2
Various - Black Rio 2 : Original Samba Soul 1971-1980
(CD/LP) Strut Records, 2009-06-19

Following the successful first volume released on Strut in 2002, "Black Rio 2" takes a look at the Black Rio music movement in Brazil post-Tropicalia as disenchanted black Brazilian youth mirrored the struggles of their contemporaries in the US during the early 70s through their own potent brew of samba, soul and funk. The movement thrived despite a military dictatorship within which the promotion of black culture was strictly censored. While Volume One brought together pioneers of the movement like Tim Maia, Gerson King Combo, Uniao Black and Jorge Ben, Volume 2 digs much deeper, exploring more of the key artists and some of the short-lived bands and smaller labels of the time.
Black Rio 2
Various - Black Rio 2 : Original Samba Soul 1971-1980
(CD/LP) Strut Records, 2009-06-19

Tracklist
01. Zeca Do Trombone & Roberta Sax - Coluna Do Meio
02. Renata Lu - Faz Tanto Tempo
03. Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado - Our Sound
04. Rubinho E Mauro Assumpcao - Ta Tudo Ai
05. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira
06. Watusi - Oi Gere (CD only)
07. Os Diagonais - Nao Vou Chorar (CD only)
08. Claudia - Salve, Rainha (CD only)
09. Pete Dunaway - Supermarket
10. Super Som Lord - BR Samba
11. Azambuja & Cia - Tema De Azambuja
12. Avan Samba - Ibere
13. Cry Babies - It’s My Thing
14. Balanca Povo - Novo Dia
15. Edson Frederico E A Transa - Bobeira (CD only)
16. Bebeto - Princesa Negra De Angola (Instrumental version)
17. Marlene - Sinal Vermelho
18. Sonia Santos - Poema Ritmico Do Malandro

Links :
blackrio-2.com
strut-records.com

Press Release :
Back in 2002, Strut released ‘Black Rio’ compiled by London DJ Cliffy, a snapshot of the ‘70s Black Rio soul and funk movement in Brazil. In March, Strut release the second volume in the series, delving deeper into the vaults to sample some of the lesser known gems emerging from the Carnival capital during the era.

Whilst Tropicalia had given Brazil’s musicians and songwriters a powerful political voice during the ‘60s, the Black Rio movement had to battle the odds – black soul was perceived as not being authentically Brazilian and the country was under the rule of General Emilio Garrastazu Medici’s oppressive dictatorship which effectively suffocated cultural expression between 1969 and 1974. Still, the movement took hold as disenchanted black Brazilian youth mirrored the struggles of their contemporaries in the US with their own potent brew of samba, soul and funk. Black Rio parties attracted thousands, bands including Banda Black Rio and Uniao Black were created from the scene and music figureheads like Jorge Ben began exploring more dense, Afro directions on albums including ‘Africa Brasil’.

While Black Rio Vol. 1 brought together pioneers of the movement like Tim Maia and Gerson King Combo, Volume 2 digs deeper still, exploring more of the key artists and many of the short-lived bands and smaller labels of the time. Highlights include the dynamite funk / samba jam ‘Faz Tanta Tempo’ by Renata Lu, a great funky cover of Gilberto Gil’s ‘Bananeira’ by Emilio Santiago and a rare slice of breezy soul, ‘Supermarket’, by Pete Dunaway aka Paulistano, one of a group of artists giving themselves a Western-sounding name at the time.

The album is compiled and annotated again by leading Brazilian music DJ Cliffy, the man behind London club night Batmacumba. the longest running Brazilian club night in England, now enjoying a bi-monthly residency at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club.
Guillaume Enard

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