Thursday, July 22, 2010

Luanda International Jazz Festival 2010 Countdown Series: 340ml

Over the next couple of weeks the Lounge will highlight all the artists that will be present in this year's Luanda International Jazz Festival, many times using posts that have already been featured here. The line-up is mouthwatering and includes such jazz virtuosos as George Benson and Ronny Jordan, funky beats by Freshlyground and 340ml, coladera and batuque by Lura, Cameroonian tunes by Blick Bassy...the list goes on. The first featured artists will be the ones performing on Friday, the inaugural day of the Festival. 340ml will be performing Friday at 22h40, after Oliver Mtukudzi and before Ronny Jordan, at the Welvitcha Stage. Like Salucombo said over at Attelier dos Mangueirinhas, the city is awash in antecipation.

My fascination with 340ml runs deep. Below are some of the articles that've been posted featuring the boys from Mozambique, including interviews and a video.

Durante as próximas semanas o Lounge vai destacar todos os artistas que estarão presente na segunda edição do Luanda International Jazz Festival, muitas vezes usando posts que já foram aqui destacados. O elenco é mesmo 'bala' e inclui grandes nomes do jazz internacional tal como o George Benson e o Ronny Jordan, funky beats pelos Freshlyground e os 340ml, coladera e batuque pela Lura, músicas da África oeste pelo Blick Bassy...a lista continua. Os primeiros artistas destacados serão os que actuarão na sexta-feira, o dia inaugural do festival. Os 340ml actuarão sexta-feira às 22h40, depois do Oliver Mtukudzi e antes do Ronny Jordan, no palo Welvitcha. Como disse o amigo Salucombo do Attelier dos Mangueirinhas, a cidade já fervilha.

A fascinação deste blog pelos 340ml é de longa data. Seguem alguns artigos e entrevistas que o Caipirinha Lounge escreveu sobre os 340ml:

Moodswings, by 340ml

Short and sweet, guaranteed to improve the mood you're in...

Doce mas curta, de certeza que vai "improve the mood you're in..."

Caipirinha Lounge Interview to 340ml

340mlAfter I first heard about your band and started playing the only song I owned of yours – Midnight - in my car and in parties (and everywhere), people here in the States always said two things: they asked who you were, and they said you sound like the Californian ska band Sublime.

But how would you describe your sound?

Experimental Tropical Pop.

How and when did you guys meet?

We've know each other for decades because we hail from a little African village called Maputo. Growing up we were all practically neighbors. We hooked up as a band when we kind of accidentally bumped into each other in Johannesburg, that was sometime in 2ooo, I think.

When did you decide you wanted to create music and stick with it?

When we all felt we were onto something.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Making movies. I'm actually concentrating a bit on that right now.

Being from Maputo, Mozambique, do you think you will ever do a song in Portuguese or feature Lusophone artists?

I'm sure we will, eventually, and we've wanted to but for some reason we always end up cruising out of that.

Who is your favorite Mozambican artist and why?

Fany Mpfumo, because he really was an artist. He represented and still represents Mozambique people better than anyone who tries to.

How has living in South Africa impacted your music?

I think it made us more professional and more aware of what works and what doesn't.

What artists and music styles would you say were your biggest musical influences?

Sublime, definitely. The Police. Nirvana. Gorillaz. And many many more...It's hard to say. I think outsiders can distinguish our influences better than we can.

What is the best part about playing music for a living and having people love what you create?

Having people who actually flock to our shows to sing along to something we crafted from scratch. That still amazes me!

Where do you see the band in 5 years?

I can't even imagine the future in a year’s time, let alone 5 years.

What has been your favorite concert venue?

Oooh, difficult one! The old Bassline in Johannesburg did a lot for us. There are plenty of magical venues around.

Who do you sing for, and which new audiences do you want to reach?

We'll sing for anyone who wants to listen. We don't really have a target market, we're not that sophisticated.

What has been your favorite song so far, the one you most want people to remember you by?

Maybe Radio 75. I like the idea behind the song and the fact that it basically has one note.

Radio 75

Listening to your albums it’s easy to see that dub and reggae are your rhythms of choice…what draws you to these sounds?

