Maga Bo’s bass mixes are just as intricate and entangled as his own life stories filled with drunken taxi drivers, corrupt police men and malaria but it’s only to be expected after traveling to more than 40 countries. His journeys here and there have influenced his sound but one thing remains the same and that’s the Afro-Brazilian roots the Rio de Janeiro based musician keeps intact. Layers of hip-hop and dub get fused into the traditional mix all to reflect the rhythms of the world the musician has encountered.
The end of this month brings out just a hint of all the rhythms Bo has explored with Quilombo do Futuro due May 22 via Post World Industries. The album incorporates samba, jongo and capoeira mixed with dub, hip hop and kuduro, grime and dubstep. The combination of all these musical elements offers a cultural resistance against a Brazilian economy built on slavery just as the title suggests with the word quilombo that refers to a fugitive settlement built by ex-slaves.
Listen to “No Balanço Da Canoa” below and download here.