As we gear up for World Cup Brazil 2014, we'll be highlighting some select Brazilian tracks grab the first one from rapper Karol Conka.
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.
Boasting a sound influenced by Lauryn Hill and the Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) genre popularized by the likes of Elis Regina, Curitiba's Karol Conka is quickly becoming one of the leading female rappers in Brazil. "Boa Noite," the Nave-produced single off her debut album Batuk Freak, showcases Karol Conka's commanding flow over an infectious girl group vocal sample. It's not much surprise that the track has earned her several accolades, including an MTV Brazilian Awards nod. Find this track and more Brazilian gems on UK label Mr. Bongo's Brazilian Beats 7. Stream "Boa Noite" and watch the music video for the track below.