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Before Congo

February 23, 2018


To celebrate the vinyl release of Congo , Rodrigo Tavares put together a wonderful playlist of songs and music that influenced and inspired the album. During a recent interview Rodrigo discussed his eclectic range of influences:

“...The list is too long but first of all there is a Brazilian canon, especially from the second half of last century: João Gilberto (above all), Dorival Caymmi, Tom Jobim, Chico Buarque, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé, Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges, Djavan, leaving tons of people out, of course. This is bread and butter, so to speak. From the Anglo-Saxon world, also up there for me there is Prince, Stevie Wonder, Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Joni Mitchell, Sun City Girls, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Joanna Newson, Charles Ives and there is Arvo Part, Can… More recently, I have been enjoying Yves Tumor, Floating Points, Nicole Mitchell, the new Tony Allen record is very nice. I listen to a lot of new music nowadays, I guess I have got a researcher’s approach to music to some extent. Many hours of my week are filled with immersive listening. I really like to be exposed to new music and I like to like things more now.”

Spend some time with his excellent playlist here: 


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