Quilombo do Futuro dives deep into afro-Brazilian rhythms and sound system culture. It’s the roots of the terreiro growing and overtaking the asfalto. Crumbling it bit by bit. Life that springs from urban decay. Coco, maculelê, samba, jongo and capoeira meet ragga and dub, hip hop and kuduro, grime and dubstep. Organic elements combined with electronic production to bring the punch and power for big sound systems, this is serious batucada and bass, mids, treble. TUDO.
Maga Bo has performed and worked in over 40 different countries – from Delhi to Sydney, Berlin to Addis Ababa, New York City to Brasília, all the while keeping his feet (and ears) firmly planted in the sonic axis RJ/SP/BA – Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador. Inspired as much by his experiences touring internationally in the global beats and bass world as his time spent in the traditional Afro-Brazilian roots scene in Rio de Janeiro, Quilombo do Futuro offers a careful juxtaposition of raw, heavy bass with organic, instrumental and vocal subtlety. Far from relying on pre-made loops of “Brazilian” drums or other shallow cultural signifiers, this album was recorded with some of the most original and brightest musicians in Brazil today.
Working with celebrated Brazilian musicians, BNegão, Gaspar, Lucas Santtana and Marcelo Yuka, the record also brings in new talents, Funkero, Biguli and one of the most innovative groups in Brazilian music today, BaianaSystem. Bo’s mestre of capoeira angola, Mestre Camaleão, brings the berimbau while Rosângela Macedo’s vocals hold down tradition. Guyanese Brooklynite, Jahdan Blakkamoore, and Panamanian Chicagoite, MC Zulu, bring the dancehall vibe to riddims that most don’t even try to touch. All percussion was tracked and produced by Maga Bo and his long time partner in riddim, percussionist and fellow carioca, João Hermeto.
A quilombo was an autonomous, fugitive settlement founded by ex-slaves and others in colonial Brazil. The Quilombo do Futuro is more than a possible physical space. It is a potential worldwide agglomeration of cultural resistance. After centuries of wealth generated by an economy built on slavery (and the subsequent post-abolition adaptations), the Quilombo do Futuro is a break from this legacy. Fortified by an international community based on plurality, inclusive democracy and direct communication, cultural resistance is paramount in creating a sustainable, healthy existence in the face of worldwide corporate domination.
Born in the United States and based in Rio de Janeiro since 1999, Maga Bo has collaborated with Mulatu Astatke, Issa Bagayogo, Bollywood star Shilpa Rao, BaianaSystem as well as releasing critically acclaimed remixes for Poirier, Luisa Maita, Filastine, Blick Bassy and Bomba Estéreo. His music and remixes have also been released on Tru-Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Cumbancha, Dutty Artz, World Connection and many others. Among his many international tours, he has performed at the Sydney Festival, WOMEX, Club Transmediale and Mundial.
Also, stay tuned for Quilombo do Futuro Remixed dropping May 29th.
“Maga Bo’s new album is a tremendous piece of work. He focuses on the soulful vocals and rhythmic complexity of roots music in his home country, Brazil. It’s beautifully recorded and mixed. Maga Bo reimagines global bass music from the ultra-informed, local standpoint — which means we get glorious call& response vocals, supple drumming, subtle sub-bass whomp. In short, this is the first Brazilian album i’ve ever heard which is indispensable for purist fans of Afro-Brazilian folk music *and* every DJ interested in mashing up the dancefloor with heavyweight electronic riddims. That’s a big claim, but this is a big album” — DJ /Rupture
“Maga Bo’s new album is a masterpiece of percussion and riddims that we’ll all be jealous of! It’s taking the best from both worlds, acoustic and electronic, and blending it in a way that we don’t know what’s what at the end but that doesn’t matter because the songs are there, beautiful, with great vocal collaborations. Maga Bo is not following trends, he’s busy forging a very unique and inspiring sound!” — Poirier
“Album is tight. Another step forward in pushing South American sounds into the future, something we at ZZK hold close to our heart.” – El G, Founder, ZZK Records
WRITTEN MATERIALS TO DOWNLOAD
Maga Bo – Quilombo do Futuro
Maga Bo will be on tour in Europe in July, 2012 and in North America in August, 2012.
SELECTED PREVIOUS PRESS CLIPS
Maga Bo – “Piloto de Fuga (feat. Funkero and BNegão)”
Maga Bo – No Balanço da Canoa feat. Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka
Quilombo do Futuro “Making of”
Tempos Insanos feat. BNegão Live
Maga Bo – “Gondar feat. Eritbu ‘Solomon’ Agegnehu and Entenesh Wassié”
Maga Bo – Fire feat. Xuman