Sacassaia

AfroCapoeiraDancehallHip HopRagga

Sacassaia from Brasília started as a duo in 2009 producing Hip Hop and Dancehall, with no stylistic restrictions. This means that they add to this electronic elements as well as traditional rhythms from Brazil, other Latin-American countries and the world. The producer is Tomás Seferin (aka Tony Roballo) and comes from an electronic and experimental music background, but also produces sound tracks for theatre. Singer, MC and composer is Gabriel Reis (aka Gardenal) who participated in other Hip Hop and Dancehall bands before creating Sacassaia.

They released their first album called “Sampleando Deus e o Mundo” (“Sampling God and the World”) in 2009.

The “Father of Reggae in Brasília” Renato Matos participated on several tracks on this record and as he often appeared on stage and was always close to the duo he naturally joined Sacassaia. “Boca da Terra” (“Mouth of the World”) is their recent release which comes up with a more intimate and explicit relation to Afro-Brazilian music and culture. This is reflected on the one hand in the lyrics which incorporate words of Yoruba and Bantu origin, drawn from the jargon of Candomble and Umbanda practitioners. On the other hand, Hip Hop, Ragga and Dub beats are complemented by electronic re-readings of toques-de-santo (traditional drumming patterns for Orisha summoning) which aggregates to the overall African-based spirituality of the record

Asked about the future of Afro-Brazilian music, Gabriel answered the following:
“We see music as something timeless, of endless combinations and possibilities, and that follows an evolutionary way through increasingly intense exchanges. Communication nowadays allows us to access what interesting stuff is being produced in the four corners of the world as well as new ways to produce and disseminate content. But often, what makes the musical production of a particular location ‘interesting’ to the curious world of ears is just the fact that it seeks their inspiration in the musical heritage of traditional cultures. In Brazil, the cultural substrate of African origin is very strong and at the same time unique. The music produced in Brazil is different from that produced in Angola, for example, except for the similarities.
The power of music has always been to provoke the emotion of unprecedented and cultural diversity, and does this by constantly re-create and innovate on top of traditional cultures from which it originates. It has always been so and will remain like this.”

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