Saturday 07.07.12 - 18:15 - Cosmopol

Samba, rap, Afrobeat and soul seamlessly blend together in Criolo's versatile and grandiose orchestrations.

After being practically unknown for years, success has arrived after the Brazilian has turned 30 – and with retroactive effect. The breakthrough album Nó Na Orelha really demonstrates the superiority of Portuguese as a language for rap.

The rapper, commentator and poet Criolo exposes the problems of Brazil, from deforestation to police violence in the favelas. His legendary countryman Caetano Valoso has already recognised Criolo's role as a protester and critic of society.

Label: Sterns / Import

Samba-influenced, political rap - photo: Daryan Dornelles
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