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ANDRÉ SAMPAIO

 

'CITIZEN OF THE WORLD' | EP

Celebrating the musical meeting between Brazil - Africa, the Dub, and the call for freedom for immigrants worldwide,
André Sampaio releases the first single from his new EP André Sampaio meets Victor Rice: 'Citizen of The World' featuring Nigerian singer Okwei Odili.
 

The Dub atmospheres created by producer Victor Rice, winner of two Latin Grammys in two versions in which the song in partnership with the singer Okwei Odili gains new horizons and sound possibilities. In addition to the Dub versions, three remixes produced by DJ Duh (Brazil), Infrared (France) and Mogo Naaba (Togo / South Africa) bring electronic languages ​​such as afro house, disco house and modern afrobeats. The EP also has Cris Scabello (Bixiga 70) signing the musical production with André and Victor. The cover art is signed by the artist Raoni Assis, who gave psychedelic and surrealist colors and textures portraying these sound fusions in image.

The song ‘Citizen of The World’ is based on ‘Stop Fighting Immigrants’, released in the álbum ‘Alagbe’, a collaboration between Sampaio and Odili, describing the difficulties of moving freely in a world full of barriers created to maintain inequalities and social injustices. Okwei being a Nigerian immigrant in Brazil, expresses many of her personal but also collective demands, while André recounts his worldview of a Brazilian who seeks to break with discrimination and racism, bringing his luggage from trips to Africa, Europe and the Americas as living memory.

Both call for freedom and an end to the repression and oppression of immigrants in the world, because if we remember “where all their gold and silver comes from” we can understand many of the migratory movements and why so much inequality and injustice. If we are all citizens of the world, why are there so many barriers between us?

Behind The Remixes | 'CITIZEN OF THE WORLD'

ANDRÉ SAMPAIO MEETS VICTOR RICE feat: Okwei Odili

'Citizen of the World'  
Afrobeat REMIX

DJ DUH

Brazil

Usually in my remixes I always like to keep original elements of the track in addition to the vocals and implement ideas from my mind to the concept!

 

And I always think of remix versions where people can dance, music for the dancefloor, so I thought of an afrobeat, with good organic elements mixed with synths and electronic timbres.

ANDRÉ SAMPAIO MEETS VICTOR RICE feat: Okwei Odili

'Citizen of the World'  
Disco House REMIX

INFRARED

France

Original vocals or gimmic instruments is my inspiration for a remix.
Which is the case in this track, it felt like taking a disco house turn on this
Track felt the right thing to do, because of the very chorus vocal melody that sticks in your head easily, but keeping the afro touch with the original guitar in the verses.

A French touch production.

A track to sweat on the dancefloor.

ANDRÉ SAMPAIO MEETS VICTOR RICE feat: Okwei Odili

'Citizen of the World'  
Afro House REMIX

MOGO NAABA

Togo/ South Africa

From the moment Okwei Odili starts singing to when Andre's verse kicks in, the energy of ‘Citizen of the World’ sizzles in the air. I automatically thought a bit of disco feel would give the song a nice alternative perspective. I started off with the Rhodes and the bass guitar was a must. Everything else around it came on its own.

I hope the remix helps reach different audiences and spreads that strong message about unity and solidarity as people from different backgrounds. Such an honour!

ANDRÉ SAMPAIO | 'ALAGBE' 

'ALAGBE' | The Dialogue Between Traditional and Modern

"... This is what André Sampaio has been doing for the last ten years, devoting himself to the Candomblé afro-brazilian tradition and making trips to Mali and Burkina Faso where he spent some time with Vieux Farka Touré, Toumani Diabate among others. These experiences have all filtered into his second album Alagbe, a hefty dose of Afro-rock that takes The Funkee's razor-sharp grooves but update them to the 21st. century. (...) There, the Candomblé-inspired lyrics (wich include Yoruba vocabular, such as the album’s title) echoes of Jamaica (Sampaio is a dub-reggae devotee also) and the English-language track “Stop Fighting Immigrants” mark out Sampaio’s African-centred but far reaching world view.” 
                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                     Songlines Magazine #146

 

The groove of universal black music has permeated André Sampaio's work ever since he founded and joined the reggae band “Ponto de Equilíbrio”. In solo career, he brings the fuzz of his guitar also in afrobeat, coco, afrofunk and Brazil - Africa fusions.

ANDRÉ SAMPAIO | 'DESAGUOU' 

Brazil | Worldbeat | 2013

'DESAGUOU' | The Brazilian and African Fusion

 

André Sampaio brings the fusion of Brazilian and African rhythms together with his band Os Afromandinga. The research and experiences of the guitarist and singer, who immersed himself deeply in West African guitars in contact with the diaspora's musicalities makes fusion with Brazilian musical rhythms, in which culture stands as the weapon of resistance, in a time when the extreme-right come to power in Brazil and people’s rights and the Democracy itself is in serious danger. 

 

Capoeira is presented as a hybrid element of brazilian and african dance - fight cultures. From the berimbaus (musical bows), passing through to the coco drums (traditional rhythm from northeast of Brazil) and the afrobeat/ highlife groove which link the rhythms of capoeira angola and the funk of Rio de Janeiro. 

 

About the band, Os Afromandinga, formed by Vanessa Melo (Rumpilezzinho, Black Lyric) who now shares vocals with André and also plays clarinet and transverse flute, Rico Bass (Oquadro, Ziminino) on bass and backing vocals, Maurício Bongo on drums, Ayko Alagbe on percussion, Pedro Guinu on the keyboards and effects and DJ Machintal on the bases, scratches and beats, the new version of the band is a wonderful kaleidoscope of influences and musicalities of contemporary and ancient African matrixes: musicians from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Minas Gerais, from reggae, rap, Bahia Bass, philharmonics, candomblé and Brazilian jazz. Music to dance, expand consciousness and connect people from all over the World!!