Brazil is an immense country, a universe built out of sounds and music, a fertile ground of talent and a place of choice to discover treasures.
The latest treasure to come out of Brazil is called Patrícia Bastos, a remarkable voice from the Northern state of Amapá, in the Amazon, thanks to her amazing album “Zulusa”, the fifth in her discography. The importance of this record as well as the singular talent of Patrícia Bastos have been truly honoured at the 25th Brazilian Music Awards with the trophies for Best Regional Album and Best Regional Singer.
The variety of Amazonian rhythms of Northern Brazil is what inspires and drives Patrícia’s art: batuque, marabaixo, cacicó, zoulk. But for her “regional” music is not a mere tradition restricted to an area – rather, it’s something both contemporary and universal, ready to conquer the world. An exploratory road she has taken since her 2009 album “Eu Sou Caboca”, twice nominated for the Brazilian Music Awards.
That’s why, in “Zulusa”, Patrícia travels through new territories by combining the music of her native Amazon with guitars, embolada, cumbia, fado… It’s a walk through a new universe of music featuring newly created material from songwriters such as Dante Ozzetti, Luíz Tatit, Vítor Ramil, Paulo César Pinheiro ou Guinga.
On stage, Patrícia brings together musicians from all over Brazil, with her musical director Dante Ozzetti coming from São Paulo and the Trio Manari from Pará taking care of various typical Amazonian percussion instruments.
In so doing, this extraordinary singer is merely explaining the title of her last album. “Zulusa” brings together the words “zulu” and “lusitanian” – Zulus and Lusitanians being, with the native Indians, the ancestors of the people of Amapá as well as their genetic essence. A melting-pot of cultures that finds its perfect translation in the music of Patrícia Bastos.
Her latest project “Batom Bacaba”, directed by Dante Ozzetti, mixes acustic and electronic music focusing on the etcnicities and their relationship with the rythms.