Another guest post by Wolfram Lange, co-founder of Kafundó Records, DJ, and blogger at the Soundgoods website. In this post he gives us a little background on Paraiban production collective Furmiga Dub. Their track “Forró do Ragga” is featured on the Kafundó Vol. 1 Compilation:
Furmiga Dub (formiga means ant in Portuguese) is a musical project based on partnerships from various musicians: some who donate their songs to be re-arranged and others who are part of the new arrangement. At the end the responsibility for mixing and editing is up to the music producer, Fabiano Formiga, who is the head of the project. He is a studied musician from the state of Paraiba, and is a classically trained violist. The motivation behind the project is for the artist to be able to valorize their personal musical identity — fusing regional beats with electronic resources. This means taking rhythms like coco, ciranda, caboclinho and even indigenous sounds and incorporate production elements from electronic music like drum’n’bass, dubstep and dub. This also allows them to highlight the similarities between reggaeton/dancehall and coco/Baião.
One of the MCs, Fabiano, often teams up is Atômico MC who is from João Pessoa as well. He started rapping in 2001 and soon got into Raggamuffin vibes and Reggaeton when he travelled to Florida in 2007. After returning to Brazil, he made shows with BNegão, DuSouto, Black Alien and Totonho. He is just now producing his first solo CD, and he wants to continue with the mixing of ragga and Brazilian cultures with a Nordestino touch.