Under the leadership of the charismatic and visionary Chico Science — who was killed in a car accident in 1997, at the height of his popularity — Nacao Zumbi almost single-handedly developed the genre known as mangue beat, which matched the fierce, almost tribal maracatu rhythm on Pernambuco with tough rock guitars and hip-hop vocabulary. The band has soldiered on since his death, and while vocalist Jorge Du Peixe lacks the personality of Science — his chanted vocals are more about adding another rhythmic element that delivering melody — the band still kicks up an impressive ruckus. Chunky, highly propulsive electric guitar riffs form dazzling puzzle-piece rhythms, adding a substantial heft to the pummeling drums. Amid all the motion comes deftly placed texture — a berimbau pattern here, an electronic squiggle there — helping to put the emphasis on pure sound and groove.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...