SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
Video Selecter: Forro In The Dark
Celebrate Brazilian Music Day With A Forro Classicby Tom Pryor
Each week Nat Geo Music scours the far corners of the internet to bring you the coolest new videos from around the globe.
This week we return to that inexhaustible font of musical inspiration known as Brazil, which celebrates 190 years of independence from Portugal today.
But for us music types, it's also an excuse to celebrate Brazilian Music Day, a very cool idea dreamed up by our friends at the ARChive of Contemporary Music to spotlight their massive online effort to identify and catalog all the recordings of Brazilian Music throughout the world.
So, in keeping with that truly herculean brief, we've combed the archives of decades and decades of recorded Brazilian music to come up with one of our all time favorite videos - a cover of Luis Gonzaga's swinging, 1947 forro classic, "Asa Branca" performed by New York City's favorite ex-pat Brazilian band Forro In The Dark (who, you know, just happen to record for the Nat Geo Music label. Total coincidence, we swear...).
But, truth be told, this wonderful animated video, which features none other than longtime Brazilian music aficionado David Byrne on lead vocals, was made long before FITD signed with Nat Geo Music, back when they were on Byrne's own Luaka Bop imprint. We just happen to love this song and its timeless tale of drought and migration in Brazil's Northeastern seratao region - a tale that's becoming increasingly familiar outside of Brazil due to the effects of global climate change.
So check it out, and don't forget to check out Brazilian Music Day's incredible online archives!
Feliz aniversário, Brasil!