Brazil - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 12 - 10/16/97
& Brasil Nuts
Ten Feet And The Sun
You have probably seen and heard quite a number of Brazilian
singers or groups who choose to make a living outside of Brazil. Some
or most of them choose a fairly easy path. They sing the traditional
and tried-and-true type of Brazilian music. In that category you will
find those singers and groups doing the works of Tom Jobim,
Mílton Nascimento, João Bosco, Gonzaguinha, and many
other Brazilian classic and contemporary composers. These singers are
doing a terrific job in promoting Brazilian music abroad.
In addition to that category, there is a very small group of
original performers. Those are the singers writing their own songs
and showing the world the new Brazilian music. Among those,
Kátia Moraes emerges as a strong and leading force. With
original compositions penned by Kátia herself and fellow
Brasil Nuts members, she establishes her own boundaries and defines
new parameters for Brazilian music. With this unique release, Ten
Feet and The Sun, Kátia Moraes travels the entire rainbow
of Brazilian music and more. Her eclectic compositions and vivacious
performances cleverly mix Portuguese and English lyrics efficiently.
It's a Lie, the CD's opening track, is a stylized Brazilian
northeastern "forró" dealing with the disillusion and lies in
a love affair. Bill Brendle's keyboard work and Tony Shogren
zabumba percussion are astonishing. With Tonto (Fool), the
bossa nova presence is more than the mentioning of Tom Jobim's name.
The use of an accordion is original and effective, and Kátia's
own vocal overdubs will make you reminisce of Basia's style in
Astrud (from her Time and Tide release). Cidades
(Cities) unites California and Rio de Janeiro, whereas Mãe
África (Mother Africa) takes us back to our roots.
Maracatony is Tony Shogren's own version of another Brazilian
northeastern tradition, the maracatú, a dance characterized by
its predominant use of percussion instruments. Tony Shogren's himself
is responsible for the exceptional performance of an array of
instruments ranging from frying pans to atabaques. The result is a
high-spirited dance. Closing the CD, Pagode no Maracanã
(pagode is a samba style; Maracanã is the world's largest
soccer stadium, in Rio de Janeiro) guest stars Luizinho Mila playing
cavaquinho. This pagode samba is ebullient and full of excitement.
Copyright © 1997 Egídio Leitão