Friday 24th July – Batmacumba: Black Rio 2 Launch Party
Live on-stage: London School Of Samba + guest deejays + exclusive early evening film showing Notting Hill Arts Club /21 Notting Hill Gate/ 7-2am / free before 8pm
This is our big summer party as Batmacumba hosts the launch party for Black Rio 2 the new compilation by DJ Cliffy. In the 7 years since DJ Cliffy compliled the first instalment of Black Rio he has dug even deeper in record shops and flea markets across Brazil to put together the second instalment – 18 seriously funky and obscure tropical soul and funk tracks. Apart from showcasing some of the music on the night their will be a chance to win copies of the album.
To celebrate the launch of the album Strut Records and Batmacumba have joined forces to put on a riotous launch party with live music from London School of Samba, the UK’s premiere samba school featuring over a dozen drummers and dancers, creating carnival chaos live on-stage. DJ Cliffy is joined on the decks by Strut Records head-honcho Quinton Scott with a sensational summer mix of tropical Brazilian sounds.
Early in the evening (7-9pm) there will be an exclusive presentation of the new documentary about the life of Wilson Simonal entitled ‘Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei’. During the 1960’s Wilson Simonal was Brazilian most successful singer, his weekly tv show commanded huge audiences and record sales to match; he was also black. In the late Sixties a whispering campagin linked him to the then dictatorship and his career came to a sudden halt. This new film explores the controversy surrounding his demise.