Bixiga 70

Afrobeat

The instrumental band Bixiga 70 is named after a central neighborhood in Sao Paulo which is a melting pot of cultures such as Italian, African and North-Eastern. Bixiga also played home to many popular music clubs and bars during the 1960s and ’70s. And in Bixiga there is the recording studio Traquitana, at Rua 13 de Maio 70, which is where the number in the bands name comes from (but is also a hint to Fela Kuti’s Africa 70 band).
The ten members of the group come from diverse musical backgrounds such as avant-garde pop, jazz, dub and Brazilian music trying to smudge boundaries of space and time. Having Fela Kuti’s Afrika 70 as the base, they fuse African and South American rhythms with jazz, funk and dub. The band explores, listens, creates, reinvents itself with each album, every song, every show, within the unmistakable language developed and conquered in its history, loaded with energy and synergy.
The instrumental but profoundly eloquent music, is highly danceable, between sense of humor and political thoughts. The latter aspect becomes very obvious in their track “Primeiramente,” from 2017, which is the result of a growing sense of dissatisfaction with the current political and social situation in Brazil and all over the world. It was inspired and it’s dedicated to the historical struggle to guarantee rights – regardless of class, color, gender, religion, ethnicity or party.

Check out as well this nice mini documentary:

 

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