Jeannie Hopper hosts the São Paulo born, New York based A&R, film producer, music supervisor and compiler Béco Dranoff who is a co-producer (with John Carlin and Paul Heck) of the extraordinary and highly anticipated Red Hot + Rio 2. The two discuss discuss Béco's background and trajectory, the first Red Hot & Rio project released in 1996 and the new collection. Volume 2 is based on the Tropicalia phenom of the late 60s--a counter cultural movement that emerged during a dark, repressive political time in Brazil. This brought along the hippie movement and electric guitars, which shocke and rocked the local establishment, and led to artists like Gilberto Gil being extradited to the UK.
Tropicalia artists wrote songs with cryptic lytrics to get around the censors... though many were banned. Their vision was a kind of pre-Internet utopia with all cultures, mediums and styles flowing and blending. Years later artists like Os Mutantes reformed when a new networked generation uncovered the history of Tropicalia. Other artists that enter into the converesation include Phenomenal Handclap Band, Madlib, Mia Doi Todd and more.
The proceeds from sales of all Red Hot projects are donated to awareness, education and prevention campaigns to fight the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus that is still a huge epidemic on a global scale. PLAY SAFE + PLAY LOUD! More info: www.redhot.org