AnotherÂ guest post by Wolfram Lange,Â co-founder ofÂ KafundÃ³ Records, DJ, and blogger at theÂ SoundgoodsÂ website. In this postÂ he gives us a little background on Paraiban production collectiveÂ Furmiga Dub. Their track “ForrÃ³ do Ragga” is featured on the KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 Compilation:
Furmiga DubÂ (formiga means ant in Portuguese) is a musical project based on partnerships from various musicians: some who donate their songs to be re-arranged and others who are part of the new arrangement. At the end the responsibility for mixing and editing is up to the music producer, Fabiano Formiga, who is the head of the project. He is a studied musician from the state of Paraiba, and is a classically trainedÂ violist. The motivation behind the project is for the artist to be able to valorize their personalÂ musical identity — fusing regional beats with electronic resources. This means taking rhythms like coco, ciranda, caboclinho and even indigenous sounds and incorporate productionÂ elements from electronic music like drumâ€™nâ€™bass, dubstep and dub. This also allows them to highlightÂ the similarities between reggaeton/dancehallÂ and coco/BaiÃ£o.
One of the MCs, Fabiano, often teams up is AtÃ´mico MCÂ who is from JoÃ£o Pessoa as well. He started rapping in 2001 and soon got into Raggamuffin vibes and Reggaeton when he travelled to Florida in 2007. After returning toÂ Brazil, he made shows with BNegÃ£o, DuSouto, Black Alien and Totonho. He is just now producing his first solo CD, and he wants to continue with the mixing ofÂ ragga and Brazilian cultures with a Nordestino touch.