Video: Mia Doi Todd – “Canto de Iemanja”


“Canto de Iemanja” is easily our favorite track off Mia Doi Todd’s most recent album, Cosmic Ocean Ship. Hopefully you caught our free download for it back in August, and if not, get to it!

Flowy, sparkly swirls in the sun make up the focal point for the tropical track’s video. More precisely, however, Iemanjá is the Orisha (Goddess) of the ocean in Yoruba tradition, and represents divine consciousness, healing, unconditional love, feminine creativity and the essence of motherhood. The rituals taking place in the video depict a look into her saint’s day celebration that occurs every year on February 2nd.

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Video: Mia Doi Todd at The Satellite + Exclusive Free MP3


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Mia Doi Todd has an incredibly soothing sound; it’s as if any sound that exits her lips becomes a gorgeous lullaby. Her music is folky, soulful, and global, traversing Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, France, and India.

You may recognize Mia from the recent Captain Planet “Paraty” remix we posted, the Red Hot + Rio 2 project, or her “All My City” video we shared back in June.

Today, we share with you a live clip of Mia’s beautiful performance of “Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo” from Red Hot + Rio 2.

Also, we are pleased to share an exclusive free download from her most recent album, Cosmic Ocean Ship – “Canto de Iemanjá” is an Afro Samba tribute to the great Orisha of the Ocean by Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes.

Mia Doi Todd – “Canto de Iemanjá [MP3]

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Captain Planet to Release ‘Cookin’ Gumbo’ + MP3


We already know y’all loved Captain Planet’s Ningané EP – we did, too. But the diverse beatsmith might have outdone himself with his first full length, Cookin’ Gumbo. Out on September 6th, the album combines funk, soul, and world music from “all corners of the globe” to bring an irresistible concoction of dancefloor tunes. It is in fact difficult to stay in our seats while writing this – we may well have to end this post prematurely and attend to our urge to move.

Moving along swiftly. Do take a listen to the free MP3 remixing the amazing Mia Doi Todd’s “Paraty.” We enjoyed thoroughly!

And lastly, do not miss out on the sure to be incredible release parties in LA, SF, NY, and DC. Details below!

Paraty (Captain Planet Remix) by DJ Captain Planet

Release Parties
9/8 @ Afro Funke – Zanzibar, Los Angeles
9/9 w/ TTOTH Crew – Southpaw, Brooklyn
9/10 – Eighteenth Street Lounge, Washington DC
9/16 @ Afrolicious – San Francisco

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Red Hot + Rio 2 Out June 28th + Listening Party in LA


We at Giant Step are so excited about this release. Red Hot + Rio 2 is a musical compilation aimed at raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Succeeding the original Bossa Nova inspired 1996 tribute, Red Hot + Rio, this release pays homage to the late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement and sheds “new light on the songs of this influential, politically charged era, which changed the culture of the country forever.”

Featuring over 33 original collaborations between legendary Brazilian musicians and other international talents, Red Hot + Rio 2 will leave you overwhelmingly content with its audible treats; this roster showcases many beloved musicians, including Madlib, Bebel Gilberto, Quadron, José Gonzalez, Alice Smith, Beck, Seu Jorge, and John Legend, amongst countless others.

more + listening party after the jump

Video: Mia Doi Todd’s “All My City”


Mia Doi Todd “All My City” from Jessica Sanders on Vimeo.

The enchanting LA-based vocalist Mia Doi Todd recently released her 9th album, Cosmic Ocean Ship, which has caught the attention of many, including prestigious KCRW-FM of LA. “All My City” is an ode to Mia’s hometown of Los Angeles and carries a sound that seems envelope you. See if you can spot Om’Mas Keith’s cameo – can ya, can ya?! Also look out for Mia in the latest Red Hot + Rio 2 collection (set for release late June), a tribute raising funds for HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention.

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