Brazilian singer and urban poet Criolo comes to Brighton’s The Haunt next week, for the penultimate date of his UK tour. One of the most important musicians and political voices in Brazil, Criolo came out fighting from São Paulo’s hip hop scene with the hit album Nó na Orelha in 2011. The song Não Existe Amor Em SP’ (There Is No Love In SP) has since become an anthem to Brazil’s social justice movement, in mourning for a city that sees more than 50,000 homicides per year.
Criolo continues to sing the stories of the street on his third album Convoque Seu Buda (Invoke Your Buddha), proving himself a master of MPB (música popular brasileira) by revisiting old school samba and afrobeat. Through balladry, rap, and call and response vocals, he makes an impassioned call for social justice across Brazil and now, the world. In the words of Brazilian critic Rodrigo Savazoni: “He constructs bridges – it is rap with its hand outstretched.”
Criolo plays Brighton’s The Haunt on Monday 25th April at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 – for more information or to book, click here.