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Jazz Fest spotlight: Seu Jorge
"The samba is our truth, our peculiarity, our gold medal, our faith, our brasilian standard."
Most of us know him as Knock-Out Ned from City of God and/or the samba guitar guy from the crew of Steve Zissou in the Life Aquatic (where he did exclusive Portugese/Samba covers of David Bowie songs) but he is the man many regard to carry on the heart and soul of samba, bossa nova and other Brazilian styles into this current young millenium.
He's from the favelas of Rio, a big fan of both Romario and Stevie Wonder and standard samba legends and institutions like Nelson Cavaquinho, Estacao Primeira da Mangueira, Zeca
Pagodinho. And like his fellow countryman Sergio Mendes said, samba and bossa nova are all about "the same beats we inherited from Africa. Its that same common denominator that brought samba to Brazil and jazz to America" and many hope he carries that on into our popular consciouness of today in Brazil and beyond.
Seu Jorge plays the Center tonight
777 Homer street
Hit here for more on the history on samba.
The newest music to come out come out of the Rio favelas: baile funk