WILLIAM MAGALHAES - KEYBOARD , VOCAL AND BAND LEADER
ALEH FERREIRA - VOCALS
THIAGO SILVA -DRUMS
ANDRE VASCONCELLOS - BASS
ISAAC NEGRENE - GUITAR
NILSON BATATA - PERCUSSION
RODRIGO REVELLES - SAX
TRUMPET - TBA?
TROMBONE - TBA
Banda Black Rio is one of the most important Brazilian bands in history. Formed in Rio de Janeiro, 1976, the group pioneered the soul-funk movement in Brazil led by renowned saxophonist Oberdan Magalhães. Banda Black Rio released a string of unforgettable recordings in the late-1970s from 1977 debut album, Maria Fumaça, on Warner Music to 1978’s Gafieira Universal on RCA Recordings that is considered one of the all-time great Brazilian jazz-funk records. The third album, SaciPererê, was also released in 1978, and re-issued in 1980, by which point the band had made a lasting impact both in Brazil and abroad.
Following the death of original band leader Oberdan Magalhães in 1984 the band stopped performing and recording. Far Out’s Joe Davis helped the rare-groove scene rediscover BBR in the early 90s supplying the top DJs such as Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay with the imported vinyl before celebrated artists such as Mos Def and Incognito recorded their songs to further resurrect the legendary band’s name. BBR finally arrived back with a brand new formation for their comeback album Movimento in 2000, which was given a European release as Rebirth before launching their most ambitious project to date with 2011’s Super Nova Samba Funk – the group’s sixth studio album produced and led by Oberdan’s son William Magalhães.
Banda Black Rio’s philosophy on this record remains the same: celebrating the musicality of black Brazil through strong lyrical representation and its unique combination of jazz, funk, soul, samba and gafieira. Opener Nove no Samba and Samba Nova are two special instrumental tracks that showcase Rio’s finest players, who together form the eleven-strong modern-day BBR collective. Isabella combines elegant brass, jazz and gafieira swing that counts the special input of Elza Soares – the legendary scatting samba singer – and Cesar Carmargo Mariano – the famed pianist and arranger, father of Maria Rita, and husband to Elis Regina. Irerê is built around a beautiful melody sung to Africa by Gilberto Gil – bossa nova MPB and tropilcalia revolutionary. Nossa Jornada, Final Feliz and Aos Pés do Redentor, featuring Tropicalismo and bossa pioneer Caetano Veloso, confirm that Afro-Brazilian roots exist in bossa nova as well as samba.
These celebrated Brazilian names are joined by a host of spectacular appearances from some of Brazil’s biggest musical talents. The distinctive samba vocals of Seu Jorge – world famous Brazilian musician, singer, songwriter (signed to Stones Throw Records) and actor, famed for his roles in City of God and Life Aquatic – fire the infectious Brazilian soul-pop of Louis Lane; Marcio Local – a major new Brazilian star signed to David Byrne’s Luaka Bop imprint – combines samba and soul on the swinging “carioca” melody Quem Vem lá. It’s the time is a melodic shoot of new Brazilian soul sung in English by band leader William Magalhães.
Rap and R&B brings respected artists such as Dom Pixote and Mano Brown as well as notorious Queens, New York, rappers from the million-selling Mobb Deep crew Flame Killer – extensively featured on Mobb Deep tracks – and God Pt3 – leading member in Blaq Mobb and Infamous Mobb – on US East Coast hip-hop collaboration track Back to the Project. The album flames with French rapper, Pyroman, on Paname, who fuses the extremes.
Super Nova Samba Funk is a unification of black music styles, rhythms, artists, and generations rising up like an exploding super nova star.
Sleevenotes and text by Marcela Ferreira and Ben Rimmer