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BrazilBeat Sound System

  • Music: Roots, Reggae, Funk, Dub, Drum and Bass, Dancehall, Breaks
  • Bands: BrazilBeat Sound System

BrazilBeat Sound System can rarely rely on a “home” crowd of Brazilians when they play gigs throughout New Zealand. But Mt. Maunganui is one place where they can.

Now teeming with folks from Brazil and Latin America who love a good boogie, the Bay of Plenty surf crowd can look forward to a heavy dose of beats from the South American continent.

Saturday, 9th June BBSS plays all night at Tauranga’s new Ozone Bar.

BrazilBeat Sound System is a rising international talent on the cutting edge of roots and dance music. The DJ - live drums collective originated in San Francisco, California in 2001, bringing the upbeat sound to Aotearoa NZ the following year.

Internationally renowned Brazilian master percussionist Nego Beto created the project after touring, recording, producing and educating in five continents over his 20 year music career. Highlights include touring with reggae legends The Wailers and working as a producer for MTV in Brazil. His hard-case MC style and riveting performances on congas, timbales, bongos, drum machines and varied percussion instruments send audiences to delerium.

DJ Mara infuses captivating Brazilian melodies with thunderous basslines. The BBSS sound is a mashup of funk, house, breaks, dub, roots & drum ‘n bass. Tight percussive arrangements complete the picture.

BBSS have made a name for themselves in New Zealand, playing at premier festivals and events such as Rhythm & Vines, Soundsplash, Splore, Cuba Street Carnival, Jambalaya, and university Orientation events.

BrazilBeat’s original tracks are awakening increased interest across the globe; their songs have been released on compilations in the USA, Brazil, Japan and New Zealand.

“Rain” and “Comigo Ninguem Pode” were released in the US by Pollen Records. “Rain” was featured on the Brazilian compilation Bits Sessions (Nikita Music-“2004), which was then relased in Japan in 2005 (Ward Records). “Rain” and “Capoeira Dub” came out on the Kaiti Collective in New Zealand(Te Toka-2004), and three other NZ compilations have featured “Rain”: Resolution (AD Recordings-2005), Jambalaya (Bench-2005), and Twilight Sessions (Tuborg-2006).

Nego Beto & Mara also write the Brazil Beat column in The Beat Magazine (USA), bringing the newest trends in Brazilian music to tens of thousands of readers.

http://www.brazilbeat.org http://www.myspace.com/brazilbeat