Friday, May 29, 2015

A Chip Off the Old Bloco: Ara Ketu and "Tapete Negro"

We have a little bit of a Carnival atmosphere today with the random song - Tapete Negro by Ara Ketu. Ara Ketu are a band founded in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. They were founded in 1980 and are derived from the Carnival "bloco" of the same name and became popular in Europe before reaching popularity in Brazil. They present a percussive heavy Afro-Bahian dance groove with vocals by lead singer Tatau. Tatau left to form his own band, giving way to vocalist Larissa Luz until 2012 when Tatau returned to the band. Ara Ketu has been praised by artists such as David Byrne and Quincy Jones. Tapete Negro can be found on the Putumayo compilation CD Carnival (2001).