Since we published our Colombia book/CD we have been thinking about where to go next. In truth, there was always just one destination... Brazil!
We love Brazil. We love the music, the culture, the people, the amazing landscapes. We love everything about it, so this summer we'll be focusing on Brazil for our second ever publication. Sounds and Colours Brazil will be a 200 page book of articles, photos and illustrations presenting the impossibly vibrant music and culture of Brazil, complete with a compilation album of new Brazilian music so you can hear exactly what we're talking about.
From Rio to Recife, from São Paulo to São Luiz, from the Southern plains of Porto Alegre to the pumping soundsystems of Amazonian Belém, we'll be covering every inch of Brazil, bringing its music, film, art and literature to life. With a team of expert writers, photographers and artists, S&C Brazil will be a passionate, in-depth, authoritative and thoroughly enjoyable journey into the Brazilian way of life.
We will be going in-depth on the diverse music scenes of South America's biggest country, looking at both Brazil's classic genres (samba, choro, forró, sertaneja) and the new, cutting-edge sounds surging in its cities today. We will be interviewing film directors, looking for the next "City of God" and writing about classics from the Cinema Novo movement. There will be articles about Brazilian literature, society and visual arts, in addition to artwork and illustrations from Brazilian artists.
Front and Back Cover of S&C Brazil
Sounds and Colours Brazil will be led by Marlon Bishop (MTV Iggy, Afro-Pop Worldwide) and Russell Slater (Sounds and Colours, Songlines). Our contributors will include S&C regulars as well as established experts on Brazilian music, film, art and culture. They will hail from both inside and outside Brazil, a mixture of academics, rock stars, and ordinary music lovers that will allow us to show a wide range of viewpoints.
These are the contributors currently lined-up for the project (with many more to be confirmed before the end of the fundraising campaign):
Lulina Abduzida, Alicia Bastos (Braziliality), Zach Bezold, Marlon Bishop, Rodrigo Brandão, Rob Curto, Arthur D'Araujo (illustrations), Christopher Dunn, Greg Scruggs, Sam Fraser, Amaya Garcia, Carlos A Gutiérrez, Ed Hart, Henrik Moltke (photos), Leo Nikolaidis, Raul Luna (illustrations), Robin Perkins, Tulipa Ruiz (illustrations), Lucas Santtana, Ed Siegle, Russell Slater, Gina Vergel, Kamille Viola, Zansky (cover design).
This is a working draft of the contents for the book. Currently it's very music-centric as this is an area we've been working on a lot. As more articles are confirmed we'll be sure to keep these contents up-to-date.
New Music Section
- The New Sounds of Sao-Paulo
- Brazil's New Musical Renegades
- Rise of the Amazon
- Post Mangue Bit
- Fora do Eixo
- New Brazilian Artists To Watch
- Tecno Brega
- Baile Funk
- Brazil's New Electro Pioneers
Top 20 Most Influential Albums Of All Time (complete Top 20 TBC)
this will include the following albums:
- Milton Nascimento e Lo Borges "Clube Da Esquina"
- Joao Gilberto "Chega Da Saudade"
- Various Artists "Tropicalia: Ou Panis Et Circenses"
- Tim Maia "Racional Vol. 1"
- Jorge Ben "Africa Brasil"
- Os Novos Baianos "Acabou Chorare"
- Chico Buarque"Construção"
- Os Mutantes "Mutantes"
- Chico Science & Nação Zumbi "Da Lama ao Caos"
- Baden Powell, Quarteto em Cy e Vinícius de Moraes "Os Afro-Sambas"
The Rhythms of Brazil
- The Lapa Revival
- Sounding Out the Swamp: Recife, Pernambuco, and The Cultural Rise of Northeastern Brazil
- Serteneja: The Story Behind Brazil's Most Popular Style
- Forró For All
- Black Power In Salvador
- Reggae In Brazil
- The Story of Brazilian Hip-Hop
- Goiania Rock City
Arts & Theatre
- Introduction to Brazilian Arts & Theatre by Alicia Bastos
- Focus on Contemporary Art Collectives in Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro
- Street Art in Sao Paulo
- Art Showcase
- The Current State of Brazilian Cinema
- Recife: Brazil's New Capital of Cinema by Carlos A Gutierrez
- Joining The Dots from São Paulo S/A to O Som Ao Redor by Lucas Santtana
- Arthur D'Araujo
- Raul Luna
- Tulipa Ruiz
PLUS LOTS MORE TO BE CONFIRMED
We are yet to confirm the music for the accompanying CD but you can be sure that it will be a fine selection of some of the most interesting new artists coming out of Brazil. We will update this campaign as more artists are confirmed. For an idea of what kind of music we like just check out our compilations of music from São Paulo and Pernambuco. You can also listen to some of our favourite music at soundcloud.com/soundsandcolours.
What We Need
Quite simply we are aiming to raise enough money to print 1,000 copies of the book. Each book will have a full colour cover, a combination of black & white and colour pages internally and a compilation CD inserted in the back cover.
The entire cost of this print run comes to $5,300. As we are a small independent publisher and are trying to do this project without having to bow to advertisers (we feel our time is better spent researching Brazilian culture than arranging meetings with sponsors!) any money we can raise towards these costs would be hugely appreciated.
What You Get
You can see all of the perks on the right-hand side. These include combinations of S&C Brazil books, CD, downloads, t-shirts and tote bags, as well as copies of our first print edition S&C Colombia. If you're interested in Brazilian culture there really must be something for you!
When you get any perk you will also receive a huge thank you inside in the book as well as invites to any launch events (we are working on events in London, New York and Brazil at the moment).
Below is one of the designs for our t-shirts/tote bags. We're also looking at printing some of our specially-commissioned artwork onto these so there will be options available for those who buy one of these.
Some of the perks
Why Get Involved?
If you're familiar with the Sounds and Colours website or bought a copy of our first publication S&C Colombia you'll know that we do everything with real passion for South America, constantly looking beyond stereotypes and bringing you right up-to-date with what's happening culturally on our favourite continent.
When you buy a copy of Sounds and Colours in print, you help to cover the cost of printing the book and CD, a big undertaking for a small enterprise like ourselves. You are also supporting the writers in showcasing their talent, the independent Brazilian artists who have supplied artwork, the Brazilian musicians who have contributed to the CD, and the creation of a wider audience for Brazilian culture. Not to mention the fact that you will get a passionately-written, well-researched limited edition book that you will want to keep for years to come.
Brazil vs Colombia
For S&C Brazil we've been listening to all the feedback received from our first publication and will be making a number of changes. We'll therefore be bringing you wider margins, nicer fonts, more colour and will also be welcoming Marlon Bishop to our editorial team to ensure that the book is ready on time and of the highest quality!
A couple of sample pages
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