It's just a default thing. We all like different stuff, and Dub (mainly) is our common ground. We're all always pushing towards different sides, and generally Dub is the one side we can all sway towards without much of a fight. We also started liking it because hardly anyone in South Africa was doing it when we started exploring it.

What’s the idea behind the music video for your single Midnight?

A guy doing the late night shift guarding a typical corporate building bored out of his mind. He's thinking about stuff and allowing his impatience to grow.

How do feel about the way the internet has been reshaping the music industry?

I think it's great. As someone who makes music it's nice to be closer to the people who listen to your music, and that's the main thing the internet is doing to music right now. I steal a bunch of music and I really don't mind people stealing mine. It's a whole market plugged into your computer or mobile phone.

I’ve read you guys randomly picked the name 340ml after stressing about a name for weeks, all because one of you opened the fridge and happened to look at a can of beer. Does the name still sound good?

It was actually a soft drink can. It doesn't sound great to me, and it never will, but I guess it's good at displaying how random we are as musical group. And I guess it's also kind of catchy.

One of my favorite songs of yours is The Untitled Song; any particular reason you guys were unable to name it?

We were having a hard time coming up with a name that wouldn't sound all conscious or high and mighty. We also didn't wanna spoil the song with a dumb name.

The Untitled Song

Who’s the girl in the song Fairy Tales? Or at least, which type of girl is it inspired by?

No one in particular. I think it's a standard worldwide type of post teenager who desperately wants to be part of something. Just a character in a modern day Fairy Tale.

Fairy Tales

What’s the story behind the album name Sorry for the Delay?

People were annoyed with us because they were tired of our first album and needed something new. When we eventually went into studio we felt the need to apologize. We're not only saying we're sorry that the album is only out now but we're also saying sorry to all the people that endure our favorite sound effect (Delay). Even when we were mixing the album we were super conscious about how much delay we would use. I guess it's a play on words with a double meaning thing going.

What’s your favorite SFTD song to play live?



What’s the next project after SFTD?

We're trying to organize a SFTD remix album. We already have plenty of remixes, and we also wanna run some type of competition to have at least two remixes by two new comers.

Do you have plans of touring/selling your music in the US?

Nothing concrete yet. Maybe one day.

When can we expect you in Angola?!

We've almost been there a couple of times. We'll keep on trying.

5 musicians/band you listen to weekly, if not daily:

Daily, that's difficult. I flip things quite often. It would have to be quite Pop and enduring. I'll try:

The Beatles; Animal Collective; Radiohead (yup, I'm one of those); Daft Punk; and Mos Def.

Favorite late night crooners when it’s just you and the missus:

Kings Of Convenience, maybe.

Most played song on your iPod:

In the last couple of months: Difference between by Atlas Sound.

Songs/Artists you are currently ‘obsessed’ with:

Obsessed might be quite a strong word. Right now I'm listening to healthy portions of these albums:

Home is Where the Heart Is, by Hugh Masekela;
All Things Must Pass, by George Harrison;
See Mystery Lights, by YACHT;
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, by Phoenix;
Veckatimest ,by Grizzly Bear
Horehound, by The Dead Weather

Favorite WC2010 venue, and will you be attending/playing live gigs?

The Durban stadium looks like it's going to be something special. We have nothing planned, yet. We might be in Europe during the World Cup.

Costa do Sol or Ferroviário do Maputo?

I've been away for too long to decide.

Random thought of the day:

I read a fair amount of books but I hardly ever buy any. Where do they come from? How do they end up in my hands? I should buy a book today.

Moving, by 340ml

340mlIt’s Early Morning, and the sun isn’t even up yet. We all pile into the car, destination Port Elizabeth. There’s some amicable tension in the car, as my brother and I are supporting different teams. I’m for the Elephants, while he insists on supporting the selecção das quinas. He’ll learn his lesson.

The streets of Cape Town have a surreal quality to them, bathed in that peculiar pre-dawn light. To kick off our trip on the right footing, we put on 340ml’s Moving. It’s their first album, their debut into the world. Moving is more experimental than Sorry for the Delay, and incorporates more reggae and dub than the latter. Just the vibe I needed. I’ve only recently started listening to it seriously, as before I would concentrate mostly on the ridiculously sublime track that is Midnight.

