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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Analog Africa
  • ASIN: B00HYP36WI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Analog Africa's 'Siria' is a compilation of carefully selected tracks drawn from the great Mestre Cupijo's 6 studio albums. Coming from thre state of Para in Northern Brasil "Siria" is a cross pollination between the music of the inhabitants of the quilombos, a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by escaped slaves of African origins, and the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. It is a breathing, pulsing, emphatic beat, and the modernised version of this local music, created by Mestre Cupijó, has been igniting street parties and traditional festivals across the state of Pará in Northern Brazil for decades. And at last in 2014, the combustible sound of Siria will be celebrated internationally as the feverish, tropical sound of the summer! To grasp the soul of this music, Cupijó went to its source and lived with the quilombolas (maroon) community of the Amazon. Upon his return, enriched by this life-changing experience, he founded the band "Jazz Orquestra os Azes do Ritmo" with the goal of reinventing Siriá and modernising Samba de Cacete, Banguê and other folkloric music of the state of Pará. Airwaves from the Caribbean and Latin America had also brought the cumbia sound of the mighty Colombian orchestras, Merengue from the Dominican republic and Cuban music to the Amazon, all of which had an impact on the music of Northern Brazil, Mambo especially! Mestre Cupijó took these influences and mixed them in with the ingredients he had studied in the Quilombos. That fusion – as we are witnessing on this record – had explosive effects. The first two LPs were recorded with rudimentary equipment in a dance club in Cametá. However, it was the third attempt, recorded in a studio in Belém, which would trigger a phenomenal success. "Caboclinha Do Igapo" and "Mambo do Martela", included on this record, became instant hits. A year later, "Mingau de Açai", one of Cupijo´s most popular tunes, took the region by storm. In total six LPs were recorded by Mestre Cupijó. Analog Africa are ferociously proud and honoured to have the chance to present these carefully selected tracks from Mestre Cupijó's six studio albums. They hope that his music captivates you with the magic and bewilderment and they recognise his compositions as true anthems of life and vitality, vibrantly encouraging all to drink and dance until sunrise! Let go of your inhibitions and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Mestre Cupijó.….... Segura!!!

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Everything about this record is brilliant. Analog Africa once again spoil the music lovers out there with long forgotten exotic gems. Supreme playing = big smiles and dancing all night.
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HASH(0x933cb4f8) out of 5 stars Music of Northeastern Brazil 23 July 2014
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Analog Africa's first foray into Brazil is a re-release of a Brasilian LP from 1974 by Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo entitled Siria. Similar to cumbia, siria is the music of the Quilombolans, a community in the Para State of Northeast Brazil comprising of escaped slaves and indigenous Amazonians along with other people attempting to escape the Portuguese rule of Brazil. Siria was the basis of traditional celebrations in Cameta, a small town in the state of Para where Mestre Cupijo was born. Cupijo became a student of this music, spending time in the Quilombolan villages, and produced a modern form of this music which made him and his band a hit through out the area, performing at festivals through out Para. Cupijo's work provided the basis for the Lambada rhythm, an important and better-known rhythm of the Bahia region.

Siria, as released here, was the third of six albums Cupijo recorded in the 1970's and early 80's. The music consists of a percussion section and a guitar which is solely used as a rhythm instrument. The melody is carried by an ensemble of horns or Cupijo's vocal line. About a third of the tracks are instrumental. The horns really give this a feel of carnival music. Four of the songs here are mambos, one is a carimbo, and the other nine are sirias, the rhythm for which Cupijo became famous. The album is regretably short, it comes in under 40 minutes, making one wonder why songs from some of Cupijo's other albums were not added. There is no booklet in this package; the text is contained on three of the eight panels of the gatefold case. Thankfully, though, there is no hidden track--and the two minutes of silence that accompanies it. Although some of the songs start up with the same intro, it is an enjoyable release from Samy Ben Redjeb and Analog Africa. This music is unlike anything I've heard before, and well-worth owning.
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