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Exclusive BAMM TV Interview: Bocafloja

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It’s not every day a living legend stops by your workplace, so the BAMM crew were understandably thrilled when Mexico City hip-hop icon Bocafloja (along with collaborators Aha, Flavi, and Cambio) treated us to a killer performance recently. That’s not all, however – the guys also took some time out to chat with BAMM’s very own Sonia Pina about the nature of collectivity, the inspirational Quilombo project, artistic evolution and his relocation to the United States. In an age where so much mainstream rap revolves around little more than footwear promotion, Bocafloja’s fusion of musical and political activism is a breath of fresh air. See for yourself.

Watch Toro Mata by Bang Data on BAMM TV

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For those of you worried that ‘Bang Data’ was going to be a piece of particularly lewd Star Trek fan-fiction, stay calm. We’re happy to report that Bang Data are infact a brilliant SF musical trio whose blend of bilingual rap-rock really deserves your attention. Fronted by Nicaraguan rapper Deuce Eclipse – who started his first rap group way back when he was in sixth-grade – they provide a heady brew of form-shifting and international flavour. Expect slick guitar, gritty synth, and cool electro-acoustic rhythms.

By the way, if you’re in the vicinity of one of those new-fangled television sets, you can catch more music from the band as part of the soundtrack to tonight’s episode of ‘Breaking Bad’. (Although if you weren’t going to watch ‘Breaking Bad’ anyway, what’s wrong with you? It’s very possibly the greatest TV show ever made. Yes, better than The Wire and Mad Men. That good.)

Watch Rio Contento by Lulacruza on BAMM TV

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If you only watch one video featuring hypnotic vocals, South American instrumentation, miscellaneous sound objects, field recordings, and electronic manipulation today, then make sure it’s this exclusive performance of Rio Contento by Lulacruza. Actually, let’s refine that statement: if you only watch one video at all today, make sure it’s this one, because these guys are one of the most distinctive, unique and powerful acts you’ll have heard in a long, long time – guaranteed. Longtime BAMMites will know that we’re very passionate about sharing often-overlooked World Music with a much-deserved larger audience, and an awesome band like Lulacruza only deepen this passion.

Watch Problema de 2 by Ana Tijoux on BAMM TV

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Regarded as one of the best rappers in the Spanish language, Ana Tijoux can count none other than Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as one of her most devoted fans. Chances are that – after watching this awesome, exclusive BAMM performance of ‘Problema de 2′ – you’ll be joining that fanbase too. Raw, honest, original, political and fiery, Tijoux could be labelled as the Chilean M.I.A. And while that would be a somewhat dismissive comparison – she’s very much her own artist – Tijoux deserves the same amount of globe-conquering success. Give her time, and she might just get it …

Oh, and if you’re in SF from August 12-14, you really should catch her live at the Outside Lands festival.

Watch Toro Mata by Bang Data on BAMM TV

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For those of you worried that ‘Bang Data’ was going to be a piece of particuarly lewd Star Trek fan-fiction, stay calm. We’re happy to report that Bang Data are infact a brilliant SF musical trio whose blend of bilingual rap-rock really deserves your attention. Fronted by Nicaraguan rapper Deuce Eclipse – who started his first rap group way back when he was in sixth-grade – they provide a heady brew of form-shifting and international flavour. Expect slick guitar, gritty synth, and cool electro-acoustic rhythms.

Watch Xote De Manha by Pedro Moraes on BAMM TV

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Pedro Moraes is determined to share his uniquely Brazilian stlyings with the world – and over the course of a decade in action he’s done just that. His joyous, catchy and contemporary take on samba/salsa rhythm has seen him win the hearts of both audiences and critics alike on a global basis (Pedro was even the first Brazilian artist to have his music released by an Indian label). So: if you haven’t discovered him already, now’s your chance, with this exclusive BAMM performance of ‘Xote De Manha’.

Watch Joya by Funky C on BAMM TV

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We’ve got some pretty broad musical horizons here at BAMM, so our studios seemed like the natural place for Funky C to deliver an exclusive performance. Born in Chile and brandishing a list of influences that stretches from funk, soul, rock, Latin jazz and bossa-nova to Latin alternative rock, he’s on a mission to bring his soulful Latin-fused beats to a much wider audience. If the quality of the above song ‘Joya’ is anything to go by, it’s mission accomplished.

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