MAWACA

The Mawaca is a group that researches and recreates music from various ethnic groups around the globe. It consists of six singers and an acoustic instrumental group of accordion, flute, soprano sax, cello, bass, and percussion instruments such as tablas, Derbak, djembe, berimbau, agriculture tools, vibraphone and various types of frame-drums.

 

The group's repertoire consists of music from traditions as different as Japanese and Irish, from countries as far apart as Finland and Mexico, and different regions such as Central Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. The singers interpret songs in fifteen languages and recreate on these issues, always seeking to establish links with elements of Brazilian music.

 

Besides being a reference of World Music scene in Brazil, the group has also participated in the festival circuits in Europe and Latin America. In 2003, the group was selected to represent Brazil at WOMEX in Seville, followed by a tour in Spain from north to south. In 2006 the band was selected to participate in the Popkomm.

 

The main characteristic of Mawaca's work is the cultural plurality. Thus, the group seeks to open eyes and ears of the public to issues as religious tolerance, as well as to racial differences. Above all, to make understand the cultural differences among people wether if it is the native man from northern Brazil, a Muslim Arab or an African refugee, without forgetting women's issues, always present in the sound universe of the group.

 

With 15 years of career, Mawaca produced five albums and a DVD and in 2008 released the CD Rupestres Sonoros- The song of the people of the forest with indigenous music from various parts of Brazil. Always directed and produced by Magda Pucci, Mawaca has developed a solid career without support from major labels but always had and have full houses and faithful audience. The group's sound surprises everyone, whether Brazilians or foreigners, for never a group of only Brazilians managed to squander such flexibility and ease of engaging in music from around the world.


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