SOLAR – Sun Ra in Brazil

2023
Tracklist

Overview

Red Hot & Ra : SOLAR is a Brazilian celebration of the music of Sun Ra. The album was recorded in 2022 in Bahia and Sao Paolo Brasil and highlights incredible talent in both the jazz, avant-pop, rap and poetry. It includes such Brazilian stars as Metá Metá, Edgar, Xênia França, Tiganá Santana as well as 3x Grammy nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn and world renown musician and songwriter Meshell Ndgeocello. The entire album was overseen and produced by Xuxa Levy.

Important Brazilian and North American artists connect and dialogue with the Afrofuturist movement of SUN RA in SOLAR: SUN RA IN BRASIL. They don’t just cover SUN RA but build a new repertoire and interpretation from the original themes. Featuring new upcoming names in the American Jazz scene and massive names of the Brazilian neo-jazz scene, this project is sure to spiritually invigurate you.

Bringing Sun Ra’s repertoire into a space-time rift, to be revisited by artists who form part of the largest black population outside Africa. With a community of 86 million people of African descent, there is much opportunity to celebrate SUN RA and calling for environmental justice. 

The first sonorous spark that opens the album “Solar” are atabaques from Candomblé Ketu Nation asking for permission, while Sun Ra introduces himself to those who don’t know him (Mr. Mystery).

This is how the combination that will permeate the entire disk begins: The connection between the future and the ancestry of black people.

The Disc also features the participation of Fabricio Boliveira (actor) interpreting Portuguese versions of Poems by Sun Ra, such as: “Black Prince Charming” (with the participation of the Bahian experimental musician Edbrass Brasil, and his rare and strange instruments) and “I Am An Instrument” with the magnificent Jazzmeia Horn creating textured vocal effects in the background.

Long live Sun Ra!

 

Tracklist

SOLAR: A Brazilian Journey Through The Music of SUN RA
Side A
Astroblack Orunmilá
Featuring Jazzmeia Horn + Orquestra Afrosinfônica
5:50

Nature’s God (Sun Ra Sam Ba)
Feauring Meshell Ndegeocello + Munir Hossn + Drummers from Aguidavi do Jêje
4:18

Nine Rocket For The Planet
Featuring Metá Metá + Edgar
5:09

O Código (Black Prince Charming)
Featuring Fabrício Boliveira + Edbrass Brasil
1:41

Side B
When There Is No Sun (Intergalactic Version)
Featuring Xênia França + Tiganá Santana
5:33

Eu Sou Um Instrumento
Featuring Fabrício Boliveira + Jazzmeia Horn
0:57

Interstellar Low Ways
Featuring Hamilton de Holanda Trio
5:32

Brainville Dazidéia
Featuring Max de Castro + BNegão + Archestra Klaxon
6:14

Sun Ra

Sun Ra was a musical visionary who explored the outer limits of jazz and fused it with elements of Afrofuturism and science fiction. Over the course of his career, he assembled a collective of musicians known as the Arkestra and created a unique sound that blended big band swing with free improvisation, electronic instruments, and Eastern and African musical traditions.

Sun Ra’s music was not just a product of his time, but a precursor to future developments in jazz, fusion, and electronic music. His work was a celebration of blackness, an embrace of the cosmic, and a challenge to the limits of human imagination. Even decades after his death, his influence on music and culture remains profound.

Credits

Astroblack Orunmilá 

Featuring Jazzmeia Horn + Orquestra Afrosinfônica)

(Sun Ra/ Ubiratan Marques upon Ketu Nation Folk Song)

Arranged and Conducted by: Ubiratan Marques

Lead Vocals: Jazzmeia Horn

Choir: Tâmara Pessôa , Raquel Monteiro, Dinha Dórea, Djara Mahim

Sax Solo: Nilton Azevedo

Flutes: Nilton Azevedo, Julio Sant’Anna

Clarinets: Indira Dourado, Alessandra Leão

Saxophones: Gleison Coelho (Baritone), Léo Couto 

(Alto Sax), Nerisvaldo Tukano (Tenor Sax)

Trumpets: Everaldo Pequeno, Karen Fernanda

Trombones: Gilmar Chaves, Toni Jaonitã

Tuba: Carlos Eduardo Alves

Vibes: Érica Sá

Percussion: Lucas de Gal, Nem Cardoso, Jeison Wilde

Electric Bass: Marcus Sampaio

Double Bass: Angelo Santiago, Marcos Sampaio

Rhodes Piano: Ubiratan Marques

Recorded by Paulo Cesar(PC) at Ilha dos Sapos 

Studios (Salvador,Bahia), Assisted by Uelinton Cerqueira

Jazzmeia Horn recorded by Mark Yoshizumi @ Spice House Brooklyn, NY, Assisted by Emma Nicoletti 

Executive Producer: Nena Oliveira(Casa da Ponte)

 

Nature’s God (Sun Ra Sam Ba) 

Featuring Meshell Ndegeocello + Munir Hossn + 

Drummers from Aguidavi do Jêje

(Sun Ra / Munir Hossn / Meshell Ndegeocello / Xuxa Levy)

Guitars and Vocals: Munir Hossn

Bass, Synth and Vocals: MeShell Ndegeocello

Percussions and Voices: Luizinho do Jêje, Kainan 

do Jêje, Icaro Sá

Percussion recorded by Tadeu Mascarenhas at Casa

das Máquinas Studios, Salvador, Bahia

Meshell Ndegeocello vocals recorded by Eric Elterman at Boomtown Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Nine Rocket For the Planet 

