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In his final post for this series profiling the artists on KafundÃ³ Vol. 1, the compilation of digital roots music put out by KafundÃ³ Records and ourselves, Maga Bo tells us about the Salvador, Bahia based duoÂ A.MA.SSA. Their collaboration with Mauro Telefunksoul, Apache Nagoh, can be found on the KafundÃ³ Vol. 1 compilation.
A.MA.SSA is the duo of producers, Mahal Pita and Rafa Dias, based in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Their sound is a mix of regional beats like pagodÃ£o, arrocha, ijexÃ¡, and samba with bass oriented electronic production. Working with 1 computer, pirated software and a huge desire/necessity to make music, their self-professed mantra is â€œBe yourself, work with what you have, in whatever way you can.â€
AMASSA at FIAC
Theyâ€™ve only been around for around a year now, but already, their work has struck a chord in Salvador filling in a vacuum in the local music scene. The local pagode/arrocha/axÃ© world (which is big business in Bahia), while pulling in references and influences from all over the world, has never put much of an emphasis on the quality or uniqueness of the electronic production. A.MA.SSA is working on hacking this – basing their beats on local rhythms, but looking to the electronic production in the international African diaspora for inspiration – to break down not only stylistic, cultural and market barriers, but also to poularize and desseminate their sound as far as possible.
Hereâ€™s â€œPagaodÃ£o das Tres RaÃ§as,â€ a pagode/arrocha/trap/bass rework of the classic Clara Nunes track, â€œCanto das Tres RaÃ§as”…
…and another remix that sounds like Bauerâ€™s bubbling synth went to the soteripolitano periphery, found pagode and a rapper, but insisted on cutting up and stuttering all of his rhymes about moving your body from here to thereâ€¦.itâ€™s a remix of the track â€œDeslocaâ€ (relocate) by Ã‰ Xeke, which gets transformed into â€œDXLÃ˜Kâˆ†â€ aka Deixa Louca (make you crazy).
Their name is a play on words:
Itâ€™s the masses that mash things up. SSA is the code for Salvador..
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