Metá Metá is a São Paulo-based trio formed by guitarist, singer and composer Kiko Dinucci, singer Juçara Marçal & saxophonist Thiago França. After releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011, they have become one of the most celebrated new acts to emerge in the city over the last few years, with an ever-growing audience and critical acclaim. It’s hard to say where they fit in the vast musical history of Brazil and its trends, but it’s possible to distinguish features from African-descendent music, the urban music of Itamar Assumpção’s riff driven songs and several brazilian rhythms such as samba and jongo.
Kiko and Thiago are very expert and inventive instrumentalists and Juçara a great and inspired singer, they sound often as if many musicians were on stage, joined by a hypnotized audience singing along choruses in a language they usually don’t understand a word of – the Yorubá dialect, which was also an inspiration for the group’s name which means « three at the same time ». As popular and peculiar as it could get.
As Metá Metá they have released two albums so far: “Metá Metá” (2011) and “Metal Metal” (2012). Their debut album is more based on the trio and is mostly song-driven. For the second one, they invited other musicians to the sessions and it explores a more agressive, afro-punk sound and also some sonic trips on tracks like “Man Feriman“.
These shootings took place in Kiko’s neighborhood in São Paulo, Cambuci. He gently invited us to kill some time at his place while we waited for the other Metá Metá members, showing us some items of his record collection, some of his favourite Brazillian films such as the great “O Bandido da Luz Vermelha” by Rogério Sganzerla, which is considered of the brazilian marginal cinema of the 60s, and his documentary about afro-religions in Brazil, called “Dança das Cabaças”.
In this sunny autumn afternoon in Cambuci, the trio played Kiko’s “Engasga Gato” and Kiko and Douglas Germano’s “Oranian” along with daily characters of the city… Most notably an enthusiastic fellow in a bar that claps along and ends up getting more syncopated than the group.
(Text: Fernando Rischbieter)
Dom La Nena
Dom La Nena is a Brazilian cellist and singer. She sings mostly in Portuguese and Spanish, but also sometimes in French and English.
« O Vento » (The Wind) is a song from her first album Ela released in the beginning of 2013 and acclaimed by both critics and audience in America as well as in Europe. The 13 songs of the album deals with a certain nostalgic melancholy of her childhood that Dom carries, having lived a very short time in her country until the age of 8, either to follow her parents in France for their studies or to go live by herself in Buenos Aires to study cello with the prodigious Christine Waleska.
This saudade album written at age 21 in the 12th district of Paris, and recorded in the Cévennes mountains at Piers Faccini’s house, has a tensed softness, where sadness and joy co-exist in deep harmony. The memories of the places left come to haunt the ones she settles in, and in this album Dom seems to have found a peaceful place for all the ghosts of the ones she misses. As if she had invented her own country.
It’s always easier to find the right moment to film a musician when you live together… So when we saw this huge and impressive storm coming above Sao Paulo, we instantly thought of Dom’s song « O Vento » inspired by the massive and deadly storms and floods that happened in Brazil recently.
Dom La Nena will release her 2nd album in February 2015. Meanwhile she will be on the road with her project or with Rosemary Standley with whom she forms the band Birds On A Wire.
Everyone loves Emicida. As well as being a respected composer & a followed writer, he became a spokesman of the people. São Paulo rap scene was for a long time out there in the dark, Emicida brought Rap into the spotlights.
Surrounded by good and faithful friends, he started a do-it-yourself career, producing his mixtapes, singles, recording and burning some CDs to sell it by hand. He sold more than 30.000 records this way, which is very impressive.
it couldn’t be otherwise, Emicida is something else, matching rhymes and melodies perfectly and with such ease. But even all his skills as a singer remain at the background when you’re paying attention to his lyrics.
Emicida started with a successful single “Triunfo” from there he immortalized his whoop A rua é nós (“The street is ours”). One year later he published his first mix tape Pra quem Já Mordeu um Cachorro pro Comida Até que eu Cheguei Longe (“for a guy who once bit a dog for food, i’ve come a long way”). In 2010, Emicida released two other mixtapes: Sua Mina Ouve Meu Rep Tamem and Emicídio. His last work is a studio album called O Glorioso Retorno De Quem Nunca Esteve Aqui (“the glorious return of who was never here”).
The train took us to Laboratorio Fantasma, – his and his friend’s company, guided by our common friend and journalist Peu Araújo, who used to live there , in the north side of São Paulo, in the suburbs. Emicida was with a great partner of him, Rael da Rima who sang this song « A Cada Vento »with him with a voice full of tone that gives a even more melodic aspect to his rhymes.
We shot from his brother balcony who also played guitar for the song. From there, we had an improvised little stage, playing for the people passing by behind the obligatory Sao Paulo fences.
(Text by Filipe Franco)
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