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Afro-Brazil 2014: Ubiquity Records Drops 'Brasil Do Brazil' Compilation

Ubiquity Records releases 'Brasil do Brazil' LP featuring a fiery track from Bosq, read more on our Afro-Brazil 2014 column.


As we've geared up for this summer’s World Cup, we've taken 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 dig into a few of these ‘ritmos e batidas’ from Brazil.

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Ubiquity Records is prepping the release of Brasil do Brazil, a compilation inspired by the sounds and beats coming out of the World Cup host country. The LP boasts everything from smooth samba to bumping batucada, calling on eclectic artists like Tita Lima, The Echocentrics, Shawn Lee, Ohmega Watts, The Soul Surfers and others to offer their own re-worked takes on Brazil’s diverse music.

DJ/producer Bosq gives his reinterpretation of a batucada, creating an Afro-Brazilian percussive explosion that he appropriately titled “Bosqutucada.” Channeling the Chilean street festivals that inspired him, the Whiskey Barons member chops up whistles, and stacks layer upon layer of live percussion producing pure rhythmic mayhem. Listen to "Bosqutucada" below and download Brasil do Brazil on Bandcamp and iTunes.

Catch our previous Afro-Brazil 2014 installments: The Digital Roots Music of Kafundó Vol. 1, Pearl Negras’ War Cry ‘Guerreira’Gilles Peterson Collective Sonzeira’s ‘Brasil Bam Bam Bam,’ Stromae’s Belgian World Cup Anthem “Ta Fete,” “Sango’s ‘Da Rocinha 2′ Takes Baile Funk Into Hip-Hop Territory,” Karol Conka’s Rap Anthem ‘Boa Noite, Buraka Som Sistema x Adidas Samba Collection ‘Bota, and Tropicália: A Film by Marcelo Machado

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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