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VIVIANE DE FARIAS & MAURO MARTINS

(IN + OUT Records)

The daring combination of voice and bass has rarely been undertaken in Brazilian music. Although there are so many excellent singers and also a host of highly skilled bass players, this unusual teaming up is rarely to be found. Viviane de Farias and Mauro Martins have not only accepted the challenge – they have come up with an innovative duo performance. “Balakumbala” is a vivid, tongue-in-cheek play on words so significant in Brazilian culture. The word comes from a well-known song by João Bosco and Aldir Blanc, where the speaker tells of visiting the cinema and enjoying himself while the heroes on the screen get into a duel. They start to fight bullet for bullet (bala com bala), then knife for knife, fist for fist and then eventually they measure their strength with words. The duel becomes a duo –