It may seem unbelievable, but I somehow missed all of the chances that I had to see one of the many concerts singer-composer and multi-instrumentist Romulo Fróes performed in São Paulo promoting Um Labirinto em Cada Pé (a labyrinth in each foot), his fourth album, released in 2011.
A well known composer and most-wanted among the most tuned musicians in the São Paulo music scene, Fróes creates excellent sambas supported by a rock band. It is a formula previously applied in No Chão Sem o Chão (stepping on the floor, without the floor), released in 2010, but has now been refined in new songs such as “Cilada”, “Rap em Latim” and “Um Labirinto em Cada Pé”.
His assertive hand is also recognizable in Passo Torto, a party of five band with three other talented Brazilian producers: Marcelo Cabral (producer of rapper Criolo), Kiko Dinucci (a samba composer and violinist) and Rodrigo Campos (Céu and Herbie Hancock). Though lyrics are a missing point for non-Portuguese speaking listeners, it is in their music that you find the most beautiful pieces in new Brazilian Popular music.