Featuring Metá Metá + Edgar

(Sun Ra, Edgar, Kiko Dinucci, Thiago França,

Juçara Marçal / Xuxa Levy)

Vocals and MC: Edgar

Vocals: Juçara Marçal

Guitar, Sampler and Synth: Kiko Dinucci 

Saxophone, EWI Wind Synth: Thiago França

Recorded by Fernando Sanches at El Rocha Studios, São Paulo, Brasil, Assistanted by Maiane Sousa

Mixed by Mark Yoshizumi @ Spice House, Brooklyn, NY

O Código (Black Prince Charming)

(Sun Ra / Xuxa Levy / Fabrício Boliveira / Edbrass)

Poetry: “Black Prince Charming” by Sun Ra

Actor: Fabrício Boliveira

Prepared Trumpet, Sound Objects, Drums: Edbrass Brasil

Cello Effects: Jonas Moncaio

Recorded by Alex Mesquita at Curva do Tempo Studios, Salvador, Bahia 

When There is no Sun (Intergalactic Version)

Featuring Xênia França + Tiganá Santana

(Sun Ra / Xuxa Levy)

Poetry:I Will Wait For You” by Sun Ra (Portuguese Version by Xuxa Levy)

Vocals: Xênia França and Tiganá Santana

Hand Pan: Alexandre Lora

Rhodes Piano / Minimoog: Fabio Leandro

Cellos: Jonas Moncaio

Drums: Jotaerre

Double Bass: Sidiel Vieira

Arrangement, Keyboards & Effects: Xuxa Levy

Recorded at Da Pá Virada Studios, São Paulo, Brazil in November 2022 by Thiago “Big” Rabello, Assisted by Gustavo Foppa

Eu Sou Um Instrumento

(Sun Ra)

Poetry: “I Am An Instrument” by Sun Ra

Actor: Fabrício Boliveira

Synthesizers: Xuxa Levy

Vocals: Jazzmeia Horn

Recorded by Beto Mendonça at 185 Studios, São Paulo, Brazil

Jazzmeia Horn vocals recorded by Mark Yoshizumi @ Spice House Brooklyn, NY, Assisted by Emma Nicoletti

Interstellar Low Ways 

Featuring Hamilton de Holanda Trio

(Sun Ra)

Bandolim: Hamilton de Holanda

Drums and Percussion: Thiago “Big” Rabello

Rhodes Piano/Moog Bass/ Keyboards: Salomão Soares

Synths & Effects: Xuxa Levy

Produced by Xuxa Levy and Thiago “Big” Rabello

Recorded in November 2022 at Da Pá Virada Studios, São Paulo, Brazil by Thiago “Big” Rabello, Assistanted by Gustavo Foppa

Brainville Dazidéia 

Featuring Max de Castro + BNegão + Archestra Klaxon

(Sun Ra / Bnegão / Max de Castro / Xuxa Levy)

Arranged and Conducted by: Max de Castro

Vocals/MC: BNegão

Drums: Thiaguinho Silva

Bass: Robinho Tavares

Guitar: Mackson Kennedy

Rhodes Piano: Yaniel Matos

Percussion: China Cunha

Trumpets: Estefane Santos

Saxophones: Sintia Piccin

Trombones, Trumpet, French Horn, Bass Clarinet:

Richard Fermino

Recorded at Da Pá Virada Studios, São Paulo, Brazil, on November/2022 by Thiago “Big’ Rabello, Assisted by Gustavo Foppa

Mixed by João Milliet

Sun Ra vocal samples taken from:

  • A Joyful Noise (1980)
  • Sun Ra Speaks – Berkeley Lecture Pt 2 (1971) 
  • Sun Ra Interview (Helsinki, 1971)

 

Poetry by Sun Ra taken from:

  • I’ll Wait For You (1979)
  • The Outer Darkness Version 2 (1967)

Created and Produced by Xuxa Levy

* Track A1 Produced by Xuxa Levy and Ubiratan Marques

* Tracks B3 Produced by Xuxa Levy & 

Thiago “Big” Rabello

RHO Dream Team

Produced for The Red Hot Organization by

Xuxa Levy, Béco Dranoff, Jonathan Galkin, and John Carlin

A&R: Béco Dranoff

Brazil Executive Producer: Beth Moura

Brazil Production Assistant: Luana Moura

Design & Layout: Chris Capuozzo

Paintings, illustrations and lettering: Rimon Guimarães

Red Hot + RA Logo: Rohan Rege

Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Mastering, Cortland, NY

All Songs Mixed by João Milliet, assisted by Dani Mariano, except Nine Rocket For The Planet mixed by Mark Yoshizumi, O Código and Eu Sou um Instrumento mixed by Xuxa Levy

Very special thanks to Carlinhos Brown, Cleise Almeida, 

Nena Oliveira, Luana Moura, Bruno Marques, Nancy Viegas, Andrea Francês Monica Cosas, Donna Matthew, Marcos Portinari, Diana Zinni and to all artists who have contributed to this project.

Red Hot Team 

Dustin Reid, Upendo Kissai, Elia Einhorn, Earle Sebastian, Kendall Thomas

The Red Hot + Ra series is dedicated to climate justice.

Protect the environment. Promote climate equality.

Proteja o meio ambiente. Promova a justiça climática.

© &(P) 2023 The Red Hot Organization