Bahia’s Os Nelsons and OQuadro in the UK for Bass Culture Clash

By 15 May, 2013

Two of the finest groups from Bahia in the Northeast of Brazil will be coming to the UK this week as the second part of a London vs Brazil series of bass culture concerts. Along with UK MCs, DJs and live bands, Os Nelsons and OQuadro will be performing at the Roundhouse in London, Brighton’s Great Escape festival and finishing off with what should be a fine Saturday night festa at Notting Hill Arts Club.

The first part of the Bass Culture Clash started in Salvador, Bahia where the mix of UK and Brazilian artists got up to something that looked a little like this:

OQuadro are one of the most interesting new hip-hop acts to emerge from Brazil. After a lengthy existence (11 years is what we heard) they finally put out their debut album last year. Produced by Buguinha Dub (Nação Zumbi) the album mixes hip-hop with the Afro-Brazilian culture that you’ll only find in the Northeast of Brazil, meaning lots of influence from candomblé and ijexá.

Os Nelsons are yet to put out an album but are already creating a name for themselves with their energetic melding of Bahian percussions and modern dance styles. In truth, we don’t really know what the name is for their music – it’s some hybrid of techno/reggae/electro/hip-hop with a strong Brazilian influence – but you can be sure that it’s gonna be good.

Here are the UK dates for the Bass Culture Clash:

16th May 2013 London, UK
Bass Culture Clash
Venue: Roundhouse
Time: 19:00-23:00

17th May 2013 Brighton, UK
The Great Escape
Venue: Komedia Downstairs
Time: 12:30-16:00

18th May 2012
Venue: Notting Hill Arts
Club, London, UK
Lineup: Os Nelsons,
Time: 19:00-21:00

You can find out more information about all of the artists playing as well as the event, and links to buy tickets, at

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