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 Bahian vocalist and musician Russo Passapusso:
The singer, musician, and composer Russo Passapusso is part of the new generation of musicians experimenting with traditional sounds from the state of Bahia. His sound incorporatesÂ rap, reggae, and samba in an engaging and entertaining mixture. Born in the Bahian interior, it was in the capital Salvador where he came into contact with rap, reggae, and sound system culture. The beginning of his career was marked by participation in these local scenes. Living in Salvador, he became a member of the local MinistÃ©reo PÃºblico, an institution that occupied different spaces in the city — doing parties and sound interventions and thus helping to foundÂ aÂ new alternative scene in Salvador.
Later,Â he started two projects that incorporatedÂ the roots music of Bahia withÂ contemporary foreign sounds. First, as one of the founders of Baiana System he brings the guitarra baiana to the 21st century, and second as part of Bemba Trio, a group thatÂ mixes rap and Jamaican music with traditionalÂ sounds of Bahia.
Celebrating 10 years inÂ music,Â he just released his first solo album, a personal affair that leans in aÂ more vintage direction:
His songÂ “Matuto” appearsÂ on theÂ KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 compilation, which you can listen to and download below!