Abayomy

Afrobeat

Abayomy means “meeting” in Yorubá, a common tongue between Nigeria and the candomblé religion in Brazil. “Abra Sua Cabeça” (Open your mind) is from the band’s second album, produced by Pupillo (originally the drummer of the iconic manguebeat group Nação Zumbi) and recorded in Rio de Janeiro. The album also includes the participation of none other than the grand master of afrobeat, Tony Allen. The group’s music references historical, social and cultural movements and connections with Africa. Their live show honors Maestro Abigail Moura, who founded the Orquestra Afro-Brasileira 1942 to promote the meeting of instruments from the west (for example the saxophone and clarinet), with afro-brazilian instruments (such as the agogô and berimbau). The group continues in this tradition of meetings between Afro-Brazlian and African rhythms.

 

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