Video / Balako: Jungle Music

Brazilian duo Balako (Diogo Strausz and Rodrigo Peirao) released their debut EP Hora De Balako last year, and are now set to return with Jungle Music, due for release 22 June on Greco-Roman.

Although their material sounds sample-based, the pair round up their musician friends to record tracks 100% live.

Here’s a vibrant video filmed in their hometown of Rio.

“Rio is a city surrounded by chaos and social injustice, it’s people often angered by the corruption and fragility of its make-up, but still we find a reason to smile and have fun… while still hustling” says Diogo. “As Tim Maia once joked: “Here the pimps feel jealous, the drug dealers get coke addictions and poor people are right wing. Contradictions like these create a lot of depth and inspire us to keep creating. Sometimes it feels like surrealism but it’s actually magical realism.”


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