World Music Friday ft. Talib Kweli and Seu Jorge

Brazil

The world cup draw has taken place and England find themselves in a rather tough group. At least an early exit will allow them to sample the delights of Brazilian culture.

This week finds Seu Jorge, with his seemingly laid-back approach to music and film, tapped up by the legendary Talib Kweli of Black Star (with Mos Def) and Reflection Eternal fame for this extended video directed by Jean Grae. It was filmed in Rio and I wish I could be there right now.

Seu Jorge has had a varied carrier and his music output is unpredictable but steeped in quality. You may recognise him from his role in The Life Aquatic for which he also performed the soundtrack covering David Bowie songs (mostly) in Portuguese. A thankless task really but he succeeded where most people would have failed miserably. He also appeared in City of God. The song that follows features on another album of covers (Seu Jorge & Almaz), backed by the powerful trio of drummer Pupillo and guitarist Lucio Maia from that great band Nação Zumbi, along with bassist Antonio Pinto. He does a supremely laid back version of Rock With you by Michael Jackson but the song that really sticks with me is his version of Everybody Loves the Sunshine – but there’s no video for that so what I am sharing with you today is his take on The Model by Kraftwerk – it’s an epic two parter!

I do love the sound of Brazilian Portguese!

Don’t forget to check out the best music in the host cities for the World Cup

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