Friday, June 8, 2012

Maga Bo

Quilombo do Futuro landed in my inbox a few weeks ago...a bit outside my normal listening patterns, but pretty cool nonetheless. It reminds me most of Buraka Son Sistema, which is to say it has really fantastic beats that get their heat both from traditional hand-played percussion and electronics. It's hard to pin down exactly what style Brazilian/American DJ Maga Bo favors, let alone what country, but you can hear elements of dance/funk/Afro-Caribbean/dancehall etc.

NYT had an enthusiastic review a few days ago:

Maga Bo

Hand-played percussion and hard-nosed voices are the rocket fuel for Maga Bo’s “Quilombo do Futuro” (Post World Industries), a cultural manifesto riding on rhythm. Make that rhythms. Maga Bo, a widely traveled American D.J. and producer who relocated to Rio de Janeiro in 1999, uses kinetic Afro-Brazilian beats as the album’s foundation and superstructure. But his tracks also mix in drum-machine sounds, stray ricocheting electronics, Brazilian guitars and glimmers of soundsystem bass music like Jamaican dancehall as well as Brazilian baile funk. Atop them — rapping, chanting and singing their own lyrics — are voices that can keep pace with the syncopations or sail above them. In Portuguese and occasionally English, Maga Bo’s collaborators often praise culture as survival mechanism and resistance tactic, while the beats constantly prove them right.

There's a lot more information about Maga Bo and his music here.

1 comment:

Maarten said...

Buy the new album directly from Maga Bo and help his new project!

Maga Bo and Maarten Van Der Glas (me) are doing a Kickstarter to raise money for a video project: you can get Maga Bo's new album via the kickstarter and support our new project AND you get extra's! Please check it out here:

Also the remix album and a DJ Pack with instrumentals and acapella's is available, the kickstarter ends on july 29th so be quick!