Read to the end to learn about some of the Brazilian bands, and artists that have made the most marvelous music in Brazil the last several years. Also, get into the music of great gringo producers — Bosq, Gilles Peterson, Grant Phabao, and more — that make Brazilian inspired music abroad with Brazilian singers & musicians.
Listen to 3 Spotify playlists highlighting talented Brazilian musicians on the more underground scene. Watch videos of potent performances by Brazilian bands…
Check out a semi-acoustic live version of my favorite Brazilian Hip-Hop song, “Pilotando O Bonde da Excursão” by Marcelo D2…
Listen to & follow this Brazilian music Spotify playlist of contemporary, underground sounds from Brazil…
If you don’t have Spotify listen to these superb songs here…
Sensational Brazilian Music That Opens Your Mind & Moves Your Hips
There are some more popular artists here too. For example…
Listen to “Na Verdade Nao Ta” from Seu Jorge. “Pra Vizinho Olhar” comes from Carlinhos Brown’s 2016 album. “Enredo Do Meu Samba” by Roge & Jorge Aragao comes from the hit record, Na Veia, from 2015 — listen to the whole thing because it’s outstanding and features collaborations by Brazil’s best modern Samba singers.
The underground sound of Sao Paulo is lead by Bixiga 70. They’re getting quite popular now, and they are one of my favorite bands anywhere in the world. Bixiga 70 made my favorite album of 2015, and they just keep touring like crazy and getting better all the time. They appear in this playlist with the “Mil Vidas Dub” from their 2016, Copan Connection album produced by Dub scientist, Victor Rice.
Victor Rice has a Dub style distinct from that of early dub pioneers such as King Tubby and Augustus Pablo. While he employs many of the standard delay, echo, and reverb effects, he works with much faster-paced rhythms, often recorded in a straight Ska style, rather than the traditional roots Reggae rhythms found in Jamaican Dub.
In 2002, Rice moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he produces recordings for various styles of musicians. His diverse Dub stylings have led him to work with these exciting bands from the Sao Paulo underground scene, like Trupe Chá de Boldo, an experimental Brazilian indie-Rock band — which you’ll hear in the “Fogo Fogo (dub)” in this Spotify playlist. Victor Rice also did stunning Dub versions for Nomade Orquestra (click the link to listen).
Similar bands that use an Afrobeat foundation to create distinctly Brazilian music that’s jazzy, funky, and exhilarating appear here too. Listen to Nomade Orquestra, Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra, and Andre Sampaio to hear how Brazilian bands combine West African music and Brazilian music.
Céu, a sultry singer from Sao Paulo, released Tropix on Six Degrees Records in 2016, and it topped the World Music Charts for awhile. Listen to her song, “Minhas Bics”, a catchy futuristic pop song.
Family Atlantica, the magnificent multi-cultural band from London, released the most mind-blowing genre-bending album of 2016 with Cosmic Unity on Soundway Records. Hear the breathtaking, “Baiao Infinito”, sung in Portuguese.
Give this playlist a listen to get into the diverse, modern sounds of Brazil.
Listen to more Modern Brazilian Music — Viajando Pelo Brasil…
You’ll get to hear frevo & forro from the Northeast, as well as their modern manifestations of Pernambuco music.
Get into more of Brazil’s underground stars, like Criolo and Curumin. And, more from awesome genre-defying bands Iconili and Bixiga 70.
Listen to how Seu Jorge, Clube de Balancao, and Ivo Meirelles update the sound of Samba. Orquestra Imperial made one of my favorite albums of 2014, and is known for its rousing live performances of modern Samba in the Rio de Janeiro party district of Lapa.
Hear a wonderful 2016 Samba song, “Nação” by Sunlightsquare and talented, new Brazilian musician, Josue Ferreira, from their Flies To Rio record.
Listen to some of my Favoritos Brasileiros…
Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, Trio Mocotó, Martinho Da Vila, Marcos Valle, and Sergio Mendes are in here with classics or newer songs. Listen to Jorge Ben’s 1970’s Samba Funk fire, “A Banda do Zé Pretinho.” Hear Martinho Da Vila’s Samba classic, “Canta, Canta Minha Gente” — and get happy as you sing & celebrate life.
Huge stars of the 60s through 80s — Caetano Veloso, Marcos Valle, and Sergio Mendes are still making superb music. Listen to their songs from the 2000s here.
You’ll hear current Brazilian Funk from Seu Jorge, Joao Sobral, and Marcio Local. Get more Brazilian Hip-Hop from Marcelo D2. Then we close it out with super high energy, modern Batucada beats…perfect for the dance floor.
Dig through the catalogs of these amazing artists and immerse yourself in the superlative sounds of Brazilian music.
Also click http://www.funkish.audio/current-brazilian-music/ for my first post on contemporary Brazilian music that traces its evolution through the 2000s.
Click http://www.funkish.audio/best-1970s-brazilian-music/ for the Best of 1970s Brazilian music.
And, since most people associate Brazilian music with Carnival music, click here to listen to the Brazilian party music they listen to in February.
Click here to get all my Brazilian music posts together…
Watch Iconili, one of the most interesting new Brazilian bands play live in Sao Paulo. Iconili mixes Brazilian percussion, Afrobeat, Jazz, Rock & Funk to create their own unique, genre-defying music.