Hang on to Yourself (Rachel) and Early Morning are two that I find myself listening to again and again. And of course, just to make things extra clichéd, Early Morning is the song I played as we set out on our 8 hour trip across South Africa. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile – listen to 340ml while in SA.

Hang on to Yourself
Early Morning

É demanhã cedo, e o sol ainda nem sequer se levantou. Entramos todos no carro, encosta aqui encosta ali, destino Port Elizabeth. Há uma tensão amigável no carro, porque eu vou lá para apoiar os Elefantes da Costa do Marfim, e o meu irmão, a selecção das quinas. Um dia ele aprenderá.

As ruas de Cape Town estão compreensívelmente desertas, e o céu, aquela cor estanha que sonha com o aproximar do nascer do sol. Para começar a nossa viagem em grande, botamos o Moving dos 340ml na aparelhagem. É o primeiro álbum deles, a maneira que escolheram para nos conquistar. Moving é um pouco mais experimental que Sorry for the Delay, e contem mais reggae e dub que o seu sucessor. Mesmo a vibe que estava a precisar. Só há pouco tempo é que comecei a ouvir este CD com atenção nas letras, porque antes só devorava a sério o Midnight.

Hang on to Yourself (Rachel) e Early Morning são duas músicas do álbum que oiço com frequência. E, para tornar as coisas ainda mas previsíveis, Early Morning (Manhã Cedo) é a música que touco enquanto começamos a viagem de oito horas pelas paisagens da África do Sul. É que sempre quis ouvir os 340ml no pais deles...

The First post of them all, 340ml

340mlMy good man DJ Nunas from AM Roots recommended them to me after he read my little complaint about Mozambican music not being really well known in Angola, or much anywhere else for that matter. Nunas said that after reading my blog he thought they fit my style. How right he was. 340ml (named after the amount of beer in a can) is exactly my kind of music. It’s simple, it’s raw, it’s dub. But it’s not in Portuguese, you say. True. But Pedro da Silva Pinto, Paulo Chibanga, Rui Soeiro, and Tiago Paulo are Mozambicans, born and bred, and you can hear it in their music. They moved to South Africa to study, as many Mozambicans and Angolans do, and ended up forming the chill reggae influenced band that is 340ml. There sound has elements of jazz, bossa nova, samba, and marrabenta, all against a backdrop of a sick dub bassline that is so chill to listen to. They have exploded in popularity in South Africa and rightly so, having even opened for the Black Eyed Peas. I’m thinking maybe it should have been the other way around…Enjoy the track Midnight from their debut album Moving, which as you can imagine I can’t find anywhere here in Buenos Aires.


O mano DJ Nunas dos AM Roots recomendou-me este grupo depois de ter lido o que escrevi sobre a não divulgação de musica moçambicana em terras angolanas e não só, no post em que escrevi sobre a sua banda. Ele disse que, depois de navegar o Caipirinha Lounge, achava que os 340ml faziam o meu estilo. Não podia estar mas acertado. Os 340ml são exatamente o meu tipo de banda – a sua musica é simples, crua, e dub. O reggae influencia grande parte do trabalho destes homens. Cantam em inglês e residem em Africa do Sul a vários anos, mas Pedro da Silva Pinto, Paulo Chibanga, Rui Soeiro, e Tiago Paulo, os 4 integrantes da banda, são moçambicanos, e pode se ouvir a influencia desta terra nas suas musicas. Como muitos moçambicanos e angolanos, foram para Africa do Sul para estudar e acabaram por ficar por la, mas no ínterim formaram esta banda que é perfeita para noites de tchilo a sério. Há elementos de jazz, bossa nova, samba, e marrabenta nas suas musicas, todas elas acompanhadas pelo baixo forte de musica dub, o que faz das suas musicas uma mistura única de sonidos e influencias. São bastante conhecidos na Africa do Sul, onde ate já abriram concerto pelos Black Eyed Peas (estou aqui pensando que talvez deveria ser ao contrario), e a sua popularidade faz sentido. Carrega no play para ouvir Midnight, um single do seu primeiro álbum, Moving. Album este que não encontro em nenhum lado ca em Buenos Aires. Pudera.

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