Dendê Macêdo – Agô [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Funk, fusion, spirituality

With superb grooves and very positive vibes, Agô makes you wanna start dancing from the very first seconds. Tell us a few things about your new work and the story behind it.

The songs that made it onto the album are a result of almost 10 years of composing and performing live. Some of the songs came from improvising on stage and others just from me noodling on the guitar. Without realizing it, many of the songs were about the Orixas and I realized that if I wanted to put them out into the world I should make sure that I had permission. That’s why I chose to call the album Ago, because it is asking permission of the Orixas. We recorded live in Philly and then overlaid tracks so that friends from around the world could participate. It was all done during Covid, so it was fortunate that we could do most of the work via email.

Which song of the album reflects you the most?

I don’t think there is just one.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

It depends on my mood. When I am more reflective and solitary, writing music comes more naturally. However, I do a lot of improvising and often write songs live onstage through that process. I have missed performing a lot because of Covid and am happy that things are starting to go back to normal so that we can do more of it.

What would you change in the music industry?

I would make more channels for independent music to be heard. It’s challenging to get your music out there, especially in Brazil.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

There’s something for every state of mind on this album. Some songs are for dancing and some for heartache, some are spiritual and some are just for fun.

When was the last time you danced?

I’m Brazilian! We dance all the time!

Thank you!

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