CD of the week: Batucada Sound Machine "Don't Keep Silent"
Riding the wake of their successful European summer tour, Batucada Sound Machine return to New Zealand with a new album of tried and true road-tested tunes entitled “Don’t Keep Silent”, due for release January 23rd, 2012.
In addition, BSM have planned their first ever comprehensive tour of New Zealand to celebrate the album release including a spot at WOMAD 2012. This 10 piece onslaught of pacific-soul, latin, afro-beat and hip-hop have an unparalleled reputation for their polished, high-energy performance, which has seen them conquer audiences at a host of renowned festivals; including the main stage at Sziget Festival (Hungary), Horizonte Festival and Kulturarena (Germany), Larmer Tree Festival (UK) and the City of London Festival to name a few.
The release of Dont Keep Silent comes 3 years after their debut ‘Rhythm & Rhyme’ which received rave reviews both locally and abroad. Band leader and musical director James Hughes explains that this new album, “retains a percussive-heavy approach to our music, but has been developed through a much more collaborative effort by the song-writers”. This has resulted in strong messages, and a spectrum of heavy tunes, introspective tunes, and straight-ahead dance tracks.