Tribalistasby Marisa Monte, Carlinhos Brown, Arnaldo Antunes
It's hard not to expect great things when three of Brazil's finest songwriters and musical visionaries get together. But the joy of Tribalistas, the supergroup consisting of Rio's Marisa Monte, Bahia's Carlinhos Brown, and São Paulo's Arnaldo Antunes, is that the trio dismiss the hype and simply deliver a beautiful, intimate album. Produced by Monte and recorded in home studios, it's a testament to the innate musicality of these longtime collaborators, with a homemade feel. Most surprising are the subtleties delivered by Carlinhos Brown, the Afro-Brazilian powerhouse who contributes a raft of gently insistent percussion (and no small measure of guitar) that's miles away from his usual fare. Similarly, the futuristic prog-rock of Antunes is sidelined -- the addictive single "Já Sei Namorar" comes closest with its mix of acoustic guitar and electronic beats. But neither is this the Marisa Monte Show, although the wistful '70s feel of tracks such as "Carnavália" and "É Vocé" comes closest to the sun-dazzled warmth of her most recent work. Indeed, as their distinctive voices harmonize -- Monte's fluttering croon, Antunes's subsonic bass, and Brown's soulful tenor -- so do their creative energies. They sing about Christmas, about visiting friends, and about each other (on the title track manifesto, they explain "Tribalistas don't want to be right, Tribalistas don't want to be correct…Tribalistas are here to be the base of new construction"). Their affectless act of creation reminds anew of the casual brilliance of Brazilian music, and its power to surprise and inspire again and again.
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- Blue Note Records
Performance CreditsMarisa Monte Primary Artist,Accordion,Acoustic Guitar,Animal Sounds,Assobios,Cajon,Gaita,Guitar (Nylon String),Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,Harmonica,Palmas,Toy Trumpet,Viola,Vocals
Carlinhos Brown Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Afuche,Agogo,Assobios,Bacurinhas,Baixo,Bass,Bass Drums,Bateria,Bells,Berimbau,Bongos,Box,Bumbo,Cajon,Caxixi,Chapuis,Conga,Cordas,Cuica,Cymbals,Djembe,Guitar (Nylon String),Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,Harp,Human Whistle,Marimbas,Metal Sheets,Moringa,Music Box,Orchestra Bells,Palmas,Pandeiro,Percussion,Piano,Prato,Reco-reco,Repique,Sapo,Shaker,Spoons,Strings,Tabla,Tambourine,Timba,Tumba,Tumbadora,Vibraphone,Viola,Vocals,Zarb
Arnaldo Antunes Primary Artist,Assobios,Hand Clapping,Human Whistle,Palmas,Vocals,Vox Organ
Dadi Carvalho Accordion,Acoustic Guitar,Animal Sounds,Apito,Baixo,Bandolin,Bass,Cavaco,Cavaquinho,E-bow,Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,Human Whistle,Piano,Pizzicato,Sementes,Sitar,Slide Guitar,Steel Guitar,Ukulele,Viola,Viola Da Gamba
Margareth Menezes Gaita,Viola,Vocals
Technical CreditsCarlinhos Brown Drum Effects,Financial Director,Music Stand,Producer,Score Transcription,Sound Effects
Antoine Midani Engineer
Leonardo Eyer Graphic Design
Ale Siqueira Numerical Editing,Producer
Arnaldo Antunes Producer
Marisa Monte Producer,Sound Effects
Leonardo Netto Production Director
Suely Aguiar Executive Producer
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This is a long awaited colaboration that truley sets your heart mind and soul adrift into another world. I don't speak one word of any of their languagess and still have found this and all of Ms. Monte's work masterpieces.
The music is relaxing, interesting and diverse. I love the rhythms, melodies and harmonies. The music is great for reflecting and easy listening, yet energetic enough to wake you up or get you dancing. I wish they published the lyrics in English.