Available on LP and Cassette at Tropical Diaspora Records
Dear Tropicalistas, we would like to introduce you a fellow countryman in a fellow diaspora in the city of Berlin. We are happy to welcome BANTUNAGOJÊJE to the Tropical Diaspora® Records musical world. After years in the same city building our ways through our diaspora experience in Germany, we finally meet and the result is a great encounter, that shows the manner how people take their past and present into their own hands. We are glad to be an instrument for this purpose.
Born from the fusion of Afrobeat with Afro-Brazilian and Tropical Rhythms with a Jazz approach, BANTUNAGOJÊJE delivers its first single „MAVAMBO“ (February 2019), opening up their path with heavy beats and a furious tropical flavor to it.
BANTUNAGOJÊJE is a Berlin-based band led by Brazilian Saxophonist and Composer Paulo Cedraz from the city of Salvador da Bahia. It features some of the best musicians from the Jazz and Latin scenes in Berlin, hailing from many different countries. BANTUNAGOJÊJE delivers intense grooves in skillfully crafted, original compositions made to make you dance.
Its name derives from three words: BANTU, NAGO and JEJE referring to African peoples that were enslaved, brought to Brazil and are responsible for the rich Afro Brazilian cultural heritage. Bahia’s culture and Afro-Brazilian culture are inseparable. BANTUNAGOJÊJE is a powerful word of acknowledgement, a political and cultural manifestation of love and respect.
With a handful of diverse tracks under their sleeve, BANTUNAGOJÊJE is out to thrive and expand the possibilities of the genre originated by the late Fela Kuti.
„SERENO“ is song for all caretakers, for all anonymous heroes who diligently do their best to provide to their communities, families and loved ones.
Paulo Cedraz – Percussions, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Electric Piano, Synthesizers, Guitar, Bass.
Léo Carvalho – Drumset
Martin Gerwig – Trumpet
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Ark Studio, Berlin
Recording Engineer: Lars Christophersen
Mixed by Lars Christophersen & Paulo Cedraz
Mastered by: Lars Christophersen
Camera/Filming: Olayinka Babalola
Video Edits/Cuts: Paulo Cedraz
Special thanks to:
Abdulsalam Gusau
Adebayo Adebola
Anas Yusuf Tajjuddeen
MC Black
Tropical Diaspora Records