Bixiga 70

28/01/2016Hyperenergetic Brazilian Collective Delivers A Mini Mix For The Road

All the way from the Brazilian megalopolis of São Paulo comes this hyperenergetic ten-piece of ubertalented individuals in it for the same reason. Music is their connection, their driving force and their collective ambition: "Their collective influences include jazz, funk and Afro-Brazilian music, and stretch further afield into dub and reggae, electronics, cumbia and carimbó, ethio-jazz and samba."

Named after a vibrant neighborhood in downtown São Paulo, Bixiga 70 is best described as a brass- and percussion-laden instrumental dance band, offering a fresh, new take on sounds deeply rooted in Brazilian, Latin American and African culture. Their compositions are primal, organic, ritualistic, music that has the potential to appeal to everyone, to make people dance, free their minds and feel their bodies.

Last year the band travelled to New York to attend the renowned globalFEST. As documented in the video below, they played different venues the likes of Webster Hall, Nublu and even a warehouse party in Brooklyn for a palpable exchange of energies. Percussionist Rômulo Nardes noted: "It's always nice to travel somewhere else and see how instrumental music has no borders and how people react to this sound."

Bixiga 70 released their third album "III" late last year via Glitterbeat Records, delivering "a luminescent and energized admixture of Atlantic cultures".

In advance of their European winter tour, kicking off tomorrow in London, they released a short but sweet mini mix of five fantastic tracks, including one of their own. Play the mix from the player above, find the tracklist here and check the tourdates.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom