In December 2012, Rhythms of the City were invited to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to open for popular carnival group Monobloco among other performances. They played to a fantastic crowd in Circo Voador, a multi-thousand person venue in Lapa, the heart of Rio’s nightlife. The gig was an excellent one, and luckily was captured on video. Jeremy played repinique and cavaco. Enjoy!
Bosco d’Oliveira tells the story at the start of how when Rhythms of the City played samba, people would tell us how much they liked the salsa band. So we thought we might as well play salsa!
Rhythms of the City’s take on Motown classic ‘Ain’t no mountain high enough’
Rhythms of the City’s soca medley – Wrong gyal and Volcano, both by Red Plastic Bag.
Fabio Allman guests on vocals, as Rhythms of the City play O Que o Sobreu do Ceu by O Rappa.
It would be wrong to go all the way to Rio and not play any samba. Again with Fabio Allman on vocals, Rhythms of the City play O Jeito que o Rei Mandou and Mineira, both by João Nogueira.
As a finale, the bateria played some batucada – a drum section show.