Friday, August 14, 2009
BM&A bringing home the proverbial bacon
I was recently introduced to a number of compilations of brazilian music released by a label called BM&A - Brasil Música e Artes, which, from what I gather, is a nonprofit that aims to promote brazilian arts and culture.
The compilations, The New Brazilian Music and BAFIM, are among a few that appear to be offered as free downloads on the BM&A website, The Brazilian Music Export Office. The only catch is that you have to enter an email address to be added to their mailing list. That doesn't seem like so much to ask though, especially when most everyone has a junk email account anyway, right?
I am still loyal to my physical CDs and the artwork and information that comes with them. But these downloads come with a full bio, contact information, and Web sites for nearly every artist, making CD booklets fairly unnecessary. Both discs have nearly 40 tracks, but whereas BAFIM has 2-4 tracks from most of the artists, The New Brazilian Music has a single song from each artist. Some artists appear on both compilations, including one of my favorites, Andreia Dias.
I can only imagine how long it will take me to get through all these tunes...