Exclusive: Curumin’s São Paulo Cheat Sheet


Luciano Nakata Albuquerque — a noted musician who performs under the moniker Curumin — will be bringing his samba soul to BAM on December 4th and 5th alongside CéU, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Otto, and João Parahyba (of Trio Mocotó) for an all-star benefit tribute to the music and culture of Brazil. When his second full-length album, JapanPopShow , came out on Quannum Projects last month Spin Magazine gave it four stars and said, “Cheerful Brazilian oddball brews up a world of groovy fun!”

After the jump, Curumin reveals what’s exciting him in the São Paulo culture scene right now.

First I want to indicate three great visual artists: Mazu, Dunia, and Rodrigo Bueno. Mazu is a street artist, with very original characters and style. Dunia is a video maker and painter. She made a very sensible and little graphic album called Terriveis Desenhinhos (Terrible Little Drawings). Rodrigo Bueno is a graphic artist who is rooted in the Camdomble style.

I want to tell too about two parties in São Paulo: Java and Sintonia. Java is a dub party held by DJ Yellow P, toaster Pitshu and the dubversão crew. Yellow P is one of the best dub DJs I’ve ever seen. Sintonia is led by the DJs Marco, KLJ and Ajamu, and it’s the pure funk, soul, samba party. Fever all through the night.

Finally, two of the best shows I’ve seen this year were put on by Hurtmold and Buguinha — great bands who are both based in São Paulo.