As the World Cup draws near and the irresistible rhythms of Brazil take center stage, Gilles Peterson's extraordinary new record journeys through the different flavours of authentic Brazilian music culture, from its majestic heritage to its super-dynamic present.
The album is the product of Gilles being a fan and a champion of Brazilian music in the clubs and on the radio for the last 25 years, culminating in him bringing together the country’s finest artists all on one record for the very first time. Together they created a collective that is Sonzeira and an album that is Brasil Bam Bam Bam.
For this ambitious venture Gilles has turned producer, setting up camp in Rio de Janeiro with young UK production tyro Sam Shepherd (Floating Points); Dilip Harris and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4; and Kassin from Rio big band Orquestra Imperial. Together they set about recording all-new material with a stellar line-up of Brazilian talent, under the name Sonzeira. The result, Brasil Bam Bam Bam, is an inspirational portrait of a nation in sound. At its heart are mesmerising vocal performances from superstars young and old, including City of God actor and singer Seu Jorge, and the grande dame of samba, 76-year-old powerhouse Elza Soares.