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“Possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene.”—Caetano Veloso
See one of Brazil’s most talked-about musicians in his first tour across the US, a highlight of our Via Brasil series showcasing the best new artists of Brazil today.
Brazilian hip-hop sensation Criolo embraces elements of samba, soul, reggae, funk, and Afrobeat in his riveting music to build internationally infectious rhythms and grooves. With humble beginnings growing up poor in the Favela das Imbuias, one of the countless shantytowns of the sprawling megacity of São Paulo, Kleber Gomes (aka Criolo) is now known worldwide not only as a hard-hitting MC and musical heavyweight, but also as a poet, messenger of justice, and empowering force of struggling people of the world.
His latest album, Nó na orelha (Knot in the Ear)—a big hit in Brazil and now released internationally—has placed him in the national spotlight at home, where his politically engaged lyrics and rebel stance are deeply in sync with widespread civic discontent there. Alternately singing and rapping, Criolo shows surprising range, tackling ballads and dance club floor fillers with equal aplomb, as he commands the stage with his crack band. Unlike many hip-hop artists, he does not depend on an array of computers and samples, but prefers the energy of his live sound, both on stage and in the studio.
Legendary Brazilian singer and composer Caetano Veloso recently described Criolo’s universal appeal to the Guardian. “Criolo is a strong presence because he is original. He is far more nuanced than a traditional rapper. From his direct and enigmatic verses emerges a political discourse that seems intimately personal. He has not turned himself into a bullet-proof tank to answer injustice. On the contrary, he exposes his sensibilities."
Note: This show standing room only.