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Latinos in London Magazine  on 2017-06-19


Elsa Soarez : End of the world (Remixes)

ELZA SOARES returns in 2017 with a summer tour that includes appearances at Primavera Barcelona & Porto and Roskilde plus 2 New York shows (Red Bull Festival & Central Park SummerStage) as Mais Um Discos reissue The woman at the end of the world with new remixes from Gilles Peterson, Laraaji, Marfox & others.

Having stunned audiences with 2016 headline shows at the London Jazz Festival and Le Guess Who - as her unanimously acclaimed The woman at the end of the world topped many end-of-2016-lists - ELZA SOARES - ‘the queen of grimy samba’ - returns in 2017 with headline festival appearances plus all new remixes.

Two New York shows bookend the tour – a club show at the Town Hall for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York on May 19 and a free show at SummerStage in Central Park on August 5. In Europe ELZA will perform headline slots at both Primavera festivals (Barcelona and Porto), Roskilde in Denmark and the Raízes do Atlântico festival on the island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa

Mixing rock ‘n’ roll, free-jazz, noise and electronics The woman at the end of the world was ripe for remixing and so label Mais Um Discos reached out to producers in London, Lisbon, New York and ELZA’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro to create an album where the new school of cutting edge Lusophone producers - and 2 legends from NY and LDN – could take ELZA’s music into new dimensions.

From London there was only one man to go to for a remix – DJ, broadcaster, label owner & ELZA’s biggest fan - Gilles Peterson. Teaming up with Simbad they turn Pra fuder into a percussive monster. Said Gilles: “I played the album cut all 2016 and so needed a new version for this summer! An honor to work once again with my queen of grimy samba”. Representing the future sound of Lisbon are Principe Discos’ DJ Marfox – who adds his rapid-fire future-Afro-Lisbon polyrhythms to Maria da Vila Matilde - & Nidia Minaj, who turns Pra fuder into a dark and moody warehouse rattler. Soundway Records’ iZem gives O Canal a trippy Arabic feel whilst NY ambient guru Laraaji infuses the acapella Coracao do mar with his trademark celestial vibes. Rio de Janeiro basshead Omulu sprinkles shards of funk-carioca to Mulher do fim do mundo, Marginal Men and BadSista give Firmeza low end wobble as Caetano Veloso cohort Ricardo Dias Gomes washes Solto with synths and effects.

ELZA BIOGRAPHY: A true legend of Brazilian music Elza has an incredible musical oeuvre that stretches back over seven decades mixing samba with jazz, soul, funk, hip hop and electronica, whilst her life-story is a rags-to-riches-to-rags rollercoaster of triumphs and tragedies that has made her a voice for Brazil’s repressed female, black, gay and working class populations. Born in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Elza was forced by her father into an abusive marriage aged 12. She won a radio talent show at 16 and the ‘60s was a career-defining period with a run of classic albums for Odeon. Vilified by the press in 1966 for having an affair with world famous Brazilian footballer Garrincha they were both expelled from Brazil as the military junta took power in ’69. They had a son in 1976 before Garrincha passed from alcoholism in 1983 and then in 1986 their son was tragically killed in a car crash. Elza then faded into obscurity, before reappearing at the end of the ’90s chosen by BBC World Service to represent Brazil in its Millennium Concerts series. Since then she has toured Brazil and featured on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Brasil Bam, Bam, Bam’.

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