Legendary Orquestra Afro-Brasileira announce first new album in 50 years

The legendary Brazilian group Orquestra Afro-Brasileira has announced their upcoming 80 Anos album on Day Dreamer, which will be their first recording in over 50 years.

On this album, Yoruba spirituality, eastern folk tales, Candomblé chants, and percussion from indigenous West Africa are blended together with instrumental arrangements evoking big band jazz traditions.

With horns bursting with brass and polyrhythms of Afro-Brazilian music, ‘Damurixá’, the album’s lead track, comes with the rich vocals of Carlos Negreiros, adding depth and spirituality.

“This is an important continuation of the Orquestra Afro Brasileira sound and movement that is still strong and relevant today,” says producer Mario Caldato Jr.

Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of 80 Anos’ 20th November release; check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

Tracklisting:

1. Abertura
2. Agô
3. Saudação ao Rei Nagô
4. Canto para Omolu-Obaluayê
5. Tire o Calundu
6. Os Oinho de Yayá
7. Damurixá
8. Não Há Damurixá-Palmares
9. Preto Velho e Yayá
10. Lembarenganga


Press notes: Led by maverick composer Abigail Moura, Orquestra Afro-Brasileira were one of the most influential yet overlooked groups in Brazilian music history. Operating for almost thirty years until 1970, they released just two albums – the first of which, Obaluayê, has recently been reissued by Day Dreamer Records – and left behind a legacy of Afro-Brazilian consciousness that continues to resonate today.

CF Smith

Write for Music Is My Sanctuary & Stereofox.

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