The second CD from Bat Makumba, ‘Boteco’ is an artful mixture of neo-futuristic traditional Brazilian rhythms with the right quantity of the best North American spices. It is funk and rock boiling and baking with samba, maracatu, frevo and baiao.
Put Pele and Mohammed Ali in a fictional mix machine. Now add Frank Zappa, Sergio Mendes, Tom Jobim and Roger Waters and fuse into one. What a mix eh?
Bat Makumba is this fusion, multiplied by 2.
Sprouting from the brains of Brazilian natives Alex Köberle and Emiliano Benevides and Americano bassist Carl Remde, Bat Makumba is the crossroads between the traditional music of their equatorial homeland and the punk, rock and funk influences of the US and UK. With the addition of David Gibbs on reeds and flute, Noah Waldman on drums and Jason Moen on keyboards, the group began digging deep furrows in the vast musical confluence of their upbringings and germinated original music that was ethnic and rockin’, blending the influences of Latin American traditionalism with modern rock, funk and ska.
Named after the 70s classic Tropicalia song by Caetano Veloso + Gilberto Gil (popularized by Os Mutantes), Bat Makumba sows the fields of Brazilian drums with the seeds of electric guitars to create the wordly funk-rock-percussion sound they have come to be known for. Their eponymous first album was self-produced and self-released in 2003, and it earned the band a 2004 California Music Award for Outsanding Latin Alternative Album, and the band went on to receive a SF Weekly Music Award for Best World band in 2006.
Bat Makumba’s latest harvest – Boteco - shows the maturing of the the band’s song-writing and recording capabilities.
Funk and rock mix with frevo, samba, baião, and maracatu to form the musical groundwork for the lyrics in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
Don't miss this kinetic, percussive sound... join the renegade carnaval party that is Bat Makumba!
'This San Francisco trio takes Latin fusion back to the edge, reinventing Brazil minute-by-minute and injecting samba with rock and funk experimentalism. Stroll through their songs on Carl Remde's fat bass lines, tiptoe atop Emiliano Benevides' sparkling percussion, or simply absorb the universal exuberance of Alex Köberle's Portuguese vocals.' — Nate Seltenrich, East Bay Express 01/09
'Brazil Gone Batty:
San Francisco-based Bat Makumba (named after a Caetano Veloso song) here follow up their debut with another disc of music based around the samba rhythms of Brazil and pumped up with a rocking, funky sense of abandon. The trio-who claim influences ranging from Chico Science and Brazil’s Tropicalia originators to the Beatles and Frank Zappa -don’t skimp on authentic Brazilian beats that sound straight out of carnaval season, but neither do they stick to the tried and true. They’re just as likely to segue from a lounging chill into a high-octane burst of almost heavy metal proportions as they are to mix jazzy drums and bass with subtle electronics and vocals that are anything but.
Unpredictable though they certainly are, they clearly know a thing or two about a good riff or hook, and their varied song structures seem all at once a pastiche of past, present and future sounds. A boteco is a Brazilian bar where Bohemian types come to hang out, hang on or get creative, and Bat Makumba’s musical picture of boteco life is vividly engaging. Not for Brazilian music purists, perhaps, though a hell of a lot of fun.' - World Music Central 12/24/08
'Bat Makumba have found a way to fuse different forms of Brasilian music whilst maintaining a traditional flavour. Their second CD, Boteco, launched in the US, is full of chewed-up melodies and rhythms, coloured by a range of different beats and arrangements. Sambistas and repentistas with a touch of rock, the group draws on frevo, maracatu and funk carioca to compose the album's unique sound. The song Minha Muie vigorously explores a range of regional sounds from across Brasil which gel together to create a funky forro track.' - Jungle Drums Jan, 2009