So, the sun is finally out, the sky is mostly blue, April has arrived and the ice is melting here in Brum – but it’s not quite hot enough! Brrrrrr!
Good job a resilient bunch of musicians are about to head back out to Brazil, for festivals, shows, workshops and cultural exchanges arranged by Professional Incredibles, and made possible through our ongoing links with cultural producers in Brazil, forged since our first visit to Womex in 2008, and through our associates at Instituto Quorum and Rede Catitu.
First stop is Belo Horizonte, where Honeyfeet and Aishá Lourenço, Mendi Singh, Mike Fletcher and Ffynnon will be playing at the third edition of Festival Cambio S. You can read more about this fabulous project on our Research page, as we took part in the first edition last April. Here’s a little tiny film about what Mendi Singh got up to:
Following this, Mendi Singh and Mike Fletcher are heading to Vitoria, Espirito Santo, along with Wanderson Lopez, who we first met when Espirito Mundo selected him for programming in Espirito Brum back in 2011.
Wanderson is a great musician, prolific and well respected in Brazil, and gaining new fans each time he returns to Europe. He has arranged a concert in his home town Vitoria, alongside Mendi and Mike, where they will play music they have been working on since the first met, some of which has been recorded at South Birmingham College and Priory Studios – more news on this soon for now, here’s a little snipped of Mendi and Wanderson playing together at Jazz at the Spotted Dog, for Espirito Brum 2012:
Meanwhile, although the wonderful Ffynnon have to head home for commitments in the UK, Honeyfeet and Aishá Lourenço will be heading on to Sao Paulo, accompanied by me . I help interpret, work out what food is what, and make sure the musicians do some sleeping.
We are really looking forward to returning to Centro Cultural Rio Verde for a show on Friday May 3rd, a virtual participation (Sao Paulo to Salford) in Sounds From the Other City’s Sceneskype stage on Sunday May 5th, more ultra fun workshops in some unexpected places, and some quality time with Adriana Franco and Dragoes de Komodo. Shortly after their return from Espirito Brum 2012, DK were invited onto cult TV programme Manos e Minas, to talk about their first international tour. In true hip hop style, they took the opportunity to say some quite contraversial things, not usually spoken about on Brazilian TV:
We are also hoping to reconnect with the immensely talented Renato Pontello in his home town of Sao Jose dos Campos. Renato is ace! When he came to Birmingham in 2011, he painted the front of PST along with Glenn Anderson, Newso and Lisk:
We’ll finish this year’s visit to Brazil with a few days in Rio. I haven’t been back there since studying at PUC Rio back in 2005 – man that makes me feel OLD! Hahah! It will be really interesting to see how things have changed – Brazil is going through a socio cultural evolution at blink and you’ll miss it pace, which is good and bad, bizarre and prosaic all at once.
We’ll be keeping you posted on our adventures right here on Esprito Brum, so do check back if you want to check in Slick.