Seu Jorge

30 Jan

Probably kicked off by viewing of the Moonrise Kingdom Trailer, and the immediate readings of various interviews with Wes Anderson afterwards, I began listening to Seu Jorge. I started with his work in the Life Aquatic soundtrack and then began listening to his other stuff and it is phenomenal. Now don’t take me for one of these World Music elitists because I’m not, but this is just really good music.

Jorge, hails from the favelas of Brazil, but does not fall into the common style of music, Baile Funk(made famous by djs Diplo and Switch through Major Lazer), that is commonly associated with the country. Influenced equally by samba and Stevie Wonder, Jorge creates a perfect mixture of ethnically latin music with American soul. At some points, such as his Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, he even takes on a sound that is folky in its own right. For example, on his cover of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust” he sounds like a Spanish Bob Dylan. Its phenomenal.

Jorge has been around for a while now. He debuted in 1998 with his debut album Moro no Brasil and since then has amassed a pretty decent discography while making appearances in movies such as The Life Aquatic and City of God(which I desperately want to see). Most recently though, he collaborated with Beck(one of my favorite musicians) on a remix of his, Beck’s, 1998 song “Tropicalia,” off of the album Mutations, on which Beck experimented with island and Latin American sounds. The remix is great, featuring, Jorge singing the verses in Spanish, which is contrasted well with keeping Beck’s original English choruses in tact. Overall an incredible song.

Tropicalia- Beck (Mario C 2011 Remix ft. Seu Jorge and Beck)

Tive Razo- Seu Jorge

Ziggy Stardust- Seu Jorge


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