In order to give a little background on each of the artists that appear on theÂ upcoming KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 release, the guys from KafundÃ³ Records and I are going to run down a little about each track on the compilation. I’ll kick it off with a song that has become a staple inÂ my DJ sets these days:
CarimbÃ³ music, originally from the state of ParÃ¡, definitely has aÂ Caribbean tinge to it. With influences like calypso and cumbia, to meÂ itÂ sounds like Hatian Kompa with a little samba thrown in. This makes it the perfect music to transition in my DJ sets, from more internationally recognized Brazilian genres like funk or samba into Angolan House or kizomba. The last oneÂ especially, because kizombaÂ is more or lessÂ a mix of French-Antillean Zouk and Angolan Semba. The above tuneÂ even has what I hear as a kompa style breakdown in the introduction — a run on the keysÂ that turns me into a giddy child every time I hear it!
The group responsible for the tune,Â Coletivo di Tambor, is a super group from Salvador, made up of members of bands such as Timbalada, Baiana System, Orquestra Rumillez and others. Check them out at Salvador’s popular Carnival procession performing on top of a Trio ElÃ©ctrico:
Instead of shying awayÂ from a cultural association with theirÂ Latin American neighbors, the band comes with the followingÂ Latin-funk tune that wouldn’t be out of place in the repertoire of a band from Cuba or Colombia. This type of cross-cultural association, and the sound of Colectivo di Tambor in general, really gets at the heart of what I feel isÂ going on with KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 — Brazilian artists participating in a diaspora withÂ shared cultural origins that stretch beyond both international borders, and nationalÂ social boundaries. What’s more, as the two main characters in thisÂ clip make their way through the streets of this neighborhood, it gives me a sense of a place and people not unlike a blackÂ neighborhood in the U.S. — just in a different climate:
Coletivo di Tambor’s “CarimbÃ³” is featured on KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 in remixed form. This version was touched by the hands ofÂ DJ Mangaio, also of Salvador, who is a prolific producer. Check out his Soundcloud page that shows the range of styles of theÂ mostlyÂ Bahian bandsÂ he remixes. His technique is clearly influenced by the Jamaica-U.K. axis,Â using dubbing techniques developed inÂ Reggae, or bumping the originals with a little distorted bass.Â He is also part of three different music related projects in Salvador: live band experimentÂ RadioMundi, live drum and DJ duo OrB, and the DJ Collective NozMoskadaÂ that throws parties in Salvador. Check out his remix, the version that will appear on the compilation below:
KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 will beÂ available for digital download worldwide June 10th, and you can pre-order it on iTunes now!