Through my role with Nyodema I’ve been sent some wonderful CDs from bands wishing to perform at our annual world music and arts festival. It can be very frustrating when due to our limited budget or other constraints we are unable to promote some of these amazing artists. This couldn’t have been more true than when a CD from Madrid landed on my door mat - Batuque de Tambor by Maracatu FM.
You can listen to a few tracks from the album here maracatufm.com
Formed in 2003 by Brazilian percussionist, Carlos Mankuzo, who also runs a samba percusion group of the same name, Maracatu FM mix samba, funk, ska and dub with folk music from Pernambuco in Brazil to produce an energetic sound of exciting rhythms and memorable melodies. I’m quite sure that it is impossible to sit still at one of their gigs.
In 2011Maracatu FM toured extensively throughout Spain but they have not as yet performed in the UK. For now at least I can only imagine the excitement of a live performance by Maracatu FM backed by a full on samba drumming troupe!
Their album, Batuque De Tambor, is available to download from Amazon.
Maracatu FM on myspace
I’d be interested in what you think so please do leave a comment!