Big record companies getting a clue

I don’t listen to the radio but I was just reading part of an article on the Guardian about how record companies no longer think its viable to “set up” a record, that is, to play it on the radio for several weeks before releasing it to the public in disc or digital form for purchase.

Even though I don’t like funk nor tecnobrega that much, I’m pretty sure they (at least the latter) have been instantly releasing their songs for years. Go to a concert and like the music? Buy the just-recorded disc from the concert itself. Like a particular song that just came out? Go to the corner and buy it from the street vendor (who probably has a deal with the musicians). One more example of how traditional media is going down the tubes.

Just for Fun – Funk do Suassuna

Heres the original (turn your volume down for the first few seconds)

Ariano Suassuna (who I’ll write about next) talks about how a teenager came by his house and tried to tell him what good music is, so in this video, he demonstrates the kind of music the teen played (and someone put a funk beat to his speech).

Fernanda Abreu – The First Lady of Funk

Fernanda Sampaio de Lacerda Abreu (or simply Fernanda Abreu) was born on Rio de Janeiro at September 8, 1961. She was the backing vocal of the famous band Blitz until 1986. After that, in 1990, she started a solo career singing funk, disco and dance music, achieving great success in her native country. In 1989, she met Herbet Vianna, and with his help and encouragment formed a funk band. Her first solo album, SLA Radical Dance Disco Club (1990), had a hit with “A Noite.” Her second album, SLA2/Be Sample (1992), was one of the earliest Brazilian pop records to extensively employ the sampler, and had success with “Rio 40 Graus” (featured below). Since then, Abreu has been considered the first lady of Brazilian funk. In 2006 she released “Ao Vivo MTV”, the first DVD of her career, which includes many of her hit songs.

If you want something to dance to, I suggest giving her a go!