Back in 2002, Strut released â€˜Black Rioâ€™ compiled by London DJ Cliffy, a snapshot of the â€˜70s Black Rio soul and funk movement in Brazil. Strut Records
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 Brazilâ€™s musicians and songwriters a powerful political voice during the â€˜60s, the Black Rio movement had to battle the odds â€“ black soul was perceived as not being authentically Brazilian and the country was under the rule of General Emilio Garrastazu Mediciâ€™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 â€˜Africa Brasilâ€™.
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 â€˜Faz Tanta Tempoâ€™ by Renata Lu, a great funky cover of Gilberto Gilâ€™s â€˜Bananeiraâ€™ by Emilio Santiago and a rare slice of breezy soul, â€˜Supermarketâ€™, by Pete Dunaway aka aulistano, 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 Londonâ€™s Notting Hill Arts Club.
01 Zeca Do Trombone & Roberta Sax â€“ Coluna Do Meio
02. Renata Lu â€“ Faz Tanto Tempo
03. Guimaraes E O Grupo Som Sagrado â€“ Our Sound
05. Emilio Santiago - Bananeira
07. Os Diagonais â€“ Nao Vou Chorar
08. Claudia â€“ Salve, Rainha
09. Pete Dunaway - Supermarket
10. Super Som Lord â€“ BR Samba
11. Azambuja & Cia â€“ Tema De Azambuja
13. Cry Babies â€“ Itâ€™s My Thing
14. Balanca Povo â€“ Novo Dia
15. Edson Frederico E A Transa â€“ Bobeira
16. Bebeto â€“ Princesa Negra De Angola (Instrumental version)
17. Marlene â€“ Sinal Vermelho
18. Sonia Santos â€“ Poema Ritmico Do Malandro
Black Rio 2 can be purchased on CD or 2LP from Conch
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Mulatu Astatke / The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information 2LP / CD
Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle - Inspiration Information CD
V/A - Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump CD
Lafayette Afro-Rock Band - Darkest Light - The Best Of Lafayette Afro-Rock Band CD