Thursday, September 9, 2010

CD Review: Anne Simoni's 'Minas Terra'

Minas Terra
Cambuka Music
Growing up in Brazil, Pennsylvania-based singer/guitarist Anne Simoni, brings us a soothing mix of acoustic guitar, light percussion, piano, and sweet songs in Portuguese and English. Anne's vocals and guitar are accompanied by drums, tamborine, cavaquinho, pandeiro, bass, caixa, shakers, keyboards, synth, claves, accordion, zabumba, and udu. Minas Terra means 'Earth Minas', which is a song about leaving her home state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The popularity of Brazilian music in almost every facet of American society can become diluted and remixed into oblivion without any sense of culture. However, Anne's acoustico masterpiece is pure, Brazilian music without modernized dance beats or electronic remixing. It is an earthy, organic, and invigorating mix of tunes ideal for a romantic dinner, long drive, or a world music party. ~ Matthew Forss

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