Kyzumba – João Parahyba
Originally released in 1995, Kyzumba was produced and recorded by Suba (Mitar Subotic) and Parahyba using midi instruments with very special participations from selected musicians, creating a very unique atmosphere. The tracks reflect a very personal approach from João, playing with polyrhythmic patterns and modal harmonies while takes the listeners in a journey trough Brazilian sounds. Guest musicians includes Heraldo do Monte, Nailor Proveta, Benjamin Taubkin, among others.
Kyzumba by Carlos Calado
If you are one of those who do not identify with the current wave of electronic rhythms that has already invaded Brazilian popular music, it is worth knowing this album by João Parahyba. The veteran percussionist and founder of the late Trio Mocotó shows how it is possible to use electronic instruments and resources without sounding like music made by (and for) robots. The difference is explained above all by the fact that Parahyba has a vast musical baggage, accumulated in more than three decades of his career, playing samba, MPB, jazz and Brazilian instrumental music. In addition, unlike most electronic kids, who only make collages from samples of existing songs, Parahyba uses reprocessed sounds of his own percussion to compose new works.
Originally recorded in 1993 and 1994, Kyzumba does not sound at all dated. Parahyba warns that the listener should start with the last track of the CD, Kié, conceived as the first one (an error in the master recording changed the order imagined by the composer). Rhythms of candomblé serve as a basis for this composition for an almost dramatic soundtrack, punctuated by jazz interventions by trumpeter Walmir Gil and the harmonica player Milan Mladenovic. Samba of gafieira and jazz merge in the unusual Maria's Serenade, which highlights solos of the same Gil, of Proveta (clarinet) and François (trombone). In Tacaruna, the Parahyba electronic pickups incorporate dance rhythms of forró, peppered by the acoustic interventions of Toninho Ferragutti (acordeon) and Pitoco (clarinet). More lyric, Sancristobal unites vocalises of the singer Jane Duboc and the guitar of Luiz of the Monte. Samba rhythms are also at the base of the title track, Crab Dance and Number One. For the vast majority of DJs out there, Kyzumba can serve as a handy electronic music primer made for humans. (Carlos Calado)