Mr. Bongo continues once again to preserve beautiful music in his Brazil 45s series. He’s up to numbers eleven and twelve right now, and these two do not disappoint. Number eleven, is the double A side of Joao Bosco “O Ronco Da Cuica” and Antonio Adolfo E A Brazuca “Transamazonica”. Previously unreleased on seven inch, “O Ronco Da Cuica” is from the Brazilian guitarist Bosco’s 1976 Galos de Briga album. With a career that spans over 30 years, this prolific musician has put out some heat over the years. The flip is some classic Brazilian jazz fusion from 1971 which again, has never been out on 45. Adolfo was the founder of Trio 3-D and this particular track comes from a tough to find self titled LP. Brazil heads take note.
Number twelve offers up some dancefloor jazz with samba legend Elsa Soares version of Jorge Ben’s “Mas Que Nada”. Recently featured on a Gilles Peterson Brazilian compilation, tough drums keep the dancers moving with this one. Famous for being the wife of Pele, this is taken from the 1970 record Samba’s & Mais Samba’s on Odeon. The flip of #12 is from the Jungle Kitten aka Elizabeth. “Vou Falar-Lhe Francamente” is a drum filled, horn stabbed upbeat side that is our favorite from these two. A member of the Jovem Guarda movement, we will be spinning this one out frequently.
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