Another guest post by Wolfram Lange, co-founder of Kafundó Records, and blogger at the Soundgoods website. In this edition of the Brazilian underground electronic scene round up, he gives us a little background on São Paulo based band Ba-Boom. Their song “Mano Sujou!” appears on the Kafundó Vol. 1 Compilation:
Ba-Boom is a bombastic combination of Brazilian and Jamaican music, although it may be more precise to say that this is Jamaican music with a Brazilian accent. Their music is a trip through reggae, ska, dub and ragga with the Brazilian swing of afoxé, samba and Baião. Their raps, are infused with the melodies of traditional Afro-Brazilian chants, and the lyrics bring politicized content that reflect the contradictions of the big urban centers in the country (“Mano Sujou” talks about everyday police repression.)
Ba-Boom started in the year 2000, playing at the underground scene from São Paulo and its industrialized periphery called the ABC Region (including the cities Santo André, São Bernardo do Campo and São Caetano do Sul).
After two EPs the band released in 2012 its first Album called, “Incendeia”.
Right after the album’s release, the band traveled from its homeland to Jamaica , fulfilling one of their biggest dreams: to play music in the homeland of reggae. They created a documentary that allows the audience to experience ten days of touring the island during the 22nd Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, one of the greatest Caribbean Jazz Festivals. This edition of the festival also marked the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Passing by Ocho Rios and Kingston, the band played at public squares, theaters, schools, and concert halls. The members had an opportunity to get to know local people and share their cultural experiences. View the whole thing below: