Late last year, Sounds & Colours launched Colombia, the first in a series of publications themed around the countries the blog covers. It’s a beautiful book that comes with a 16-track compilation of new and classic music from the likes of Meridian Brothers and Son Palenque, which The Quietus called an “expertly collated volume” and a “uniquely immersive experience”.
I’m delighted to see that the second book in the series is going to focus on Brazil.
Obviously for a self-run, self-hosted blog, the costs of putting together a publication like this and making sure it’s worth the paper it’s printed on are not inconsiderable. So they’re running a campaign over at indiegogo asking for contributions to help make it happen. You can pitch in anything from five to a hundred dollars, and what you get for your money varies accordingly: from a word of thanks in the book right up to limited edition prints and a subscription to the series. Here’s what you’ll be helping to make:
“From Rio to Recife, from São Paulo to São Luiz, from the Southern plains of Porto Alegre to the pumping soundsystems of Amazonian Belém, we’ll be covering every inch of Brazil, bringing its music, film, art and literature to life. With a team of expert writers, photographers and artists, S&C Brazil will be a passionate, in-depth, authoritative and thoroughly enjoyable journey into the Brazilian way of life.”
In more recent years, his career has tended more towards the art than the street, and the religious imagery that’s long been a feature of his work has really come to the fore – culminating in the work collected in this new book. Launched with an exhibition at Berlin’s Gestalten Space, the book’s also available from their online shop - I wouldn’t advise flicking through the slideshow on that page unless you’ve got £40 to spend on buying a copy.
An amazing match report of Brazil’s friendly game against France yesterday, over on the Football In France Is Rubbish blog. It’s written entirely without using the letter ‘e’, in homage to George Perec’s La Disparition.
Brazilian artist Greg Tocchini has done five covers for Marvel Comics’ celebration of Captain America’s 70th Anniversary, which all fit together into one mega-cover (above). They’re pretty incredible, too. H/T to the excellent Brazilian Graphic Design blog for the link.
Back before Christmas Soul Jazz Records released an incredible book on the art of Bossa Nova, that was supposed to go along with a compilation of the same name (although the CD’s release seems to have been indefinitely postponed) [update: it's out now]. The book was compiled from the original records by Stuart Baker and Gilles Peterson, and just before it came out I got a chance to speak with Stuart about the art and sound of Bossa Nova.
“The increase in violent crime in São Paulo since the mid-1980s generated fear and a series of new strategies of protection and reaction, of which the building of walls is the most emblematic. Both symbolically and materially, these strategies operate by marking differences, imposing partitions and distances, building walls, multiplying rules of avoidance and exclusion, and restricting movement.”