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Album Review

It's ironic, though perhaps predictable, that consciously pan-Afro-centric groups are so often less deeply Afro than bands that simply do it. That's certainly true of Ara Ketu, who mix-and-match pretty much everything Afro they can come up with. It all works best when the overarching Brazilianism is most intense. The crossover mixes don't really jell, nor are they much different from bands actuated by mere trendiness. Of course, the same could be said of the start of many a major movement... ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music, Rovi

Biography

Born: 1980

Genre: Brazilian

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The band Ara Ketu derived from the Carnival bloco of the same name and was founded in 1980. Before reaching success in Brazil, they became popular in Europe with an entertaining, danceable mix of Afro-Bahian percussive grooves with electronic paraphernalia and performing in colorful outfits. The group also added a vocalist (Tatau) and a horn section, counting up to 12 members. Since its beginning, the group developed a work of research on traditional African music keeping in perspective Brazilian...
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: Axé, Music, Brazilian, World
  • Released: 15 August 1998

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