April 13, 2016 by Bumps
I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at opening emails promoting music. But every now and then something catches my eye. ÀTTØØXXÁ made me have a look, mainly coz I thought “how the fuck do you pronounce that?”. My Brazilian Portuguese is patchy at best, but I like to have a go. I also wanted to know what it meant. Then, what will the music sound like? Then I realised I’d already been playing Viola Viola by them for a while. Well, I’m glad I clicked the link, coz this shizzle is the dizzle! It’s just what Global Bass is all about. Taking a bit of this and a bit of that and incorporating into your own cultural influences. The excellent Kafundó Records kindly sent me some info which I will share with you, I’ll just say that I am loving this. Beleza…
Here’s the skinny:
“Atochar is a slang word used in Rafa Dias’ home town of Paulo Afonso, Bahia to communicate intensity. For example, “Turn that shit up” might translate as “Atocha essa porra aí.” ÀTTØØXXÁ is fucking fuck or ÀTTØØXXÁ is the fucking shit. Yep, there’s your first lesson in perhaps the 2 most important cuss words in Brazilian Portuguese. Basically, it means that it’s really good. 😉
This music reflects a long history of fusion – from the era of slavery when africans of different ethnic backgrounds were forced to live together, bringing their already divergent cultures together, to much later in the 1980’s, when influences from Caribbean musics helped form new styles like samba-reggae and axé. This evolution continues to this day (claro!) where the global references of electronic music from dubstep, ragga and trap, sound system culture and bass music are folded into the mix.
ÀTTØØXXÁ é Foda, Porra!”