Digital Roots Music from Brazil and Beyond
Beyond the favela/asfalto binary that exists in Brazil’s urban areas, there are alternative spaces that exist both within and outside the city. These places are “far away” from traditional Brazilian social politics. The most commonly recognized such place is the Afro-Brazilian “quilombo” the Brazilian version of a maroon community. This third space within the Brazilian social geography is the source material of inspiration for many of the songs on Kaxambu Records, music from the neglected peripheries of the Brazilian music scene. Not only using Afro-Brazilian traditional rhythms and instruments, many of these artists on Kaxambu Records look beyond Brazil to the greater African diaspora. Songs using Brazilian popular rhythms such as Coco, Forró, and Carimbó are fused with digital styles formed in the ghettos of Jamaica and the United States. In this they aim to reframe the sometimes-conflict-ridden Brazilian identity politics, to represent as participants in, and in solidarity with the global African diaspora. The result is Afro-Brazilian electronic music with regional or folkloric elements.