ARTIST: BIXIGA 70
LABEL (YEAR): GLITTERBEAT (2015)
FOR FANS OF: FELA KUTI, NUBIYAN TWIST, TOM ZÉ, ONDATRÓPICA
Words by Jasper Morvaridi
III is São Paolo based collective Bixiga 70's third studio album (and my personal favourite).
‘Bixiga’ is the name of band’s birthplace – it’s one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in São Paolo, known for being a melting pot of culture. Fittingly, the band channel their multicultural origins through their music, with influences and sounds from Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean consistent throughout. ‘70’ references Fela Kuti’s legendary Africa ‘70, evidenced by their core, Afrobeat sound. On III, this amalgamation of music and cultural influences is heard throughout. ‘Niran', for example, mixes Cuban blaxploitation riffs with the Malinké drumming from Guinea.
While the band’s tight percussion and lush riffs keep things flowing, it’s the horn section that drives each tune’s danceable rhythm. ‘Di Dancer’ demonstrates the band’s uninterrupted rhythms, while songs such as ‘Ventania’, ‘Lembe’ and ‘7 Pancadas’ all switch up the pace of the record.
Bixiga 70 have been compared to much of the work of Fela Kuti. On III, this is completely justified as the energy of the music shines through.
Now the sun is starting to come out, get yourself dancing down the street to this.