Stereo maracana - Freestyle Love by mauriciopacheco23 published on 2010/12/30 23:48:06 +0000 STEREO MARACANÃ is a group of four musicians from Rio de Janeiro who have found a way of expressing their dreams and dissatisfaction with the power structures of an excluding society through music. Stereo Maracanã’s goal is to integrate the medium they represent into society, combining popular culture from hip-hop to funk and Capoeira with a sophisticated electronic multi-layered and solid groove. They believe that through their musical work and a repertoire committed to fighting racial prejudice they can inspire their listeners to appreciate the day-to-day realities of people who are constantly struggling for the basic rights of food, work, decent housing, health and leisure. Stereo Maracanã describe themselves as a Rio de Janeiro rap group committed to musical experimentation. Their point of departure is combining drum machines with rills of hip-hop grooves, lots of percussion (playing mainly instruments used in the brazilian fighting dance “Capoeira”, like the Berimbau and the Atabaque) and poetry. The Stereo Maracanã partnership with the Maianga Discos label resulted in the release of the group's first CD - Combatente. Recently, their song “Freestyle Love” was included in several compilations , like Mr Bongo’s “Brazilian Beats 5” , Wagram's french compliation "Brazilectro-Latin Flavoured Club Tubes", and the “Radio latina Brésil” compliation. In Brazil, Stereo Maracanã performed in big festivals like Abril Pro Rock( In Recife-Pernambuco) and Humaitá pra Peixe(Rio de Janeiro), and collaborated with several artists like the carioca funk queen Fernanda Abreu and Mr Catra. The band is now producing their second album, entitled "Mentalidade Safari", mixing african rhythms with capoeira and hip hop, making a blend that provides the tenacity of organized soccer fans, joyously indignant, asking life for a better score.