Maracatu meets New Orleans on new Nation Beat album (MP3)13 September, 2011
Nation Beat are a due based in the US who combine maracatu (and other rhythms from northeast Brazil) with styles from America’s deep south; cajun music, zydeco, country. It may sound like an incongruous mix, but it works. Part of the reason for this must go to Scott Kettner, an experienced percussionist and leader of the group. He immersed himself in Recife, learning maracatu from the source, and has since performed with Mestre Walter, Maracatu Nação Estrela and Hugo Linns among others.
On Growing Stone Kettner is joined by Liliana Araujo, a Brazilian singer who has since relocated to the US. There is also a glittering cast of special guests include renowkned percussionist Cyro Baptista, guitarist João Erbetta and Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson’s harmonica player.
Listen to “Puxa O Boi”, the first track on the album:
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