BUSAN, South Korea — Straight out of Auckland, New Zealand, Batucada Sound Machine (BSM) are a 10-piece explosion of a musical mix that forces you to move, whether you want to or not. While the infectious rhythms of Brazil serve as a base, BSM easily throw funk, soul, hip-hop and Afro-beat into the mix of a show that is absolutely electrifying.
Formed in 2004, BSM have been captivating audiences with blowout performances at major festivals such as WOMAD UK, Big Day Out, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival, Rhythm & Vines, and the list goes on. The band is recently finishing up another tour of major European festivals and will be here before heading to Australia. This will be their second tour of Korea, but their first visit to Busan. Last summer, BSM made the circuit of world music festivals and TV appearances around the peninsula, and have already put the word out how excited they are to return. It will be an amazing musical experience for all.
Batucada is a substyle of samba, an African influenced Brazilian percussive style, usually performed by an ensemble, known as a Bateria. It is considered by some to be the epitome of the percussive ensemble. You can get the best of the beat Sunday August 28th, when the Batucada Sound Machine plays with One Drop East at Vinyl Underground.
Last summer, several friends and I headed up to the Ulsan World Music Festival to see Batucada Sound Machine in action. It was a rainy, dreary evening and we were all wondering if it was even worth it on such a miserable day. Once BSM started their first song, we knew we had made the right choice. It was a funkifying, samba grooving, hip-hop rhyming, soul stirring, electric performance. The crowd went wild and absolutely no one could sit still. Showcasing songs from their debut CD, Rhythm & Rhyme, the band easily transitioned between funky grooves, Kiwi-soul, block rocking hip-hop and hip shaking samba rhythms.
Although a large group featuring a full horn section, the core rhythm is based around guitarist/vocalist Richie Setford, bassist Alex Ulrich, lead percussionist Darryn Sigley and Jono Sawyer on drums. While the band’s songs are a great mix of dancing grooves, easily the most exciting parts of the show are when it breaks down to showcase the band’s three-piece samba/reggae percussion, lead by Sigley.
This isn’t your average hippy drum circle on the college quad. These are amazing musicians who have created such a well-crafted rhythmic show that is so captivatingly fun, you can’t help being mesmerized. Finishing up their set in Ulsan, each of the 10 members were manning a percussion instrument for the final jam and invited audience participation to make everyone feel like part of the show. When it was over, the crowd was cheering for more – no one wanted it to end. They turned a rainy, dreary night into an amazing musical experience with everyone not wanting them to stop.
Batucada Sound Machine will be playing at Vinyl Underground in Kyungsungdae, Busan on Sunday, August 28th. Joining them will be Busan’s own One Drop East laying down the reggae, funk & soul to get the crowd warmed up. Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8. This is an early show, so no one will have to be worried about Monday. Tickets are a bargain W15,000 including a free drink- a real deal!