AnotherÂ guest post by Maga Bo:Â DJ, producer, and co-founder ofÂ KafundÃ³ Records. In this post he gives us a little background on Maurotelefunksoul. HisÂ collaborationÂ with A.MA.SSA. â€œApache Nagoh (Rasteira Edit),â€ Â appears onÂ theÂ KafundÃ³ Vol. 1Â Compilation.
Having begun his career as a DJ in 1992, Mauro Telefunksoul has become omni-present figure in the local dj/electronic music scene in Salvador, Bahia as well as electronic music events around Brazil. His DJ sets and production covers a lot of ground – Dutch House, breakbeat, moombahton, dubstep, drum â€™nâ€™ bass, Brazilian Electronic Music, â€œblack music,â€ nu-jazz and beyond.ï¿¼
When Renato Martins of Funk na Caixa sought him out to release some of his own productions for release on the newly formed Braza Music, Mauro also passed on other tracks from Bahia – LordBreu, Braunation, A.MA.SSA, DJ Mangaio and Lord Voodoo. Renato loved the tracks and they decided to put together an EP – Bahia Bass #1, which they thought was more apt than axÃ© bass (cited by Bruno Natal in Globo in an early article talking about this new musical scene), as it encompassed much more than just axÃ©, from the Reconcavo Baiano and other sounds from the interior and the sertÃ£o to a kind of â€œurban cyberâ€ musicâ€¦.all of this being aggregated and mashed together in Salvador, whether itâ€™s samba reggae, pagode, arrocha, samba de roda, axÃ© music or whatever else – it all gets thrown in thereâ€¦ While the scene in Bahia has benefitted from some governments initiatives (financing a compilation on the culture of bass music in Bahia last year), for the most parts their work is completely DIY – from promotion, recording sets, remixing to producing festas. They have plans to release Bahia Bass Vol. 2 in october as well as EPs and albums of artists within the bass music scene.
What blew us away were his new productions:
…and this track, which is on KafundÃ³ Vol. 1:
ThatÂ last one is a collaboration between Mauro and Rafa Dias and Mahal Pita of A.MA.$$A, a duo of up-comingÂ producers making waves in Salvador’s bass music scene. A pioneer and active participant of ragga in Brazil, the SÃ£o Paulo based Carioca singer Jimmy Luv, Â brings the ragga to this electro samba reggae arrocha axÃ© agglomeration of influences.ï¿¼
An adept at mash-ups, hereâ€™s a maculelÃª/africa bambaataa mashup, decidedly on the pop side of things, this track makes some very interesting connections from the Afro-Braziian traditional roots rhythm that helped give birth to Funk Carioca and the electro hip hop from the Bronx:
Another interesting mash-up that Chief Boima wrote about some time ago over on Africa is a Country, hereâ€™s a remix/mash-up of Filhos de Jorge and Gnonnas Pedro â€œZirigui Yiri Boumâ€:
A championship scratch DJ on the RedBull circuit in Brazil, heâ€™s also a prolific internet presence, you can find loads of Mauroâ€™s mixes, mashups and remixes at his MixcloudÂ site.