Samba music: Can't find good tracks!

Twilight_Elena

Well-Known Member
#1
I've been looking for some good samba songs, and so far the only one which has a clear rhythm and samba "bouncy" feeling is Jovanotti's "L'ombelico del mondo". Great song, because it's not so... european/american, but has the brazilian feeling in it. I know it's ballroom samba, but I can do the Samba Bounce a lot better if the music is energetic!
Another example of that latino feeling in a samba song is Celia's amazing "La Negra Tiene Tumbao". Can't stop dancing to that song!
So, any other suggestions of samba songs which are NOT too dance/club (like "Samba De Janeiro"), too soft (like "Under the sea" in Little Mermaid) or too american/european?
Also helps if the lyrics are spanish, I've noticed, but it's not a rule.
Always wanting more out of her music compliations,

ElenaTwilight :p
 

NielsenE

Active Member
#4
I love "High Power" samba Samba Pas Ti, I'm also very happy with the tracks on Cafe Paradiso and Pais Tropical, or "Ritmo de Bom Bom" on The Latin Masters.
 

Medira

New Member
#5
Check out the Putumayo (putumayo dot com) collection of music. They feature a wide variety of world music and I haven't found a bad track on a CD of theirs yet. I don't have one of their Samba CDs yet, but I'm sure you could find something that might help. They sell the CDs in the world music section of regular music stores.
 

mamboqueen

Well-Known Member
#6
A df'er (where'd Dom go??!!) told me about Latin Mix 2 and Aqua de Coco, both of which I really like a lot. If I had to get only one, I'd go with Latin Mix 2. You can listen to tracks at danceshopper.com
 

b.b.

New Member
#7
There's a Ricky Martin's song that's a very good for practicing samba. It is called "Lola, Lola" and it has some elements of guitar rumba, which doesn't make it sound too Brazilian, but the rhytm is definitely samba. You can hear it at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...gy_img_2/103-0439488-3565436?v=glance&s=music

Also, a good song would be 'Tic Tic Tac', if you find one of the Brazilian versions. It sounds so much better in Portugese. Various artists remixed this song and I think that Carrapicho did a version in English.
 
#8
Twilight_Elena said:
I've been looking for some good samba songs, and so far the only one which has a clear rhythm and samba "bouncy" feeling is Jovanotti's "L'ombelico del mondo". Great song, because it's not so... european/american, but has the brazilian feeling in it.
An album I love is George Duke's "A Brazillian Love Affair"

I don't know how authentic it is, but it's a great album and has some funky upbeat tracks that I like to move to. It was recorded in Brazil using Brazillian musicians and whilst some tracks are more American and jazz-oriented others are more samba. It's also accessible and easy to find! But then I like George Duke anyway.

You can listen to snippets on amazon.com, if you want to see if it suits you. "Cravo E Canela" is very bright, very percussive and upbeat, as is "Up From The Sea..." and I love the last track "Caxanga"
 

Twilight_Elena

Well-Known Member
#11
Ms_Sunlight said:
Twilight_Elena said:
Also helps if the lyrics are spanish, I've noticed, but it's not a rule.
Hehehehe, they're more authentic in Portuguese surely? :p :p :p
They sure sound better! I just can't feel that latin spirit when the lyrics are in english! That's my main problem with salsa songs such as "Lady" by Orquestra La Palabra: I really like this song, but the english lyrics ruin it all...

Twilight Elena
 
#15
i just love kaoma-bantu :)
then u have magalenha
africa-toto?? and all night long by l richie........i know they aint the typical ballroom samba's but hey!!:)
 

Medira

New Member
#16
spencer said:
i just love kaoma-bantu :)
then u have magalenha
africa-toto?? and all night long by l richie........i know they aint the typical ballroom samba's but hey!!:)
Hey, you're talking to someone who danced a tango to "Love Shack" by the B-52's not too long ago...traditional isn't a prerequisite.

Thanks for the ideas guys! :)
 

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