Brasilintime: Batucada Com Discos
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In the spring of 2002, Keepintime screened
for the Redbull
Music Academy in London, England.
The RBMA is a travelling school for DJs and producers from
around the world. After the screening the RBMA invited Keepintime
(live) to Sao Paulo, Brasil the next location of the school,
in disbelief we accepted.
In July I told James, Paul and Derf of the plan and all three
smiled broadly and said they were down, Paul quipped "They've
already got a lot of good drummers there, why do you need
In September 2002 Coleman and I went to Sao Paulo for nine
days. We had a week to link with (hip hop) Brasil, enlist
three drummers and find enough breaks to make a break record
to guarantee commitment from our oversubscribed DJs back home.
A record hadn't been custom pressed to make a film since
In Sao Paulo, DJ Nuts became our guide,
consultant, collaborator and friend.
Joao Parahyba (Commanche) the legendary
drummer of Trio Mocoto and namesake of the famous Jorge Ben
song told us he had "waited for a project like this his
entire life" and helped us enlist Mamao
of Azymuth and he in turn brought the godfather Wilson
The record dealers of Sao Paulo blessed us with so many
gems that when we came home there was already a buzz.
Cut Chemist left tour with Jurrassic 5 to go.
J.Rocc and Babu flew twenty four hours straight from Japan
to get there.
James Gadson turned down a tour with Beck to make it.
Madlib the most knowledgeable about Brasilian music among
us (he had already done an entire album of Azymuth covers)
was the easiest sell – he just didn't fully believe
it was going down. Sometimes we didn't either.
But on November 25, 2002 as guests of the RBMA in front of
eleven hundred Paulistas as well as press from every corner
of the globe we restaged Keepintime and then invited on our
Brasilian friends to make...
Brasilintime: Batucada com Discos
Brasilintime sound check @ the Urbano Club, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Back row L-R, Babs, Nuts, Cut, JRocc, Derf, Paul. Front row
L-R, James, Joao, Wilson, Mamao. Not pictured: Madlib.