Ekundayo is coming! New album featuring Mike Ladd, Rob Mazurek, Nana Vasconcelos and Sao Paulo’s finest

By 07 November, 2011

I first heard about the existence of this recording back in February. I have to admit the prospect of a collaboration between Brazilian percussion legend Nana Vasconcelos, hip-hop beatmaker Mike Ladd, Chicago avant-jazzer Rob Mazurek, Mamelo Sound System’s Rodrigo Brandao and Lurdez da Luz and Mauricio Takara and Guilherme Granado (both from Hurtmold, Sao Paulo Underground and other projects) seemed too good to be true. Well, it wasn’t, and it isn’t, and it will be released on November 29th by Ropeadope records. Vinyl will be limited to a mere 1000 copies. Get ready for Ekundayo.

For a taster of the project, here is “Macumbeiro Então”, the only track released so far:

Check out Ekundayo on Bandcamp. If the music is anywhere near as good as the artwork then this should be a special release indeed. The meaning of Ekundayo is also explored on the Bandcamp page as such:

Ekundayo, the yoruba word meaning “the joy that came from sorrow”, is the name for this meeting of artists from diferent generations, backgrounds, origins and places. A collaborative effort in times of musical individualism.

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