O Negro Mulato Cafuzo Confuso
'O Negro Mulato Cafuzo Confuso' is the latest album of musical project Cafuzo, and it mixes original and traditional 'capoeria' music
Edi Barceló and Danilo Pinheiro are the brains behind new musical project Cafuzo, and their latest album O Negro Mulato Cafuzo Confuso is a mix of original and traditional capoeria music. We talked to Edi about his work and inspirations.
You have made Barcelona your home, what is it about the city that makes you stay? I’ve lived here since 1996 and have made many friends. What makes me stay is the quality of life and the diversity.
You say that your album carries a cultural message—can you explain it? The cafuzos [people of mixed African and Amerindian ancestry] represent the union of two cultures marginalised in colonial societies which ended up influencing religious and artistic events. The mesage is to affirm the cultural wealth of these people and the mestizos’ [people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry] peaceful conquest of popular culture.
Is it important to you to incorporate traditional Brazilian sounds in your music? Yes, it is part of the musical evolution. I think that right now there is a crisis of creativity. However, there are many people around the world doing incredible things, but the public is tired and crying out for something new, authentic and creative.
What is your opinion of the live music scene here—where is your favourite place to play? Right now there is enough variety and this is positive. I have good memories of four years in the Harlem Jazz Club.
Where is your favourite place to relax in the city? Collserola Park. Do you have a favourite restaurant or bar? El Matsuri, a small restaurant of one of my friends in the Plaza Regomir.
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