Think Globally: Forro In The Dark

As far as I can understand, forró music is the Brazilian equivalent to French musette music. That is, it’s often played in the streets by untrained musicians for the sole purpose of making people dance and be happy. They may be far from untrained, but Forro In The Dark are still plenty capable of making people dance and be happy.

Formed in 2002 by zabumba drummer Mauro Refosco, Forro In The Dark features many traditional Brazilian instruments like the flute and triangle, and some more global sounds from electric guitars and samplers. The band’s regular members all hail from Brazil, though the collective is based in New York City. As such, many non-Brazilian musicians have appeared on their albums and at their shows, such as David Byrne and guitarist Smokey Hormel.

Much of Forro In The Dark’s music is instrumental, though vocal (and shouting) duties are handled by all the band’s members. Recently, Forro In The Dark served as the band on Steve Earle‘s Washington Square Serenade, and Refosco was recruited by Thom Yorke for his new project, Atoms For Peace.

Listen: Forro In The Dark – “Forrówest” from Bonfires Of São João (2006)


~ by E. on December 30, 2010.

One Response to “Think Globally: Forro In The Dark”

  1. Like the song very much. It reminds me of a track on Beastie Boys Album: *flute Loop’ on Ill Communication. Going to dig around to get hold of some of their music, very interesting.

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