On 4 May we did a live videochat interview with Congolese musician Jupier Bokondji of band Jupiter & Okwess in Kinshasa about their new album ‘Na Kozonga’ (Everloving Records) and an interview with Lebanon producer Chahine (Out Of Nations) and filmmaker Hassan El Khatib about a critical political song/video. Also tunes by Malian blues master Samba Touré and a new ecological EP by German jazz band Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble, a fundraiser for a reforestation project in Bahia, Brazil.
‘Curupira’ is the 2nd single by German jazz ensemble Muito Kaballa Power Ensemble as part of their upcoming album ‘Mamari’ on 28 May. Curupira is a mythological creature that was known for being able to communicate with the inhabitants of the forest, notably alarming them about danger.
The song starts with the sounds of an awakening rainforest slowly flowing into a lively groove of the jungle, that musically depicts all its power and diversity. However, the forest is burning and we are calling Curupira to come help us. The Baritone solo depicts the arrival of the demonic figure. The jungle sounds appear again but are quickly drowned out by the arrival of humans and the sounds of machines cutting the trees. Vocals and spoken word by Nora Beisel.
The remix by German-Ghanaian producer Lee Bass (Gato Preto) takes Curupira to a different level. The drop is definitely another wake up call. While making you dance, the remix puts the message right to the front alarming the listener about the ecological collapse.
This single serves as a fundraiser to support a reforestation project in Brazil – Resgate Climático. To actively protect and reforest land in Bahia that once used to be pristine rainforest. Under the current political circumstances and the record wildfires in the country, their work has become more important than ever.