Think of One - Chuva Em Po (2004)

«Winning the “boundary crossing” category in the 2004 BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music has done this group of Antwerp bohemians no end of good in terms of publicity. Despite this being their sixth album, before the awards they were relatively unheard of outside Belgium.

Theirs is a diverse and unlikely mix of influences, including jazz, funk, reggae and punk rock, along with Belgian brass band music, which they combine with various world music elements. So far, this has meant a strong focus on Moroccan trance music, expressed over three CDs made in collaboration with a number of Marrakech-based musicians.

Chuva em Po is the result of a trip to Recife, Brazil, where the band hung out with local musicians and absorbed the rhythms of Brazil's musically rich North East, attempting a marriage between Latin and European carnival music. The result is a mixture of efforts by songwriter David Bovée and adaptations of traditional songs in local styles such as afoxé, frevo, maracatú and côco as well as more familiar samba and bossa nova – given a weird 7/4 twist on "Sideways Swimming".

Local singer Dona Sila do Côco and percussionist Carranca, (on loan from Nana Vasconcelos), are the stars of the album but Think Of One certainly deserve the recognition they're finally getting for their audacity and open-minded approach.» (Jon Lusk, BBC)

Link in comments


Radu said...


Farlac said...

LOVE this group.

Jim said...

What a wonderful coincidence I was buzzing around the web looking for this group just this morning...so, many thanks radu for being in my sychronicity!
I was looking for Tráfico, but beggars can't be choosers and anyway Chuva Em Po is a far more difficult album to find.
Thanks again for a wonderful blog.

Annie Body said...

This album looks really interesting! :D Thank you for posting!

Theo said...

great band i saw them at WOMAD! thanks.

cuco said...

Thanks for posting :D

Anonymous said...

oOH, I can't download it, it's been deleted. :(
By the way: Your blog's wonderfull.

Anonymous said...

Love the song Caranguejo.
Could someone please post a new link?

muebles madrid said...

A great deal of worthwhile data for me!