MM3 Metá Metá
- 1Três Amigos04:11
- 3Imagem do Amor05:56
- 4Mano Légua02:44
- 6Corpo vão03:21
- 8Toque Certeiro04:09
- 9Obá Kosô09:22
Info for MM3
Meta Meta is the center of a new musical scene in Sao Paulo, biggest city in Brazil, in which the artists work in collaboration with each other, amongst them are Rodrigo Campos, Romulo FrÛes and another group called 'Passo Torto'. The creative colective has released over 30 albums in 5 years in collaboration with icons such as Tony Allen, Criolo, Tom Zé and Elza Soares.
In its first album, 'Meta Meta' (2011), the band presented a minimalistic sound with few instruments, combining polyphony and silence.
On the second one, 'Metal Metal' (2012), it radically changed to a significantly more powerful and bulky sound, mixing influences from traditional Brazilian music, african, latin, freejazz, punk and avantegarde. The album got several positive reviews and compliments from Brazilian and international media, on publication from The Guardian, The Independent, Rolling Stone, Les Inrockuptibles and Liberation. The band performed on Roskilde, Transmusicles and Magazine, to name a few major international festivals, and also toured a great deal in its homeland.
The third record, 'MM3', the group presents yet another path, strongly influenced by music from Morroco, Ethiopy, Niger and Mali. MM3 was recorded live in two days and brings a more flexible sound with almost liquid structures, raging dynamics and lots of improvisation, faithful to the ecstatic and catarthic feeling from the group¥s live performances. It sounds darker then the previous one and yet danceable, lots of strange minor scales and rough, sometimes indistinguishable harmonies, and more intrinsic arrangements, difficult to determine wether the song starts or the solo The album also features for the first time three songs composed by the three member of the group, along with collaboration with Siba and Rodrigo Campos. Joying the trio, bassist and producer Marcelo Cabral and drummer Sergio Machado, both very active musicians in Sao Paulo's independent musical scene, also collaborated on arrangements.
„An extraordinary style – the music echoes everything from punk rock to freeform jazz and samba.“ (The Guardian)
„Metá Metá are a raucous trio intent on shattering images of Brazilian music.“ (The Wire)
Thiago França, saxophone
Kiko Dinucci, guitar, vocals
Juçara Marçal, vocals
Marcelo Cabral, bass
Sergio Machado, drums
Recorded live on 21-23 March 2016 at Red Bull Station studio, São Paulo, Brazil
Engineered by Rodrigo Funai
Mixed by Gustavo Lenza at Estudio Navegantes, São Paulo, Brazil
Mastered by Felipe Tichauer at Redtraxx Music, Miami, United States
From São Paulo in Brazil, Metá Metá is a jazz fusion band formed in 2007 around the core trio of Juçara Marçal (vocals), Kiko Dinucci (guitar & vocals) [both of whom collaborated on the 2008 album Padê] and Thiago França (saxophone & flute). Released in 2011, Metá Metá’s first self-titled album anchored the trio’s sound in the classic Afro-Samba style popularised by Baden Powell and Vinicius De Moraes in the late 1960s while also venturing into free jazz and rock music.
The band’s second album Metal Metal which originally came out in 2012 in Brazil was released internationally on the Mais Um Discos label in March 2014 last and sees the addition of bass, drums and percussions to expand the trio’s sound into new electric, punk and psychedelic territories. Always based on a solid voice/guitar/saxophone foundation, every song quickly expands into a fascinating sonic maelstrom of polyrhythms, saturated guitars and saxophone, electronic glitches and ecstatic chanting. At times, Metal Metal is very close in spirit to Moa Anbessa, the extraordinary 2006 collaboration between veteran Dutch punk band The Ex and Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya.
With the band constantly delving into their Afro-Brazilian musical and spiritual roots (Metá Metá meaning “Three in One” in the Yoruba language), several songs (“Exu”, “Oyá”, “Logun” or “Orunmilá”) all invoke the spirit of the Orixás, the deities from the traditional Yoruba religion which enslaved African priests brought over to the new continent with them and which have been assimilated with other beliefs into Candomblé, the Afro-Brazilian syncretic religion.