Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured during our Summer Fundraising Drive, is “No Balanço da Canoa” by Maga Bo, and featuring Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka, from the 2012 album Quilombo do Futuro on Post World Industries.
Born in Seattle but living in Rio De Janeiro since 1999, DJ/producer Bo Anderson, a.k.a. Maga Bo, is the quintessential international artist. He’s created music in over 40 countries; collaborated with or remixed a variety of artists like Issa Bagayogo, Bomba Estéreo and Bollywood star Shilpa Rao; and mixes styles from an array of cultures within Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. His new album, Quilombo do Futuro, released last week, draws heavily on traditional Afro-Brazilian styles (coco, maculele, jongo and capoeira) intertwined with elements of drum-and-bass, hip hop, electronica, reggae, dancehall, dubstep and many other styles. Popular Brazilian musicians guest on the record alongside newer, cutting edge artists, and Maga Bo’s particular talent is combining new and old together on the same tracks, as he does on “Piloto de Fuga,” featuring Brazilian rapper BNegão and new underground sensation Funkero. Today’s Song of the Day podcast, “No Balanço da Canoa,” features vocalist Rosângela Macedo, who lays down more traditional, while Marcelo Yuka, an activist and producer (formerly a drummer before he was shot during an attempted robbery), adds electronic textures and distortion. If you dig this track, check out all of Quilombo do Futuro for a dizzying, dance happy spin across the globe.
Currently, there are no live dates listed on either his website and Facebook page, where you can find a lot more music and information, but his promoter promises “Maga Bo will be on tour in Europe in July, 2012 and in North America in August, 2012.” Look for him this summer. For now, here’s the video for “No Balanço da Canoa” with appearances by both Rosângela Macedo and Marcelo Yuka: