Monday, January 01, 2007

A New World Groove

The Brooklyn-based group Nation Beat combines two of the richest cultural syntheses of the Western hemisphere in their album Maracatuniversal. Fusing funky New Orleans second line brass with the rhythms of mangue music from Recife, Brazil, Nation Beat connects two of the more substantive variations of the New World's African/Latin (Yoruba/Catholic) amalgam. Some call it syncretism others call it transculturation. Socio-economics and politics aside, I just call it booty-shakin' fun!

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