Afro-Brazil 2014: Gilles Peterson Collective Sonzeira's 'Brasil Bam Bam Bam'

Gilles Peterson's Brazilian collective Sonzeira, featuring legends like Seu Jorge and Elza Soares, release 'Brasil Bam Bam Bam' album

As we gear up for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil 2014, we’ll be taking moments to highlight some select Brazilian tracks that come across our desks. From capoeira music (an accompaniment to the sport) and maracatu to samba and the favela-bred baile funk, the influence of African cultures & sounds on the South American nation’s own arts is immeasurable. In our series Afro-Brazil 2014 we’ll be digging into a few of these ‘ritmos e batidas’ from Brazil. 


Whether tipping us to new talent like Owiny Sigoma Band or handing out Track of the Year Awards to Andrew Ashong, British DJ and Brownswood Recordings founder Gilles Peterson has his fingers in many pies. In his latest musical escapade, the tastemaker travelled to Brazil this January to form a collective supergroup, bringing together the country's top musicians like Seu Jorge, Marcus ValleElza Soares, Wilson Das Neves, Nina Miranda, Arlindo Cruz, Gabriel Moura and many more.

Peterson's Sonzeira collective — which translates to "killer sound" in Portuguese — recorded their album Brazil Bam Bam Bam in Rio de Janeiro. Covering Brazil's rich and diverse musical heritage, Brazil Bam Bam Bam spans from the Afro-Brazilian sounds of Bahia and Recife, to bossa nova, baile funk, tropicália and back again. The record, which drops May 19th, will be the first release from Talking Loud (Gille's original label) in 10 years. Brazil Bam Bam Bam is available to pre-order now, check out the album trailer below.

Update: Stream Sonzeira's "Brasil Pandeiro," a rework of Assis Valente's 1940s track, below.

Catch our previous Afro-Brazil 2014 installments: Stromae's Belgian World Cup Anthem "Ta Fete," Sango’s “Da Rocinha,” Karol ConkaBuraka Som Sistema x Adidas, and Tropicália: A Film by Marcelo Machado.


10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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